As aforementioned on my Morphe palette review last week, I am always on the lookout for good quality, affordable makeup. Sure, everyone loves a bit of Burberry now and again, but I can practically feel my bank account aching if I stare too long in Selfridges...
A little warning-you'll probably make a purchase after reading this.
I first discovered Makeup Geek Cosmetics through the incredible Jaclyn Hill on YouTube. She almost always uses at least one of these little babies in her incredible makeup tutorials, so I thought I'd try the starter kit out for size... and so the obsession was born. My bank account still weeps occasionally, don't get me wrong, but at least it's a little more moderate!
The formula in general is very high quality, especially considering the price. Highly pigmented, long lasting colour with minimal fallout (with one notable exception - corrupt - the blackest black eyeshadow I have ever seen, but fallout-o-rama. Definitely do your eyes first if using this!) and now a huge colour selection. If you're new to the makeup geek world, try a few of their classic warm toned mattes on for size - Cocoa Bear, Frappe, Beaches and Cream, and Peach Smoothie jump to mind - you won't be disappointed. Oh, and they're cruelty free, talc free, and paraben free.
The foiled eyeshadow formula is off. The. Charts. I can't even. Check the first column, third shadow down in the above photo. The formula is unbelievably shimmery and beautiful, and honestly feels like a cream. I have to use primer whatever eyeshadow I use thanks to my greaseball eyelids (nice image, eh?) but if you are prone to a crease at all you might want to use a primer for these. That shouldn't put you off though-they are glorious.
All of the eyeshadows come in individual pro-pans, which are magnetic - just pop them in a Z-palette of your choice and go. From experience, these also travel well if you look after them - I think the folks checking my hand luggage at Glasgow airport were a bit confused by the palettes of many, many colourful pans wrapped up carefully in my bag!
The other brilliant thing about these is the price. £4.95 a pan (half the cost of a MAC shadow, for absolutely comparable quality) for the normal formula, and £7.95 for foiled, on beautybay.com.
Sorry. I warned you.