So are these eyeshadow pans worth the hype? In a quick & simple answer... yes they are definitely worth ALL the hype and the brand deserves every bit of popularity. I only have 6 shades from their original line and 3 from their duo chrome range, but they are some of the best in my makeup collection beating the likes of MAC and Urban Decay to name a few. First of all they are the most affordable way to create your very own bespoke eyeshadow palette, starting at £5.50 for a single eyeshadow pan (prices are slightly higher for the foiled eyeshadow options which I am yet to try - the only shade I wanted Flamethrower, was out of stock sadly). Secondly formula wise these are super pigmented, they feel smooth & buttery, plus they blend out effortlessly, making the task of creating smoky eyes a total breeze.
So starting out with the original line of eyeshadows, I picked out Creme Brulee, Chickadee, Cosmopolitan, Cocoa Bear, Bitten and Burlesque (in the order I have placed them in my palette and swatched from right to left in the photo above). I basically chose the ones that everyone seems to be raving about on a constant basis, which are also shades that I believed I would use regularly. At the moment the combination of Creme Brulee & Chickadee, is my perfect mix for a transition shade. I have been using them in my crease with every makeup look I've created lately and it works perfectly. Sometimes I'll also add in Cocoa Bear if I'm opting for a darker smoky eye. Cosmopolitan is a gorgeous shimmering rose copper with a golden hue, perfect on a day to day basis for a simple look that just instantly brightens the eyes. The other two shades Bitten & Burlesque are very similar to each other at first glance, but they look distinctively different when swatched. Bitten is a warm toned red with a matte finish, whilst Burlesque is a deep burgundy, with warm brown tones and a frosty finish. I simply adore these rich burgundy/red tones, especially for this time of year.
To fill up my small Zpalette, I also opted for 3 shades from the duo chrome range. They cost the same as the original range, but they are that little bit different making them unique to anything else in my collection. Duo chrome basically means that the shade has two different tones to it depending on how the light hits your face. They are creating using a unique shimmer that reflects light for an iridescent look. I chose shades Karma - a golden base with yellow-green reflects, Ritzy - an warm red-brown base with green& gold reflects, and Steampunk - a black base with rich copper reflects. Ritzy has been my favourite so far and I've been using it all the time, it works beautifully for this time of the year (you can actually see it in action in my post here).
So as you can see I have fallen in love with Makeup Geek eyeshadows and even the brand as a whole. I look forward to trying out their contour and blush shades next, as they have such a great variety available, plus I've only read amazing reviews. Have you tried Makeup Geek yet? Do you have any favourite shades you'd like to share with me?