Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 2 – Makeup Geek

Hey Guys,

Welcome back to my blog and today, I prepared a post about my personalized eyeshadow palette – Vol. 2. If you’re interested in my first post about it, then click here.
So, without further talking, let’s get started!

After strolling a million articles about pressed magnetic pigments, I finally decided to order Makeup Geek’s eyeshadow. I heard so many good things about their quality and pigmentation that I really wanted to try these – btw their color selection is simply amazing!

I picked up six different shades, three matte and three duochrome shadows. Each of them retails for about 5.60€. Their other formula, the foiled eyeshadows (which I haven’t tried yet), retail for 9.40€ are a bit more expensive. The size, compared to my Wycon pans is way smaller and the overall amount of product is „only“ 1.8g.

The Mattes

I decided to purchase one lighter shade for an everyday and natural eye look. However, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and got two kinda dramatic shades for special looks and occasions.

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Crème Brulée – a lighter, brownish color which looks similar to sand – for me this is the perfect crease color.

Morocco – a poppin‘ red orange shade which I use on my entire lid for very dramatic looks.

Cherry Cola – it’s said to be a deep brown with reddish undertones but for me it appears to be a purple-dark brown shade with only a little bit of red to it, it’s perfect for the outer corners of my eyes.

These matte shadows apply so soft on the lid and are really easy to blend. Still, they tend to have a little fall-out (especially the brown one) but if you know how to handle it, the eyeshadows work fine.

The Duochromes

These are my so to speak fun colors, still I can use these on a daily basis if applied alone on the entire lid. Especially now in spring, these are my go-to colors!

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Voltage – a citron/vanilla base with sparkly champagne reflections.

I’m Peachless – a rosy base with peach-like reflections.

Mai Tai – A peachy based shadow with pretty pink reflections.

What I really love about these eyeshadows is that they are actually two in one. When applied correctly (and it took me a while to figure that out…) the reflections show up in such a pretty way! I definitely recommend to use an eyeshadow base or the NYX jumbo eye pencil in „milk“ to make the color pop and also wetten your brush before applying the eyeshadow.

Why Makeup Geek?

Overall, I’m really happy with my selection. They apply and look fantastic (if you know their flaws and work against them) and are pretty cheap compared to other brands. Also, when I checked their color selection only I really couldn’t decide on which colors to test as they have so many different shades! Recently, I found out that their products are cruelty-free, they don’t test on animals and the eyeshadows are talc and paraben free (which are usually ingredients in poor quality shadows and can be carcinogenic), if that’s not a great value for money!

Did you already test Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Qhat do you think?

Stay sparkling!

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Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. I – Wycon Cosmetics

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland, today’s post is going to be about my recently purchased magnetic eyeshadow palette and the refills from the brand Wycon Cosmetics. So for all Italian girls out there, definitely check this brand and their eyeshadows out (as far as I know they only ship to Italy)!

I purchased this magnetic palette and three eyeshadows during my vacation in Italy to test their quality and to finally have an eyeshadow palette where I have all my favorite magnetic shadows from brands like Mac, Makeup Geek or ABH in one single place.

You wanna hear more about this – then let’s jump right into it!

The Palette

The palette I decided to purchase is the „Magnetic Palette Large“ which holds space for 15 refills (Wycon eyeshadow size) from Wycon Cosmetics. It retails for only 6.90€ compared to a large Z palette which is about 19€. It almost looks identical to a black Z palette and is manufactured in the same way – a slim, light-weight cart box that closes magnetically and has a see-through top. The palettes comes in an extra black cart box that protects it from any damages – I find this very useful for traveling. However, when I opened mine and touched the magnetic ground, it had quite some unevenness (I don’t know if that’s very common for this palette) so that the refills were not laying straight in the palette. Still, I don’t find this to be a huge problem, with enough eyeshadows you barely see it.

The Eyeshadows

All in all, Wycon has 81 (!) different shades starting from white matte and shimmery colors over browns, pinks, blues, greens, finishing with grey and black ones – the color range is enormous! Also their price is so affordable as each shadow retails for 3.90€. 

