Have you tried Makeup Geek Eyeshadows yet? If not, I really don’t know what you are waiting for. Marlena, the stunningly gorgeous force behind Makeup Geek, sent us some eyeshadows and some brushes to test. Spoiler alert: these products are fantastic and inexpensive.
Today’s post is all about four beautiful brown eyeshadows and three eyeshadow brushes from her collection.
Marlena’s cosmetics line is just as fabulous as her amazing tutorials. Makeup Geek eyeshadows are affordable (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99), and there are 68 gorgeous colors from which to choose. The pans are the exact same size as MAC eyeshadows but definitely less expensive. Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans fit into MAC palettes, although I use my Z Palettes (which you can also buy at Makeup Geek’s store).
The texture of these eyeshadows is silky smooth and creamy. The pigmentation is perfection, and they blend like a dream. Plus the color doesn’t fade or crease throughout the day, even with oily eyelids. I adore these eyeshadows. Great price, great texture, great application, great color selection — it doesn’t get any better than this.
Beaches and Cream is a slightly peachy soft beige. It’s a buttery soft matte shade that is an essential neutral for your collection. It works as an all over wash for a pretty neutral look. I reach for it all the time to blend and soften other shades, or as a lid shade paired with a deep brown crease color.
Hipster is a slightly shimmery sandy tan shade. The shimmer makes it a fantastic lid shade, and it’s particularly powerful for deep-set or hooded eyes.
Mocha is a deep matte brown shade with a slight red undertone. It is a great shade – I love using this to contour eyes and as a liner.
Pretentious is a stunning metallic bronze shade. This golden brown is so gorgeous…it is perfect as a lid or crease shade.
With all these beautiful eyeshadows, a girl needs some great eyeshadow brushes too, right? I am truly impressed with Marlena’s extremely affordable high quality brushes. All of them have synthetic bristles and are cruelty-free. They also feature a bronze gunmetal ferrule that holds the bristles in place and keeps the brush from shedding.
The Soft Dome Brush ($7.99) is what you want for blending harsh lines or applying a small amount of color. The bristles are very soft so they don’t pick up much shadow, but they are firm enough to soften and blend. It buffs out crease shades beautifully. The handle is 6.5″ long, making it perfect for doing eye work.
The Outer V Brush ($7.99) is meant for applying eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye, but that’s certainly not the only thing I use it for. The small dome brush has soft, dense bristles that pick up color beautifully. The brush length is 6.25″, a great size for close up work. I use it for the brow, crease, outer v, lid…it is definitely a work horse brush.
The Pencil Brush ($7.99) is currently out of stock and scheduled to return in Mid-July 2014. When it does, you will want to get one for yourself. This is one of the best pencil brushes I have ever tried. The bristles are stiff enough for precise lines, but also soft enough for blending out liner and eyeshadow. Also, at 6.25″ it really is the perfect length.
Here is my EOD using my three eyeshadow brushes and with Makeup Geek Hipster as my lid shade, Pretentious in the crease, Mocha in the outer v, and Beaches and Cream on the brow. I lined with Mocha and with Mystic Gel Eyeliner (reviewed HERE).
Do yourself and your cosmetics collection a favor and check out the selection at Makeup Geek. I know you will find tons of must-have items! – Lisa
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