Every now and then - usually when I'm scrolling down my Instagram feed - I feel like I don't own enough makeup. This is, of course, an illusion since I own shit tons of everything already. Still, I can't help longing for new palettes, lipsticks, and nail polishes. Instead of agressively throwing my money at the computer screen, I've decided to be slightly more productive about this and make a small compilation of indie makeup brands I've been dying to try.
All of the brands mentioned below are 100% cruelty-free.
Lunatick Cosmetics Labs
I just can't help it, pretty packaging is my Kryptonite and Lunatick Cosmetics Labs sell their collection in the prettiest packaging I have seen in my life. According to their 'about us' page, their makeup is for pretty much every aficionado, amateur or artist willing to think out of the box. To me, their most intriguing product seems to be their amazing-looking contouring palette. When I first came across it, it was advertised as the perfect contour for people with (very) pale skin. Colour me intrigued.
Website: Lunatick Cosmetics Labs
Pretty Zombie Cosmetics
This brand specialises in liquid lipstick in some of the most amazing colours. Their liquid to matte collection seems like a good alternative to Limecrime's Velvetines, and at a lower price, too. Personally I'm fascinated by all of the dark purples in their collection (I bet you're surprised) and their lipstain ominously named 'Spellbook'.
Website: Pretty Zombie Cosmetics
Makeup Monsters Cosmetics
Another brand with a focus on lip products. Their staple piece is a liquid to matte lipstick that comes in a wide array of shades, in bright as well as dark colours, all of them highly pigmented and intense. Apparently later this year lip glosses will be released, playfully called 'ColourStix'.
Website: Makeup Monsters Cosmetics
Portland Black Lipstick Company
The Portland Black Lipstick Company is known for its black lipstick which allegedly is the best in the world. Their lipstick is sold in a wide range of colours, most of them unusual shades. Even though lipstick is their main selling point, PBLC also sells moisturizer, corpse paint, and mineral glitters. If you want to see for yourself what the fuss is about
before you make the full price commitment, for 2$ you can get a sample of any of their products.
Website: Portland Black Lipstick Company
Vegan? Corpse paint, mineral glitters, and Phantom Powder are vegan, lipsticks aren't (they contain beeswax and lanolin; some colours also contain carmine). PBLC is currently working on a vegan line.
Black Moon Cosmetics
This brand hasn't been around for very long which means the choice in products is relatively limited. However, word on the street is that they're going to release new colours (and maybe products?) in the near future. Their focus is on liquid to matte lipsticks, allegedly "the most moisturizing long-wear liquid lipstick on the market". The four shades they sell look intense, vibrant and definitely worth a try. Also, have you seen how amazing that packaging is? Need.
Website: Black Moon Cosmetics
Fierce Magenta sells a few different kinds of products but are mostly
known for their super colourful lip products in very unusual shades.
They sell lipsticks, glosses and stains in shades you've probably never even
thought of as lip colours but that still end up looking amazing. Even though I
already own a few of their products, I can't help but want more;
I'm especially fond of the lipsticks. Read my review of Fierce Magenta here.
Website: Fierce Magenta
Vegan? All of the glosses and eyeshadows are vegan, lipsticks contain beeswax.
In other words, my Christmas wishlist is getting embarrassingly long. What is your favourite (indie) makeup brand?
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