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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review & Swatches: Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette

Ever since trying the shadows in the Makeup Geek Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette, I've been in love! The shadows have smooth, silky textures with incredible pigmentation - and at a fraction of the cost of similar shadows ($6 a piece). When Marlena, The Makeup Geek herself, announced that she was debuting a Vegas-inspired shadow and pigment collection, I knew I had to indulge!

With colors that remind me of a hot night, and a desert sunset, the Vegas Lights Palette is overwhelmingly warm. The shades include:

  • Casino - A bold shimmery yellow-gold.
  • Sin City - A shimmery peach-gold duochrome
  • Roulette - A deep shimmery copper
  • Mirage - A satin cream
  • Desert Sand - A warm medium matte brown
  • Bada Bing - A matte chocolate brown base with gold shimmer, and a permanent shade to the Makeup Geek collection

One of the main things that will make people love or leave this palette is just how warm these shadows lean. For the most part, these shadows held up to the Makeup Geek standards I've come to expect - they have tons of pigmentation, smooth textures (even the mattes), and a buildable wear. The only shadow that I wish delivered a little bit more was Bada Bing. The texture was slightly chalky and difficult to build. Given that it's the deepest shade in the palette, this could make or break a dramatic look. Applied over a good base, the color gets a boost, but if you want maximum opacity, reach for a pigmented base to enhance the payoff.

At $36, there isn't a discount when purchasing this palette which was a little surprising. However you are getting 5 completely new shades from the line. Because the quality is definitely there, the main thing people will want to consider is whether this color palette is right for them. Scroll all the way down for a step-by-step tutorial using nearly all of the shadows from the palette!

Casino, Sin City, Roulette, Mirage, Desert Sands, Bada Bing

Get the look:

  1. Using the flat shader brush in the it Brushes for ULTA Your Multi-Tasker set, pat Mirage on the inner corner and brow bone.
  2. Blend Desert Sands through the crease with the crease brush from the same set.
  3. Pat Sin City on the inner half of the lid using the same flat shader brush from step 1.
  4. Blend Roulette into the outer half of the eye using the same flat shader.
  5. Add depth to the outer corner using the narrow tip of the same flat shader, concentrating Bada Bing in the outer "V" area.
  6. Using the liner brush from the set, softly line the upper and lower lash lines with Bada Bing.
  7. Apply mascara - I'm using Givenchy's Noir Couture Volume in Black Taffeta. (optional: you can line the lower lash line to prevent the water line from looking red - something that's easy to do when using a shade like Routlette).

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