Makeup Geek Z Palette
affordable, high end make-up
It's safe to say Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans are one of the most raved about eyeshadows in the beauty world, among the likes of Anastasia and MAC. I never used to really splurge on eyeshadows apart from my Naked palettes, but I lived for Sleek palettes because I never really experimented much with colour, and sleek was cheap for high quality products... However, I thought it was about time I spent out on high end eyeshadows to see if they're actually worth the rave.
Browsing Makeup Geek's site, I came across the 9 Pan Starter Kit. It was $50 for the 9 shades, including the famous 'Cocoa Bear' and 'Creme Brulee' but it was only pans, so to have an actual palette the Z palette had to be purchased separately, and on top of that was International Delivery (which we all know, is never cheap) and THEN there's the dreaded custom charges. I decided to shop around, but I was in love with all the shades from the Starter Kit, they were all so universal and I knew they could create amazing looks. I stumbled across the single pans on Beauty Bay, and on counting them up and adding a hot pink Z Palette to my order, it worked out so much cheaper for me... So I got the 9 shades, the magnetic Z Palette as well as delivery all for £54!
I was so excited to receive my Makeup Geek order, and when it arrived I couldn't help myself, I immediately organised them into the gorgeous Z Palette and voila! It looked amazing. On trying the eyeshadows, I couldn't believe their pigment. They're such good colour pay off, and especially on top of a concealer topped lid. The darker shades apply so beautifully over the transition shades, and the shimmery shades have such good pigment and the shimmer actually lasts, unlike some eyeshadows that wear off after 5 minutes.
I've swatched all the shades for you above so you can see how amazing they look, and that's without any adhesivity underneath. My personal favourite shades have to be, 'Cocoa Bear' and 'Glamorous'. 'Cocoa Bear' is just such a lovely warm matte brown, that is more than a transition shade, but isn't too intense, so it can be worn alone or to blend out many other shades lightly, where as 'Glamorous' is a Bronzey/Gold shimmer, which everybody needs in their collection.
Here's a break down of all the shades:
Creme Brulee- this is the first shade in my palette, and is one of the best transition shades I own (along with Tease from the Naked 2). This is a warmer shade than Tease, so warms up the eye easily as a base for more intense shades. It's so helpful to blend out harsh lines or just darker colours in a look, and it is perfect to smoke out the lower lash line.
Cocoa Bear- this is second in the palette, and is a gorgeous warm chocolatey brown, which is always my go-to second shade in any look. No look is complete with out a hint of warm matte brown, and the pigment of this shade is gorgeous. This is best, when trying to blend out the dreaded black eyeshadow, but works beautiful to create a gradient into the brow bone.
Mocha- this is the third, and deepest brown shade in my palette. It's a typical dark brown matte shade, so works best to darken a look. I always used this shade in the outer v of my eyelid to darken my crease and it blends out flawlessly.
Shimma Shimma- this is such a gorgeous warm champagne shade, and is just amazing for the inner corner. Everybody loves a good inner corner and brow bone highlight, and this does the job best. It works well with most eyeshadow looks, and can even be used as a lid shade. I love this on the lid in a cut crease, because it creates such a good contrast to the crease colour.
Glamorous- my fave shimmer shade in the palette. This just slays. It's amazing on the lid for most looks, it can warm up a lid shade, or be used alone. I love this for just an everyday gold and brown look, it is just so useful and you can create so many looks just based on this one shade.
Unexpected- this is exactly what it says, it's such an unusual shade. I don't really play around with lilac/cool toned looks, but the colour pay off is really good for such a pastel shade and I need to use it more! It does look stunning when blending out the Drama Queen shade though.
Prom Night- this is such a lovely, cool but warm shade. The purple/pink tones, blend with the silver tones and it applies as a gorgeous shade on the lid. It almost acts as a duo-chrome shade. Again, I don't use this shade a lot, but it looks absolutely beautiful on the lid.
Drama Queen- this shade just screams 'look at me!'. It is such an intense purple shimmer shade, that is sooo dark but so shimmery at the same time. When I want a dramatic look, this is the first shade I look at. It is just perfect for that type of look, and can either be blended out by the likes of Creme Brulee or Unexpected, or further intensified by the last shade in the palette... Corrupt.
Corrupt- this is black. But a real black. So many brands claim to have a deep black shade, but the colour pay off is almost a pale grey. But Corrupt, just like Blackout by Urban Decay, is an intense, black matte shade. This works amazing for an all black smokey eye, blending into warmer brown shades, or as I love to use it, to darken up the outer corner of my eyes to give a dramatic dark look, without caking the black on. This keeps the dimensions in my makeup look, as well as the intensity.
I am really happy with how my Makeup Geek Z Palette turned out. I really want another one, because if the rest of the shades are as good as these 9, I know it'll be amazing! I'm gonna get looking at some more MUG shades, so if you guys have tried any and have any favourites, please let me know down below so I can go check them out. I'll be back with my next Z Palette soon!