All you need to know about Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

DSC_1512If you are a regular Youtube viewer, you will be familiar with the makeup brand Makeup Geek. It seems that many the Beauty blogger on Youtube, raves about these shadows. Never one to give into the hype I held off buying for a long time. It wasn’t until the girls over at, wrote about their Makeup geek eyeshadows that I knew I had to investigate more.

Makeup Geek is an American brand, started by beauty Guru Marlena. Makeup Geek is a much sought after brand, but unfortunately the  products can only be bought online at the Makeup Geek store. Makeup Geek deliver world wide, but it is important to note, when accepting a delivery from outside Europe, you can order €150 before you are charged any customs duty, and only 22€ before you are charge vat. Vat is charge at a rate of 23%. In saying that, my order was €30 and they didn’t charge me anything.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 13.58.17Postage from Makeup Geek is cheap and I have kept my orders small and haven’t been charged customs. My delivery took nearly 4 weeks, so if you are in a rush for a product, give yourself plenty of time. My first order was placed while I was in Flordia and the delivery times for this was much faster as the order was delivered with 5 days of placing the order. Do not let the order time put you off, as these eyeshadows are well worth waiting for.

DSC_1503I am now the proud owner of 14 of these beautiful shadows. I honestly can’t rave about these shadows enough. They are pigmented beyond belief. I literally only have to touch my brush off the shadows and the pay off on that small amount is unreal. I brought the eyeshadows into work the other day, as a few people wanted to check them out before buying and my colleagues could not get over the pigmentation. The shadows also blend beautifully. I know I saw that a lot, but these are like nothing I have ever tried. They are amazing to work with and the looks that can be created are beautiful as most of the colours compliment each other.

DSC_1515Here is the best part. Each shadow costs $5.99 which works out at about €4.70 per shadow. This is insane considering the quality of these shadows. A Mac shadow costs €12.50. I don’t know how I have kept myself off the website, as I want every single eyeshadow.I can’t recommend these shadows highly enough. They have blown me away since the first time I started using them last July.

Below are my 14 babies. Ladies I am very sorry to say, but you need all of them. Every single one and more.I store my Makeup Geek shadows in my Mac pro Palette, but you can get an empty magnetic palette in Makeup Forever that holds 40+ shadows, for €14.50.


wisteria 1Wisteria is a pale lavender colour. It is a matte shadow and like all the Makeup Geek shadows, it applied very easily and has fantastic colour pay of. I haven’t worn this shade as much as the others, as it is very vibrant and definitely suited to more of a night time or very summery look.

Simply Marlena

simply marlena 2This is a bright pink colour with purple undertones. I love this colour as it really makes for a vibrant looking eye. It is certainly not for the faint hearted. It is buttery and smooth and works really well when paired with cupcake in the crease. It is also an excellent dupe for Mac sushi flower.



bitten 3

This eyeshadow is just so beautiful that it would make the angels weep. This is a deep maroon red colour.It has strong brown under tones to it and a frost finish. This eyeshadow is extremely pigmented, so you need a light touch with it. It has got a tendency to be a little on the powdery side, so less in more with this. I love to wear it under neath the bottom lash when I am wearing burlesque in the crease.


4This is by far the most pigmented colour I own. The colour pay of on this is unbelievable. You absolutely need to use a light touch when applying this, as you only need the smallest amount to get a vibrant look. It is described as a deep metallic burgundy colour. It is creamy texture and very easy to apply. I blends extremely well. It has a more of a frosted finish to it, with the smallest hint of shimmer.


9This is one of my favourites from all the eyeshadows, and not one that I thought I would like. This is matte medium pink colour, but is much more neutral looking on the lids than most pinks. It is very easy to apply, but applies much sheerer than some of the other colours. I wear this in the crease, and deepen the crease out with burlesque, bitten or simply marlena.

Shimma Shimma

8Shimma shimma is a mainly used as highlight colour and a great dupe for Mac shroom. This is a metallic champagne colour and as the name suggests it is a shimmer. it doesn’t however have any large chunks of glitter. I like to wear this in 4 ways. On the lid, in the inner corner, on the brow bone and finally as a cheek highlight!!! Who doesn’t love a multitasking eyeshadow. However this eyeshadows is a little bit of a let down for me on the lid. Definitely not my favourite colour in my collection.


7This is the shade I have worn the least, as even though loads of Youtube beauty peeps rave about it, I find it hard to match up to other colours. It is a matte yellow colour, that leans on more of the mustard side.

Gold digger

6This is a metallic gold colour and is one of the most true gold colours I have found. A lot of golds tend to be more on the bronze side, but this eyshadows is like it has been touched by King Midas himself. This has a frost finish and is perfect for the upcoming party season. This is a good dupe for Mac goldmine.

Peach Smoothie

5This is by far one of my most used colours. Peache smoothie is described as a light peach beige with a matte finish. while the colour of this is not very strong, it makes for the perfect transition colour and works so well with almost every eyeshadow in my palette. this is a great dupe for Mac Saoma silk.

