Sunday, July 24, 2016
I remember back in the day, watching Marlena's YouTube channel. I absolutely loved her, her content was so addictive and I found her...
I remember back in the day, watching Marlena's YouTube channel. I absolutely loved her, her content was so addictive and I found her to be a really inspiring person, having quit her day job in 2009 to focus on her online career. Of course, now she's gone beyond just being a YouTube celebrity, on to bigger and better things - like launching her own makeup line called Makeup Geek.
Whilst Makeup Geek don't quite cover everything you might need, for the time being at least, they do have a strong focus on the eyes and cheeks, and one of the things that really caught my eye lately was the Duochrome Collection. By now you ought to know that I love pretty much anything with even a hint of iridescent, and eyeshadow is no exception, so naturally I picked up five of them!
Of the five I purchased, Phantom is the one I'm raving about right now - I just love the colour! In the pan it looks a pale pink, but it comes to life when swatched. As you can see below, it transforms into a vivid lilac shade, but more importantly, that's when the colour shifting iridescence comes into play and the colour starts to bounce around between lilac, pink and purple. It just looks dazzling.
Getting the colour right is one thing, but matching that with a texture that doesn't leave you wondering "If only..." is something completely different, but it's something that Makeup Geek have managed to get spot on. It's soft, buttery, a dream to apply and easy to blend, definitely no chalky business here! So far, I've used it is a highlighter here, and around the inner corners, as you can see in this look. You can really see just how pigmented Phantom is, it clearly steals the show and immediately draws your gaze into the eyes.
// FACE //
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel*
EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation - F300
LA Girl USA Pro Conceal HD Concealer - Creamy Beige
BEN NYE Banana Powder
// BROWS //
NYX Cosmetics Tame & Frame Brow Pomade - Espresso
// CHEEKS //
NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush - Mocha
Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Breathe
Sleek Face Contour Kit - Medium
// LIPS //
Barry M Lip Liner - Orange
Lime Crime Perlees Lipstick - Penny
// EYES //
Makeup Academy Pro-Base Eye Primer
NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk (brow bone)
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V2 - Flesh (lid)
Lime Crime Venus The Grunge Palette - Rebirth (crease) & Muse (lower lash line)
Laura Mercier V.I.P Silver Foiled Eyeshadow (lower lash line)
Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow - Phantom (inner corner)
L'Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara
Makeup Geek eyeshadows come in a small round pan, similar to MAC, which is great because it means they'll fit in to so many of your other palettes without any trouble. It's particularly great for me as I'm beginning to run out of space and could not deal with five more little containers to find room for! I purchased mine from Beauty Bay at the very reasonable price of £4.95 each, which when you consider the quality of the product, is an absolute steal. And if cruelty-free is your thing, Makeup Geek fits the bill on that too!