I thought I loved Makeup Geek before...that was just the tip of the ice berg! I'm in LOVE with the new collection! I didn't know if I would be ordering anything at all, but once I saw the palette and pigments, I knew resistance would be futile. That may seem a little dramatic, but just keep scrolling down. You'll understand. And then, Marlena announced on YouTube that they would be offering bundle deals for the collection. So naturally, I ordered the bundle. Oopsie!
The Palette: Six full-sized shadows are included. The packaging has a very Old-Vegas feel, which I love. It's sturdy cardboard, and has a good-sized mirror. It's a pretty neutral palette, with the only non-neutral being Roulette - which reminds me a little of MAC's Cranberry. I like the mix of matte, satin, and shimmer. Desert Sands is probably my favorite shade. It's a great transition color, and I don't have anything like it in my collection. It's kind-of a brown mustard shade - very different from the normal transition shade. Sin City is also gorgeous. It reminds me of Sugarpill's Asteria (LE) and MAC's Firespot (LE). Mirage is perfect as a brow bone highlight for my skin tone. And it will also be great as a lid shade. I believe Bada Bing had previously been released, and I never got it because it's more glittery than what I usually buy. But it's a good addition to this palette and I actually liked it quite a bit when I used it. Casino is probably my least favorite, but it's still pretty. I just don't find it to be AS pigmented as I would expect from MUG.
The Pigments: Ugggggggh! I'm so glad I got these! Every last one of the pigments is gorgeous! I'll post close-ups below, so you can see them each in their full glory. They are amazing! My favorite is Vegas Lights - it's a gorgeous deep coppery brown. I'm just in love! Poker Face is a really pretty brown, and I'll have to compare it later with MAC's Brown pigment - I think they may be very similar. Liquid Gold had also been released previously. I didn't get it because I thought it might be similar to Sugarpill's Goldilux, which I already have and love. However, they are VERY different from each other. So I'm glad I went for the bundle, because this is a definite must-have! Nightlife is a very interesting mauvey/taupey shade. I'm looking forward to playing with this one. Jackpot is a light, golden yellow. It's great as an all-over lid color.
|The look I came up with using the entire palette as well as the Poker Face pigment.|