The Best Makeup Geek Eyeshadows + Overview

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows ($6.00 for 0.068 oz.) are available in a slew of shades ranging from go-to neutrals to pops of color. Here’s a list of the best Makeup Geek eyeshadows I’ve tried 🙂 This list will continue to update as they release other permanent shades–if they do well enough to break into the top 25! You can also see how the formula has done overall as well as see how readers have rated it!

What are your go-to Makeup Geek eyeshadows?

Top 25 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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01. Roulette Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A+

Roulette is described as a "shimmery rosy burnt sienna." It's a medium-dark, copper with hints of red and brown and a metallic finish. It had rich,...

Roulette is described as a "shimmery rosy burnt sienna." It's a medium-dark, copper with hints of red and brown and a metallic finish. It had rich,...

02.

02. Desert Sands Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A+

Desert Sands is described as a "medium terracotta matte." It's a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice...

Desert Sands is described as a "medium terracotta matte." It's a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice...

03.

03. Gold Digger Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Gold Digger is described as a "true metallic gold." It's a warm, yellow gold with strong, orange tones and a frosted finish. It had really nice color...

Gold Digger is described as a "true metallic gold." It's a warm, yellow gold with strong, orange tones and a frosted finish. It had really nice color...

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04.

04. Cosmopolitan Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Cosmopolitan is described as a "rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish." It's a medium, rose-tinged copper with a golden orange sheen and...

Cosmopolitan is described as a "rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish." It's a medium, rose-tinged copper with a golden orange sheen and...

05.

05. Cocoa Bear Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "matte reddish brown." It's a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The...

Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "matte reddish brown." It's a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The...

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06. Goddess Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Goddess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic pale copper." It's a medium-dark, coppery brown with a soft, satiny finish. It...

Goddess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic pale copper." It's a medium-dark, coppery brown with a soft, satiny finish. It...

07.

07. Moondust Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "metallic silver taupe." It's a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted,...

Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "metallic silver taupe." It's a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted,...

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08. Drama Queen Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Drama Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "densely dark purple with a shimmery finish." It's a deepened plummy purple with...

Drama Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "densely dark purple with a shimmery finish." It's a deepened plummy purple with...

09.

09. Lemon Drop Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery bright lemon yellow." It's a bright pop of medium, sunshine yellow...

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery bright lemon yellow." It's a bright pop of medium, sunshine yellow...

10.

10. Pixie Dust Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Pixie Dust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery lime green." It's a yellowed, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish....

Pixie Dust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery lime green." It's a yellowed, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish....

11.

11. Country Girl Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Country Girl Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery pink brown." It's a medium, rose-tinged brown with warm, orange undertones...

Country Girl Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery pink brown." It's a medium, rose-tinged brown with warm, orange undertones...

12.

12. Glamorous Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Glamorous Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery bronze gold." It's a golden copper with subtle hints of brown and a...

Makeup Geek Glamorous Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "shimmery bronze gold." It's a golden copper with subtle hints of brown and a...

13.

13. Pretentious Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Pretentious Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic bronze." It's a golden bronze with a frosted sheen and warm...

Makeup Geek Pretentious Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic bronze." It's a golden bronze with a frosted sheen and warm...

14.

14. Shimma Shimma Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic champagne." It's a brightened, light beige with warm undertones...

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic champagne." It's a brightened, light beige with warm undertones...

15.

15. Burlesque Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Burlesque Eyeshadow Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "deep metallic burgundy." It's a muted, dark maroon with warm, brown undertones...

Burlesque Eyeshadow Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "deep metallic burgundy." It's a muted, dark maroon with warm, brown undertones...

16.

16. Creme Brulee Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "medium sand color with a soft matte finish." It's a light-medium brown...

Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "medium sand color with a soft matte finish." It's a light-medium brown...

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17. Corrupt Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as an "intense matte black with very subtle sparkle." It's a deep, dark, intense...

Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as an "intense matte black with very subtle sparkle." It's a deep, dark, intense...

18.

18. Beaches and Cream Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Beaches and Cream Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "creamy matte natural beige." It's a soft, pale peach with warm undertones and a...

