Makeup Geek Eyeshadows Review: Because We All Need Good Quality And Affordable Eyeshadows


I believe, no matter how many eyeshadows a beauty blogger has in her possession, there will never a day where she goes “Okie, I’ve had enough eyeshadows to last me a lifetime and no more shall I ever buy”.

That part about having enough eyeshadows to last a lifetime is definitely true, and I think many of you share that sentiment, but to stop just because there’s enough? That’s what vanity consumerism is all about, isn’t it?

Sure, there will be times when the month’s bills hits the ceiling and you will find your makeup buying obsession absolutely reproachful, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do – BE HAPPY!

And nothing makes me happier than buying new makeup! (Of course there are, but you know what I mean!) The promise of endless possibilities with new shades, textures, finishes, combinations… and that’s only eyeshadows!

When Makeup Geek (MUG) launched her own brand of cosmetics, I was elated! She’s such an inspiration – famous beauty blogger and now successful business woman! I mentioned her in my Makeup Geek Haul (I got brushes too!) so you can go over and check it out.

MAC Singapore sells their eyeshadow at SGD26.00 a pot and it’s A LOT to pay for one shade, and I have barely made a dent in any of my MAC eyeshadows. They should make smaller-sized versions and I’d be happy to pay for a slightly-more-expensive-than-half-price price.

But for the same size and equally good quality, MUG prices its eyeshadows at a fraction of MAC’s! MAC – USD14.00; MUG – USD 6.00.

Let’s take a look at my first seven (and definitely not last!) Makeup Geek eyeshadows.

MUG Eyeshadow – Unicorn


Doesn’t the name win your heart already? How mystical and beautiful!

MUG describes it as a ‘shimmery blue purple’; it reminds me of periwinkles – unicorns gallivanting across a field full of periwinkles. It has a shimmery finish and feels slightly grainy but nowhere as grainy as Razzleberry. Pigmentation is good.

Unicorn plays very well as a lid color, and if you’re adventurous, try it as a Contour Area color!

Unicorn is one of the Top 10 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows.

MUG Eyeshadow – Cocoa Bear

Cocoa Bear is my most recent greatest love for the Contour Area! Haha, I sound like I always change my favorite shade on the Contour Area. But really, if you have warm-toned skin like I do, Cocoa Bear does a wonderful job of warming up the eyes and it goes well with almost all shades I’ve tried on other parts of the eye. Some browns can look a little too cool on me, but Cocoa Bear’s reddish brown is simply perfect. It is very pigmented and blends well.

I only use Cocoa Bear on the Contour Area as I don’t usually like browns on the lid.

Cocoa Bear is one of the Top 10 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows.

MUG Eyeshadow – Peacock

Peacock is not in the Top 10 list, but I chose it anyway because it looked so special! I do still think this blue-black shade is gorgeous, but the pigmentation is poor and rather difficult to blend.

It is also chalky. See how obviously you can see my arm hairs in the swatch? A chalky powder product would create such an effect.

Peacock is really pretty and I tend to use it on the Outer 1/3 of the lid and Contour Area. I used it as a Contour Area color in this eye makeup tutorial.

It reminds me of the crappy half of L’Oreal HiP Eyeshadow, which I was going to throw away. I depotted and retained the good side.

Left: Makeup Geek Peacock, Right: L’Oreal HiP Eyeshadow Duo Showy crappy half

MUG Eyeshadow – Shimmermint

The picture of Shimmermint on the Makeup Geek website is not quite as accurate. In the Top 10 list, Shimmermint looks more fresh grass-green than the light khaki-green it really is. I think my picture depicts the shade more accurately, at least that’s what I see with my eyes. MUG’s swatch is quite accurate, though much more layered.

I love Shimmermint for its velvety texture, great pigmentation and blendability. This is one of my favorites. To think I almost didn’t want to get it! It reminds me of MAC’s Gorgeous Gold in a way. Gorgeous Gold is gold that reflects light green while Shimmermint is green that reflects light gold. Too beautiful! 😀 😀 😀

MUG Eyeshadow – Razzleberry

Razzleberry is pretty, just… flat pretty. It doesn’t WOW me, despite its flecks of gold, and you know just how much I love gold in my eyeshadows. Maybe it’s because I have Sugarpill Love+ that made me feel, when I first applied it, that it is so similar yet loses out in pigmentation and ease of blending.

