Apologies for the blurry swatches – still need to get used to my new camera settings, but you get the general idea.
Yes, that’s right, Makeup Geek is now available in the UK. Hallelujah! For months I’ve been watching videos from US beauty vloggers raving about the brand, but getting my hands on it was pretty much impossible short of paying a bomb in shipping fees or an actual flight to America… But just before Christmas the UK-based online retailer Beauty Bay started stocking it. They offer free worldwide shipping on any orders over £15, so if you’re from a different part of the world it should be pretty easy to get hold of.
I’ve been using the site for years and I love it, delivery has always been top notch; items arrive within a few days and you can order to many local stores (corner shops, petrol stations etc) if you’re going to be at work. They also stock quite a few American brands we can’t get elsewhere. BB aren’t sponsoring me by the way, I genuinely just love their site and honestly use it more than any other makeup website, so wanted to share!
I went a little crazy and purchased quite a few MG eyeshadows when they first came in stock, and have been having oodles of fun testing them ever since. The ones I was really excited about, though, were the foiled shadows. I don’t own anything else like them, and as far as I’m aware there isn’t anything like them on the market at the same low price point.
They are the most pigmented metallic eyeshadows I’ve tried, and let me tell you they are buttery smooth. I do find the pigmentation when swatched is slightly better than when applied with a brush, so I usually lay down a dry base and then press another layer on over the top with my finger. I usually wet my finger with Mac Fix+ to do this so it’s super shiny, but you can use another glitter glue or just press it on dry.
I never thought I’d be able to wear a bright metallic green like Jester, but it’s so wearable! I think it’s because of the gold reflective shimmer in it. If you’re wanting to know how to wear it, I highly recommend watching this tutorial by Jaclyn Hill – I’ve recreated the look a couple of times and I adore it. It’s actually the reason I purchased this shade.
Grandstand is kind of a taupe, but actually comes out quite bronze on the lids. It’s the most ‘every day’ shade out of the three, and is really easy to just throw on with a dark brown buffed into the crease.
If I had to pick a favourite though, it would probably be Flamethrower. It’s so unique and I think it goes really well with my complexion and, well, gingerness! It’s a deep, rusty, burnt orange colour. These kinds of colours go brilliantly with blue eyes.
I did buy quite a few other regular eyeshadows from Makeup Geek, so if you would like to see an in-depth review on those, let me know. I’m thinking about doing a review video on my Youtube Channel. Comment below if that is something you would like to see!
Have you tried any makeup geek products? I’d love to hear what your favourites are. Leave a comment below!