I was tagged by the super-sweet swatch superstar Luna of Toxid-Lotus to make a list of my 10 favourite Indie companies. In no particular order, here are my picks:
Between Detrivore Cosmetics‘ eyeshadows and blushes, they occupy an entire drawer of my makeup collection. Even if you don’t dig the slightly morbid, creepy names like I do, there’s something there for everyone: neutrals, brights, mattes, satins, all with the same beautifully blending, easy-applying formula. In the last month, they’ve not only released twenty stunning new shades, but also an entire fragrance collection with the same dark, spooky influence.
Morgana Cryptoria has become a one-stop shop for all lipcolour needs: whether you want a sheer coat of shimmer, a bold, bright cream, or a gleaming gloss, this company has lip products down to science. If I want a new shade or need to replace an old favourite, Morgana has so many colours and formulas that I’m guaranteed to find something to fit the bill. There are beautiful shadows and veils available, as well as Jerome Russell, Special Effects, and Manic Panic hair dyes.
There isn’t a makeup-wearing day that I don’t use an Evil Shades Spectrum Pot on my eyes. It’s my go-to primer and lasts throughout my long, busy days. They’re great, sticky bases for glittery shades and come in every colour necessary to accent brights, neutrals, and darks alike. In addition to the general catalog, Evil Shades puts out some awesome collections (Zombies, anyone?) including eyeshadows, lipsticks, and glosses.
Darling Girl Cosmetics has one of the most extensive catalogs I’ve ever seen, but there’s one product that really stands out amongst my makeup collection: Glitter Glue. Just the tiniest bit amps up any shadow and really holds down glittery shades like nothing else. A little bit goes a really long way–I’m still working on my first tube, but I definitely know I’ll be back for more!
I pretty much live in One Hand Washes the Other perfumes. Not only are they handy (they come in oil and solid forms–great for dabbing on at home and slipping into a purse for touch-ups), but they smell amazing–I’ve gotten so many compliments on their unique and interesting blends. While I’m still loving the Halloween releases (Santa Muerte and Burning Times practically live in my purse), the new winter scents just went up and I’m pretty sure I need two or four or ten.
No one does sparkling, glittering duochromes quite like Persephone Minerals. I was originally seduced by the Sailor Moon-inspired eyeshadow sets, but was completely won over by the Halloween release. I knew when the holiday shades went up, my wallet was doomed. If you’ve never used a Persephone shadow, you’re truly missing out: each shade is so complex and unique that it’s a marvel. After the Black Friday gift event, I’m completely hooked on the highlights and shimmers as well–I can’t resist a good shimmery highlight!
Meow Cosmetics could easily take hours to browse and oodles of cash–their super-sparkly shadows are expertly blended and apply like a dream, their blushes are soft and blendable, and they carry a full line of foundation in over 80 shades and 3 formulas. My only problem with them is their parade of new shades with each season and holiday: my wallet can’t take it!
Cocoa Pink is sort of a double-threat: they make some seriously good products and have some fabulous scent blends. For a lot of people, scent can make or break a hair product. Some of my favourite products smell sort of horrible and it definitely deters me from using them more often. But Cocoa Pink never poses that issue. Each product can be scented with any blend from their incredibly extensive list, including seasonals. My dry, fine hair loves the Shine+ and Junket Creme Conditioners, and the Ends with Benefits is both a fabulous hair perfume and leave-in moisturizer.
You’ve seen me post about Linnaeus Cosmetics fairly recently. While they’re not currently open, they’re too good to be forgotten during their hiatus: the shades are beautiful and well-formulated and they’re all animal themed. How often have you seen a parrot and wanted to steal its plumage for your eyes? Or a tropical fish with glittering scales that would make a beautiful evening look? Linnaeus Cosmetics makes that a possibility: past collections have included the Puna Flamingo, the Golden Lion Tamarin, and the Orchid Dottyback. I know I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2012!
Villainess was one of the first indie brands I fell into and I still find myself going back again and again. If you hurry over to the site now, you’ll find one of my all-time favourite scents: Mall Santa. I actually hoard Mall Santa Whipped! year-round, and right about now I love mixing it with Mudslide for the perfect cozy, winter scent. The products are well-formulated with something for everyone: scrubs both drier and moister, amazingly luxurious soaps, and moisturizers that aren’t too greasy and aren’t too thin. I have a feeling I won’t be able to escape the holiday season without placing an order.
What are some of your favourite Indie brands? Spread the love!
Love you to the Moon and Back,