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5 Beautiful New Shades from Makeup Geek Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek Pressed Eyeshadows Review


Marlena has done it again! She’s created 5 new beautiful Makeup Geek Eyeshadow shades and I’ve got them to share with you today. The new shades are Simply Marlena, Cosmopolitan, Pretentious, Graphite, Frappe, and Hipster. I’ve also included a 6th shade, Pretentious, because I thought you’d enjoy seeing it as well.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are $5.99 for the refill pans and $7.99 for the compact. I prefer the refill pans and I buy Z-Palette for them.

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Makeup Geek, Simply Marlena, Cosmopolitan, Pretentious, Graphite, Frappe, Hipster, Eyeshadow Swatches and Review

Simply Marlena
Rosey pink with purple undertone and gold flecks
My Take
Rich, bright pink with tiny gold flecks. I love this! It’s such a happy pink!

Wearing Cosmopolitan in the crease.
Wearing Cosmopolitan in the crease. See the Tutorial.

Rose Gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish
My Take
Rosegold with tones of orange. This is supposed to be similar to MAC Expensive Pink. I think this one is pretty but it can be difficult for me to figure out how to wear it. I can see why it’s such a popular color though.

Metallic bronze
My Take
Metallic bronze with brown undertones. Bronze is the celebrity shade for Summer 2013. So if you’re looking for one color to wear, this it it. It’s got enough gold tones to brighten the eyes.

Light graphite grey with flecks of silver
My Take
Gorgeous rich grey with silver glimmers. This shade looks amazing with blue-green eyes. I love it.

Makeup Geek, Simply Marlena, Cosmopolitan, Pretentious, Graphite, Frappe, Hipster, Eyeshadows, Review, Swatches

Medium maple brown matte
My Take
Rich brown with peach tones. I think this would make for a flattering crease color.

Dark sand and light taupe tan with slight shimmer
My Take
Sandy tan brown with taupe undertones. This is a color that I could see gracing the lids of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Ultra flattering and feminine. I need to try wearing this, I’m just not sure what to pair it with. Suggestions?

Makeup Geek, Simply Marlena, Cosmopolitan, Pretentious, Graphite, Frappe, Hipster, Eyeshadows, Review, Swatches


I love Makeup Geek products. I feel that Makeup Geek makes quality products at an affordable price. I love that Marlena creates clones of MAC colors because her colors are cruelty-free. It is my hope that because they’re cruelty-free, less expensive than MAC, and some are a close match to MAC shades with better pigmentation that more people will switch from MAC to this great cruelty-free brand.

What do you think of this latest round of Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Which shades are your favorite?

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  • I’m still trying to get Cosmopolitan to work for me. It’s gorgeous, but it doesn’t do anything for my brown eyes. 🙁 Have you further experimented with this shade?

  • I cannot wait to order and review her eyeshadows. They are all stunning and I’ve heard nothing but great things about them!

  • I love the shade cosmopolitan. It’s the only one that really jumps out to me. I’m not a huge fan of neutral colors /:

  • Cosmopolitan make me think of a darker version of Urban Decay’s X shadow. I like to wear X on the lid with a dark olive in the corner (UD’s Chains usually, which is disc.) or UD’s Last Call shadow, so maybe you can do something similar to that with Cosmopolitan?

  • Oh wow, I think Marlena is doing a great job at designing shades, I really love every one of these, even the ones I personally wouldn’t purchase because I just don’t wear a lot (like the pink)

  • Hi Phyrra! 
    Thank you for the swatches! I haven’t purchased any MUG shadows yet….I have been seriously contemplating the starter kit that has 27 of the shadows because i can’t just every buy a couple of shadows! They look amazing! I am *really* impressed with how pigmented Simply Marlena is– did you find any staining issues? I have MUFE star powder in 21 (i think it is?!) and it stains and i have a couple of lancome shadows that are pink and while i love lancome shadows, they are pricey and the intense pink i have (pink carpet) isn’t a soft dream of a shadow (rather hard and maybe chalky?!). Thanks again! 🙂 <3

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