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Almost Summer 

Almost Summer 

I’ve been super busy this month, so I haven’t posted in a while. But here’s a summery going-out look I did a few weeks ago. I can’t remember everything I used, but I know the lips were a sample of MAC’s Creme de Nude (which […]

(Almost) Summer 

(Almost) Summer 

Face:  MAC Fix + LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation  NARS All Day Luminous Foundation  NYX blush in Taupe and Away We Glow highlight in Moon Glow  Sephora Collection bronzer  Milani blush in Luminoso  Wet n Wild Precious Petals and I’ll Have a Cosmo highlights  Anastasia […]

3 Best Red Eyeshadow Palettes

3 Best Red Eyeshadow Palettes

Red eyeshadow is hot right now, and I love the trend. A beautiful burnt red hue is a beautiful alternative neutral. It can be the darkest shade in an eyeshadow look, used in the crease or on the outer corner. Or it can be an addition to a smokey eye. Many red-toned eyeshadow palettes are on the market right now, and I think these are the 3 best red eyeshadow palettes. 

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack: Melt Cosmetics makes stackable shadows in lieu of palettes, and the Dark Matter Stack is their modified neutral palette. It’s the perfect grunge neutral palette, with a light cream, warm beige, warm medium brown, and black. The four colors are beautiful and pigmented matte eyeshadows. The pans are huge! I love this palette because the small shade selection simplifies daily use, but because of its unique shades it doesn’t sacrifice versatility.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: This palette really is beautiful: pigmentation, blendabikity, and shade range are all fabulous. Every eyeshadow is high quality and beautiful. The palette has a great mix of warm, Renaissance-inspired shades. There are mostly matters and a few satin or shimmer shadows. This palette is great for any occasion, and I especially like traveling with it. There’s a reason it’s so popular!


Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette: This palette is in a similar color family to the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, but with totally different shades. The Nubian ranges from champagne-pink shimmers to deep red-purples. The palette has a lot of shimmer and metallic shades, including some amazing fiery reds and coppers. This palette is very affordable and the eyeshadow quality is great.


What are your favorite red eyeshadows? What do you think of this trend?

Space Cadet 

Space Cadet 

This look was inspired by the NYX Cosmetics Duochromatic highlighter in “Twilight Tint” and Away We Glow highlighter in Moon Glow. I also used the Becca Cosmetics highlight in Pressed Pearl and MAC lipstick in Cyber. My eyeshadow is Morphe 35K and the powder highlights […]

Slightly Holographic 

Slightly Holographic 

I created this look using Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and the NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in “Sway.” The duochromatic eyeshadow is Makeup Geek “Backlight” and it is featured on my eyes and lips (over the NYX lipstick). My highlighter was Wet ‘n’ Wild “I’ll have a […]

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!

What are your thoughts on Makeup Geek? Be sure  to comment! Also follow me on Bloglovin! 

 

 

 

English Major Barbie

English Major Barbie

Face: Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, Fit Me Concealer, Age Rewind Concealer Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation NYX Cosmetics Cream Contour Kit bareMinerals Mineral Veil Physicians Formula Color Corrector Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette Tarte Blushing Bride blush Brows: Colourpop Brow Pot in Dope […]

Goodnight Moon 

Goodnight Moon 

Makeup Geek eyeshadows Unexpected , Motown, Whimsical, Backlight  Makeup Geek Highlighter  in Glitz  Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Lumière lip pencil and Lumière 2 liquid matte lipstick Sephora Bronzer (limited edition)  Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation  Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette “Native”  Maybelline Gel Eyeliner  Kiko Cosmetics […]

Space Buns & Grunge Eyes 

Space Buns & Grunge Eyes 

I created this look using the Melt Cosmetics “Dark Matter” eyeshadow stack, which I reviewed here