I used to be a huge fan of the Marlena and the Makeup Geek. I loved the looks done and I even hung out on the forums on occasion. It was definitely a positive forum in my experience and I liked it. When I saw that Marlena had released eye shadows, I decided to pick up a few to try out. I love the fact that the shadows are cruelty free!
I went for a matte shade named Vanilla Bean, a taupe (thanks to JoeyBunny and Elvira) named Moondust, and due to my love of all things teal, a metallic deep blue, Ocean Breeze.
$5.99 per shadow 1.8G / 0.064 oz
Shipping for the 3 shades was $3.82. They came well packaged in a sturdy box with peanuts. As you can see in the first image, the individual shadows come packaged like the MAC refills.
All Makeup Geek eyeshadows are Talc & Paraben-Free except Manderine and Fuji.
Mica, Isoeicosane, Polyisobutene
Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oron Nitride, Kaolin, Polyethylene, Ptfe, Nylon-12, Magnesium, Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methicone, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742dc Black No. 2 Ci 77266, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-C14 Isoparaffin, C13-C15 Alkane, Carmine Ci 75470, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Red 6 Lake Ci 15850, Tin Oxide
Vanilla Bean – creamy vanilla, matte finish with a slight sheen
Moondust – metallic silver taupe
Ocean Breeze – metallic deep blue
I was disappointed with Ocean Breeze. From the description, I thought it would be a blue-based teal. It’s a pretty shade, but it doesn’t appear to lean teal to me at all.
Moondust and Vanilla Bean are nice. The texture and color payoff are good for all three shades. I swatched them over Meow’s Light Primer. The shadows lasted all day on TFSI, including through tears! I was impressed.
You can expect to see a look with them soon.
In fact, here it is! I used Vanilla Bean on the inner 3/4 of the lid and crease. Moondust was used on the outer 1/4 of the lid and crease, as well as the inner lower lash line. I used a bit of Silk Naturals Bareback on the upper crease, as well as Silk Naturals Spurs on the browbone and inner corners of the eye. I used Ocean Breeze along the outer lower lash line.
What do you think of Marlena and Makeup Geek? What do you think of her line of shadows? Have you tried them? If so, what are your favorite shades?
Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.