Beaches and Cream Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "creamy matte natural beige." It's a soft, pale peach with warm undertones and a...

19.

19. Homecoming Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Homecoming Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "medium brown with gold shimmer." It's a softened, medium-dark brown with...

Makeup Geek Homecoming Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "medium brown with gold shimmer." It's a softened, medium-dark brown with...

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20. Barcelona Beach Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "medium sand shade with a matte finish." It's a medium brown with a...

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "medium sand shade with a matte finish." It's a medium brown with a...

21.

21. Casino Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Casino is described as a "shimmery saturated metallic gold with orange undertones." It's a brightened, light-medium orange with golden shimmer and a...

Casino is described as a "shimmery saturated metallic gold with orange undertones." It's a brightened, light-medium orange with golden shimmer and a...

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22. Venom Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Venom Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. ...

Makeup Geek Venom Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. ...

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23. Bake Sale Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft,...

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft,...

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24. Pocket Change Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was richly...

Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It was richly...

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25. Lucky Penny Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones paired with a frosted finish. The...

Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones paired with a frosted finish. The...

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Glossover Breakdown

85%

Average Score
A
57
B
58
C
24
D
8
F
4
Glossover Averages
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8
longevity
8
application
4.5
Total
85%
product
8.5
pigmentation
9
texture
8
longevity
8
application
4.5
Total
85%

Reader Reviews

Rate It
5 Stars
91
4 Stars
45
3 Stars
29
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
9

Based on 23 Reviews, 165 Quick Reviews

The Good: Blendable (106), Great Value (94), Smooth (91), Long-wearing (77), Easy To Apply (72), Buttery (58), Crease-resistant (56), Creamy (22), Travel-friendly (17)

The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (71), Buildable (68), Sheer (19)

The Bad: Powdery (28), Chalky (17), Fall Out (17), Fades (16), Hard To Apply (15), Hard To Blend (15), Creases (4)

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Oooooo thanks for this. How do you think this compare to the Mac shadows that just decreased to the same price (generally, overall)?

An A is an A is an A, regardless of price. Like all products, there are hits and there are misses, so it just depends on the shade you’re interested in!

I would go with Mac. Mac doesn’t lie about ingredients and they have better customer service overall. If you don’t like it, you can return it.

I recently purchased a brush from MUG that was very scratchy. I e-mailed customer service the night I got the package about the issue and within 2 days, they wrote back. They did ask for a picture and wanted to know what was wrong with the item, and 2 days after that I had a tracking number for a replacement item. They didn’t even ask me to send back the old one. I’ve been pretty happy about dealing with their customer service dept.

To my mind the MUG shadows are waayyy better.
Here in Germany MAC refill pans are 15€, which is like 17$ atm – insanely overpriced for the quality you get.
I started to buy MUG after the fifth MAC eyeshadow I bought that was hardly pigmented.
Now that they are the same price (at least in the US) I would always prefer MUG over MAC though.

These SO helpful Christine! I need to jump on the Makeup Geel bandwagon! I got the Viseart Paris Nudes palette because you like it so much and I LOVE it! Every color is so beautiful! 🙂

Funnily enough I found a MUG eye-shadow retailer where I live about 2-3 days ago. So this round-up came out right on time 😀 Now I can finally try the illustrious shadows…

Cosmopolitan is my all time favorite , it’s so pigmented ; Coco bear is a favorite too , i love cinderella for highlight and love also bitten and homecoming if i want a cooler look.

Some of these look quite appealing. But with all that’s taken place with this brand lately, I don’t know that I would feel 100% comfortable purchasing their products. This is just my own honest opinion.

To use the current cliche, I feel ya. I have a big Z plus of shadows and 4-5 blushes. Marlena and Cora (vintageortacky) were my original blogs to read/check reviews, until….. It started long before MUG outgrew their lady bloomers and started flying too close to the sun. How’s that for mixing metaphors? There was no critical eye. They loved everything, even $^€k¥ stuff. No discernment, no refinement, no SYSTEM. Then mug got big time greedy and full of themselves. Not sure I’ll ever get another MUG product. Greed breeds unscrupulous behavior.

