My Top Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

DSC_8923Finally Makeup Geek is available this side of the Atlantic. For far too long we have had to put in tiny orders to avoid customs and patiently wait weeks and weeks for the our new shadows. Thankfully, Makeup Geek is now being stock on  Finally no more worrying if the postman is going to ask you to cough up some more cash.

It will come as no surprise to long time readers of the blog, that I am a massive fan of Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. These are hands down my most used eyeshadows are they are just so incredibly pigmented, long wearing and easy to work with. They really are incredible eyeshadows and for the price point you really can’t go wrong.

To help you sort through the massive about of colours that Beauty Bay are stocking, I have put together what I believe are must have shadows . These are the colours that I reach for again and again.

Peach smoothie

DSC_8945This is one of my favourite colours to use as a transition colour. Peach 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.

Dessert Sands

DSC_8951With Mac uninterrupted being discontinued, I was on the hunt for a replacement colour to use. Enter Dessert Sands. Dessert sands is described as a medium terracotta colour, but to me it is a little more on the mustard side. Don’t be turned off my the thoughts of a mustard coloured eyeshadow, as this is more of a mustardy brown colour and is so spectacular as an all over shade on blue eyes.

Cream Brule

DSC_8957This is another transition colour that I use nearly every day. Not only does this work well as a transition colour with Peach Smoothie, but you can also use this as an all over the lid colour, for something more work appropriate. It is said to be a soft medium sand colour with a velvety matte finish.

Cocoa Bear

DSC_8965 (2)This colour is an absolute must if you’re a fan of warm toned eyeshadows. I adore this colour and just can’t get enough of it. his 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.


DSC_8968 (1)Frappe is a great crease colour and works really well when paired with peach smoothie, create brule and Cocoa Bear.Frappe is a medium brown with a matte finish


DSC_8994 (1)I always get mixed up between Bitten and Burlesque as they are quite smiliar. My favourite way is to wear both of these together with an orange colour in the crease. I would normally wear Bitten all over the lid and deepen out the crease with Burlesque.  This is a deep maroon red colour.It has strong brown under tones to it and a frost finish.


DSC_8986This is an unbeliveliably pigmented colour.I absolutely adore this colour and it really is a must for anyone with blue or green eyes. It is described as a deep metallic burgundy colour. It is creamy texture and very easy to apply. A light touch is most certainly needed with this so that you don’t end up looking like you have two black eyes.


DSC_8978 (2)I don’t use this colour as much as the others that I have included, but that is only because I do tend to lean towards more matte shadows during the day. Goddess is yet anther colour that would really make blue or green eyes pop. You brown eyed girls can really get away with most things!! Goddess is a metallic copper colour. This is a great colour for people who want a look but don’t have the confidence to create one, as you can swipe this on the lids and buff it up into the crease to create a beautiful look using no other colours but this one.


DSC_8998 (1)I think I can sense a theme when I look through all of my favourite colours as Roulette is another burnt copper colour that works really well all over the lid. I tend to wear this on the lid with peach smoothie as a transition colour and I will deepen out the outer corner using bitten.


I feel I need to give a bit of disclosure before I talk about the foiled shadows. As I am not a massive fan of them. The reason for this being, I find sometimes they can really crease However, once you pack them on and apply a lid primer they do last a little bit better and that is why I have still included two colours.

Grandstand – Foiled eyeshadow

DSC_9008 (1)Of the five foiled shadows that I own, this is by far my favourite. It is also one of the worst to crease, so a primer is essential. This is a beautiful rose gold colour that when paired with red toned browns like Cocoa bear, it just looks so beyond divine on the eyes.


DSC_9012This is yet another eyeshadow in that rusty warm brown toned family. As you can see I clearly have a type when it comes to eyeshadows!!! I mean would it kill me to wear a cool toned shadow!!!

Afterglow pigment

DSC_9019I can’t do a Makeup Geek post and not mention the After Glow pigment. This is an absolute must have pigment, as in my eyes it is much better than the much loved Mac Naked pigment!! It is a beautiful Champagne colour that when placed on the lid, really gives your eyes a sparkle!!!Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 8.36.08 p.m.

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While most of my shadows are in the same tonal family, no matter what colours you buy there really is no difference in the quality of Makeup Geek shadows. They are all extremely pigmented, creamy, long wearing and an absolute dream to work with. Now that they are available on Beuaty Bay there really is no excuse not to try some. The only problem at the moment is that due to their popularity they keep selling out!!! My advice is to keep trying because they are constantly being restocked!!

You can check out Makeup Geek on Beauty Bay here.


This post contains an affiliate link. All of these eyeshadows were purchased by myself!

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    Emma Buttimer
    November 23, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Great post Sinead,so informed and and you described the shadows beautifully!
    I don’t know if you recognise my comments too but I’m a major MUG fan too and have been purchasing from the start.There’s just no denying the quality and the quality and pricepoint is amazing but I alamost think we might still be better off purchasing from US the UK with sterling rate and I’venever once been hit with custom charge in 4 years

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    November 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Great post! I don’t need any more eyeshadows but I am seriously tempted by these after seeing so many rave reviews! xx


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    November 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Brill post Sinead, love me some MUG shadows, Ahhhdicted! Defo ordering afterglow pigment now!!

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    November 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    There are like, only four eyeshadow shades on offer there at the moment!!! ;( They must have sold out of all the popular ones in an instant. Dying to try!

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    November 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    A brilliant post – now how do I justify buying more eyeshadows!

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    November 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’m a MUG virgin but this is a wonderful post Sinead which makes them sound extremely essential in my life.

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    December 10, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Can I add I bought 3 of the recommended shades above and tried this morning for the 1st time. Got a fright with peach smoothie at first as I thought it a bit orange but relaxed once blended. Also used Desert Sands and love them both. As you said highly pigmented and go on lovely….dying to build up collection over time. Thank you again for this great post.

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