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

Side by Side: Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliners

Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliners

Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliners

makeup geek liners

Marlena, the gorgeous artist and creator of the Makeup Geek website, was one of the first beauty bloggers and a true innovator in the field. The BIZ has long admired Marlena and her work and now her cosmetics line is earning our love as well.

Read on to find out what Lisa and Marcia think about Marlena’s Gel Eyeliners!

Lisa’s Side:

There are so many gel liners out there, why buy the ones from Makeup Geek? I think there are three reasons:

1.  The price – these are so affordable.  3G / 0.1 oz for $7.99. Compared to my other favorites from Bobbi Brown ($23 for the same size) and MAC ($16 for the same size), these are much easier on my pocketbook.

2.  The colors – they are different, vibrant, fabulous.

3.  These gel liners WORK on the waterline. They go on easily, and they stay!!

Electric

Electric

Electric is a bright royal blue with no shimmer at all. This is absolutely stunning on brown eyes!! I especially love it on the waterline.

Mystic

Mystic

Mystic is a light emerald green with metallic gold shimmer. This is stunning as a lid liner, especially if you smudge it out a bit.

Fame

Fame

Fame is a dark navy teal with shimmer. It is truly unique and just gorgeous.

swatched

Left to right:  Fame, Mystic, Electric

Here is my Make Up Geek eye look with Electric Eye Liner on the waterline and bottom lid:

My MUG Electric eyes

My MUG Electric eyes

My Makeup Geek eye look below features Mystic on the upper lid, and Fame on the waterline. Seriously, for the price and for the waterline wear these are must haves!!

Make Up Geek eye look

Makeup Geek eye look

Marcia’s Side:

While Lisa showed you the gorgeous bright colors I’m going to showcase more “normal” colors from the line. The ones you’d want to wear day in and day out. Like my blog partner, I’m totally impressed with these liners. They glide on yet they last better than just about any other gel liner I’ve tried. You just can’t find this kind of quality at this price elsewhere.

Twinkle, Mobster and Rave

Twinkle, Mobster and Rave

My trio of delights contains Twinkle, Mobster and Rave.

Twinkle

Twinkle

Twinkle

Twinkle

TWINKLE is a beautiful charcoal with just a touch of shimmer to the look. Many charcoal shades show up too black but Makeup Geek’s Twinkle has a pretty radiance and a true gray color.

Mobster

Mobster

MOBSTER is a matte brown. It’s the workhorse of the bunch. I wear a lot of brown on my eyes and I find that Mobster works with everything.

Rave

Rave

I have to rave about RAVE. Just look at that color. How many times have you seen a taupe eyeliner? The only one I can think of was a Chanel pencil that was 4 times the cost of Rave. There’s a complexity to it that I love. It’s great for my bottom lashline too since it has a lightness to it that’s terrific. Here’s another shot just in case …

Rave

Rave

from top Mobster, Rave, Twinkle

from top Mobster, Rave, Twinkle

Rave, Mobster Twinkle

Rave, Mobster Twinkle

You can’t go wrong with Makeup Geek Gel Liners. Whether you want the bright shades like Lisa’s or the staid shades like Marcia’s you’ll end up with long lasting liners that go on smoothly in very rich shades. It’s a win-win situation.

*samples sent for review

Make Up Geek Eyeshadows: Yellow Brick Road, Appletini, and Cinderella review and swatches

Make Up Geek

Perfect for spring:  Make Up Geek eyeshadows

Spring is upon us, so I am augmenting my eyeshadow collection with more pastels. Marlena, the gorgeous and talented force behind Make Up Geek, sent the BIZ some new eyeshadows to review and I am thrilled with them. Here are some great shades that updated my collection for the season:

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road ($5.99 for the pan) is a shimmery pale yellow that is right on trend and awesome for spring. Yellow brightens the eye and this one is spectacular. It’s highly pigmented but not super bright so it’s totally wearable for daytime and works for the lid and brow.

Appletini

Appletini

Appletini (again, only $5.99!!) is an apple-green shimmer with golden flecks. Have you seen anything so gorgeous??? And it goes perfectly with Yellow Brick Road.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella (I need to say it once more…only $5.99!!!!!!!!!!!!) is a brownish/pink shimmer. This is a pale shade so it actually really works with the yellow and green, surprising but true.

swatches

Yellow Brick Road, Cinderella, and Appletini

Together they make a fabulous spring eye look.  Below, I have Yellow Brick Road on the lid, Cinderella in the crease, Appletini with Mystic Gel Liner over, and Fame Gel Liner on the waterline.

My MUG spring eye

My MUG spring eye

Yellow Brick Road eyes

another look

I love how the yellow perks up my eyes but doesn’t scream ‘PASTEL’!!

MUG FOD

MUG FOD

Here is my MUG face of the day.  Along with all of my Make Up Geek eyeshadows and liners, I chose Make Up Geek Lavish Lipstick to round out the look.

Marlena has inspired me over and over with her fantastic tutorials and now she is inspiring me with her high quality, affordable cosmetics. Head on over to makeupgeek.com right now to check out what Marlena has been up to lately!! – Lisa

*pr samples sent for review consideration