Spring eyeshadow favorites

At last Spring has arrived and with it comes lighter shades of cosmetics and a lighter disposition. For Top Ten Tuesday this week we’ve all selected eyeshadows that we love or want for spring. Read on for my choices and then click the icons for a bevy of beauties from my fellow Top Ten ladies. — Marcia
1427060953_jester_white_bgMAKEUP GEEK FOILED EYESHADOW in JESTER Springtime and green go together like a horse and carriage. Green is emerging in nature and on my eyes with this gorgeous metallic shade. Jester is a bright mossy green with a gorgeous gold to it. Not to be missed.*
1427060725_0607845019312NARS DUAL INTENSITY EYESHADOW in HIMALYA and DIONE are two favorites of mine. Himalya is a shimmering topaz while Dione is metallic champagne beige. I find these to be pretty sparkly on me but they add a nice dimension to my browbone especially.
1427060585__10115112TORY BURCH “CATCH” EYESHADOW PALETTE is on my wishlist. I just ordered a safer neutral Tory Burch palette from Nordstrom but I have my eye on this one if the quality makes me happy. The light purple, pink and peach scream spring while the unusual blue calls out summer too.
1427060531_74422-ready4BARE MINERALS MODERN POP READY EYESHADOW, THE MODERN ICON is one I’ve been wearing a lot so I guess I was rushing spring. The shades on these are muted pastels so they aren’t the typical pink, peach and lavender you are used to. It’s become a favorite like all my Bare Minerals Ready shadows already are. Review coming up soon. *
1427060448_32140378_000_b__medium_?1427060448STILA IN THE MOMENT PALETTE is going to get me back into Stila eyeshadows. I think I need a warm weather vacation so I can buy this without guilt. It has all the right colors for spring and summer.
1427060326_32884033_008_b__medium_?1427060326ARDENCY INN MODSTER MARUKA HONEY PIGMENT EYESHADOW in HEAVEN is total love for me. I think this is a year round color but boy will it make me feel bright and alert this spring. I’ve bought several others since my review and I’m in love with the gorgeous intensity of these. *
1427060204__9573580JOUER LONG WEAR CREME EYESHADOW in STARLIGHT is one I don’t have yet but it’s being sent as I type. I love a cream eyeshadow and I think this is going to be sensational. I want it as a base shade and will share it soon. I expect it to be a hit.
1427060138_itmfn-shadowSENNA EYESHADOWS from the NUDE COLLECTION gorgeous neutral eyeshadows are on the horizon for review. I’ve loved Senna eyeshadows for at least a dozen years and these new neutrals in Moonlight, Essence, Blend and Nudist are wonderful. These are all mattes that apply like a dream. They are the perfect base coat and work beautifully for a subtle eye. *
Welcome spring!

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Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows are unique in all ways

Makeup Geek, also known as Marlena, is known for her outstanding tutorials and her quality products. Marlena’s latest line of eyeshadows are her Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for a pan) and they do not disappoint. There are 10 shades available and we were sent 5 to share their beauty with you. We are both gaga over these fantastic eyeshadows and can’t wait to share their beautiful new discoveries.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Lisa’s Side:  Grandstand and In the Spotlight are two of the most beautiful eyeshadows I own. They are just gorgeous.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows:  In the Spotlight and Grandstand

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows:  Grandstand and In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight and Grandstand swatched

In the Spotlight and Grandstand swatched

Grandstand is a medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones and a foiled finish. In the Spotlight is a soft peachy-pink with coral undertones and a foiled finish. They are fantastic together, particularly with brown eyes.

I love the pans because they fit into palettes – they are the perfect size for MAC palettes – so I can mix and match shades to create a perfect combination. The pigment on these are crazy good and the texture is silky soft. I don’t even need a primer with these and they stay bright and true all day long. And the price? Wow. Eyeshadows don’t get any better than these!

Marcia’s Side:

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows

As you can see I have some of the brighter shades of these Foiled Eyeshadows. If you like a bold eye then these ultra pigmented shadows need to be in your collection.

Makeup Geek Foiled shadow in Jester

Makeup Geek Foiled shadow in Jester

MUG Jester under bright light

MUG Jester under bright light

Jester seen above is total love for me. This is the one that I’ve worn over and over. It’s rightfully described as “Bright mossy green with slight gold undertones and a foiled finish”. I find the gold to add a magical touch to the green.

