Makeup Geek Shadows | Review, Swatches & Dupes


It recently sprung to my attention that I’ve never actually written a post on my favourite shadows of all time – so it’s time to change that. Do you agree?  Makeup Geek shadows are truly are the best shadows I have ever used and my collection is forever growing. I think everyone needs these in their life. So, I’m giving you the run down of the shades I own as well as those all important swatches and dupes.

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
The main reason why I just can’t get enough of these shadows is because of the intense pigmentation. I’ve not experienced a single ‘dud’ shade, I continue to be impressed every time I make a purchase. Marlena (founder of  Makeup Geek) continues to work so hard on the formula of the shadows, I feel like they’re finally starting to get the attention they deserve. I also love the variation of shades available. There is something for everyone whether you’re cool toned, warm toned, have light skin or dark skin. I honestly can’t recommend these enough. I’ll let the swatches do the rest of the talking.

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Makeup Geek have numerous almost identical shades to MAC. Marlena mentioned all of them along with swatches on her blog. Take a look to see the dupes side by side.

Standard – $6 each (£4.95)

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1. Peach Smoothie
A light peach beige with a soft matte finish. This is my favourite transition shade of all time. It has the perfect amount of orange in it to warm up any look.

Dupe: MAC Samoa Silk

2. Creme Brûlée
A medium sand color with a soft matte finish.

Dupe: MAC Tete A Tint

3. Homecoming
A medium brown with gold shimmer.

4. Shimma Shimma
A metallic Champagne. This shade is amazing as a brow bone, inner corner and all over highlight for pretty much all skintones.

Dupe: MAC Shroom

5. Cosmopolitan
A Rose Gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish.

Dupe: MAC Expensive Pink

6. Mango Tango
A peachy pink with flecks of gold. Perfect for the spring and summer.

Dupe: MAC Firecracker


7. Cocoa Bear
A matte reddish brown. I love to use this shade in the crease to darken up any look.

Dupe: MAC Brown Script

8. Unexpected
A matte Pale Pink Brown.

Dupe: MAC Quarry

9. Drama Queen
A densely dark purple with a shimmery finish.

Dupe: MAC Beauty Marked

10. Burlesque
A metallic muted burgundy with warm undertones.

11. Razzleberry
A Raspberry Pink with Gold Glitter. This shade looks great paired with Mango Tango.

12. Bitten
A matte deep maroon red. A statement piece.

Foiled – $10 each (£7.95)

“The intense pigmentation combined with an opaque, metallic finish make these shadows a dream to work with. These can be applied effortlessly in just one swipe with no primer required! Our lineup includes a diverse array of rich colors and a smooth silky formula that we believe help elevate pressed eye shadows to the next level of exceptional quality. “ –

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1. Starry Eyed
A light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish
pinky-beige champagne.

2. Whimsical
A light silvery pink with a foiled finish frosted silvery pale pink.

3. Pegasus
A light, bright aqua with a foiled finish. A statement piece. Looks amazing on the center of the lid.

4. Center Stage
A bright royal blue with a foiled finish.

5. High Wire
A medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver and a hint of blue.

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
+ Good selection of colours
+ Incredible Pigmentation
+ Very affordable
+ Blendable and creamy formula
+ Shadows fit in any Z or MAC palettes
+ Very little fallout in even the most pigmented shades
+ Extremely long-wearing
+ Comparable to a high-end brand
+ Numerous good dupes (especially MAC)

Nope. Not today.

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
10/10. That’s right. The first to achieve top marks here on Clarina Beauty. I cannot fault them.

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
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0 comments on “Makeup Geek Shadows | Review, Swatches & Dupes”

  1. I NEED THESE!! I think I am going to ask for a palette of 27 colors for my bday! 😀

  2. stashmatters says:

    A perfect score! Wow. I like how you indicated the MAC dupes too – very helpful! My shopping list grows by the day…

    1. Clarina says:

      I honestly cannot fault them! Haha I do apologise 😉

  3. I’ve been meaning to get my hands on a lot of these shades! I have a lot of the Mac dupes and am waiting until I finish those before I buy the makeup geek shadows.

    1. Clarina says:

      They’re amazing shadows! That makes perfect sense 🙂 I’m definitely going to treat myself to a few more shades very soon!

  4. Oh man, these are gorgeous!! I love that you included MAC dupes, thanks 🙂 MUG shadows are definitely on my wish list, especially the foiled shadows…just waiting for the Canadian dollar to go back up before buying from them.

    1. Clarina says:

      They are aren’t they! Makeup Geek have sooo many MAC dupes, it’s crazy! I hope you manage to get your hands on them soon 🙂

  5. Icy Sedgwick says:

    I love their duo chromes, especially Havoc, but I have serious lust for those foiled shadows!

    1. Clarina says:

      I’ve never tried their duo chromes, they do look amazing though! The foiled ones are amazing, so unique to anything else i’ve ever tried. x

  6. Wow! I Love your review, products and their corresponding dupes. And, swatches look brilliant and there are awesome choice of colours too.

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! I went for a more natural, wearable choice of shades. The colourful ones from Makeup Geek are very exciting but I just can’t see myself wearing them!

      1. Absolutely agree with you and I can’t wAit to see more of them in near future

  7. Lauren says:

    Totally agree with everything you said, these shadows are such good quality yet for the price its amazing! Great review! I need more now haha!

    1. Clarina says:

      I’m so glad! I have too many eyeshadows right now but I still want more Makeup Geek! Just trying to convince myself I don’t need them… haha. But we all know i’ll buy them soon anyway! It is payday… They’re my fave all time shadows 🙂

      1. Lauren says:

        Haha I am the same! Soo many eyeshadows that I don’t need but could do with more haha! I just want a full palette haha! Exactly, they are so cheap so why not! They are definitely so good!

        1. Clarina says:

          Haha it’s a bad habit but I’m exactly the same! I even buy palettes that are basically exactly the same. It’s bad!

          1. Lauren says:

            Oh I know I do the same haha! I don’t why I need so many neutral brown-y palettes haha!

  8. Jani V says:

    Thanks for the review! I cannot wait to get my hands on some of these soon. My wishlist is soooo endless and my funding is very limited hehe so I work on a need basis.

    1. Clarina says:

      No problem! Haha I’m sorry to give you more ideas to add to your wishlist 😉 But you will not regret it. Xx

  9. They look absolutely stunning. Thanks for reviewing. 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      No problem! They are very very beautiful. 🙂

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