If you are into makeup and youtube makeup tutorials, you are bound to know about makeupgeek and Marlena. I have been following several makeup aritsts (I really don’t like using the word gurus, so I will refer to them as MUAs or experts) on youtube- the pixiwoos, Wayne Goss, Petra Kozina, Michelle Phan- to name a few, and yet, somehow, I always find myself going back to Marlena’s tutorials. I like her! Marlena is sweet, sincere, talented and so beautiful 🙂 So, I admit, I have seen some of her videos more than once or twice 😉 Several years ago, she launched her own makeup line, and at the moment they offer a wide range of brushes, eyeshadows, pigments and gel liners. All at very reasonable prices! They are probably coming out with blushes in the near future as well. I couldn’t resist the temptation, I had to try some of her goodies. My first order consisted of 2 brushes ( a crease brush, and a stiff dome brush supposedly a dupe for the MAC 217) and an eyeshadow pan (Shimma Shimma). The brushes are quite ok, but I will focus more on the eyeshadow because oh my!, what a score that was!What great quality: smooth, silky, pigmented…just fantastic! I instantly fell even more in love with makeupgeek (or also widely know as simply MUG).
It will come as no surprise to you that I ended up ordering more…mhm. What caught my eye was the Ultimate Eyeshadow palette. Let me describe it for you: it is a Z-palette which contains 27 preselected eyeshadows from the MUG collection (neutrals, colours, mattes, shimmery) at the cost of $160 (plus $18 for shipping).
It is quite a steep price but it is worth it. Each pan costs $6 and the palette itself is around $19…so you do save by getting this product. BUT!!! Let me add a very unfortunate BUT to this story: I live in the Netherlands and had to pay 40 euros extra (Damn you customs!!!!)…”sigh”. I decided not to let this small misfortune ruin my joy! For I was excited, like a child in the candy store. I couldn’t wait to swatch everything and start playing. I am still pondering whether to review the palette, swatches and everything, but for now I will share a look I did with these beauties!
So, in case you are curious about the palette, be sure to check out the website:
I wanted to combine some green and grey, just experiment with colours and have fun. I used: Appletini and Graphite on the lid, then I blended Graphite in the crease and a bit above. I used Beaches and Cream as a blending tool under the brow. I used a white shimmery eyeshadow from the Body Shop as a highlight in the inner corner and under the highest point of the brow, decided to go for white instead of champagne (sorry Shimma Shimma, I still love you more!!!). Then I intensified the outer V with Corrupt (the Blackest eyeshadow you have ever laid eyes on!). I lined the upper lash line with black gel liner from Catrice, and then I went over that with the dark green eyeshadow, Envy. I think it turned out pretty:
Full list of products used:
Essence I love stage eyeshadow base
MUG Beaches and Cream
The Body Shop eye shimmer
Essence long-lasting eye pencil #12 I Have Green
Max Factor Clump Defy False Lash effects mascara
Let me know if you would like to know more about the MUG eyeshadows, and of course whether you liked the first look I post on my blog 🙂 Fingers crossed!!!