Top 10 Make Up Geek Eye Shadows

So I am officially a Make Up Geek Affiliate as of yesterday! I am so excited to be working with one of my favorite brands! Basically what this means is that the links that I post to Make Up Geek products are my own links, so I make commission off of anything bought through them. I will always be very transparent about anything related to referral or affiliate links, and I won’t let anything like this effect my reviewing honesty. These are all shadows that I have previously reviewed, so you can check and see that my opinion on them hasn’t changed! All of these shadows I have either purchased myself through the Make Up Geek website or gotten in a subscription box.

In celebration of my new connection, I wanted to make a post dedicated to my 10 favorite single pan shadows from Make Up Geek.

Eye Shadow Pan $6.00


“Intense matte black with a very subtle sparkle.”

I am a firm believer in the necessity of a black shadow in all palettes, even customized ones. When I was perfecting my large custom palette, I knew I needed a black that wouldn’t look chalky or patchy. Everyone always said that MUG’s Corrupt was the most pigmented black they had ever used, so I decided to give it a shot. I was initially skeptical because of the small flecks of glitter, but they do not translate on the lid at all.

I use this with a very light hand dusted on the outer corners of my eyes, it deepens up any look, warm or cool.

Desert Sands

“A medium camel brown with warm yellow undertones and a matte finish.”

If you have read my blog at all, you know I have a penchant for baby puke/mustard yellow browns. This is in the same family as Bobbi Brown’s Camel and Melt Cosmetic’s Rubbish from the Rust Stack. This is my ultimate crease/transition shade for warm looks. It pulls everything together so stunningly. Yellow tones can easily look like a bruise, but this has enough brown/orange in it to look normal.

Cocoa Bear

“Matte reddish brown.”

Just like every palette needs a black, every warm palette needs a brick red/brown. This matte shade blends perfectly in the outer corner and crease. It deepens up warm looks without pulling them too neutral like some browns tend to do. If you have yellow or olive undertones especially, this color would look beautiful against your skin.

Peach Smoothie

“A soft peachy orange with a matte finish.”

This is the color that first got me interested in Make Up Geek shadows. A few years ago this was all over YouTube, and everyone was hailing it as the perfect transition shade. I purchased it, and I have to agree! This is a very warm shade, but it compliments my skin tone so nicely. I love this buffed into and slightly above the crease paired with brown or orange tones.

Creme Brulee

“A medium sand color with a soft matte finish.”

This is my favorite shade for no make up make up days, because it looks so muted and subtle. It looks warm in the pan, but on the skin it pulls more neutral. This makes it perfect for a whole bunch of different looks. I love pairing this with just a tiny bit of brown liner and fluffy lashes.

Beaches & Cream

“Creamy matte natural beige with just a hint of peach.”

This is the lighter sister to Creme Brulee, and I usually find myself pairing the two often. This shade leans warm, but not so much so that I can’t use it with some cool toned shadows as well. I usually wear this buffed into my crease, and because it is so subtle, it is perfect for blurring out any harsh lines I may have made with darker shadows.

Barcelona Beach

“Cool toned soft brown with a matte finish.”

As much as I love filling my life with warm crease shades, I need to remember to add some cool options too! I just recently got this shade in a Boxy Charm, and it is quickly becoming a go to when I want a cooler crease. I love to pair this will purple and taupe shadows. This is also great by itself lightly dusted in the outer crease.


“Pale shimmery muted purple.”

I am a sucker for bronze-y purples, and this shadow fits the bill perfectly. I love wearing this alone all over the lid with some shimmery smudged brown liner. This shade is purple enough to satisfy my love for the color, but muted enough for every day use.

Shimma Shimma

“Metallic champagne.”

Like Peach Smoothie, this shade came highly recommended by every YouTuber. This white gold is my all time favorite inner corner highlight. Blinding bright, I often need to use a light hand so I don’t over do it. This also works as a lovely face highlight as well! Sometimes I also mix this with a matte cream shade for my brow bone highlight.

Foiled Eye Shadow $10.00


“Deep medium taupe with strong purple undertones and a foiled finish.”

This is easily my favorite/most used shadow from MUG. I have been dying to expand my foiled shadow collection, and no one does it better than them. This applies so smoothly on the lid, and it never looses it’s opacity or intensity. I don’t have to use Fix+ to get the intense metallic I want, and it lasts all day on my lids no matter what base I use. This doesn’t have any fallout despite being so pigmented and metallic. I need to get my hands on more of the foiled shadows from MUG, because this one is incredible.

Let me know your favorite MUG products and what I should try next!

Glowingly yours,



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