Makeup Geek Eyeshadows — Review, Swatches

Hello my dears!! I know it has been almost a month since my last post! I thought I would give you a little update before getting into my review. As some of you may know, I have a one year old son. What you may not know about is my struggle over the past year to shed the weight I gained during my pregnancy. I put on a staggering 70 pounds total!! Of that 70 I have lost about 53 pounds. This past month I have gotten very serious about changing my lifestyle and going to the gym religiously. I have been counting calories and weighing all my food on a digital scale and I’m proud to say that in the last three weeks I have lost 13 pounds! Long story short, I haven’t had the time to blog because my workouts and diet have been my number one priority. If you are struggling with your weight, I highly suggest logging everything you eat into an online calorie counter like My Fitness Pal!

Anywho, on to the review!!

(top to bottom clockwise) Homecoming, Hipster, Moondust
(l-r) Hipster, Homecoming, Moondust
There is A LOT of hype surrounding MUG eyeshadows, especially on YouTube. I think you all know by now that I am 100% honest in my reviews, the good, the bad, the ugly… and unfortunately I don’t think they live up to the hype. MUG shadows (at least the few that I have) are perfect examples of those that swatch better than they appear on the eye. Theyย seem very pigmented especially in the swatch, but when applied or blended they appear muddy, much like drugstore eyeshadows. Like many super soft eyeshadows, I find these to be quite powdery. Despite how powdery they are, there isn’t as much fall out as I had originally expected.
Hipsterย is a medium golden brown with a slight sheen. Decent payoff, but very dupable. Similar to MAC Patina.
Homecoming is a metallic warm brown. I want to love this eyeshadow, but unfortunately it becomes very muddy when blended.
Moondust is a warm silver with golden shimmer. I love the color of Moondust but it just doesn’t translate to the eye.
I have had these shadows for at least two weeks and I wanted to give them a chance to grow on me, but unfortunately they didn’t. Much like Sigma brushes, MUG eyeshadows are said to be MAC dupes. The reality is they are NOT. They are good quality for the price ($5.99) but they are not high end eyeshadows. This is my opinion based on the three that I own. Perhaps there are others that are better in quality.
All Makeup Geek cosmetics are available HERE. They ship worldwide.
Have you tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows?

One thought on “Makeup Geek Eyeshadows — Review, Swatches

  1. Maybe Its Megan Leigh

    I have wanted to try some MUG shadows because there seems to be such hype around them & the fact that they are meant to be great dupes for Mac. You know your eyeshadows mrs so now I'm not so sure :/ the swatches do look gorgeous :/ Ahh so confused haha.Maybe Its Megan Leigh xoxo

  2. Paula Kemp

    Hi Sarah, first off well done on your weight loss, that is brilliant! I know how hard it is to lose weight, so kudos to you!

    Secondly, it's a shame that you didn't like the MUG eyeshadows that you have, but selfishly I am glad, as although they ship internationally, I didn't want to get them as the import charges are expensive, so I can't get them in the UK so I can't stop wanting them now;)

    Hope you are well.

    Paula at Beauty Lover

  3. Laura Hyatt

    Congratulations on your weight loss! That's brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

    Its a shame you didn't like the shadows, however I do rather like the look on you. Its nice. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Heroine In Heels

  4. Gemma T

    I've always wanted to try some of the Makeup Geek shadows – they really do look like fantastic shadows!

    I hope you're OK Sarah.. not seen a post from you in a while xxx

  5. Lippy Likes

    I have just joined MFP and have around 50lbs to lose. I would love to read more posts about this. As for teh shadows, interesting post. I also looked back at your Mac transition post. You have a brilliant blog, I have followed on BL and can't wait to read more.

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  7. mctripat

    The dups for MAC seem too good to be true.MAC would not be that popular if the dups were close enough… I find the cheaper shadows do not have enough pigment, are too sparkly or have fall out. I recently found the MUGshadows and was considering them.

    Some of this can be remedied by using an eye shadow primer… or one of the MAC paint pots.I found painterly and just love it… it neutralizes the darkness on my eye lids and by itself, makes my eyes look… well, like eyes… not made up.I think camel coat and ochre and another matt pink one, would work for other skin tones.I think I would like the ochre one as much as painterly.

    I have used some other cream shadows and primers and many are glittery and metallic.Many of the MAC paint pots are metallic but… 3 to 5 are not and very neutral colored.(mentioned above) I also found Origins is a bit cheaper and has some good colors too. Bobbi Brown has raised their prices and many of them have dups in MAC or Origins colors.I also found Benefit has a few good colors, both matt and frosted.Many brands only seem to have the frosted or metallic colors. I have looked at Smashbox and Tarte especially… Nars is higher priced.

    Eye pencils do not seem to work as well as the cream shadows for me. I also tried the new Bobbi Brown eye shadow primer and do not especially like it… I had to get the light color, they were out of the medium. This is still probably best since my eye lids are discolored and have been for over 20 years. The Benefit yellow eye cream stuff is also not too bad. The BB light is yellow too.

    I have a whole list of brown MAC shadows and some neutrals I want to buy. All of this is probably silly as my glasses are photo grey and pretty dark inside. I live where it is very sunny all year, not Florida and if I don't have these then I have to get prescription sun glasses. The transitions glasses are not dark enough for me.I do take my glasses off quite a bit thought.Ido not want to have 2 pairs of glasses and switch back and forth… regular and sunglasses. Also plastic lens, seem to get dirty faster.. All of the 1 hour places use plastic lens I think.

    They also help cover up my dark circles which are my other biggest problem. I have got it solved more or less though. One of my first BB products was the corrector and I see other companies are trying to make dups… Benefit, Bare Minerals etc. This is why I bought the BB eye shadow primer… if I want another one, I will buy Clinique as they are skin colored and much cheaper than BB.

    I could take the BB product back but it is 15 miles from my house.I have a MAC counter and Ulta that are about 6 miles away.


  8. A Erickson

    I have had problems with the pigmentation in MAC eyeshadows, but found that they are much better when used with my favorite eyeshadow primer. Maybe this would help with these Dupes! Check out my post about primers on my blog!! I love yours, great review!!!


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