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Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 […]

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t new on the scene. In fact, it’s a bit of a drugstore classic. The entire Rimmel Stay Matte line is generally respected (the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I have never tried, is a staple for many people). I […]

Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye sets the industry standard for stage makeup. It was one of the first makeup brands I was introduced to (beside MAC of course) when I started doing my own makeup for the theater products I participated in as a child. Most Ben Nye […]

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

I don’t usually go for berry lips, but the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Lover has blown me away. I love this lipstick! It is unbelievably long-wearing (like 12 hours, with eating) and super comfortable. The color itself is a berry toned […]

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it out of the ballpark. It is  my favorite eyeshadow formula to date; I hope they keep releasing more shades, because I want them all!


I ordered the Lo-Key and Hi-Maitenence. The physical shadow palettes are actually very nice: cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. I popped the eyeshadows out of this palette (which is very easy to do) so I could put them in the Makeup Forever palette I use for travel. However, the packaging is nice, so I saved it for future use. I also purchased some individual eyeshadows, which are just as nice as the palettes. The palettes are just a slightly better deal, if you’ll use all the colors.

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review
Swatches of Colourpop Lo-Key

The eyeshadows themselves are absolutely perfect as far as I’m concerned. Soft and creamy, pigmented but blendable and easy to use. There’s a little fallout, but not too much. The shade range is gorgeous. I mostly have warm shades, but I would love to pick up some cooler shades as well. I was really blown away by the formula! Plus, the price point is actually very affordable. I would say that these eyeshadows are more similar to MAC eyeshadow than Makeup Geek eyeshadow, but the formula falls somewhere in between in terms of creaminess.
The Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows are 10/10, 5 stars, A+. I would highly recommend them; they’re my favorite eyeshadows, regardless of price, but considering the price they are an absolute can’t miss for makeup lovers! I hope they keep releasing new shades. The Colourpop website often has sales and promotions, so if you watch out for a discount you can get them for an even more affordable price.

 

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NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX is one of the trendiest drugstore brands, with some great products. While I can’t advocate for the whole line, there are a few gems (the lip liners are amazing). I tried the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam, which didn’t really impress […]

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit […]

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek is one of the most popular makeup brands on the internet. Not only is Makeup Geek an online-only store, it was founded by an internet beauty guru. It’s no surprise that Makeup Geek is very popular on platforms like Youtube and Instagram as well as on blogs. Here’s my makeup geek eyeshadow review & swatches.

It seems like everybody raves about Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Social media stars cite price, pigmentation, texture, formula, and shade range as the traits that make these eyeshadows some of the best on the market. So, needless to say, I was very excited to get my Makeup Geek eyeshadows in the mail.

The Makeup Geek Eyeshadows come in individual pans– they have a few bundles and special edition palettes on occasion, but for the most part you have to purchase them individually. There are some advantages and disadvantages to this. You get to select your own colors, which can be fun (but also difficult). You’ll also have to purchase an empty palette (Makeup Geek sells Z Palettes on the site). I selected a small Z Palette from Sephora, and 5 eyeshadows from Makeup Geek. I filled my palette with these Makeup Geek eyeshadows and a few de-potted eyeshadows from my Morphe 35K Palette.

The eyeshadows have a lovely, smooth texture, with very little fallout. At first I was disappointed, because I felt that the pigmentation wasn’t as intense as I expected. But as I worked more with the eyeshadows, I decided that the pigmentation is beautiful. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows are very pigmented, but you have to build them up to achieve dark color. I actually quite like this, because it allows you to apply colors lightly. Namely, it allows you to apply dark colors without getting them everywhere. The eyeshadows are so bendable that if you do choose to build up the color, it will look beautiful and seamless.

My other tip for Makeup Geek Eyeshadows is to set your primer before you apply eyeshadows. Either use a setting powder, or a different eyeshadow (I use a Morphe shadow that I keep in the same palette). If not, I find that Makeup Geek Eyeshadows can be patchy and difficult to use when applied directly on top of primer.

Overall, I think Makeup Geek eyeshadows are excellent. You can’t beat the shade selection, price, and texture, and I probably will purchase more in the future. I also love the Makeup Geek highlighter, which I reviewed here!

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NYX Butter Lip Gloss Review

NYX Butter Lip Gloss Review

Matte lips and metallic lips may be en vogue right now, but I will always love a glossy lip. Lip gloss was the first makeup I owned and the first makeup I loved. While the days of ultra-shiny 2000s lip gloss might be behind me, […]