If you've been a fan of beautyblogs and -vlogs on Youtube, there is no chance in hell that you have not heard of Makeup Geek. They're supposed to be similar in formula as MAC shadows, for a third of the price - and not unimportant for me, cruelty free! People have been raving high and low about these. My inner hipster is always sceptical of hyped up stuff ('It can't be THAT good?!') so of course, I had to try it myself.
I figured I better start off small and order just 3 things: the eyeshadow pan in Cocoa Bear and the pigments in the shades New Year's Eve and Vegas Lights.
First off: Cocoa Bear. This is one of the best sellers. It's a pretty dark warm brown. Warm browns seem to be hip and happening right now, and I was lacking some warm brown shades, so I figured it would be a good choice. Honestly, I was expecting it to be a bit darker, but it is still a great crease shade.
About the quality: I can't really compare it to MAC matte eyeshadows, because I've only owned (and got rid of!) shimmery MAC shadows. Nonetheless, it is a nice eyeshadow and works nicely. It did not completely blow me away (which is rarely the case with matte eyeshadows) but I will definitely use it a lot. The pigmentation is great too (swatches are below) and is not chalky. Yep, nothing to complain.
Next up: the pigments. I've been lusting after New Year's Eve ever since I saw this picture on Phyrra's blog. It has been the underdog of MUG's pigments and I wonder why. It looked like the perfect classy party shade, if that makes sense. Well, in reality, it is even prettier! It has a slightly pinkish/peachy/beigy base shade with gold glitter (does not pick up well on camera). Absolutely stunning and I'm definitely sporting this next New Year's Eve, hehe. Looks magnificent in direct sunlight and artificial light.
Vegas Lights was a more rational choice as I came to the conclusion that I did not own a copper pigment, so in my shopping cart it went. This does not really have a base, it is more a pigment packed with copper glitter. Also very pretty. If you build it up, it can look like a foiled eyeshadow. It is slightly darker than it is on my pictures.
They are not hard to work with. Both give some fall out, but since they are loose glitters that is to be expected. Also, I've heard many people complain about the previous packaging (it had no sifter or anything whatsoever) so I'm very glad to see that they have listened and changed it. Now it comes semi-closed with a little thingy in the lid that shuts it off (very explanation, much clear, wow... you can see it in the picture above). It closes it completely so no unwanted glitterparty when you open it.
|New Year's Eve, Cocoa Bear and Vegas Lights - indirect sunlight|
|New Year's Eve, Cocoa Bear and Vegas Lights - direct sunlight|
Eyeshadow pan: $6 each for 1,8 gr., which is the size of a MAC eyeshadow. (How come the pans hold more product than the pigments, what sorcery is going on?!)
Pigment: $9 for 1,4gr,, but I think they have 'shade of the week' sorta thing where one shade is 50% off, just so you know!
Shipping to the Netherlands was around $9.
Have you tried MUG yet? Are you planning on trying them?