Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (Swatches)

UPDATE (March 4, 2022): Unfortunately, the Makeup Geek brand is going out of business and will close in April 2022. The website is currently 40% off.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($8.49) promise a metallic sheen due the powder/cream hybrid formula. The shades I purchased are from the brand’s 2020 relaunch when they updated their formulas, color selection, and packaging.

  • Grandstand is described as a neutral medium copper brown (top left)
  • Legend is described as a warm copper (top right)
  • Mystical is described as a warm deep plum (bottom left)
  • Flame Thrower is described as a warm copper (bottom right)
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Swatches Grandstand, Legend, Mystical, Flame Thrower on medium dark skin
Top: Grandstand, Legend | Bottom: Mystical, Flame Thrower

I definitely think that the formula delivers the metallic sheen as promised. You can get a more subtle finish from these shadows if you apply them with a flat shader brush. In my experience, you can get a shiner finish with more impact if you apply them with a finger.

Unfortunately, that is were the good news ends for me. I did have some fallout and it isn’t easy to wipe away. The fallout sticks to my face and then it is hard to remove. This was worse for the shade Mystical, I assume because the shade is darker and has more contrast with my skin tone. I also experienced fallout throughout wear, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal distance. It is one of those things only someone trying to examine products for review would see.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Swatches Grandstand, Legend, Mystical, Flame Thrower on medium dark skin
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow L to R: Grandstand, Legend, Mystical, Flame Thrower

The major problem with this formula for me is wear time. After about 4 hours, it was creasing and there was some patchiness. I used my typical primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which I use with all formulas. I do have slightly hooded eyes and my right eye is more hooded than the left. The entire reason that I use eyeshadow primer is because I get oily in the crease area of my eyes due to them being hooded. So, if your eye shape is different, you may not have this issue. There are also more mattifying eyeshadow primers, so that could possibly help this formula last better. MAC paint pots tend to be popular as eye primers. I’ve found them to be too drying for me, but maybe that could be a better option for the Makeup Geek Foiled eyeshadow formula.

UPDATE June 2, 2021: I have continued to play around with these shadows to see if I could fix the creasing issue I was having. I have the most success with the Covergirl Trublend Lid Lock up eyeshadow primer, but I do still get creasing with these shadows. I tried the Covergirl over my go to Too Faced Shadow Insurance because it has a tacky finish. So I was hoping the extra tackiness would grab on to the pigment and keep them from creasing through the day. On the upside, the Covergirl Trublend Lid Lock up did prevent the fallout issue I was having. The colors are beautiful and they give a really nice metallic shine that doesn’t initially accentuate texture. But after about 4 or 5 hours, I start to see the creasing and then you can really see every line on my eyes. I’m disappointed that these don’t work well for me, but they are really beautiful shadows that hopefully don’t crease on everyone.

Do you use Makeup Geek shadows? What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (Swatches)

  1. Those swatches look gorgeous! The only one of those I have is Mystical, but it doesn’t really pop on my skin as I hoped. I only used it once though. All of my Makeup Geek shadows that I purchased during the rebranding are unfortunately not getting used. I always reach for other shadows instead. That’s unfortunate about the formula issues. I’m not sure if I’d have better luck because so far I’ve just worn them long enough to do eyeshadow looks for photos. I haven’t worn them for a full day yet.

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    1. Yea, I was really hoping for better. Makeup Geek has always been hit or miss for me so I guess I shouldn’t be shocked. I also wanted to try the mattes because I loved the old matte formula. Unfortunately, the reformulated mattes have corn starch in them and I’ve discovered that my eyes get irritated when I use those types of formulas.


      1. Oh wow! I didn’t realize it had corn starch! I know having that as an ingredient can make powders feel silkier and absorb oil, so I wonder if that’s why the mattes felt like such a dry formula on my eyelids. That’s very useful information. Thank you!


        1. No problem! The dryness could also be the kaolin clay in the ingredients. I didn’t even think about it until you mentioned them being dry. I’m not sure if it is common to use kaolin in an eyeshadow formula, but I know that corn starch does pop up every now and then.


          1. Oh wow that one too! I’ve seen kaolin clay occasionally in eyeshadows but I think having them both together in an eyeshadow is quite unusual. I’m going to look into that more and see if I have anything else in my collection with both kaolin and zea mays.


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