Razzleberry feels very grainy when you use your finger (some people prefer to use their fingers to apply eyeshadow), and I’m not a fan of eyeshadows that feel so grainy. I thought Sugarpill’s Love+ is a little grainy but compared to Razzleberry, Love+ feels like silk.

On the MUG website, Razzleberry looks like an orange-red and I really wanted an orange-red eyeshadow. :( I bet it was layered to death to appear THAT intense. My swatch was achieved with 4 layers and it only got this far. I didn’t apply any primer and maybe they did, but the difference is stark, isn’t it?

Left: Makeup Geek Razzleberry; Right: Sugarpill Love+

MUG Eyeshadow – Corrupt

Even though Corrupt didn’t make it to the Top 10, it has received plenty of positive reviews for its intense pigmentation. It IS the blackest black eyeshadow I’ve ever come across and doesn’t take much effort to get it on. It took only two gentle rubs on my arm to create that swatch. Madly pigmented!

The price to pay for such pigmentation is its chalkiness. It really does get all over the place and I have to be very careful not to get it all over my cheeks even after dabbing away excess on a piece of tissue.

Besides, I don’t fancy using black for my eye makeup looks. I find that black looks too harsh for the flatter curvature of Asian eyes and there are plenty of alternatives for harsh black. I got Corrupt only because everyone was raving about it.

If you can carry black eyeshadow well and apply foundation after eye makeup, then you’ll find a best friend in Corrupt. Otherwise, I think NYX’s Black Eyeshadow gives greater control, is less messy and is not too much less dark.

A little rub, a little touch, and it gets all over the place in my Z-palette. TSK.

Me not a fan.

I need to move it to my other ‘less-used eyeshadows’ palette soon. It’s not even a palette, it’s a pathetic, flimsy CD case. *Annoyed with self

MUG Eyeshadow – Shimma Shimma

Ever since I got Shimma Shimma, Sin from Urban Decay has been ousted. Sin is slightly more pink and looks a little weird as a brow bone highlight.

But Shimma Shimma… *WOWZA! It goes on easily and beautifully, works as an overall lid color, as a pop of light on the inner corner of the eye, and as a brow bone highlight.

MAC Shroom and Kat Von D Tequila have been my staple brow bone highlighters, but they were never good enough, or what I really craved for a inner corner color or one that I could just brush all over the lid, slap on some mascara and look fresh and awake. Shimma Shimma does all that. And it is so soft and velvety! LOVE, LOVE LOVE!

Left: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma; Right: Urban Decay Sin

All together now,


I love that I don’t have to depot the eyeshadows (as addictive as depotting is) as they already come in magnetized pans. No need to write and paste your own label either!

There have been some hits and misses, but overall Makeup Geek Eyeshadows are great quality for the price. I don’t think the Makeup Geek Company cares about price as much as their desire to bring to the market good quality and affordable eyeshadows. Amateur or professional, everyone will find something they like from the ever-increasing number of Makeup Geek eyeshadow colors available.

I believe they will only get better at producing their own products and with Marlena’s insistence on putting out a product only after she is totally satisfied with it shows the company’s commitment to the brand and the market’s needs.

Oh, for those who have asked about shipping costs to Singapore, it’s really not too expensive and took less than 2 weeks to arrive. There’s a sale going on now, so it’s a good time to get something for yourself.

Now, what colors should I bring home next?

What about you? Have you tried any Makeup Geek Eyeshadows? Have I tempted you? 😀


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Sunny

    Oooo I like Shimmermint (not surprising)! I might take a look at MUG products once I… test out what I have already haha

    • Bun Bun

      Can never get to finish reviewing ‘what I already have’ when I’m buying at a faster rate than using! I knew you’d like Shimmermint too! =D

  • Jyoan

    MUG just had a sale for her eyeshadows last week, and I quickly bought her color expansion set and few singles. I am still waiting for them to ship over. Hope I will like them. =)

    • Bun Bun

      Oooh! Good thing you caught the sale! Which singles did you get? I’m really intrigued by Chickadee, which you will get in your expansion set, but am afraid it will make my yellow-toned skin look yellow. Let me know once you’ve tried it!

