I have a very exciting post for you today! I finally received my order of the new Makeup Geek blushes and have been playing around with them for the past couple of weeks and can’t wait to share my thoughts on these with you.
If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with Makeup Geek products, I own all of the eye shadows (except a couple of new ones that just came out) and most of the pigments. You can check out my reviews and swatches here on the eye shadows and here on the pigments if you would like more details.
If you have not heard of Makeup Geek it is a cosmetic brand that was created by a lady called Marlena who has a channel on YouTube called Makeup Geek TV. She has been working really hard for the past couple of years growing her range of cosmetics and finally she has released the much awaited blush collection.
I have been waiting anxiously for so long for these to come out, I love her eye shadows so much and when she announced she would be releasing blushes I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them to see if they have the same amazing quality as the shadows.
Marlena released 13 different shades of blushes, 9 of them matte and 4 of them shimmer. I couldn’t help myself, I decided to pick up all 13 shades! The blushes come in both pan form which retail for $9.99 and in compacts which retail for $12.99 and I chose to purchase all of mine in compacts so I could put them in Z palettes as I like having them all together. As you will see from my photos I have sorted them into two different palettes, one with the more peachy/coral shades and one with the more pink/plum shades. I really like them sorted like this as it is so easy to pick up one of the palettes and choose a shade from either pinks or peaches depending on what look I am going for.
The pans contain 4.25 grams of blush in each one which is a little smaller than M.A.C blushes which I believe contain somewhere around 6 grams of product. I think for the amount of product and the quality the prices are quite fair on the Makeup Geek blushes. These blushes are made in the USA and are talc and cruelty free.
The formula on these blushes is amazing and definitely lives up to the quality of the eye shadows and pigments from the brand. The blushes are smooth and creamy and they blend out beautifully on the cheeks. I find they last all day on me and haven’t made me break out. I am really impressed with these blushes and am so glad to have them in my collection. I haven’t used anything else since I got them which is saying a lot because I usually wear different products every day. They a very pigmented but not overally pigmented where they become hard to work with, they are the perfect in between.
Now onto the shades and the swatches;
Swatches from Left to Right – Honeymoon, Spell Bound, Romance, Smitten, Bliss, Summer Fling and Infatuation
Honeymoon – This is a very pale muted pink with a tiny hint of peach and silver glitter. I don’t like glitter in my blushes or highlighters, shimmer is ok but glitter I’m not a fan of so this one is probably my least favourite out of all of them. It’s too pale and glittery to use as a blush but too dark to use as a highlighter on my pale skin so the only way I can use this one is as a topper on other blushes but because of the glitter I don’t see myself getting a lot of use out of this one. I wish she has just made a really pretty shimmery highlighter instead.
Spell Bound – This shade looks kind of boring in the pan but is absolutely stunning and is one of my favourites because it looks so natural and flattering on the cheeks. It is a matte peachy pink shade that is not too warm and not too cool toned so will suit nearly everyone. Whilst this shade is matte it seems to give more of a satin finish and just looks so pretty on the cheeks. If you are going to get any shade I would highly recommend this one.
Romance – This is a peachy/pink shade with a tonne of gold shimmer in it that gives it a really pretty sheen. This is one of those “Nars Orgasm” type shades that again will be flattering on so many skin tones.
Smitten – This is a true matte peach shade. This doesn’t swatch that well but it goes on the cheeks beautifully and is a shade that really surprised me as I didn’t think I would like it that much but I find it to be so pretty on and I really love it.
Bliss – This is another shade that I didn’t expect to love as much as I do but I guess I am getting more into peaches lately and this shade is a gorgeous matte cantaloupe shade that is slightly darker than the above shade. Like Smitten it doesn’t swatch that well but I find that to be the case with majority of orange blushes but it blends beautifully onto the cheeks and is perfect for summer!
Summer Fling – This is a bright matte coral/orange shade that is very vibrant. Being quite fair I have to be very careful applying this blush otherwise it can come off too intense but with a tan it will be the perfect summer blush.
Infatuation – This shade is a matte tan which can be used as a bronzer for fair skin (how I use it) or as a natural blush for medium to dark skin tones. It is not too warm and not too cool so will work for many skin tones however fair skinned girls beware, you will need a light hand with this one too.
Swatches from Left to Right – Love Affair, Rendezvous, Hanky Panky, Secret Admirer, Head Over Heels and First Love
Love Affair – This is a super intense matte coral/pink. This shade is super bright and pigmented so be careful if you are fair, I think medium to dark skin tones will love this one especially in the summer time.
Rendezvous – This is a very pigmented plumy/pink shade that is perfect for winter. This is a matte shade however like her other matte shades it has a more satin finish which I prefer as it gives a pretty natural look.
Hanky Panky – This is a very standard matte mid toned pink. This shade is quite pigmented so if you are fair you may need to use a light hand. This shade is very pretty and is a great staple shade for any collection.
Secret Admirer – This is a cool toned matte purple/pink shade. This shade screams radiant orchid and is perfect for anyone looking for a blush in that colour range (which I have been). I love this blush, it is purple but it doesn’t look crazy or weird on the cheeks. It just gives a super pretty flush and is perfect if you like cool toned blushes.
Head Over Heels – This is a light bubble gum pink with a very slight shimmer in it. This is another one of my favourites from the line. It is the most perfect natural pink blush that goes with just about any look.
First Love – This blush was made for the fairest of fair girls, it is a baby pink with pink shimmer in it. This shade is super fair and I don’t think many skin tones will be able to wear this. I am about an NW20 in M.A.C and this shade is too fair for me and makes me look a little ashy so I would not recommend this one unless you are super super fair.
Overall I really like these blushes and I think there is a shade in here to suit anyone’s taste and/or skin tone. I think Marlena did a really great job with these and I hope she expands the range in the future.
Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the Makeup Geek blushes and what your favourite one is.
Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own