I finally completed a palette full of my Makeup Geek favorites. I actually had a smaller palette which was the Large palette from Make Up For Ever. This one is the XL palette. It holds 45 shadows that are standard size shadows. The Make Up For Ever single shadows are bigger than shadows like: MAC, Makeup Geek, ABH, Coastal Scents, and so on. Standard size is around .064 oz.
So like I said these are my favorite colors and it's taken me over a year, maybe 2 years, to get all these because I'm very selective. There are only a few that I don't use that much. A great way to get MUG shadows if you haven't tried any is bundles. There is a starter pack on sale for $44 that has 9 go to shades. There is another vegan bundle pack that is mostly cool toned and greenish blues and taupe shades along with some really good basics. It's $50 but you get 2 foiled shadows which are $10 a piece and the rest are from the permanent original line.
So from left to right starting with the top row:
Chickadee a light orange or burnt yellow
Yellow Brick Road a satiny finish pale yellow
Mirage satin finished ivory
Voltage duo chromed pale yellow pearl
Shimma Shimma shimmery silverish ivory/beige
Peach Smoothie my favorite transition shade. It's a pale warm peach.
Sorbet from the Matte line. This is a perfect pale baby pink shade. You can barely see it on my skin though.
In the Spotlight this is from the Foiled line. It's a silverish peach finish. You don't hardly see the peach as much as you do silver tones because of the light reflecting off it.
Creme Brulee another really good transition shade. A peachy brown shade.
Mai Tai from the Duo Chrome line. One of my all time favorites. It's a pinky peach duo chrome that's more pink than peach.
Cupcake from the original line. It's a mauvey pink that's great for plum or purple eye looks as a blending color.
Mango Tango from the original line. A brighter peachy pink with flecks of gold.
Poppy is a coral/mango bright shade.
Razzleberry this is a red raspberry shade with gold glitter.
Bitten this is another one of my all time favorites from the OG line. Its a matte maroon shade, its not too dark though.
Curfew from the Matte line. It's a medium purple. It's not overly bright purple that pops it's more for definition.
Wisteria a bright lavender, spring time purple. This is the 2015 remake.
Blacklight from the duochrome line is purple based with light silver blue reflects.
Mesmerized a purple taupe shade from the Foiled line
Twilight. This shade I don't use much is a shimmery silverish purple
Prom Night also a shade I don't use often. Its a shimmery deeper silver
Moondust a taupey shimmery silver
Bedrock a matte grey
Hipster a cool toned medium brown with a satin finish
Barcelona Beach this is a good transition shade for cool toned looks. Its matte grey based shade with a touch of brown.
Latte a light cool toned brown
Cocoa Bear a warm medium brown
Mocha a neutral deeper brown
Corrupt the blackest black eye shadow I've ever used.
Houdini from the foiled line. A foiled Navy with a touch of deep green in my opinion.
Time Travel a matte muted navy
Boo Berry from the matte line. A brighter navy blue like a blue berry basically.
Neptune a bright royal blue
Poolside a lighter super bright blue like the Caribbean water.
Mermaid a teal with golden reflects shimmer
Pegasus from the foiled line a foiled bright blue
Dragon Fly a spring time sea foam teal
Shark Bait a darker matte teal
Enchanted Forest matte forest green
Envy a shimmery glittery super dark green
Typhoon a duo chrome of dark green and gold
Appletini might be discontinued. Its a pastel green shade with gold satin finish and glitter flecks.
Fuji from the matte line but it has some glitter in it. It's a lime green
Pixie Dust a shimmery yellow with a bit of green in it. I use this all the time actually.
Fortune Teller a foiled gold. A super bright gold. Like as gold as yellow gold gets.
So that's all my MUG shades. I love them, I've not found a single one that was't great. Plus they're inexpensive. The matte, duo chrome and regular line is $6 and the Foiled Line is $10 a piece. They honestly are my favorite line of eye shadows I have. Anastasia Beverly Hills would be in second place. I'm a huge Makeup Geek fan as you know. I pretty much have loved everything they've put out. I've enjoyed watching them grow as a company, I've been a subscriber of Marlena's since before she started the company, I love them as a whole but their products can't be beat in my opinion.
The top left pic of swatches are the top row in the palette:
Chickadee, Yellow Brick Road, Mirage, Voltage, Shimma Shimma, Peach Smoothie, Sorbet, In The Spotlight, Creme Brulee
The top right pic is the 2nd row in the palette:
Mai Tai, Cupcake, Mango Tango, Poppy, Razzleberry, Bitten, Curfew, Wisteria, Blacklight
The bottom left is the 3rd row. The swatches go from the bottom up on this one and left to right in the palette:
Mesmerized, Twilight, Prom Night, Moondust, Bedrock, Hipster, Barcelona Beach, Latte, Cocoa Bear
The middle pic on the bottom is the 4th row and the swatches go back to top-bottom:
Mocha, Corrupt, Houdini, Time Travel, Boo Berry, Neptune, Poolside, Mermaid, Pegasus
The bottom right pic is the 5th row
Dragon Fly, Shark Bait, Enchanted Forest, Envy, Typhoon, Appletini, Fuji, Pixie Dust, Fortune Teller
There are some things I think would be beneficial to know if you wanted to start your own palette. I really recommend the matte line. The finish is very buttery soft and softer than some of the permanent shades (not all just some) so that's something to consider. I love the color Bitten but it's drier than the actual matte line they released later on, so maybe Cherry Cola from the matte line would be something you'd be interested in. Just using that as an example. They're the same price. It's one of the things I really love about MUG is they are constantly redoing the formula if something isn't up to par. They've had several remakes over the years. Definitely look into the matte line for sure, here is a link to a video that shows what shades are in the matte line. There are 20 shades in the matte line all together.
These are the duo-chromes. They are the same price as the rest except for foiled shadows. What I love about these are that they almost look foiled. I couldn't get a great pic of them on the swatches on my arm. They have to be moved around to catch the other shades in the shadow so it's hard to take just one pic of them and show what they can do.
On the left side is Voltage a pearly pale yellow and then Mai Tai next to it which is a peach base with lots of pink. Mai Tai is one of my all time favorites.
The right side is Blacklight. Its a purple base with a light blue duo chrome. It's very bright and lighter than what you see in the pan. Typhoon is a forest green with a gold duo chrome. It looks almost foiled for sure.
Duo Chromes are really cool to use with dark or light bases. To make them really bright use white, to make the duo chromes pop more use a black base. I apply them sometimes with my finger, especially Mai Tai. They apply well with a brush though. I just use my finger when I really want to pack on the color.
These are the foiled shadows. The top three are In The Spotlight, Mesmerized and Houdini. The bottom two shades are Pegasus and Fortune Teller. Light bounces right off these super foiled shadows. They are $10 a piece and I feel they apply best by using your finger. You get the most pigmentation that way I think. I love using these as a pop of color in the center of the lid. You can use a brush to apply these but I find it's a little harder that way.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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