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 & has great customer service. 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. I also went to IMATS LA 2013 with BftE as a promotional model and makeup artist.
They’re a vegan online makeup company. They’re drama free and make amazing products! 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 Indie Spotlight here.
Sugarpill products are fantastic! They’re highly pigmented, bright and easy to work with. They come in loose shadow form and pressed shadow form. They actually rekindled my love of pressed shadows. You can read my Indie Spotlight here.
If you’re looking for MAC clones, Silk Naturals has them. They also have great unique products and beautiful colors. IThe lipsticks are really nice, too. They ship lightning fast! Read my Indie Spotlight here.
Darling Girl Cosmetics
DG has beautiful eyeshadows and excellent customer service. They’ve got a lot of gorgeous and complex colors. Check out their watercolor paint pots!
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 Indie Spotlight here.
Melissa makes amazing vegan lipsticks and pretty eye shadows. They’re a holy grail product for me. My favorites are Troll Repellant, Saloon Spirits and Nutmeg. In the eye shadows Druscilla’s Sister, Transylvanian Twist, Broomstick, Coraline and Glitter Ghoul steal my heart. You can 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. She has MAC clones and unique creations. Give her eyeshadows and pigments a chance, they’re beautiful. Also, the customer service is great.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Femme Fatale Cosmetics is a company that is based in Australia. They’ve got some gorgeous duochrome shades and beautiful nail polish.
Pretty Serious Cosmetics
Pretty Serious Cosmetics is another Australian company by the awesome blogger Kaz. Her nail polishes are beautiful and I like her eyeshadows.
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.
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. Read my Indie Spotlight here.
The companies listed below are companies that I no longer support. I no longer support many of these because of bad customer service, questionable business practices or ethics, or products that don’t meet my standards. The vast majority of these are for bad customer service. These are my opinions. Please draw your own conclusions.
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
Evil Shades Cosmetics
Black Rose Minerals
Linda’s Variety Store on ecrater
Pure Luxe Cosmetics
Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics
High Voltage Cosmetics
Taylor Made Minerals