For Day 23 of the 30 Days of Makeup Challenge I decided to write about my favourite eyeshadows. I am in love with Makeup Geek eyeshadows and I recently ordered more to add to my collection. These shadows are the shadows that got me to think “Oh, that’s what they mean by blending!”. They’re the easiest to blend eyeshadows I’ve ever used. They’re long lasting and all of these shadows but one from my collection are very pigmented.
On the top row of my palette, there are the shades: Bitten, Peach Smoothie, Chickadee, In the Spotlight and Masquerade.
Second row: Burlesque, Country Girl, Dirty Martini, Unexpected, Magic Act and Grand Stand
Third row: Creme Brulee, Latte, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Mesmerized and Showtime.
Makeup Geek have a line of “Foiled Eyeshadows”. Regular shadows can be foiled by wetting/dampening the brush to pick up eyeshadow. Makeup Geek’s foiled eyeshadows give that foiled effect without having to wet the brush or the product. From what I understand, these eyeshadows have more oil in them and that’s what makes the foil effect. Makeup Geek suggests that these shadows don’t need a base because of their formula.
I heard amazing reviews about these foiled shadows so of course, I had to get some for myself. I haven’t tried them out for long enough to be able to give a full review of these but I can give you my first impressions and some swatches!
Grandstand, Magic Act and In the Spotlight swatch very smoothly and they do look and feel like foiled shadow. In the pan they feel very firm yet creamy. It’s a texture I’ve never felt in any other shadow before. I did these swatches with a very light swipe of the finger on the pan and one swipe on my wrist. If I swipe my finger for longer on the shadows, I would get a much more vivid swipe.
Magic act was the first shadow I tried out. As suggested, I tried it out without a base and wore it for about 16 hours. After 6 hours I noticed tiny creases (i.e. going a third the way into my eyelid from the inner corner) and possibly a little fading. I was a little disappointed. At the end of the day, I checked my makeup again and it looked the same as it did 10 hrs earlier. Very tiny creases at the inner lid and it looked just a little faded. For 16 hours of wear, I find that that little creasing is acceptable for a shadow.
The next day I wore In The Spotlight. Again, I wore this for a full 16 hours with a couple of checks during the day. This time, I had no creasing at all and no fading throughout the whole day. I’m impressed.
I can’t give my confirmation that these won’t crease without a base, I’m still trying them out and I can give an update when I can give my final verdict.
Here you can see swatches for Mesmerized, Showtime and Masquerade. I haven’t worn these shadows yet but only swatched them. I’m in love with Mesmerized, I feel like this picture and all the swatches I’ve seen online of this don’t do it any justice. In person it looks simply amazing. Showtime is very similar to Burlesque but foiled. I can’t get enough of the reddish colours from the Makeup Geek shadows and I’m sure that I’m going to enjoy this shadow very much. Masquerade is the shadow that I had the highest hopes for and it’s the one that has me least impressed. With all the other swatches, one light tough and one swipe were enough to give a swatch. This shadow was hard to swatch and I had to build up to this colour. It’s certainly not as pigmented as the rest. It’s a nice colour, but it’s a colour that I think I’ll be using with a black base to deepen it and bring it out.
I hope that you found this review useful. If you’d like me to swatch my regular Makeup Geek eyeshadows do let me know and do subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with my posts! 🙂