Hi dolls. Hope you are having a great day. Today it’s not as cold as it has been so hopefully my pain level starts to come down. Right now I’m at a 7. I finally slept and have a few spoons left over from my morning responsibilities. Well let me share my face of the day and review of Makeup Geek Cosmetics.
Face of the Day ….
Today I use the Makeup Geek palette I created. I was excited for this order to get to me. Makeup Geek does not have primer, foundation, concealer, setting powders , mascara, or brow products so I had to pull those from my stash for these items.
Base: For my primer I chose It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($49 on It’s website), Concealer today is Too Faced Born This Way Concealer ($28 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium,Foundation is Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector with broad spectrum spf 20 ($36 at Ulta and on Urban Decay’s website) in the color Medium Light, I set my eyes with my ELF Smooth and Set ($4 on ELF’s website) and my face with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora), I bronzed my face with a mix of Makeup Geek bronzer ($14.99 on Makeup Geek’s website) and their contour pan ($9.99 on sale for 3.99 on their website) in the color Complicated.
Eyes: I primed my lids with my Tarte Shape Tape ($27 but on sale for $19 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium Honey, I created a 9 pan palette from Makeup Geek for 57.99 total which includes the z palette, each eyeshadow costs $6.00…. The color I set my Shape Tape with is Peach Smoothie and I also used this color as my transition shade by deepening the transition with extra layers of Peach Smoothie, as my crease color I chose Pumpkin’, I used Dark Roast in my outer V and on the out 1/3 of my lid, I picked I’m Peachless for the remaining 2/3 of my lid and So Pale as my brow bone highlight, and then I used Shimma Shimma on my inner corner highlight, on my lower lash line I used Pumpkin’ and Dark Roast, For mascara I used The Balm What’s Your Type? ($19 on the Balm website), for eyeliner I chose Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22 at Ulta) in the color Intense Black, in the lower water line I used NYX Faux Whites ($8 at Ulta) in the color Linen, for my eyebrows I really liked the look I got with yesterday’s product so again I used the ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on ELF’s website) in deep brown paired with ELF Wow Brow ($4 on ELF’s webstie) in the color Deep Brown.
Cheeks and Lips: My highlighter today is Makeup Geek Midnight Sun ($14.99 on the Makeup Geek website) and my bush is their single blush pans ($9.99 on the Makeup Geek website) in the color Heart Throb, Lip Liner I didn’t purchase because I forget, so I used Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner ($18 at Sephora and the Kat Von D website) in the color Lolita II and my lipstick is Makeup Geek Iconic Lipstick ($14.99 on the Makeup Geek website) in the color Naive.
The Review …
I am not sure how I feel about the Primer… it gives a white cast to the skin that doesn’t go away and causes flash back with flash photography, but it does blur the pores… not sure if it’s worth the $49 price tag when there are better primers on the market way cheaper. The Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid foundation is one of my all time favorite foundations. It goes on like a bb cream but had way better coverage. There are 6 shades in the rang, 3 for darker skin. It isn’t the type of foundation that drys down so you do need to set this one with powder. I have repurchased this one 4 times since it came out and will continue to repurchase it as long as Urban Decay continues to sell it. As for the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, which comes in 12 shades (3 for deeper skin), I don’t really have an opinion of it. It’s just ok for me. I remember when it first came out everyone was head over heels for it, but as many times as I have tried it, it just doesn’t speak to me in anyway, there are certainly better concealers on the market.
