Exclusivity, Begone!

I have shared my admiration for Marlena Stell, OG beauty youtuber/influencer and CEO of Makeup Geek. She recently held a pop-up shop in New York City for her upcoming clothing line Marste (combining the first three letters of her first and last names) and the lucky people who visited the shop were treated to a first look at the Marste x Makeup Geek palettes. Today (October 17) Makeup Geek announced that the once exclusive palettes are now available for everyone and are available on the Makeup Geek website!!!

Before I break down my first impressions, let’s talk pricing. There are 9 palettes, each containing 9 pans. The palettes are $35 each. Some of you may be thrown off by that price but allow me to explain. All of the Makeup Geek products are manufactured in the US, meaning that the production costs are high and Marlena has to find a way to get a ROI (Return On Investment). Considering most of the single eyeshadows are $6 a pan, you are actually saving $10 by purchasing any of the new palettes. Score! Am I right?

Love Story

Alright, let’s talk colors. All 9 palettes are gorgeous, with themes that match the shades. The shades included in each palette were (and still are) originally sold as individual pans; Marlena simply put together the color schemes and gave each palette the best name to describe its theme.


Based on first impressions, I’d have to say that the Flourishing, Reflection, Passion, and Bloom are my favorites based on aesthetics (the shades) alone. I love the earthy tones of Flourishing, adore the blues mingling with the neutrals in Reflection, feel the seductive vibes from Passion, and those purples in Bloom are so stunning. Looks like these will be on my Christmas list. Well, if they don’t sell out that it is!

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