Let me start this post by saying, I am a product junkie. I know this, everybody knows this, I’ve accepted it and I deal with my wallet accordingly. I’ve been hearing buzz about Makeup Geek for a couple of years now and never felt compelled to purchase anything. Then, I saw 20 new matte eyeshadows and had to try my luck. Not after I searched high and low on Instagram for swatches, on brown skin. There were swatches on fair, light, and medium skin tones but I had to scroll for what seemed like ages to find swatches on brown skin. No bueno. I put the shadows in my cart but left them there for a few days because honestly I was ticked off that I only saw one brown skinned woman with swatches of these eyeshadows. I ended buying them because I felt like there needed to be more swatches available and I was curious. After I got them and swatched them I can see why there aren’t many swatches on brown skin.
Makeup Geek says:
Meet your matte—Introducing 20 new and reformulated Makeup Geek Matte Eyeshadows! It’s a matter of fact, mattes matter! The importance of a good matte eyeshadow isn’t lost on us—they balance out shimmery finishes to add depth, dimension, and visual intrigue to any look. In twenty new and reformulated shades, Makeup Geek Matte Eyeshadows are paraben free, cruelty free, and made in the USA. Don’t underestimate their worth—what they lack in bells and whistles, they make up for in blendability, pigmentation, and versatility!
The packaging was great, they came packed together in bubble wrap in a box full of styrofoam peanuts; no broken eyeshadows so that’s awesome! The shadows retail for $6 and come in individual pans so you can use a Z palette or any other empty palette you may own. I purchased seven of the twenty shades: Morocco, Americano, Vintage, Curfew, Motown, Enchanted Forest, and Cherry Cola. I was really excited about Cherry Cola because remember I’m trying to get to this look, so I need a burgundy/maroon/marsala toned eyeshadow.
As far as I’m concerned, Morocco is the major gem of the ones I purchased. I’m sure I will get use out of all of them at some point but the pigmentation on my dark skin is seriously lacking. I’ll have to wear a good base AND pack these shadows on like I’m going on vacation. The bright side is that they are really blendable and don’t feel too powdery or chalky to the touch which means I’ll be able to pack, layer, and use as transition shades.
If you just really need to try these eyeshadows go for it, but they are definitely not a must-have in my opinion. I’ll admit, I’m disappointed; I was only able to find one brown girl with swatches of them (about three weeks ago) and then I order a few and this is the result. At least now I know to keep my coin.
Have you tried anything from Makeup Geek, what are your thoughts? Let’s chat in the comments below!