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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Makeup Geek Review: Gel Liners & New Eyeshadows

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Whew! This is going to be a BIG post so get ready. I have to start off by thanking the generous people over at Makeup Geek who have been so, so good to me over the past few months. I can proudly say that my Makeup Geek collection is now about 99.95% complete thanks all they've sent me. To have such an awesome working relationship with their team means so, so much to me because Makeup Geek was the first makeup site I was ever serious about. Without it, I wouldn't have even started blogging, so I literally owe it all to them. Seeing the talented work of other artists like Kassie and Sonja in the weekly MUG competitions inspired me to improve my own skills and start sharing with others. A short year and a half later and I am now shocked but totally honoured to say that I have the most liked look in their image gallery, right above two of my makeup idols Marlena and Jangsara. Surreal to say the least. Dreams do come true kids, and other such cliches! Anyways. I digress. Now that my effusive thank you is out of the way, back to what you really care about: The Review!

My Makeup Geek eyeshadows and lipsticks have slowly been taking over both my personal and professional kit for a while now so I was thrilled when Makeup Geek contacted me to say they would be sending me six of their new eyeshadows and six brand new gel liners to try out as well. Well, Happy Day! They've arrived! Let's take a look at the brand new liners first!


Let me begin with Makeup Geek's three main claims about these gel liners: Smooth (glides on easily), Rich (highly pigmented) & Long Lasting (smudgeproof + waterproof). Coincidentally, when I asked my Facebook Fans what kind of info they wanted to read about in a review these were the three major themes. Perfect! So let's see how Makeup Geek's liners measured up to their claims, but first some basic information:
"Get the same precision as a liquid liner with our easily applied gel based liner. The eyeliners glide on with ease and dry to a water-resistant, smudge-proof finish that won’t fade or crease. With their intense color and rich pigmentation, these long lasting liners are sure to make a standing impression. Half the price of other expensive brands (Compare To: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Liners) without sacrificing quality For $7.99 you get  3G / 0.1 oz. All gel liners are cruelty-free. See full ingredient listing here."
ARE THEY SMOOTH? ( Grade: A- )
These liners did glide on very easily which is super important for liner challenged ladies like myself. I used both my finger and a cream shadow brush when testing and I had almost no issues regardless of my application method. The metallic/shimmer based liners apply like a dream; when you use your finger they literally melt to the warmth of your touch. The only trouble I had was with Electric, but you can read more about that in its mini review. Overall I'd say they definitely measured up.

ARE THEY PIGMENTED? ( Grade: B/B+ )

Pigmented? Yes, absolutely. Highly pigmented ... ehhhhh? Hear me out. When asked to deliver in the color department, these liners certainly pass the test. I applied on bare skin, no primer and took photos with flash (which typically washes out color) and they showed up bright & mostly true to life (See swatches for reference). If there is a catch, it's this: the pigmentation improves the more coats you apply, especially Twinkle, Amethyst & Mystic. In fact I didn't even like Twinkle until at least it's third coat, but then I LOVED it. If you're okay with doing a few layers to get the best color payoff, then you've got no problems but if you're picky about immediate pigmentation payoff you may be slightly disappointed.

ARE THEY LONG LASTING? ( Grade: A+ )

I think in this case a picture is worth a thousand words, but here's a few words on the longevity of these liners anyways. I applied these liners at 11:00am and took swatch photos right away. After that I immediately put on a long sleeve shirt (to simulate eye friction), went and ran errands, came back, took a bath (got my arms wet), towelled off got dressed cooked dinner and cleaned my apartment and showered. At 11:00pm, twelve long hours later, I took a second photo and well ... like I said ... the pictures speak for themselves. So, yeah. They are long lasting.


AMETHYST is a saturated purple color with a metallic finish. It has a fairly strong pink/red undertones to it as you can see in the swatch below, which differs from the swatch on their website. But, it's a pretty color nonetheless. It would be beautiful paired with Prom Night or as a base for Drama Queen( Grade: A- )

ELECTRIC is a true Royal Blue with matte finish. It has great color payoff, especially on camera, and probably the best longevity but of all the liners. However this one was also the patchiest to apply making it the hardest to work with. Pros and cons on both sides. ( Grade: B )

MYSTIC is a light emerald green with a metallic gold shimmery finish. This light emerald green shade is sure to have magical effects. Quite iridescent and the lightest of all the liners; this would make a beautiful highlight on the inner corner of the eye or on the lower waterline. However, of all the shadows, this one wore off first .... you know, after 12+ hours. ( Grade: B+/A- )


