I got these quite a while back but wanted to reserve my review on them for later, after I've extensively used them, partly because they are all permanent eyeshadows anyway. But mostly, I wanted to spend my time with them because their shades are quite inconsistent when it comes to quality. For the record, they're all decent shadows, especially when you factor in the price.
I got 11 refill pans, each of which costs about $6. A bunch of the shades I wanted to try like Shark Bait and Barcelona Beach were also out of stock. I put them all in this Wild Peach Palette, which is similar to Z-Palettes and Unii Palettes, and I'm happy to report that they stuck on automatically:
I got the ff: shades:
- Cinderella: Pale shimmery pink
- Cupcake: Matte medium pink
- Cocoa Bear: Matte reddish brown
- Bleached Blonde: Shimmery Pale Gold
- Pretentious: Metallic bronze
- Mocha: Deep matte brown
- Twilight: Pale Shimmery Muted Purple
- Unexpected: Matte Pale Pink Brown
- Poolside: Bright shimmery teal with specks of gold
- Sea Mist: Shimmery Turquoise
- Rockstar: Pale silver with purple iridescence
Although these performed okay, I'm not that impressed with a lot of the shades. The best ones, in my opinion, are Pretentious, Rockstar, and Cocoa Bear, with Cupcake, and Unexpected as “close seconds.” They are all quite buttery (the latter three less than the first two, Pretentious and Rockstar, which feel amazing and soft) and easy to blend. Poolside and Sea Mist are decently pigmented, but a little gritty. Great cheap shadows if ever you need them for some reason. Twilight and Bleached Blonde are pretty good eyeshadows, if a little unexceptional. Mocha is quite dry and hard to apply. It is definitely the least impressive of the shadows, in my opinion.
Though there are obviously some standouts here, I can't say that they are the brand's standard, which makes me a little wary of buying any more shades, even though there are a few more I'd like to try. Like I said, they're OK, but I don't think they're as great as people seem to make them out to be.
Anyway, they are quite useable, don't get me wrong. I've used them quite a bit, and I do reach for some shades more than others:
Used (over MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork): Unexpected in the crease, extending past the outer corner, Cinderella and Bleached Blonde all over the lid, Mocha and Twilight in the outer ‘v’, Rockstar on the inner corner (you can see the pink shift really obviously here, which makes it one of my favorites)
If you're starting to build your collection on a budget, then I would definitely recommend Makeup Geek eyeshadows, but I would be extra picky about which shadows to buy. I actually read a lot of reviews and looked at a lot of swatches, but some of my picks still turned out to be duds. Overall, it was an alright experience, but I could have done without a few of them, especially since I already have a bunch of eyeshadows that perform better than some of the ones I got.