Now on to the Makeup Geek Review:
Let’s start with the Highlighter and Bronzer. Midnight Sun Highlighter is a Golden Tan with a Peach reflect. It goes on so powerfully and it’s a smooth highlighter, not at all chalky like some highlights can be. I liked this highlighter until around 4 pm when I looked in the mirror. The color had vanished and all that was left behind was glitter… I ended up having to reapply it to refresh my makeup and normally I don’t have this problem. Now there could be a number of reasons the highlight diapered, anything from the foundation I am wearing to the fact that my hair is down, so I wont give my final thoughts on this one yet until I’ve tried it out a few more time, but what I will say is it is a beautiful color and makes the cheek bone glow perfectly. The bornzer I chose is too light. I didn’t notice that it was for fair skin so it took 3 applications to get coverage for me, now with that being said, this bronzer is beautiful on the skin. It’s a peach tan bronzer that is a bit chalky but it buffs out wonderfully. I will be ordering the next color up when I place my next Makeup Geek order. I did use the Contour powder in the color Complicated to deepen my bronze today. It is a red toned tan and it is smooth and blends into the skin well, even over the dry patch I have on my forehead today. As for blush, I made a mistake and ordered 3 of the same shade …. I am not mad at that at all because the color I picked is beautiful …. I purchased Heart Throb. I felt that this color is a true coral but the makeup Geek website bills it as a salmon brown with a matte finish. best suited for fair skin tones, however this color showed up on my light medium skin tone in 1 pass. These blushes are amazing they aren’t silky but they aren’t chalky either. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is pretty good, a little difficult to apply at first, I tried to do a thin line and ended up with a thicker than I wanted line. This eyeliner comes in 8 colors and I believe it is definitely worth the price. I may not repurchase this one as there are other liquid liners that I like a little bit more. I am really enjoying the combo of the pencil and wow brow from ELF … I am most definitely repurchasing both these products and dare I say they are loved more than the brow powder I have been using for the past 2 years. The Balm mascara is starting to sneak it’s self into my heart. I love the way it looks, I still love my Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black, I would say this is my 2nd favorite mascara.
The Iconic Lipsticks are impressive, not sticky, highly pigmented and they don’t bleed into my fine lines in the lips. I again chose the wrong color … it was too pale on my lips so I had to completely fill in my lips with Lolita II from Kat Von D before I could make Naive work for me. The Iconic line only comes it 7 colors and I really wish there was a coral color in the line or a pinky nude. They are comfortable on the lips and they stay put on the lips with no corner of the mouth transfer. They aren’t long lasting by any means, I had to reapply at least 2 before I switched to their Show Stopper Creme Stain ($11.99 on the Makeup Geek website). Can we talk about these creme stains!! At first I thought it was a liquid lipstick and was fully prepared to tell you I hate them because it felt too dry and uncomfortable. That is because I applied a thick layer to build up the color … when I looked on the website and realized that it was a stain I took it off and reapplied a thin even layer and I am in love now!!! My lips feel like skin not dry and cracked. This stain doesn’t transfer and doesn’t feather or bleed into the fine lines. The color I have is called Jitterbug, it’s a high impact true coral. Out of the two lip products I think I will be purchasing more of the creme stains. Only because I don’t like having to reapply my lip product over and over.
On to the eye shadow palette I created.
Makeup Geek offers 3 empty palettes to choose from, The travel Vault ($12.99) that can hold 9 shadows (or a combo of shadows and blushes), The Mega Vault ($24.99) that can hold 28 shadows (or a combo of shadows and blushes), and The Empty 9 Well Palette ($11.99).
What I have is the empty 9 well palette and the colors I chose are: Shimma Shima, a pale peachy flesh tone with a silver reflect. So Pale, a light vanilla matte. Rapunzel, a pale peach with gold reflect. Sand Dollar, a pale grey matte, Peach Smoothie, a true peach matte. Pumpkin’, a coral-orange hybrid matte. I’m Peachless, a pale peach with pink reflect. Tuscan Sun, a dusty coral pink matte. And finally Dark Roast, a dark true brown matte. The pigmentation on these shadows is crazy!! Super pigmented. The mattes are a bit chalky but blend well and the shimmers are buttery smooth.
My final thoughts on the Makeup Geek line ….
I am in love with the Makeup Geek brand. The quality of these products is insane! The prices are on par with some of the other smaller brands and the quality of the packaging is in my opinion better than some of the big brands out there. I will definitely be purchasing more products from Makeup Geek.
Well Thanks for sticking with me dolls. I hope the day finds you with plenty of spoons and as always save a spoon for a bit of makeup …