      • Jyoan

        I got Mandarin, Cupcake, Cinderella, and Pixie Dust. Okay, sure will when I try. =) They look beautiful in the palette. But not sure if they will apply nicely.

  • a!kO

    Oooo pretty! And you are right about the ‘i have enough shadows to last a life time but still getting more when youre out shopping’ lol. I guess we can’t help it. We are attracted to shiny and pretty things!! 😉 I saw the swatches on the MUG website and I love the razzleberry swatch there. You are right it’s not as bright or pigmented in person. But they are cheap enough (compared to MAC I guess) you could experiment more colors 😀 Purple rain, sensuous, envy, fuji and chickadee caught my eye 😀 although I do hope they are really that pigmented in person :) OMG now I feel like shopping 😛 you are an enabler! 😛


    • Bun Bun

      Like magpies! Heehee!

      I’m interested in Envy and Chickadee (but like I mentioned in the above comment, I’m afraid it make me look too yellow). Fuji caught my eye too but I think my Sugarpill Absinthe looks quite similar so I’m giving it a miss. I do like Burlesque too.

  • Jenny

    Great post! I was hoping for your review on these eyeshadows to know if they´re really good enough to buy. I´m a little dissapointed with some shadows as you said they´re chalky, but I might buy some like Shimma Shimma or Cocoa Bear. I also want to read desesperately your review on the MUG brushes because I want to buy the Outer V brush! Can you please tell me a little info about it before you post your review? Do you think the Outer V brush is worth buying? Love all your posts, I´m subscribed by email so I don´t miss any!

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Jenny! Thanks for subscribing and supporting! 😀

      Yea, Corrput and Peacock are chalky but you will definitely LOVE Shimma Shimma and Cocoa Bear! Go for Shimmermint too. Trust me!

      As for the Outer V Brush…. hmmmm…. ummmm…. let’s just say I’m a little disappointed. I’m always honest in my opinions and I’m gonna say the MUG Outer V didn’t work for me at all. NO-GO.

      • Jenny

        Oh! So sad to hear that :( because I wanted that brush so badly to be good. I´ll wait for your review to see the details about it. Thanks a lot for your reply, I just discovered your blog recently searching for a MUG brush review and now I´m subscribed and reading your old posts, and I´m enjoying your blog a lot!

        • Bun Bun

          Yes, yes do hang around for a bit. Many, many bits actually, coz my rate of reviewing just cannot keep up with my rate of buying. Bad girl! Lol! Thank you so much for subscribing and for going through my posts. I feel appreciated! 😀

  • Jeanne

    I did pick up a couple of eyeshadows in their last 20% off sale, my favourites are Unexpected, Burlesque, and Sensuous (I too, have far too many eyeshadows but I was lacking a bit in purple shades!). I have Shimmermint and I do agree it does look different in person, it’s still a pretty green though so I like it nonetheless :) I did pick up Razzleberry as well but I haven’t worn it yet, red’s not exactly an everyday eyeshadow colour for me!

    • Bun Bun

      A girl can’t have too many purple shades. 😀 Shimmermint is gorgeous, isn’t it! Red may seem a little too funky but you can always tone it down with something dark so that it won’t look too flashy. I still prefer Sugarpill’s Love+ and NYX’s Rust for their texture and blendability though.

      And Burlesque! OMG it’s soooooo pretty! I want! They look quite similar in the pictures but are they really so in real life?

      • Jeanne

        They’re different enough to warrant getting both in my opinion, Burlesque leans more rusty red/burgundy and Sensuous is more purple. I took some pictures if you wanted to see (I have never done a swatch pic before so forgive me if it’s not helpful lol!)

        • Bun Bun

          Thanks for the pictures! You are right, they are rather different. Sensuous leans a little pink and it looks less pigmented, is it?

          • Jeanne

            I think that’s more of a result of me being bad at doing and photographing swatches! When I wear Sensuous on my eyes it doesn’t appear to be significantly less pigmented.

