MakeupGeek Blush, Contour and Highlighter – Review and Swatches 

Makeup geek blush contour highlighter review swatches

Today’s post is going to be all about Makeup Geek’s cheek products. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know they sent me an amazing package, and I’m still so excited about it. They sent a ton of shadows, and I updated the post I did on MakeupGeek’s shadows with new swatches, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already.

In the past I have reviewed their contours, blushes and highlighters, but those posts didn’t survive the move and I have a bunch of new shades, so I’m doing a collective review of all their cheek products here in this one post.

Makeup Geek cheek products are usually categorized by skintones, from porcelain to deep, so there’s something for everyone. I really appreciate the extra thought and effort that they put in to make their brand more inclusive. All products reviewed here are for medium to deep skintones.

Makeup Geek Highlighter: Review and Swatches

MakeupGeek highlighters are very finely milled. They have a lot of shine, but no glitter. It doesn’t emphasize pores or texture, like glittery highlighters tend to do.  I’m very impressed with this formula. I own the shade Ablaze and I love it. Ablaze was voted the 3rd best highlighter of 2016 by Temptalia. That’s how awesome it is. It is a copper with a gold shift. Ablaze is a duochrome highlighter, and it is formulated for deep skintones.

Makeup Geek also makes regular highlighters that are  not duochrome. There are 13 shades, which is quite extensive, and you’re sure to find a shade that works for you.

A swatch of Makeup Geek Duochrome Highlighter in the shade “Ablaze”

Price: $20 for 1 or  $48 dollars for a bundle of three.

MakeupGeek Blushes : Review and Swatches 

Makeup Geek relaunched their blushes recently, and there are 20 shades available.

I have 5 shades. Chivalry, Desire, Covet and Summer Fling are made for deep skin. Infatuation is made for medium skin.

These blushes are verrrry pigmented. Like you seriously need a very light hand, especially with Desire. It is a powder formula, but it’s not overly dusty.

My top picks for deep skin are Desire, Covet and Chivalry.

Desire is a deep berry shade in a matte finish. This is perfect for people who want a little bit more colour and are  not afraid to wear bold blushes. I love it.

Chivalry is a reddish brown in a matte finish. It is the perfect everyday blush for deep skin. It reminds me a lot of that Taraji MAC blush that everyone was going crazy about. I think it was called Taraji Glow? Anyway, this is a gorgeous shade. This was the first one I bought when I was still “afraid” to wear blush. It looks so natural and so flattering.

Covet is a deep mauve  (like a pinky brown colour) with the faintest shimmer. It gives such gorgeous, subtle glow with a hint of colour. I absolutely adore this shade.

Infatuation is a nice, barely there everyday shade of light peachy brown.

The only shade I had trouble with was Summer Fling. I was hoping it would be a true orange, like their eyeshadow in Morocco or Nars Taj Mahal without the shimmer, but it’s a deep peach at best, and it pulls a little cool/ashy on me. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this shade from other deep skinned bloggers, so maybe it’s just me/my undertones it doesn’t work for. It looks like a pastel spring shade instead of a vibrant summery shade like other reviews led me to believe. The quality and pigmentation are still amazing though. The colour was just unexpected.

If you live in Nigeria, Chivalry is available from the  Beauty Revolution website

They are available from the Makeup Geek website for $10 for the pans and $15 for the compacts.

Makeup Geek Contour Powders: Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek did something I found really interesting.  They launched contour powders with both warm and cool undertones. Generally, the unspoken rule is that contour products need to be cool toned. I don’t agree, and I find that because of my undertones, a lot of contour powders can look gray/ashy/unnatural on me. So I was excited when these contour powders launched.

I wear the shade Half-hearted. It is made for medium skin with warm undeerones. It is perfect for me. It doesn’t even pull warm, it just creates realistic looking shadows. I’d say it is more neutral toned than warm, so don’t be afraid to try the warm powders. They’re perfect if you have olive to warm undertones and the struggle to find a natural looking contour powder has been real for you.

Scandal is the shade for deep skin with cool undertones, and you can see how truly deep it is. It’s definitely too deep for me, and I’m around an NW45 in MAC. So if you have deep skin and you’re looking for contour powders, check out MakeUpGeek. You might find something that works.

These powders are pigmented, and last all day.

Price and where to buy : $10 for the pan, $15 for the compact

Swatches of the @makeupgeekcosmetics contour powders in the shade Scandal (top) and Half Hearted (bottom). These powders are VERY pigmented and easy to blend and they last all day. Scandal is for deep skin with cool undertones, while Half Hearted is for medium skin with warm undertones. I love that there are shades with warm undertones because even though the general rule is that contour powders "should" be cool, I feel like a lot of them look really ashy on me, so I was happy to see warmer options offered by @makeupgeekcosmetics I consider myself to be in the medium-deep range and I wear the shade Half-hearted. Scandal is far too deep for me, but this means that it will work great for people with skintones deeper than mine. So if you're having trouble finding a contour powder that's deep enough for your skintone, try Makeup Geek. #makeupgeekcosmetics #swatches #cocoaswatches #bfbmgswatches

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Here, I’m wearing Chivalry, Ablaze and Half Hearted, and those three are pretty much my go-to blush/highlighter/contour combo!


You can shop all MakeupGeek products from their website.

Have you tried any of these MakeupGeek products? What are your thoughts?
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