It's no secret, I'm a pretty big fan of Inglot's Freedom System, pan eye shadows.
They're relatively inexpensive at £5 a pop, you get a lot of product for your pennies and the shade range is enormous. Inglot and I had a pretty steady run right up until a new kid arrived on the block.
Despite my love for Inglot, I wanted see if there was substance to the buzz that was surrounding the Makeup Geek eye shadows. Would they live up to the hype?
I wont bog you down with details. You can check out my full review, along with swatches by visiting my previous Makeup Geek post. (Spoiler alert - I get a bit gushy!)
Today, I'm going to be looking at which eye shadows are better, Inglot's or Makeup Geek's.
- Now, this is a tricky one. Undoubtedly, both brands are super pigmented. I think Makeup Geek just pip Inglot on the matte shades but it's an extremely close call when it comes to their shimmer formulas. I haven't tried any of the Makeup Geek foiled shadows, (although I do have some on order) so I can't compare those, but their original line are very much on a par with Inglot's AMC Shine shadows.
Winner - Makeup Geek, purely because their matte shadows are more pigmented but it's a tie for their shimmer shades.
- Both shadows blend out beautifully. Makeup Geek shadows are very soft and tend to pick up more on my brushes, meaning that more product is applied to the skin. As a result, the blending process takes a smidge longer.
Winner - It's a tie, although due to the fact that Inglot shadows apply a touch more subtly, they are easier to blend without the risk of applying too much product.
- Without a primer, both Makeup Geek and Inglot shadows last several hours on the lids with minimal to no creasing or fading.
Winner - Again, it's a tie!
- Whilst I feel like Makeup Geek have a great shade selection when it comes to their eye shadows, you get a much wider choice with Inglot. There are literally hundreds of Inglot shadows to choose from, with pretty much every colour you could ever wish for and a varying selection of finishes.
Winner - Inglot. If you're after a specific shade, I can guarantee that Inglot will have it.
- In the US, Makeup Geek original line eye shadows retail for $6 a piece. £4.95 per pan if you are ordering from Beauty Bay. The pans hold 1.8g of product. In the UK, Inglot eye shadows retail at £5 per pan for 2.7 - 3.2g of product, depending on the particular finish. You get better value for money, per gram with Inglot.
Winner - Inglot.
So which brand is my overall winner?
Can I say that I don't want to choose?
Yes, Inglot really are a great brand and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone who hasn't tried them, but I really do have a soft spot for Makeup Geek too. Both brands are such value for money and offer a fantastic product at an affordable price.
In fact, I went and placed another order with Makeup Geek last week. Is there a limit as to how many eye shadows are too many eye shadows?
If you're looking for a brand with a huge selection of shades, a tonne of product for your money and easy availability in the UK, I would put my money on Inglot.
Finally, I'll leave you with a couple of comparison swatches. I was convinced I would have more duped shades across my collection but these are the only ones that are slightly similar.
Left - Inglot shade 452 // Right - Makeup Geek Burlesque
These look really similar in the pan but swatch completely different!
Left - Inglot Shade 414 // Right - Makeup Geek Envy
Let me know your thoughts on Makeup Geek and Inglot. Have you tried any products from either of the brands?