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow

I can wear this day or night by playing with the intensity of the shadow. The Foiled Eyeshadows work best by patting them on, not smoothing them on. I use either a flocked sponge or a dense taklon brush like the MAC 242.

Makeup Geek Center Stage

Makeup Geek Center Stage

Makeup Geek Center Stage under bright light

Makeup Geek Center Stage under bright light

Center Stage is easily the prettiest and most unusual blue shadow that I own. It’s a bright royal blue that I’ve only worn at night. If I try to tone it down then I lose the beautiful sheen of the foiled look. It makes a gorgeous smokey eye by keeping it close to the lashline like a thick liner.

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Purple lovers need to rejoice about Caitlin Rose. This is a bright amethyst purple that stands out from the crowd. Even if you have a wardrobe of purple eyeshadows you don’t have this amazing shade.

Makeup Geek Center Stage, Jester and Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek Center Stage, Jester and Caitlin Rose

Makeup Geek took the work out of foiling for us. As she tell us: “This cutting-edge formula offers a creamy texture that is a hybrid between a powder shadow and a cream shadow that is on a level of its own.
The intense pigmentation combined with an opaque, metallic finish make these shadows a dream to work with. These can be applied effortlessly in just one swipe with no primer required! Our lineup includes a diverse array of rich colors and a smooth silky formula that we believe help elevate pressed eye shadows to the next level of exceptional quality.”

These unique Makeup Geek eyeshadows should be in your shopping cart soon or at least on your wishlist!

*sent for editorial consideration and an honest review

Makeup Geek Blush review and swatches

My quest is over.  I have finally found blush nirvana, and it’s at Makeup Geek.  I read some rave reviews about these extremely affordable, high quality blushes and could not wait to try them.  I always have issues with powder blush lasting throughout the day.  I need pigment that really sticks around, like Nars blushes.  When Marlena from Makeup Geek sent these beauties, I had high hopes…and her blush actually exceeded my expectations.

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes, left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush ($12.99 for the compact, $9.99 for pan) is talc, paraben, and cruelty-free.  Pans are perfect for a Z Palette (you can also get these on Makeup Geek, just think of the epic palette you can create!) and the compacts are sturdy with a very handy clear top.  The texture is creamy and smooth.  Pigmentation is amazing, and as I said the color lasts all day long with hardly any fading.  One swipe of a blush brush gives enough color, which makes these blushes an even better value.  There are 13 shades in the range, and I have swatches of 6 of them today.  I tend to gravitate toward pink blush shades, so the ones I don’t have are the peach and brown toned shades.

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

First Love is a soft matte ballerina pink.  This is great for fair and light/medium skin.

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels is a shimmery bubblegum pink. It creates a stunning pop of color that really wakes up the complexion.

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky is a matte medium rose-pink.  I adore this shade on my medium faux-tanned skin.

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer is a matte orchid purple/pink.  Cool-toned blush lovers will flip over this shade.

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Rendevous is a matte medium pink with purple undertones.  It blends beautifully – I think I reach for this one the most often.

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Love Affair is a matte pink coral shade with super pigmentation; use a light hand with this one!

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right: First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

While I truly love them all, the one I reach for most is Rendevous, followed by Hanky Panky.

I can’t rave enough about Makeup Geek Blushes.  Right now, several of them are out of stock – I am sure Marlena ran out because so many people realized how fabulous the blush is.  Get the ones you can today, and the rest should be restocked in September.  I know I am going to collect the remaining 7 shades, because a girl can never have too much blush.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Geek greens and purples: Appletini, Shimmermint, Unexpected, and Sensuous

With these beautiful bright summer days, I have been inspired to focus on bright, sunny eyeshadow. For the quality, price, and colors, no one can beat Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99). The gorgeous Makeup Geek guru, Marlena, sent some shades to try, and I am going gaga for her greens and purples these days.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Appletini is a truly stunning apple-green shimmer with golden flecks.

Appletini

Makeup Geek Appletini

Appletini swatch

Appletini swatch

Appletini is a lovely, complex shade with a slightly blueish tone to it . This is the darker of my two green shades – Shimmermint is similar but a few shades lighter.

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint is a metallic mint green with gold shimmer. I pair these two greens together with thick black eyeliner for a summery look that really makes my brown eyes pop. They both also pair well with blue eyeshadows and brown eyeshadows, so they are very versatile.