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I decided to purchase three eyeshadows – one of it shimmery, another one glittery and the third  one is matte. I wanted to try different formulas and see, whether they all have a great quality. Here is my color selection:

  • No. 3 Champagne Satin – a white, golden shimmery shade that’s perfect for inner corner highlights
  • No. 34 Dark Gold Satin – a glittery, warm golden shade that I use on my entire lid
  • No. 16 Nude Matt – a dusty, warm-toned rose brown which works fine for the crease

Overall I am more than satisfied with the quality of all the eyeshadows. The pigmentation is really good, especially for the crease color. So it means you don’t need that much product at one time but can intensify the color more and more. To have a really bright white and gold I wetted my brushes and also used an eyeshadow primer to make the colors last longer and to have a brighter result. The only problem I faced is with the more glittery shade as it tends to have some fall out. Also the satin finish seems to look different as No. 3 is more a shimmery finish, whereas No. 34 is glittery when you applied it onto your lids.

Considering the actual product you get for the price I realized that the pans are a lot bigger than other eyeshadow refills like ABH or MakeupGeek! That makes it a good product and money value overall…

Have you also recently purchased any refills or magnetic palettes and eyeshadows? Let me know down below in the comments and to check out Wycon’s shades and palettes, visit their website. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 of designing my personal eyeshadow palette!

Stay sparkling!

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The Balm NUDE’tude Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to a new blogpost, this time I will review my at the moment most favorite eyeshadow palette – theBalm NUDE’tude. A really lovely product I purchased during my holiday in Italy as this brand doesn’t retail in Germany.

So let’s get started!

TheBalm NUDE’tude (33.50€ for 12 eyeshadows)

First things first – theBalm has the cutest and prettiest retro packaging I’ve ever seen and I love their creative and funny names. I need to get my hands on more of their products, especially the eyeshadow palettes and the lipsticks!

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Considering the packaging, the palette is protected by an additional cartboard packaging which makes it super easy to transport and for traveling. The palette as well is made of cartboard, contains a large mirror and closes magnetically. As the name kinda says, this palette features nude women only covered by different eyeshadows.

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It holds 12 eyeshadows ranging from white over nude, rose shades to (darker) browns and black and a dual-ended eyeshadow brush (I have to admit, I don’t use it…). Let’s take a closer look at these:

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Sassy – A frosted white, very good pigmentation and ideal for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes

Stubborn – a peachy shade also with a frosted finish, slightly less pigmentation than in the palette because of the finish

Selfish – a dark brown-grey mixture, also a frosted finish but with good pigmentation

Snobby – a medium yellow with warm undertones and a golden frost finish with great pigmentation

Stand-offish – a light brown/ nude shade with a huge frozen or even metallic finish and thus a great color pay-off

Sultry – a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish, really good pigmentation and also perfect for the crease

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Sophisticated – a dark, warm brown with bronzing glitter inside, perfect for in the crease

Sexy – a matte, burgunder red also perfect for defining the crease with a really good pigmentation

Serious – a matte black shade that has a good pigmentation but tends to be a little dusty

Seductive – a golden/ bronzed brown with a satin finish with a good color pay-off

Silly – a darker brown-reddish shade with glitter, tends to be semi-opaque in coverage and needs to be applied several times to make the glitter visible

Sleek – an intense dark brown/ black shade with a matte finish that gets a little dusty

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Overall, the pigmentation of nearly all the shades is really good, they have mostly opaque coverage after one application however the matte shades tend to be more semi-opaque and need to be applied several times. Also most shades feel rather creamy and soft when applying without being dusty – except for the matte ones… Still, all shades are pretty easy to blend and harmonize perfectly together. This palette is rather warm toned and with more shimmering, frosted and glittery shades than mattes. I really love it because it can create various eye looks as the color variation is amazing!

What do you think?

Stay sparkling!

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