Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

01/13

Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Palette | Look Details
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Palette | Look Details
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Palette | Look Details
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Palette | Look Details
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Palette | Look Details
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Palette | Look Details
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9
Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Stroke of Midnight

Makeup Geek Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette x 9 ($35.00 for 0.58 oz.) is a limited edition, holiday release, which is still available. It includes nine full-sized eyeshadows across a mix of finishes and depths, though it is a more neutral palette overall. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the quality was more consistent across the palette than has been the norm for the brand in the last couple of years. I think the shades worked together well. It seems the brand has wised up and finally decreased the price of their pre-made palettes to $35 (they used to be $45), which is more… palatable.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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01/03

Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Soiree Eyeshadow

Soiree

Soiree is a bright, cooler beige base with pink-to-peach shifting pearl. The eyeshadow had good color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer or applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, more loosely-pressed in the pan, so it was a touch on the powdery side, but it seemed to “melt” slightly on my lid so it ended up looking quite smooth after a few minutes. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Carbonate, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

Soiree
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

01/02

Makeup Geek Magnifique Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Magnifique Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Magnifique Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Magnifique Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Magnifique Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Magnifique Eyeshadow

Magnifique

Magnifique is a medium, taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than a half of layer on top. The consistency was soft, blendable, though a little powdery in the pan so I had to be careful to tap off the excess to avoid fallout. It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Dimeticone, Mica, Polyisobutene, Isoeicosane, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Laurolyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Synthetic Sapphire, Kaolin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines CI 77007, Manganese Violet

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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01/02

Makeup Geek Amour Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Amour Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Amour Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Amour Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Amour Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Amour Eyeshadow

Amour

Amour is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There were very fine sparkles strewn throughout, but it looked and performed more like a matte eyeshadow in practice. It had good pigmentation that blended out well on my lid without sheering out too readily, despite having a slightly drier, dustier texture in the pan. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Ingredients

Dimeticone, Mica, Polyisobutene, Isoeicosane, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Laurolyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Synthetic Sapphire, Kaolin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines CI 77007, Manganese Violet

Amour
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

01/03

Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Insomnia Foiled Eyeshadow

Insomnia

Insomnia is a medium-dark, reddish-brown base with green-to-blue shifting pearl. It had good color payoff with a soft, more loosely-pressed texture, so it was easy to over-apply product on my brush (which would result in fallout). I felt like my last single of this shade seemed to have greater depth, though. This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Carbonate, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

Insomnia
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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01/02

Makeup Geek Elegance Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Elegance Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Elegance Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Elegance Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Elegance Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Elegance Foiled Eyeshadow

Elegance

Elegance is a light-medium bronze with warm, rosy undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. It had opaque color coverage that adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even application. The eyeshadow felt creamy, dense but not too thick or too firmly-pressed in the pan, which helped it blend out nicely along the edges. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Carbonate, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

01/02

Makeup Geek Cocktail Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Cocktail Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Cocktail Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Cocktail Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Cocktail Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Cocktail Eyeshadow

Cocktail

Cocktail is a blackened burgundy with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a slightly thinner, firmer consistency, though it blended out with just a bit of extra effort–quite good for this type of shade (and pigmentation level). It wore well for eight hours before I noticed any fading on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Mica, Stearyl Dimethicone, Octadecene. May Contain (+/-) : Mica (CI 77019), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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01/02

Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) Foiled Eyeshadow

Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly)

Bubbly is a soft, golden green with warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that felt denser but wasn’t too thick or too stiff in the pan. This shade applied well and stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

Ingredients

Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Carbonate, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

01/02

Makeup Geek Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) Foiled Eyeshadow

Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight)

Masquerade (Stroke of Midnight) is a rich, deep green with warm, olive undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic, opaque color coverage that adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even application. The consistency was creamy without being too dense nor too softly pressed in the pan. It lasted beautifully for eight and a half hours on me before it started to crease noticeably.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

01/02

Makeup Geek Nightfall Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Nightfall Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Nightfall Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Nightfall Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Nightfall Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Nightfall Eyeshadow

Nightfall

Nightfall is a deep taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture that remained blendable without sheering out too readily on my lid. The eyeshadow wore well for seven and a half hours before I noticed any fading.

Ingredients

Dimeticone, Mica, Polyisobutene, Isoeicosane, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Laurolyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Synthetic Sapphire, Kaolin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines CI 77007, Manganese Violet

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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This very well curated and executed palette is something I see as portending the beginning of a big comeback for MUG! Or so I hope!

I love both of the eye looks that you’ve done!! This palette looks great, especially Bubbly and Stroke of Midnight. I’ve never tried anything by Makeup Geek, but I’m tempted by this palette for sure!

Finally, a Makeup Geek palette that I don’t have hardly any dupes for, and I don’t have any of those shades. I realllllly don’t need an eyeshadow palette right now, but this may be on my list. It is permanent?

It’s limited edition, Sherri! It says so in the beginning of the review but also on the Glossover (where the score is) – the status (permanent, limited edition, etc.) will always show there!

This is a gorgeous palette – lots of beautiful shades to create endless autumnal looks. Love the shade range, although a gold in there would have been good too.
Beautiful eye look Christine.

Sorry! That’s what the past releases were, so the system was showing the default (for palettes), but this one is marked to $35.

I’ve been eyeing this and trying to resist. I love the colors, and I have a soft spot in my heart for Makeup Geek. I spent so much on makeup over the past few months though.

This is a super pretty and interesting palette from Makeup Geek. I’m happy to see green eyeshadows are finally getting their due lately! I loveeee green and I hope it becomes more mainstream in the makeup world.

And Christine, you are literally glowing in these shots. Your whole look is gorgeous! <3

MUG had fallen off my radar due to poor performance. I’m happy to see a nice quality palette here and I’m wow’ed at Masquerade and also think Cocktail is an interesting matte shade. I really do not need an eyeshadow palette, but I’m seriously pondering this. I need to get the low down on what is on your lips.. I was distracted by them in the photos.

I think this is a perfect all-in-one palette. Any look I can think I’d want can be made here. I’d want to buy it if I didn’t have all those colors already, but this is such a cohesive color story.

I bought this a week ago, but when I looked on the MUG website today.. It says discontinued! I’m so glad I bought it. I love it so far–it’s weird that it would be discontinued so soon after releasing.

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