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected is a matte pinky purple that is beyond creamy. Wow this is a fabulous matte eyeshadow! I love it all by itself as a wash with some dark grey eyeliner for a flattering minimalistic look. And I highly recommend pairing it with the sultry Sensuous eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous is a shimmery purple with silver flecks. Um, yeah…I would say this eyeshadow is properly named for sure! My go-to summer evening look is a wash of Unexpected with Sensuous in the crease and outer V, plus a ton of dark purple eyeliner. Va-va-voom!

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are creamy, velvety and have tons of pigment. They are the exact same size as a MAC eyeshadow pan but less expensive. This is definitely a line to invest in. Be sure to check out the website for amazing tutorials.  – Lisa

*products sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Geek browns: Beaches and Cream, Hipster, Mocha, Pretentious

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.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Make Up Geek eyeshadows

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

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream swatch

Beaches and Cream swatch

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

Hipster

Hipster swatch

Hipster swatch

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

Mocha

Mocha swatch

Mocha swatch

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

Pretentious

Pretentious swatch

Pretentious swatch

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.

Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

Soft Dome Brush

Soft Dome Brush

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.

Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

Outer V Brush

Outer V Brush

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.

Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

Pencil Brush

Pencil 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.

Makeup Geek brown eyes look

Makeup Geek brown eyes look

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

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Geek Pigments Side by Side

Lisa and Marcia have both long been fans of pigments, AKA loose eyeshadows. In fact, Marcia introduced Lisa to pigments waaaay back in 2003. She asked Lisa if she ever used them and Lisa said nope, they didn’t last on her eyes long enough to make them worth the effort. Marcia was, of course, horrified and she promptly schooled Lisa in the necessity of a good eyeshadow primer.

Pigments from Makeup Geek - hooray!

Pigments from Makeup Geek – hooray!

Makeup Geek Pigments

Makeup Geek Pigments

All these years later Lisa still regularly uses eye primer and both have a huge collection of eyeshadow pigments. Needless to say, Marcia and Lisa were pretty ecstatic when Marlena of Makeup Geek came out with her collection of pigments.

Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99) have a truly fantastic price point. Compare the jars that come with about 2 grams of pigment for about $7 to MAC’s Pigments, which are 4.5 grams for $21. Makeup Geek currently has 10 different shades available and today Lisa and Marcia will tell you all about six of those shades.

Lisa’s Side:

It’s true, I have much to thank – or blame – Marcia for, and she is completely responsible for my pigment obsession. I adore pigments because they are fun, versatile, affordable and shareable!

I tried three of Marlena’s new pigments:  Sweet Dreams, Birthday Wish, and New Years Eve.

Sweet Dreams is a ‘light flesh toned beige pink with slight shimmer’.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams swatched

Sweet Dreams swatched

I love this shade. It’s fabulous used wet as a lid shade if you have hooded, deep-set eyes. It’s also terrific for the brow bone. It’s highly pigmented yet applies extremely smooth. This is a perfect shade for anyone’s collection and I keep it out on my vanity all the time.

Birthday Wish is a ‘shimmery light gold peach’. I find that it also has red and brown tones.

Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish swatch

Birthday Wish swatch

It’s very unique, I don’t have anything else like it in my collection. I love this as a lid shade or as a crease shade. Used wet, the golden shimmer really pops.

New Year’s Eve is a ‘light gold reflective glitter’.

New Years Eve

New Years Eve

New Years Eve swatch

New Years Eve swatch

This is a very light shade – it’s really all about the glitter. I use it dry over matte shades to give them some life. Used wet, it becomes more golden with orange tones – stunning!

pigment swatches

left to right:  Sweet Dreams, Birthday Wish, New Year’s Eve

Makeup Geek pigment eyes

Makeup Geek pigment eyes

Makeup Geek

another pic – Makeup Geek pigment eyes

For this eye look, I used Sweet Dreams as a lid and brow shade, with Birthday Wish in the crease. I also used Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliner in Fame.

Makeup Geek pigments

Makeup Geek pigment FOTD!

Marcia’s side:

The 3 Makeup Geek pigments I received are all about being bright and partying! These colors are gorgeous and vibrant.

Makeup Geek pigments in Liquid Gold, Afterglow and Prince Charming

Makeup Geek pigments in Liquid Gold, Afterglow and Prince Charming

The ones I have are Liquid Gold, Afterglow and Prince Charming. I’ve been lusting after some shades that are close to antique gold so I was especially excited to be able to try out Liquid Gold.