  • Harriet

    Hi! I love reading your blog. Your reviews are always so helpful!

    I’m really interested in Shimma shimma. May i ask for a comparison between Shimma and Too chic?

    I bought Too Chic after reading your review and never looked back. Right now I use Too Chic under the eyes and dab a little more on the inner corners to bring in more light. Sometimes I want more intensity (too chic is probably not designed to be used on eyes too ;P) and love to see how these two products compare.

    • Bun Bun

      Hello Harriet!

      I’m so happy you went out to get Too Chic upon reading my review. And doubly happy that you love it as much as I do! 😀 Yes I think Too Chic is too subtle for highlighting parts of the eye. I’ve tried that too, but it’s just not enough. It is spectacular for the face though.

      I just did swatches of Too Chic and Shimma Shimma to compare for you.

      Both are smooth and pigmented, Shimma is slightly more creamy but Too Chic doesn’t fall too far behind. Anyway we don’t want to pick up too much product at once for the face, that’s why I use 188 with Too Chic. Color wise, Shimma is more pinkish while Too Chic leans more peachy-champagne. Just looking at them makes it quite clear which one I’d want on the face or eye. Shimma will be TOO pink for my yellow-toned skin to be used as a highlighter on the cheek bones. Its shimmer will be kind of OTT to be used on the cheekbones. I like to highlight my cheekbones for dimension but not make them the focus of my makeup, you get what I mean?

      Too Chic, as you already know, is just fabulous for the cheekbones as its well-dispersed, fine shimmer bits add glow without screaming for attention. Probably good enough as a brow bone highlight, but not enough as a inner corner of the eye product. Once again, I’m so glad you love Too Chic! 😀

      Hope you find my comparison useful! Just get Shimma Shimma already!

      • Harriet

        Perfect! Exactly what I needed to know and learned a couple of things more! One of the reasons I love reading your blog. (usually I’m meh TL;DR ;P)

        Shimma Shimma is definitely the top of my shopping list now!

  • Cindy

    can I ask why you didn’t use a primer? (:
    and can you post a picture with it over a primer? thank you.

    • Bun Bun

      Hello Cindy,

      That’s a good question and you shall be given a comprehensive answer. =D

      First of all, not everybody uses a primer – some don’t have, some don’t bother, some don’t have time. So if I use a primer underneath, I will get ask instead why did I use a primer coz then the colors would have been enhanced and not ‘true’. I would rather do swatches without primer so that people can decide whether or not they want or should use a primer.
      Secondly, I use UDPP, but there are hundreds of primers in the market – different brands; different formulas, textures, colors, consistency. If I swatch with UDPP, people will ask me how they will look with other primers, eg. liquid transparent vs colored matte. Neverending story! Lol.
      Lastly, the amount of primer used will matter too. I don’t want to have to explain how much primer was used to achieve how much intensity. Neverending!


  • Cindy

    Haha! Arrey that’s the sad part of all this. It’s just been about 2 yrs since I started with makeup and I already have a ton of stuff and I’m not even a beauty blogger. And because of all the new stuff that comes out every minute, we can’t even fully enjoy what we already own. It’s pathetic 😉

    • Bun Bun

      HAHAHA! Not pathetic… Just… CHALLENGING. 😀

  • dreamyc81

    I bought some of their brushes and have since shifted to using those from M.A.C. I’m tempted by their eye shadows though. ^^

  • harrisx

    @Bun Bun I love that you didn’t use a primer. Yes, I always prime my lids but I like to see the true color before I buy and primers can sometimes alter it.

  • BunBunMakeupTips

     @dreamyc81 MUG’s brushes are really quite BLEAH. It’s quite, um, unfair to compare MUG brushes and MAC brushes. They’re of totally different calibre. MUG’s eyeshadows, however, can fight those from MAC. Give them a try!

  • dreamyc81

     Ha ha… I’ve already spent close to USD200 on MUG a couple of days ago, after reading your post. Incidentally, do you know how to retrieve deleted blog entries after you’ve logged out?

  • BunBunMakeupTips

     @dreamyc81 Ah? I don’t think deleted entries are easily retrievable… not in my knowledge anyway. You accidentally deleted yours?