MOBSTER is a deep chocolate brown with a matte finish. Okay, so it's not the most exciting of the colors but everyone needs a good brown liner in their kit! Brown liner is a great way to soften your makeup look for school or the office, or just on days you want to keep your look soft and delicate. Mobster does everything a good brown liner should. Applies smoothly, warms the eye, goes on dark and stays. For hours, and hours ... and hours ... and ... you get the point. ( Grade: A+ )


RAVE is a dark metallic golden brown shade with a smooth shimmery finish. You'll certainly get rave reviews with this metallic golden brown liner on your eyes! This is a great neutral toned liner that would be perfect for all kinds of looks. Great pigmentation, very versatile color, long lasting. 10's across the board. ( Grade: A )


TWINKLE is a metallic dark gray with blue undertones and a smooth shimmery finish. Your eyes are sure to be stars when this shade embellishing them! This was my favorite liner because it was the most interesting and as soon as I swatched it, a 1,000 smokey eye looks popped into my head. God I love a good smokey eye. Anyways, in person it reads a deep silvery blue but in photographs it's an iridescent taupe. It's a chameleon! Plus it has the tiniest amount of rainbow glitter in it. Truly evocative of a night sky! I just wish the pictures did it more justice. I can easily see this or mobster being the first colors I hit pan with. ( Grade: A- )

Swatch #1 @ 11:00AM: Indoors, no natural light, flash photo. No primer base.
L-R = Twinkle, Electic, Rave, Amethyst, Mobster & Mystic

Twelve hours and one bath later ....


Swatch #2 @ 11:00PM: Indoors, no natural light, flash photo. No primer base.


Impressive, no? Enough said. Well, on to the eyeshadows then!


I don't want to sound like a broken record because my opinions on the quality of Makeup Geek eyeshadows are well known. I use their eyeshadows all the time in my looks, I use them on brides & bridesmaids, I just love 'em. Affordable ($5.99 compared to MAC's $15.99), pigmented, long-lasting & a good range of neutrals (though I would like to see an improvement in selection & quality of matte primary colors) For a full Makeup Geek vs. MAC breakdown, you can read this post I did earlier this past summer.  Anyways, on to the shadows.


BOO BERRY is a dark periwinkle blue with soft matte finish. The matte finish makes this color ideal for use on the lower lid for blending out black liner, adding the perfect amount of excitement to your look. Unfortunately this was my least favorite of the bunch. Poor Boo Berry! It's not it's fault. When being compared to such rich, shimmery, pigmented shadows you can't help but notice that this one doesn't quite perform as well. it's a bit patchy and a little more chalky than the rest. The bad news is it's tricky to work with but the good news is ... all the other shadows have rave reviews! ( Grade: B- )
NAUTICA is a midnight blue with a shimmery finish and slight iridescent violet undertone. Capture the essence of the ocean with Nautica! The rich color blends easily to help create deep, dark, mysteriously alluring looks. As Carrie Bradshaw would say to her Manolos ... "Hello, lover." Ohhhh, I just adore this shade. I can't wait to use this one in all kinds of sultry looks. No complaints here. It applies like a dream and it looks & feels like one too. ( Grade: A+ )
CREME BRULEE is a medium sand color with a soft matte finish. It has a velvety matte finish and texture that will leave your eyes looking and feeling delicious.  Perfect for warming up a brown smokey eye, or used to blend out harsh lines. Either way this, color is simply delectable. I can tell already this is going to be a great blending color that's going to get used a lot. The only downside is that it doesn't really apply the same color that it looks like in the pan which is decieving ( Grade: A- )

PEACH SMOOTHIE is a light peach beige with a soft matte finish which makes it ideal for blending out harsh shades or on the lower lid to help create a stunning neutral look. Despite what it looks like in the swatch this is actually a really great shadow, it just so happens to be almost exactly the shade of my skin so it doesn't show up. Guess this is my new go to blending color! ( Grade: A )
DRAMA QUEEN is a densely dark purple with red glitter and a shimmery finish. This exquisite color is perfect for darkening the outer corners or creating striking smokey look. No matter how you use it, this color is sure to turn heads and make your inner Drama Queen come out to play. I really love this color and can't wait to pair it with Amethyst Liner, Prom Night, Creme Brulee & Peach smoothie for a beautiful warm look for brown eyes. ( Grade: A )
PROM NIGHT is a pale purple with hints of grey and a shimmery finish. This shade is flattering for every eye color, every skin tone, and the shimmery finish makes it perfect for any occasion. The rich pigmentation and velvet-like texture makes this an ideal shade regardless of where you are going. Pair it up with other neutral shades for a great day look or add deeper shadows for a great smokey eye for that special night. ( Grade: A )
Swatch #1 @ 11:00AM: Indoors, no natural light, flash photo. 

