Monday, September 15, 2014

Review -- Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette and Pigments

I have wanted to try Makeup Geek eye shadows for a long, long time now.

Partly because I've watched Marlena for years on YouTube and absolutely adore her, partly because I like to support small businesses, and partly because I've seen nothing but rave reviews for the shadows.

I've held back only because I was seriously overwhelmed by all of the options and couldn't seem to narrow down my choices to just a handful -- I seriously can't tell you how many times I filled my cart up with like 20+ shadows and then said to myself, you can't get that many the first time... but I couldn't bear to leave any of the shades out so I just didn't order anything.

When I saw that she was coming out with a Vegas themed collection, though, I knew it was a sign -- I am kind of obsessed with Vegas, so I'm a sucker for products that have anything to do with Sin City (I own MAC's Vegas Volt Lipstick even though the color isn't the best match for my skin tone just because of the name.), which made this the perfect time to try out some Makeup Geek products.

I picked up the Vegas Lights Palette and two pigments from the ccollection Vegas Lights and Nightlife.

The palette comes in sturdy cardboard packaging that features cute Vegas themed artwork. There's a small mirror inside that I wouldn't use to do my makeup everyday, but would be fine for travel.

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette
The palette contains six shadows: Casino, a metallic yellow gold; Sin City, a shimmery golden apricot; Roulette, a soft metallic burgundy; Mirage, a matte yellow-y beige; Desert Sand, a matte mustard-y tan; and Bada Bing, a dark brown with gold micro-glitter.

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette
As far as I know, the only shade from the Makeup Geek permanent line in the palette is Bada Bing.

Not having tried the line's individual shadows, it's hard to imagine being any more impressed with the shadows in this palette.

The formula is lovely. In particular, the metallic and shimmery shades are a dream -- intensely pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend.  The matte shades are beautiful as well, though they are slightly drier in texture. They still apply easily and blend without much effort.

The colors in the palette are absolutely stunning as well.  The rich, warm tones are perfect for accenting blue eyes and are an ideal collection for fall. My personal favorites are Sin City and Roulette, which I use both as lid shades and in the crease.

Top row (l. to r.): Casino, Sin City, Roulette; Bottom row (l. to r.): Mirage, Desert Sands, Bada Bing
The pigments are just as nice as the palette.

I'm not sure I have words for how gorgeous Vegas Lights is -- it is a dazzling glittery copper shade that is just magical with blue eyes. The texture is pretty chunky in the container, but it blends smoothly on the lid even if you use it dry.

Nightlife is a rosy taupe shades that is ideal for everyday use. It has a creamy, silky texture and applies and blends easily.

Makeup Geek Pigments in Vegas Lights (l.) & Nightlight (r.)

Makeup Geek Pigments in Vegas Lights (l.) & Nightlight (r.)

Makeup Geek Pigments in Vegas Lights (l.) & Nightlight (r.)
The palette is currently out of stock, but the website says that they hope to have more sometime in  October. If you like warm toned shadows, I wouldn't hesitate to give it -- or the pigments -- a try.

And Makeup Geek ships worldwide so folks outside the U.S., you can get your hands on them too.

The palette is $37.99 and the pigments are $6.99 each.

I definitely see more Makeup Geek products in my future -- as soon as I can whittle down my wishlist a bit.

What do you think of the Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Collection? Have you tried other Makeup Geek products? What shadows would you recommend to someone new to the line?


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