Friday, October 17, 2014

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Cruelty Free

The other day I posted a photo on Instagram of my recent Makeup Geek order. But I felt like I wanted to talk about it more, and I have been a huge blog slacker lately, so I thought I'd do a blog post about this very special and exciting purchase. So uh...yeah. Here I am, blogging about it. Man, are my writing skills are rusty, I'll try to pull my act together here.

In my Instagram post I said that I was really pumped to support Makeup Geek. It's such a great company. It was started by a woman named Marlena, who you can watch on YouTube HERE. She makes amazing makeup tutorials, and it's so cool to watch her talk about what it's like to be a businesswoman and build a brand from the ground up. I can't think of any other makeup brand whose founder/CEO is so hands on and really acts as the face of their company. She's amazing.

Makeup Geek is a growing brand, and at this point they are most well known for their eyeshadows. I had said that the brand is "affordable" but what I meant is affordable next to Mac, who they are often compared to for the quality and format of their makeup. I got 15 single shandows and a Z-Palette(which is an empty, magnetized palette) for $103-a similar setup from Mac would be $160. Also, unlike Mac, Makeup Geek is cruelty free, which you may know has become pretty important to me. I am very happy with my purchase.

This is going to sound stupid to anyone who is...a sensible human being... but getting this Z-Palette with the shadows that I picked myself feels like some makeup junkie rite of passage. It's something that I've wanted for a long time, but for whatever reason never took the plunge before.  But now, my eyeshadow collection is complete. Until something else awesome comes out.

Ok, let's look at what I ordered

First I wanted to show you kind of how it was packaged. Each eyeshadow came in a little cardboard envelope printed with a mission statement type thing that I was going to quote to you guys, but I suck and already threw them all out. It was something like, makeup doesn't make you beautiful but it helps you feel as beautiful as you are inside-or some shit like that. And then it said "Love, Marlena"-it was cute. Also I really loved that there was the little card that they actually wrote my name on. It's such a little detail, but I really think that those little details are what make customers feel appreciated, and want to shop with that company again. The Z-Palette came with instructions on how to de-pot makeup to put in the palette, as well as some adhesive metal bits for any makeup that isn't already metal.

Now the eyeshadow
The outside of the Z-Palette
The Inside
A few swatches. Swatching is just weird to me. I can't take it seriously. I know that a good beauty blogger would swatch every colour, but I just can't take any more pictures of eyeshadow on my arm. Trust me when I say that these are high quality, creamy, pigmented shadows. 

I purchased 9 of the shadows in a bundle that is pre-chosen and offered at a slight discount, then I selected 6 additional shadows so that I could fill a medium sized Z-Palette.
The Makeup Geek "Starter Kit"
The ones I chose myself

And at this point, you're probably like...damn, how many photos of eyeshadow does a bitch need?! The answer is just one more. Because for some reason the shadows were showing up more true to colour with iPhone photos than with my nice camera, and I obviously need a photo where I tell you which eyeshadow is which. So this is the last one I swear(or at least the last for this blog entry. It's like posting a selfie though..I got PLENTY more shots that didn't make the cut).

From top left, going left to right: White Lies, Shimma Shimma, Creme Brulee, Barcelona Beach, Unexpected, Vanilla Bean, Glamorous, Prom Night, Drama Queen, Mocha, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Cupcake, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt

Like I said, I'm super excited about this purchase. Makeup Geek is a brand I feel really good supporting. I like how the company works, and their product is top quality.

If you guys have any questions about Z-Palettes let me know. I didn't want to ramble on about them too much here, but they are a really cool way to organize your makeup or build your own palettes.

As always, thanks for reading. I don't have a lot of time to blog or make videos now that I'm back in school. It's been stressing me out and I think the stress has prevented me from posting content on either my blog or YouTube. I think the smart thing for me to do right now is choose between the two, and I definitely choose my blog over the videos. So now that I've made that choice I hope to get back to semi regular blogging. I really want to do another "makeup tips" post, so maybe look out for that soon.

Thanks again :)