Applied three coats with eyeshadow brush over Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L-R: Drama Queen, Prom Night, Creme Brulee, Peach Smoothie, Nautica & Boo Berry
Swatch #2 @ 11:00PM: Indoors, no natural light, flash photo.


Now, that's pretty impressive for not being waterproof!


I hope you guys found this post to be helpful. If there's anything else you need to know about these products that I haven't included - just comment and ask. Also, let me know if you would like to see me use these or any other Makeup Geek products in any looks. You can check out the full range of their products at the Makeup Geek store.

25 comments:

  1. Great review, I just order some brushes from Makeup Geek and I've been considering purchasing there eye shadows and gel liners :)

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    1. I would definitely recommend it, they have great stuff

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  2. nice swatches!!!^^ looks really pigmented.=)

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  3. I must say that I find that amount of waterproof-ness a bit of a downside: I know I had to rub with water and rub with soap and rub with a waterproof makeup remover and scratch swatches from my hand...
    I wouldn't want to have to do even just a bit of that with my eyelids!

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    1. What do you use for makeup remover? No makeup should be that hard to remove that you need to be scratching your skin. Standard olive oil took this stuff right off, no problem. Works like a charm. I got my hair stuck on fly paper once and olive oil even took that off, lol.

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  4. Great review! I love MUG eyeshadows, I find a lot of them to be even better than MAC, which is saying a lot! From your swatches, Prom Night, Drama Queen, & Twinkle look to be the produts I would reach for most ;)

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    1. They are definitely worth it :) I only own one MAC shadow for comparison but I really do love my MUG colors. What colors do you own?

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  5. More tutorials! I love your looks :)

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    1. I'm trying to find some time this week to film some autumn inspired looks :)

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    2. That would be awesome! Something for green eyed gingers would be even better;)

      I have a lot of MUG colors, Shimma, Vanilla Bean, Sea Mist, Mermaid, Peacock, Shimmermint, Envy, Twilight, Sensuous, Last Dance, Burlesque, Unexpected, Fairytale, Purple Rain, White Lies, Yellow Brick Road (I don't recommend), Taupe Notch, Gold Digger, Glamorous, Latte, Mocha, Bada Bing, Beaches&Cream, Purely Naked and Country Girl.
      I was looking for a good neutral blending color. Would you recommend creme brulee or peach smoothie? Would you say the liners could be used as paint pots? I tried the MUG paint pots but was not impressed:(

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    3. Green eyed gingers, got it. I'll see what I can do. :) For the blending color it depends on your skin. I'm fairly light with yellow undertones so Peach Smoothie is almost the exact color of my skin, Creme Brulee is about two shades darker than that. If you want comparisons to other orange/neutrals in the MUG line, just click the links in my post for either of those two and there should be a swatch comparison to a bunch of other colors. That might help make up your mind for which would be better as well.

      I also fully plan on using these liners as paint pots, especially the neutral colors like Rave, Twinkle & Mobster

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  6. these look amazing i have been eyeing them off for about a week or so this helped make my mind up! great review as always thanks meredith jessica!
    http://allthingsbeautybytiarni.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Happy to have helped in some small way, thanks Tiarni! Btw I'm following your blog now as well :)

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  7. Wow, they all look amazing! I've just arranged a swap for some of the MUG shadows and I'm really excited to get to try them.

    Lou x

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    1. Oooh! You're going to love them. Do you know what colors you're getting?

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  8. I love that you wore them for 12 hours! Thanks for a great and very thorough review!

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    1. Thanks, most people were interested in how long lasting they were so I figured I'd put them to the full test!

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  9. Hi!
    Thanks for the thorough review. I love how long-wearing those liners are on your arm, but have you tried them on the waterline? I'm trying to find my HG liner. I've tried Bobbi Brown (can't get it off my eyes without three rounds of makeup remover, but it slips off my waterline within 3 hours)but so far, Urban Decay's Perversion seems to be the best. How do these compare?
    Anna
    (http://brighteyedbeautyblog.blogspot.com.au/)

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  10. Hola!! We don't have this brand in Spain, but he have Inglot, which has fantastic and affordable products. And with a really nice packaging as well. Love, love love your looks!!

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  11. fantastic review & swatches! I really want to order some of the liners soon, I want the red one the most! The new eyeshadow shades look really pretty, too.

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  12. Wow gorgeous colors, i love the blue one.
    xoxo

    http://www.descontraidas.com

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  13. Those gel liners look fantastic! Thanks for the review Meredith! x

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