I’m pretty new to MUG brand, so I guess I am unaware. If you don’t mind me asking, what has been taking place with the brand, that makes you uncomfortable with them? Thank you

My absolute favorites are a few of the mattes. Cocoa Bear, Creme Brulee, Desert Sands, Beaches and Cream, and Unexpected. Corrupt is very pigmented but it migrates all over my eye lid 🙁

I usually wear it as an upper lash liner, either on its own or to smoke out a liquid liner. Later it will end up bleeding through to my lower lashline, moreso than your typical mascara does, and it will end up transferring further up on my lid from my outer corners/wings. I guess it is the way my eye is shaped (my lid folds over a bit on itself in my outer corner, but I do not consider my eyes to be hooded, they are pretty “typical”) and that my lids are slightly oily. I prefer UD Blackout. Corrupt is still a great black, though!

By the look of the Z, it’s sensuous, unicorn, shimmer mint, cupcake, and rockstar. They seem to be the most used, not nec. the best liked. Disappointments: stealth, prom night, shoreline. 2 or more aren’t in that Z; didn’t look. I like Barcelona beach and high tea as crease shades.. Moondust is one of the only shades I ever bought that lost its binder & turned into Bare Minerals! Chickadee and Razzleberry are somewhat unusual. I do have issues with MUG now. Replied to Nancy.

I own a bunch of them and in my honest opinion, they are rather “meh”. Just too powdery. They are by no chance bad and used to be a good alternative to more pricy shadows out there….until MAC put there old price back. Now they cost same as MAC, and they positioned themselves as “MAC but cheaper”, i don’t see any reason to get MUG eyeshadows. And on top, their half-baked launches and $45 palette are rather disappointing as well as the whole ingredients issue and deleting customers’ comments and complaints. Nope from my wallet.

Don’t they use carmine in their shadows? And also, i am no expert but i am wondering, who certified them? I haven’t seen any official logo of official cruelty-free orgs. Eg i use Kevin Murphy hair products and every bottle comes with a bunny logo – this is peta logo. MUG only talks about being cruelty free, but there is no evidence or logo.

Yes they use carmine but that’s not a requirement for being cruelty-free. You might be thinking about Vegan makeup. You can’t use carmine in Vegan makeup since carmine is made from an acid derived from a beetle. They don’t have a cruelty-free certification but many brands don’t. That’s just something some cruelty-free brands pay extra for, to be certified by PETA or another animal advocacy group. But I give brands the benefit of the doubt when they say they’re cruelty-free, because there are many watch dog groups who check up on this sort of thing and we would have heard about it if they tested on animals but claimed to be cruelty-free. And it would be very very stupid of them to go that route (claiming to be cruelty-free but testing on animals) because once discovered they would lose all their credibility as a brand and lose most of their business. I personally don’t buy only cruelty-free makeup, just because some of my favorite brands are not cruelty-free. But I really wish that all brands were cruelty-free because there’s no good reason to test on animals in this day and age IMO.

Holy smokes! What a weird coincidence… I just placed an order for nine MUG eyeshadows yesterday! I did, of course, consult your reviews and swatches beforehand. ?

Duochromes: Steampunk and Typhoon. Regular: Drama Queen, Rapunzel, Shimma Shimma and Day Dreamer. Foiled: Fantasy, Jester and Magic Act. I also bought a Makeup Geek Travel Vault Palette to store and protect the shadows.

LOVE this post so much!!! it made it super easy to add MUG shadows with good grades to my list that I need to get! Thank you!!

I wonder why most of the best-performing eyeshadows are warm colors. Some of it must be difficulty in formulation (it seems like blues and blue-violets must be hard to make well, since so few brands succeed), but I wonder if some if it is lack of interest in cool colors on the part of the marketing people. Is it really that hard to sell cool colors?

Peach Smoothie, Barcelona Beach, Cocoa Bear and Frappe are probable my most used eyeshadows of all brands. I have more MUG eyeshadows and I like them a lot.

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