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Liquid Gold is called a true metallic gold but I see that unique undertone of green that makes it slightly different than a gold “gold”.

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Afterglow is a shade that everyone should want. Makeup Geek calls it a soft shimmery champagne. I see a touch of peach to it. It is stunning on and works with just about everything I’ve tried it with.

Makeup Geek Afterglow pigment

Makeup Geek Afterglow pigment

Makeup Geek Afterglow and Liquid Gold pigment swatches

Makeup Geek Afterglow and Liquid Gold pigment swatches

Prince Charming is taking us in another direction since he’s a metallic cool silver while the other two are warmer shades.

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Prince Charming looks beautiful with Twinkle Gel Liner (a metallic dark gray with blue undertones and a smooth shimmery finish). It’s gorgeous for a night out especially.

Prince Charming, Afterglow and Liquid Gold

Prince Charming, Afterglow and Liquid Gold

Not to be corny but Prince Charming has made my antique gold dream come true with Liquid Gold and now I have an Afterglow.

The secret to working with pigments is to use a slightly sticky eye primer first and let it dry a bit. You want it still slightly tacky though so that the pigments don’t fall off. I prefer a brush like the MAC 242 which is flat and stiff. Makeup Geek carries their MUG Eye Shader Brush which looks like a well priced alternative. I like to first pat pigments on and then later blend them with a softer brush especially for a light shade like Afterglow. The only thing I’d change about my three pigments is that I wish they came with a sifter top since I do make a slight mess when using them. I’ve learned though to place the jars on something I can pick up any spilled pigment like a stainless steel palette or even a piece of paper.

Makeup Geek Eye Shader brush

Makeup Geek Eye Shader brush

Makeup Geek pigments have only deepened our respect for what Marlena has done from the ground up with her company. We are very impressed with the quality, the colors and the prices.

*press samples

Taupe loving with Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

It’s time to introduce you to my new eyeshadows from Makeup Geek. This time I have two variations of taupe and a charcoal shadow to tempt you with. Not only that but the Makeup Geek website has been revamped to tempt you even more. There are over 60 eyeshadows available in pan form and they are only $5.99 each or in a compact for only $7.99. Have I begun to tempt you? Probably not because you haven’t yet seen the three eyeshadows that I was sent for review. Maybe then I can say “gotcha!”

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Homecoming, Galaxy and Prom Night

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Homecoming, Galaxy and Prom Night

Since taupe is such a hot selling shade for eyeshadows I’ll start with the two variations I have: Homecoming and Prom Night. Homecoming will take you not only to the homecoming dance with its golden taupe but it will take you to the office, out for dinner or everywhere you want to look your best. It’s described as a “medium brown with gold shimmer” but if you look at the swatch below you can see it’s not shimmer, it’s a sheen that you see.

Makeup Geek Homecoming

Makeup Geek Homecoming

Prom Night will take you all of those places too but instead of gold you’ll find a beautiful plum undertone to it. It’s a much cooler toned shadow. Makeup Geek describes this as a “pale purple with hints of grey and a shimmery finish.” In my eye I see taupe with plum but not much shimmer.

Makeup Geek Prom

Makeup Geek Prom Night

While I don’t wear these together, every time I wear one or the other I’m so happy with them.

Prom, Homecoming

Prom Night, Homecoming

Prom, Homecoming

Prom Night, Homecoming

My third shadow is the smokey charcoal Galaxy. This has a slight metallic finish to it and if you look carefully you can see that there’s just a tad bit of silver sparkle in it. This is not glittery – not at all – this is what I consider to be shimmery. It makes a beautiful liner as well as an eyeshadow for a smokey eye.

Galaxy

Galaxy

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are cruelty free. They don’t use Talc or Parabens in the formula. Most people, even Makeup Geek, tend to compare these to MAC eyeshadows. The size is the same and the quality is like the better MAC shadows that some of us grew up on.

Makeup Geek from top to bottom: Prom Night, Homecoming, Galaxy

Makeup Geek from top to bottom: Prom Night, Homecoming, Galaxy

No matter what color you are interested in, I’m sure that you’ll find it at Makeup Geek and with those prices you can afford as many as you want. Have I tempted you yet? If not then take a gander at our past reviews to see what other excitement can be found. — Marcia

*samples sent for review