The very first make-up tutorial I watched on YouTube was by Marlena Stell on her Makeup Geek site. It was a white and green MAC eyeshadow look and I remember finding it so interesting as it was in the early days of make-up blogs and YouTube beauty videos. Marlena started her own make-up brand (Makeup Geek) several years ago and the brand was recently re-branded and re-vamped earlier this year (2020).
One of the big releases as part of the Makeup Geek re-launch has been their Matrix system for eyeshadows (you can see Marlena’s videos on the Matrix system here and here). I’ve seen several people on YouTube (and some blog posts) showcasing, swatching and reviewing the Makeup Geek Matrix Palettes. They looked amazing and so I couldn’t resist ordering them to try myself, along with some other products from their range.
Makeup Geek is based in the USA, so I had to place an international order to be shipped to Scotland, where I live. I’ve only ever placed a small-ish order on the Tarte official site before, so this was my first experience of placing and receiving a large international order.
I thought it might be helpful to provide some information on my experience ordering from Makeup Geek, in case you are interested in what it’s like to place and receive an order if you live outside of the USA. This post provides details on the following aspects: what I ordered; customs, duties, import and handling fees; delivery timescales; shipping options; parcel packaging; and customer service. I’ve provided several photos as well so you can see how the parcel and all the contents were packaged.
I will try to get a post together on the Matrix Palettes, along with combination ideas for the eyeshadows, so stay tuned!