Creme Brûlée

14Along with Peach smoothie, Creme Brûlée is another eyeshadow that I have more or less used none stop. It is said to be a soft medium sand colour with a velvety matte finish. This eyeshadow is a must have in your collection


13Goddess is a metallic copper colour. This eyeshadow is extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. This is the perfect colour for a one eyeshadow look. Just swipe it on the lids and you are ready to go.


PicMonkey CollageGlamorous is a beautiful bronze gold shadow. This is a shimmer eyeshadow, but to be honest, it has more of a frost look when place on the lid. This is another gorgeous colour for swiping on the lid. Like many of the other shadows, this is extremely pigmented.

Cocoa Bear

11This is up there as one of my favourite colours. This is a rich and warm brown colour, that has a matte finish. I love pairing this up with peach smoothie as a transition, cream brule to the crease frappe on the outer v and then deepen it all with Cocoa Bear. This is a must have in your collection . Cocoa Bear is great dupe for Mac Brown script.



Frappe is a medium brown with a matte finish. I absolutely love this with creame brule in the crease and Frappe to deepen out the crease. This blends beautiful and works so well with many other colours in the palette.

Needless to say I can’t recommend these eyeshadows enough. You literally need as many of these as you can get your hands on. I have stopped wearing my other shadows since getting these, as the colour in this palette can create so many different looks. DSC_1557 DSC_1552 DSC_1556










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  • Reply
    November 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    i ordered from makeup geek, also a small order only 5 shadows and a zplatte and i was charged 17€ on customs tax!! i had to go and pay that before i could receive my package! can someone please explain that to me!

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      November 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Just wanted you to know that you are not being charged by the company – the country that receives the shipment may decide to charge you tax. I live in the Netherlands and very rarely order ouside of the EU because I get charged tax for various items. When I asked the postal service why I am taxed on some items, they advised me that it is totally a random decision.

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        Sinead K
        November 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        it’s customs from the country you live in.

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      January 13, 2015 at 1:02 am

      This is random unfortunately, ur package just got stopped, I’ve never had to pay customs, saying that though it could happen on my next package,(now most companies may not do this but a tip is to ask them to write on the package that its a gift or samples, but as I said they may not do this for you,(check the site, they may even specify that they won’t but u can always chance your arm!!

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    November 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Would you recommend buying a few of these make up geek shadows or buying the too faced chocolate bar palette? ( I would be buying similar shades)

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    January 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I totally agree with you. I’ve just placed my 4th order with Make Up Geek and I’m so impressed. I cannot get enough of the colours. I want them all. I have just ordered the foil eye shadow cannot wait to see what it’s like. I’ve been ordering under €30 and it does take a long time to receive but it’s worth the wait and fingers crossed I keep being lucky with no custom charges so far 🙂

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      Sinead K
      January 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      I need the foil shadows in my life. Along with some more pigments and a few regular shades. I’m
      Almost afraid to say they are my fav shadows

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    August 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I want to place an order of 110 dollars will i have to pay a lot of customs on this?? and if so would anyone know how much around? I really want to try these eyeshadows and may as well order all the ones i want in the one go since it takes so long for them to get here!

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      Sinead K
      August 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      You could get caught for a good bit. If I was you I would order all of them in 3 or 4 orders of €30. You will pay less in postage than if you get caught by customs

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        August 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        ya i was thinking of doing it that way, hopefully i still won’t get caught on the smaller packages!
        thanks for your help! Great reviews of the eyeshadows too 🙂

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    November 16, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Hi, I was just wondering do you know for definite that it was like a month to get them, as that really ruins my thought process haha I have already ordered the shadows and I am so excited to use them! I might be a little impatient but is it definitely 4 weeks? Youll be helping me so much xo

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      Sinead K
      November 16, 2015 at 10:42 am

      it all depends but mine took a month

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    February 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I have a serious obsession with MUG shadows and blushes, nearly have them all :O 🙂
    Quick tip, are selling a huge selection now, turns out cheaper because they do free shipping cos they are a UK company 😉

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      Sinead K
      February 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      stop i have to stop myself from buying more

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    May 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Hi! Great Review. I only have one question: Are the eyeshadow pans magnetic? I’m thinking about ordering a Mac Pro Palette duo without an insert, but I’m not sure if I need extra magnets to pop the shadows in there. Do you know if it works?
    Thanks a lot, Leonie

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    May 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hello, this was a very helpful post! I would like to know If you had any issue storing your shadows in the mac palette.
    thank you xx

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    September 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    You can now buy MUG on BeautyBay & it’s so much cheaper!!

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    November 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I just want to know how long the shadows last on a daily basis use? I’m going abroad next semester and I would love to buy a bunch just have as my go to shadows for every day and going out at night! I have the Tarte Bloom and Naked1 Palettes too but if these eye shadows last for a good 5-6 months I may leave those other two palettes I have behind. What do you think?


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      Sinead K
      November 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      They last very well but you might hit pan after a few months

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