I am back with another eyeshadow review this time. This one is from Makeup Geek. I have reviewed these beautiful shades from MUG on IMBB earlier – Morocco, Burlesque, and Desert Sands earlier. Today, I have Creme Brulee up for review 🙂
All About This Color:
Crème Brulee is known as one of the most enticing desserts you can get, and this eyeshadow is soon to become one of the most irresistible eyeshadows you can get. The soft medium sand color has a velvety matte finish and texture that will leave your eyes looking and feeling delicious. Perfect for a brown smokey eye, or used to blend out harsh lines. Either way this, color is simply delectable.
The Bottom Line: A medium sand color with a soft matte finish.
About Makeup Geek Eyeshadows:
- These are all highly-pigmented – just check out the swatches!
- Half the price of high end shadows without sacrificing quality.
- This kit is for the eyeshadow pans only — they do not come in com-pacts or a palette.
- These pans can be placed in empty palettes such as Z-Palettes.
- Eyeshadow pan weight is 1.8G / 0.064 oz.
- With a separate palette, you can build your own custom palettes (and save the extra cost and the plastic that eyeshadow compacts bring).
- All our shadows are cruelty-free — we do not test our products on animals.
- These eyeshadows are paraben free.
- We ship worldwide at affordable rates.
MUG does not do individual compacts for eyeshadows. There is only these refill pans which come enclosed in a cardboard outer packaging. The cardboard packaging works well to cushion the product and I did not have an instance of these shattering in transit. The pan size is the same exact size as that of a MAC eyeshadow refill. They fit in very nicely into the MAC eyeshadow palettes. The only concern, the pans do not have a magnet – while MAC pro pans do. So, they do need either a magnetic palette like a Z palette to place them in or a simple DIY can take care of fitting these into the MAC palettes.
My Experience with Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow:
Shade: Creme Brulee is described as “a medium sand color with a soft matte finish.” It is actually a light to medium warm brown with just a hint of peach. It is like a “no brainer” shade which can be used in a number of ways depending on your skin tone. For fair skin girls, it could work as an all-over the lid shade with a darker shade added to the crease and outer V for definition. For girls with deeper skin, it would work as something with which to set your primer with. For us medium skinned girls, it’s a great transition shade. When buying eyeshadows, we generally tend to gravitate towards the shimmery shades or colourful ones. Even with a neutral set, we look for deeper colours. We rarely look for good transition shades, which can literally make or break a look. Honestly, when I started doing eye makeup, I didn’t even know that you need to have a transition shade or what a transition shade was for. Thanks to the lovely world of YouTube videos, I came to know and then appreciate a good transition shade. And the fact that people do not appreciate a good transition shade is so evident from MAC’s pro shade collection in India. They don’t even have shades like this in stock in a pro pan form. The MAC MUAs say that no one really asks for them. People ask for shades like All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Patina, but not for Soft Brown, Soba, etc.
For the benefit of those who might wonder what a transition shade is and where it goes – transition shade is generally a neutral shade which is about one step darker than your skin tone and is applied over the crease colour to blend the crease colour towards the brows in a smooth transition.
Texture: The texture of this eyeshadow is soft, smooth and finely milled. It was easy to build up or blend out. It wasn’t powdery. However, it does kick up powder when you try to pick product from the pan – quite like ABH and KVD shadows. The only mattes which don’t seem to kick up powder are probably MAC and of course the Viseart.
However, it isn’t too bad. If you tap the excess off before going in with the application, you won’t have fall out. Yes, there is wastage of product, but the texture is smooth and blends well – maybe not as well as Viseart or a good MAC shadow, but still very good.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation for the shadow is really good. It is nicely pigmented and the shade in the pan is what you get on your lid. I have used it as a transition shade in my EOTDs. It may not be too obvious in the pics – but then, a transition shade isn’t supposed to be obvious! 🙂
Staying Power: I apply my eyeshadows over a primer because my lids are way too oily. Without a primer, anything and everything turns to mush within a couple of hours. With the primer, the shade gives 8-9 hours of wear time. This definitely gives you a full-day wear.
I may be a minority here but I do feel that the MUG shadows work very well with other MUG shades but they do not blend as well with other shadows like MAC. I noticed this subtlety only because my own customized palette had a number of MUG and MAC shades in it.
The closest dupe I have of this is MAC Soft Brown – they are quite similar in shade; however, Soft Brown kicks up much less powder.
If you look at the pic of the palette I made – Creme Brulee looks just a hint darker than Beaches n’ Cream. I have marked both shades in the palette. However, in application, they are fairly different. Creme Brulee works for me as a transition shade while Beaches n’ Cream is something I dust all over my lid to set the primer.
Pros of Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow:
- A “no brainer” shade – an essential in my option. For us medium-skin toned girls – works very well as a transition shade.
- Matte finish, which is smooth and creamy.
- Does not feel dry or get patchy.
- Excellent pigmentation.
- Long wearing.
- No creasing.
- Does not transfer.
- Builds up and blends out easily.
- Decent packaging – for shipping.
- Talc and paraben free.
- Individual pans allow you to customise what shades you want in your palette.
- Not tested on animals.
Cons of Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow:
- You do need a palette to put this in – and that too a magnetic one, so that’s an additional expense.
- Does kick up dust but if you tap off excess – there is no fallout.
This makes for a good transition shade. You will not regret buying it. Do you need it? How do I put it? It’s a workhorse shade. It’s like “dal roti types,” 😛 it’s a staple. You need dal-roti to sustain. You need this shade to give smooth transition to each and every eye look that you do. Yes, it’s not your pizza or risotto – it doesn’t add glamour or excitement to your life, but it’s something you will use every single day and you need a good quality one and you may not want to shell out INR 900 for a MAC one. This is a great alternative.
I would say – a must-have shade! Definitely recommend this one!
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