Makeup Geek Mystery Box Review – October 2017
Recently, Makeup Geek offered a mystery box with shade options of light, medium, and deep.
This box is now sold out.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the Light-shade Mystery Box.
The Box: Makeup Geek Mystery Box
The Cost: $50 + shipping
The Products: “A reusable Makeup Geek Collector’s Box filled with over $100.00 of makeup”
Good to know: The Mystery Box is a Final Sale – no returns or refunds.
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Let’s see what they sent!
Pressed Eyeshadow Pan Mocha (Deep matte brown) – Retail Value $6
Pressed Eyeshadow Pan Glamorous (Shimmery bronze gold) – Retail Value $6
Pressed Eyeshadow Pan Peach Smoothie (A soft peachy orange with a matte finish) – Retail Value $6
Pressed Eyeshadow Pan Wild West (Rich rose brown with a matte finish) – Retail Value $6
These eyeshadows are packaged in single pans and tucked into cardboard sleeves. They are smooth and have good color payoff. The matte shades are truly matte and have a creamy powder texture. The shimmer shade is just enough to reflect light without being too glittery. This set of colors is warm in tone and works well together, which I appreciate in a mystery box. I tend to work with cool shades but I actually really like these. Plus, the value is awesome!
The next two pans, packaged in the same way as the eyeshadows, are for the face.
Contour Powder Pan Complicated (Cool Medium) – Retail Value $4
This contour shade is actually recommended for medium skin tones, but since I am in between light and medium, it works well for me. Plus, it is a cool tone. It’s silky and blends well into my mineral foundation leaving a subtle contour that can be built up if needed. It actually works well as an eyeshadow for the crease as well. And, $4?! So great!
Powder Blush Pan Heart Throb (Salmon brown with a matte finish) – Retail Value $10
This blush is silky and has great color payoff like the previous products. The description mentions “brown” but I would say it leans way more toward the salmon tone. It is recommended for fair skin tones but it seems like it would be a shade that is pretty universally flattering.
All of these single powder pans can be put into a magnetic palette for easy storage. Makeup Geek has a line of palettes like this starting at $12, but you can also find empty palettes at most beauty retailers.
Bronze Luster Sunkissed (Fair Bronzer) – Retail Value $22
This bronzer is meant for fair skin and has the slightest hint of shimmer. I think it is a bit too light for me right now, but my face usually lightens by a couple of shades over the winter so it might be perfect to give me a glow in a month or two.
Highlighter Midnight Sun (Soft champagne with a reflective, luminous finish) – Retail Value $20
This highlighter is so pretty! It is perfect for highlighting not only my cheekbones but also my browbone and inner eye. It is subtle when applied in one layer, but with 2 or 3 layers, can really pop. The formula doesn’t accentuate any dryness or fine lines.
Plush Matte Soccer Mom (Medium pinky nude with a matte finish) – Retail Value $12
This is a really nice soft matte liquid lip color that is true to its color description. It is easy to apply and has a velvety texture that dries down to a non-sticky finish. I don’t notice any transfer onto my coffee cup but I do need to touch up after eating. My lips don’t get overly dry while wearing this either. Yay!
Here are the swatches of all of the products. On the left, eyeshadow shades Mocha, Glamorous, Peach Smoothie, and Wild West. On the right, lip color, bronzer, highlighter, blush, and contour.
Here is a look with all of the products from the box. I am impressed that everything coordinates so well together. I applied Peach Smoothie to my whole lid, Wild West to my crease, Mocha to my outer corner and smudged onto my lower lashline, and Glamorous to my browbone and inner corner. I used the blush to brighten the apples of my cheeks and applied the contour shade under my cheekbones and down the sides of my nose. Then, I applied the bronzer to the areas the sun would hit naturally and the highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones.
Verdict: This was a great mystery box from Makeup Geek! It’s the first time I’ve used their products and I’m very impressed. The value of this box is $92, which is actually lower than the promised $100 value, but I’m still happy for $50 + shipping. I’ll definitely be returning to Makeup Geek for more makeup because the products are great and the cost is fair. I also like that the single pans make for less waste and I can build my own palette with my preferred colors.
Did you get a Makeup Geek Mystery Box? What do you think?