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Makeup Geek Mystery Box Review – October 2017

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Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Box

Recently, Makeup Geek offered a mystery box with shade options of light, medium, and deep.

This box is now sold out.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - MG Box

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - MG Box Top

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - MG Box Inside

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.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Contents

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.

Check out the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more makeup boxes.

Let’s see what they sent!

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Eyes

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Eye Pans

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!

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Face Pans

The next two pans, packaged in the same way as the eyeshadows, are for the face.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Contour

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!

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Blush

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.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - MG Palette

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.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Bronzer

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Bronzer Detail

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.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Highlight

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Highlight Detail

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.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Lip

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Lip Open

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!

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Swatches

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.

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Face

Makeup Geek Mystery Box October 2017 - Face Detail

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?

Written by Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home…she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I purchased the MUG mystery box in deep. It was well worth it and gave me the opportunity to try their products for the first time. I love everything I received.

  2. Gorgeous colors!! I was afraid to take the plunge for $50, I didn’t think it’d be such neutral colors. I love Makeup Geek products though!

  3. Awesome review! You look so great! I love how everything coordinates together. Usually in beauty boxes its six items that are totally independent of each other. This box sounds fun.

    • Thank you! I know, coordinating products was a great move on their part.

  4. Wow! All beautiful colors! I love Makeup Geek!

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