The following companies are some of my favorite indie companies. They are, for various reasons, companies I choose to shop at and support. You may find my Mineral Makeup: What to Look For When Buying or my Price Comparisons Guide helpful, as well. Below the list of Favs is a list of companies that I don’t shop at, for various reasons.
On the Nixed section of this page is a list of companies I personally avoid for various reasons, mostly bad customer service, questionable business practices or ethics, or products that don’t meet my standards. As with any company, if you have a problem or an issue, try emailing their customer service first to see what sort of response you get. A company can only fix a problem if they know about it.
BftE makes beautiful colors as well as carries some unblended shades per customer request. Crystal is a very sweet woman who really does a lot not only with her company and family but gives back to the community as well. They’ve got some really fun duochrome colors and are constantly adding new colors. You can read my Indie Spotlight here. See some swatches here.
They’re a vegan online makeup company. These guys are awesome! Their shades are quite complex, just check out their Arcane Magic line, so some are best worn by patting on the color, or by using Pixie Epoxy. You can read my review here. You can read my Indie Spotlight here. You can see countless swatches here.
This is a fantastic company that makes gorgeous eye shadows and other products. Check out their lipsticks! Their holographic colors are gorgeous. You can read my review here. Read my Indie Spotlight here.
Tammy from Meow has a ton of amazing blushes and foundation, too. I think there’s a shade of foundation for every skintone. She also does seasonal and holiday releases such as the Friday the 13th, Halloween & the Christmas Holidays. You can read my review here. You can read my Indie Spotlight here.
Melissa makes amazing vegan lipsticks and pretty eye shadows. They’re a holy grail product for me. My favorites are Azalea Blue, Coraline’s Kiss, Shrieking Orange and Sub Zero. In the eye shadows Druscilla’s Sister, Transylvanian Twist, Broomstick, Coraline and Glitter Ghoul steal my heart. You can read my review here. You can read my Indie Spotlight here.
Sugarpill is a new company started by Amy, aka Shrinkle, and her shadows are fantastic! They’re highly pigmented, bright and easy to work with. They come in loose shadow form and pressed shadow form. These shadows are not repackaged, as Amy works with a lab to formulate her shadows, both pressed and loose alike. They actually rekindled my love of pressed shadows. You can read my review about her products here. You can see swatches here. You can read my Indie Spotlight here.
Ellie from DreamWorld makes her own eye shadows. She’s got some really interesting collections, too. She likes vibrant color! She also will take customer requests, which is really nice. You can see some swatches here.
If you’re looking for MAC Parrot, you can find a vegan indie version of it here. Having tried their products, I have been happy with everything that I’ve purchased. I love the luster of these eye shadows, and they apply very smoothly. The lipsticks are really nice, too. You can read my review here. Read my Indie Spotlight here.
Concrete Minerals is a fantastic company with huge jars of eye shadow. They make some really pretty colors. You can read my review of them here. And my newest review/swatches here. Read my Indie Spotlight here.
Makeup Geek shadows were created by Marlena of Makeup Geek! I love her tutorials and her blog, as well as her site. The shadows she created are cruelty-free and really a fantastic value for the price. I’ve swatched a ton of them so far. I’ve done a review on the shadows. I even purchased a shirt!
Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Femme Fatale Cosmetics is a new company that is based in Australia. They’ve got some gorgeous duochrome shades and I highly recommend Shooting Stars, Haunt and Heroic.
Kiss my Sass (formerly Suds n’ Sass)
Beth from Kiss My Sass makes her own eye shadows as well as other products. I’m convinced that she makes pretty stuff! She does LE collections with eye shadows and lippies from time to time. Also, her perfumes are nice, especially Cuddley Blue Poodle, Seductive Charm and Perfect Kiss! (though they’ve been discontinued). You can see some eye shadow swatches here. You can read my Indie Spotlight here.
This is a fantastic company that makes custom lipsticks, cheek and lip stains, eye shadows, perfumes etc. I really like the lipsticks and cheek and lip stains. See many swatches here. Read my Indie Spotlight here.
Glamour Doll Eyes
Vee does a great job at making beautiful colors. It’s been a treat to watch her grow and her shadows become more complex over the past two years. You can read my review here. You can read my Indie Spotlight here.
The companies listed below are companies that I refuse to shop at for various reasons. Mostly it’s due to bad customer service, but some are for questionable business practices or ethics, or products that don’t meet my standards.
Orglamix (I didn’t like the product. To me it didn’t appear to be unique and when compared to TKB micas they looked extremely similar in many cases. They didn’t seem to have a base or be a finished eye shadow product. They didn’t work for me, and I said so. I received a cease & desist from the company because they didn’t like me telling people that I didn’t like the product. They have since contacted me with a request to “kiss & make up” in Sept. 2010, and most recently in Feb. 2011 contacted me wanting to do a giveaway or review.)
One Hand Washes the Other
Linda’s Variety Store on ecrater
Pure Luxe Cosmetics
Taylor Made Minerals
Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics
High Voltage Cosmetics