Geek Fashion Fix | Cosmetic Corner: Awesome Mix Collector's Tin
People don’t believe me when I tell them I’m not great when it comes to makeup, but that’s only because I’ve grown incredibly lazy in the past few years.
Once I discovered that tinted eyebrows and a bold lip can make you look like you tried way harder than you actually did, I didn’t dare look back. If I’m really trying to impress myself, I’ll break out my Glossier sheer foundation and highlighter, but that’s only once in a blue moon. (That brand was practically created for people like me who can’t be bothered with words like “blending” or “brushes”, and sometimes, it’s still too much work.)
I know, I know. I’m working on it, and that’s what brought us here: welcome to Cosmetic Corner, an extension of Geek Fashion Fix that not only tests out the coolest and geekiest beauty products but also forces me to, you know, try.
If you read our very first Geek Fashion Fix post two weeks ago, then you already know the moment I saw this Awesome Mix Collector’s Tin of Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired eyeshadows from Geek Chic Cosmetics, I purchased it instantly. No hesitation. A few clicks and done. Making this blog post was the only thing that could justify spending money on something I’m not sure I needed.
Can you blame me, though? Look at the tattoo on my wrist and tell me I didn’t need this.
For those of you as new to this brand as I am, Geek Chic Cosmetics is based in Oregon. All of their products are handmade, vegan, and cruelty/paraben/gluten-free, drawing inspiration from everything from Supernatural to Sailor Moon. So, needless to say, accidentally stumbling upon their website was pretty exciting. It only took about a week for my order to arrive, but I made sure to stalk it every step of the way.
The Awesome Mix Collectors Tin comes in a small tin designed to look like Star-Lord’s cassette tapes. It contains six individual loose powder eyeshadows with the same label, with clever character names like ‘Deadliest Woman in the Universe’ and ‘The Destroyer’. While the 3-gram sized shadows look small, just a little bit of each shade went a long way.
Swatches from top to bottom: 'Deadliest Woman in the Universe', 'Ain’t Nothing Like Me', 'The Destroyer', '12% of a Plan', 'My Prince, My Starlord', 'I Am Groot'
Upon seeing these swatches for the first time, the rational part of my brain said that, while all the colors are beautiful, I probably wouldn’t have much use for the green or blue shades, especially considering how messy loose powders can get.
But the other part? The Slytherin in me? The “evil Kermit meme”? That part just screamed, “Forget what anyone thinks. Forget what YOU think. You’re gonna find a way to wear that bright green eyeshadow if it’s the last thing you do.”
And because I don’t like even myself telling me what to do, I decided to go for it, even if it would just be a one-time, Gamora-inspired look.
Once again, I do not have the skill, nor the bone structure or selfie game, to be a makeup artist. Don’t let those wings fool you— there was a lot of tape involved.
I decided to pair ‘Deadliest Woman’ with ‘I Am Groot’ if only to tone down the green a bit. ‘I Am Groot’ also has a very subtle green shimmer to it, so they came together for a very earth-toned eye. I wasn’t completely sold at first— it felt like a bit much, but I still moved forward and topped it off with liner, mascara, and a bold lip. I opted for a deep plum shade because my girl Gamora took that purple and green combo back from Barney the Dinosaur and made it cool again.
(Instagram makeup artists seem to love this pose, so I just went with it. Nail wraps are from our friends at Espionage Cosmetics!)
It didn’t take long at all for this look to grow on me. It’s bolder than what I’m used to, but I topped it all off with some space buns and felt like a galactic badass in makeup that lasted all day.
Do you have a favorite geeky beauty brand that we should check out next? Let us know in the comments below!