Beauty Bay Haul Ft. Makeup Geek & Swatches

Along with ColourPop, Makeup Geek are another American brand that I had been wanting to get my hands on for some time. It was pretty hard for us guys in the UK to get hold of Makeup Geek, but earlier this year Beauty Bay announced that they would be stocking them. I was incredibly excited and after a lot of googling and swatch searching I finally made an order. I picked up 6 of Makeup Geek’s original shadows and then one of their foiled shadows as well as 2 Zoeva brushes and a Morphe brush from Beauty Bay.

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My Beauty Bay haul consisted of;

  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in Grandstand (£7.95)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan Roulette (£4.95)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan Homecoming (£4.95)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan Shimma Shimma (£4.95)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan Pretentious (£4.95)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan Cocoa Bear (£4.95)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan Glamorous (£4.95)
  • Morphe M502 Round Blender Brush (£4.75)
  • Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush (£6.95)
  • Zoeva 225 Eye Blender Brush (£6.95)

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GRANDSTAND (FOILED)

Out of all of the Makeup Geek shadows I picked up, Grandstand would definitely have to be my favourite. This is one of their foiled shadows, meaning it has a more dewy, metallic finish. I would describe Grandstand as a bronzey, rose gold shade with light taupe undertones. It’s incredibly pigmented, glides on beautifully and looks absolutely incredible in the centre of the lid as part of a lighter smokey eye. I only ordered one of these foiled shadows, but if the rest of them are as amazing as this one, I’ll definitely have to order a few more next time!

HOMECOMING

Another one of my favourites from the shadows I ordered, would have to be Homecoming. This is a medium brown that has a gorgeous golden shimmer running through it. Again this one is incredibly pigmented and applies really smoothly to the lid – it’s just beautiful, and works nicely as part of a taupe/brown eye look, or on it’s own as a wash of colour!

PRETENTIOUS

I absolutely love the shade of Pretentious in the pan, but it’s one that I haven’t gotten much use out of just yet as it’s more of an usual shade when swatched. It’s a bronze shade with a golden shimmer again, but this one actually has a slightly green, olive undertone to it as you can see in the swatches below. Once again the pigmentation is really great, but I just haven’t figured out how to get this to work for me properly just yet – stay tuned!

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COCOA BEAR

Cocoa Bear was actually the only matte shade I picked up in my Beauty Bay haul, which surprises me now as I thought I was all about the matte shades, but apparently not! This is a favourite shade for many people amongst Makeup Geek’s shadows, so I knew I had to get my hands on this one, and I’m glad that I did. Cocoa Bear is a classic warm chocolate matte brown shade, that’s perfect to be used in a brown smokey in in the crease. As matte shadows go, this has to be one of my favourites as it’s incredibly pigmented and feels so smooth upon application – a big thumbs up from me!

ROULETTE

Roulette isn’t a shade that I would normally opt for, but I had seen it in so many blog posts, and the swatches looked incredible, that I just had to add it to my basket. It’s described as a metallic ‘rosy, burnt sienna’, and is probably one of the most pigmented shades from the bunch. I haven’t actually used this one properly just yet, as it’s quite a daring shade for me but it’s so beautiful that I’m definitely going to find a way to wear it – any recommendations more than welcome!

SHIMMA SHIMMA

Another of my favourites from the Makeup Geek shadows I ordered is Shimma Shimma. This is described as a metallic champagne shade, which I would agree with. The swatch below doesn’t do it any justice – I couldn’t get the right lighting to show how beautiful it honestly is. Out of every single ‘highlight’ shadow that I own, Shimma Shimma is definitely my favourite. I tend to use it in the inner corner of my eyes to brighten and widen them – which it is really effective at doing!

GLAMOROUS

Glamorous is a beautiful shimmery bronze gold shade, that again is insanely pigmented. It would be perfect for a bold golden statement eye look, which I’ll definitely be trying out. For the mean time I’ve been using it in the corners of my eyes, or as smudged eyeliner on the lid, which looks gorgeous. I’m looking forward to having a play around with this one, and seeing what looks I can come up with, as it’s a seriously beautiful shade! 

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When making my Beauty Bay order I realised that I didn’t have an eyeshadow brush specifically to be used for the crease, so I thought I would grab one up since they stock some great brushes. I ended up picking up three different brushes as I couldn’t make my mind up. I ordered the Zoeva 221 – Luxe Soft Crease and 225 – Eye Blender Brush as well as Morphe’s M502 Round Blender Brush.

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My favourite from the three has to be Zoeva’s 225 – Eye Blender Brush as it is the perfect size to use in your crease to effortless blend out the eyeshadow. It’s so soft and not scratchy in the slightest which is great, and it makes such an easy job of blending that it’s honestly perfect in my eyes. I would personally say that Zoeva’s 221 – Luxe Soft Crease brush is actually slightly too big to be used in the crease as the name suggests, but I still love it all the same. I find this better for blending out the darker shadows I tend to use in the outer corner of my eyes. Lastly, I’m actually also a big fan of the final shadow brush I picked up – Morphe’s M502 Round Blender. This is what I tend to use once I’ve nearly finished with my eyeshadows as it’s perfect to blend everything together, making sure that there are no harsh lines. The Morphe brush is just as soft as the Zoeva ones, and does such a good job of blending effortlessly, that I’m genuinely impressed. These are the first brushes I have tried from both brands, but I’ll be sure to order some other ones now as I really do like them that much.

