When I was about 15/16 I used to love wearing a dark military green smokey eye, I thought it was very flattering. When I was last visiting Malta I came across that eyeshadow while I was clearing out my old makeup and I remembered how much I love it so of course, I decided to look for a similar shade.
From reading online reviews, I found this Makeup Geek colour called Dirty Martini. On the Makeup Geek website it didn’t look like the colour I was going for, but from reviews I believed that it was. I ordered it anyway and yes, it is what I was going for 😀
Here’s the shadow in the pan and in a swatch on my hand. This swatch is from me rubbing my finger on the pan and rubbing my finger on my hand to get the most colour from my finger onto the swatch.
From the Makeup Geek website, this colour is described as follows:
All About This Color:
Darker and more serious than the Appletini, this olive green eyeshadow will have you looking sophisticated, yet mysterious. The question is one olive or two?
The Bottom Line:
Matte olive green
It is certainly a matte olive green, I would also describe it as a military green (like a green you would find in camouflage). I found that the Makeup Geek swatches were misleading, but this is certainly the colour I was going for from reading reviews. It has some slight warm undertones that make it a very pretty colour.
The pigmentation on this colour isn’t as intense as I was hoping for. It’s certainly less intense than other Makeup Geek shadows I’ve tried but it does build up.
The texture of this shadow is very slightly more dry than other Makeup Geek shadows such as Bitten, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, but I didn’t have a problem in applying it because of this.
I’m very pleased with how this blends — It’s very similar to my favourite Makeup Geek eyeshadows in that regard. The longevity of the shadow is also on par.
Below you can see how I wore this in a makeup look. With my eyes open, it looks fine. In the second photo where I’m looking down, you can see that the application looks a little patchy because of the pigmentation. The camera certainly picked up on the patchiness but in person it simply looked like it was not as intense. Using a base and possibly applying more product would help this, but in this look I was simply seeing how Dirty Martini works by itself.
The other shadows I’m wearing here are all from Makeup Geek: Peach Smoothie, Latte, Mocha and Starry Eyed in the inner corner.
I enjoyed wearing this colour on my eyes and I like how it goes with my brown eyes. It’s certainly the look I was going for so I’m very glad that I got this shade. I like the tastes of 16 year old me.
I’m in love with this colour, its blendability and longevity. If you’re thinking of buying this, do keep in mind that it’s less pigmented and very slightly drier than other Makeup Geek shadows but I wouldn’t say that it’s bad enough to stop you from getting this. I personally enjoyed using it and I’ll continue to enjoy doing so 🙂