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Overall, I’m super happy with everything that I ordered from Beauty Bay, especially my gorgeous Makeup Geek shadows. I’ve heard that some people have had problems when ordering with Beauty Bay, but luckily for me, my order arrived in perfect condition and very quickly, so I personally have no complaints.  I’m absolutely smitten with my Makeup Geek shadows, I know that I’ll be making another order very soon – they’re so gorgeous and I do need to fill up my palette after all! At £4.95 for the regular pans, or £7.95 for the foiled ones, I think Makeup Geeks shadows are amazing quality for their price – I genuinely think they are one of the best formulas I’ve ever tried!

UPDATE: Since this post where I originally I fell in love with Makeup Geek shadows, I have actually filled up a whole palette of them! My new Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Collection post features a review and swatch of each individual pan so it hopefully should be helpful if you’re looking to place an order yourself!

What did you think of my Beauty Bay haul? Do you like the Makeup Geek shadows I picked up? Have you got any recommendations for my next order? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments and thank you so much for reading!

emily x

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  • Yay so glad you finally got some! Homecoming is one of my most used shades! My favourite two shades at the moment are Purely Naked (perfect transition shade and all over the lid) and Desert Sand is just gorgeous for spring/summer!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | GIVEAWAY | Win Makeup Geek, Morphe & More

  • I love my MUG shadows! The foiled ones are next on my list! I’m the same with Pretensious, I haven’t used my properly yet either!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

  • I haven’t tried out any of the MUG shadow but I like the look of Shimma Shimma and Grandstand. I love that they are super affordable as well so you can buy more than one at a time.

    Kirsty x
    http://cosmeticsbeautyrainbow.blogspot.com/

  • Grandstand is a gorgeous shade! I really do like all of these- the only issue I have with single eyeshadows is that they can be hard to store if you don’t have a proper palette. I’ve heard Zoeva brushes are amazing!
    Great review 🙂

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  • rubyredr0ses

    I’ve never tried makeup geek eyeshadows but after reading/watching countless hauls and filling my basket up but never actually clicking checkout it’s about time I did! I’ve heard so much about cocoa bear and creme brûlée so those two would definitely be some of the first I would pick up. I’m a massive shimmery gal so the foiled ones have caught my eye but saying that I love pretentious as I’ve never seen such beautiful olive undertones!

    Ruby xoxo
    rubyredr0ses.co.uk

  • Lucie Behn ?

    Great shade choices. I recently started a a palette so have been building my MUG collection. So far Grandstand and shimma shimma are my favourites by far!
    Lucie xo | lucieleannexo.wordpress.com

  • Pam Scalfi

    oh wow, they are so pigmented! Might need to put in an order as well!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

  • These shadows are SO PRETTY. Do you know if they fit in a mac pan palette/what palette do you put them in?

    Sophie x

  • charlotte samantha

    This haul is amazing!! The shadows look incredible

    CharlotteSamantha // http://www.charlottesamantha.co.uk

  • Grandstand and some other eyeshadows are on their way to my home hehe. I used a lot of MUG eyeshadow on my clients. Enjoy your products emily 🙂 I know for sure that this won’t be your last order hehe. xx

    Hana | Bold-Expression

  • We seem to have almost all the same MUG shades haha my favourites are Grandstand, Cocoa Bear And Homecoming for sure 🙂 I also love Zoeva eye brushes – quite gutted about the recent price increase though 🙁 you got in there at the right time! Xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Wow what an in-depth post!! It makes me really want to try makeup geek now! Amazing photos too hun!

  • Kimberley

    I love Roulette, it’s a gorgeous shade! Love your photos in this post. I didn’t even know Beauty Bay did a stock of Makeup Geek! xx

    Kimberley // thecolourchronicles.com

  • J e s s i c a

    Oh those shades are just gorgeous! I don’t really do much with my eyes and I’m trying to change that by getting the right brushes etc seems a good place to start ^_^

  • What an amazing review of Makeup Geek, I’ve been wanting to try these for ages so now I want to even more. I love the brushes you’ve picked too! Fab swatches 🙂 xx

  • So many gorgeous shades that you’ve bought, I have shimma shimma as well as a few more and they are amazing!

    Parie x
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  • I really love the look of Roulette and Grandstand! I’m desperate to get my hands on some of their shadows. Definitely given me some inspiration for what to get! x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

  • grandstand looks SO gorgeous! xxx

    hannatalks

  • Loving these shades so much my favorite has to be grandstand though.
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  • Emily

    Makeup geek is actually a brand I’ve never dabbled in (not that I need any more to own!) but I’m definitely enjoying those shadows! Zoeva is definitely a brush brand I desperately want to own, but the price for a full set of brushes is painful but aren’t they so, so pretty!?

    Musings & More

  • Leanne

    I’ve not heard much about makeup geek but colourpop has so many lovely products, if that’s anything to go by it sounds great. the colours are lovely, grandstand looks like a lovely spring colour x

    http://www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

  • Raeanne Lydia

    Those are absolutely gorgeous colors! Grandstand is my favorite (from your swatches), I think it’s time I invest in MG!
    Rae // http://www.raechic.com

  • silviabia

    All the colours are super lovely! My favourite is Grandstand! x

  • Liv

    Great choices! These colours are right up my street – may have to place an order after payday! Spent waaaay too much on makeup already this month ! 🙁 x

    Liv | Ramblings of a Makeup Lover