Sari from Bower of Blisse had asked me in the comments section to recommend some of my favourite indie products. I am quite new to indie brands so I would suggest that anyone who is interested in trying some indie products check out the following blogs:
Funny Face's Place
Glitter is my Crack
The Makeup Zombie
These are the sites that I often look to for swatches and reviews of independent companies. The ladies who run these blogs have a lot more information and experience in this area than I do, so I would recommend checking out their blogs first.
I will make a couple of general recommendations based on my own limited experience with independent companies.
Sugarpill Cosmetics: I have tried many colours of both the loose Chromalust shadows and the pressed shadows. All of their products are AWESOME, the colour range is fabulous, and the customer service and packaging are to die for.
CLICK FOR REVIEWS: Sugarpill Chromalust loose eyeshadows, Sugarpill Pressed eyeshadows.
Evil Shades Cosmetics: I have ordered from Evil Shades 3 or 4 times and have always had my orders processed and shipped promptly. The customer service is excellent. I am not a huge fan of their packaging, but I believe they are making a lot of changes in this area in the very near future. I have tried their lipsticks and I really like them (I've ordered more). Their eyeshadows are also very smooth and blendable. The Hardcore Lips glosses are a wonderful texture and smell divine! My favourite product from Evil Shades is their blushes. They are so unique and apply beautifully. Also, the prices are very affordable and samples sizes are available.
CLICK FOR REVIEWS: Evil Shades Pinup Girls Collection, Evil Shades Hardcore Lips Just Like Candy, Evil Shades Blush Swatches. I will soon be doing a post that features all of the Evil Shades blush colours used in a look so you can see them in action! I will also soon be doing a review of some of their eyeshadows as well as the Liquid Sin lipglosses.
Morgana Cryptoria: The eyeshadows that I have tried are all very nicely formulated and give great colour payoff. Their lipsticks are TO DIE FOR. The formulation is awesome and the colour range is unique with a wide variety of both wearable shades for every day and some weirder ones for gothing around, etc. Unfortunately, the lipsticks have gone up in price. You will also have to wait quite a while for your package to arrive if you live in Canada.
CLICK FOR REVIEWS: Morgana Cryptoria Eyeshadows and Lipstick. I will soon be posting a lot more lipstick swatches as I ordered a couple new ones and the 2011 collection sample set.
I am also dying to try Fyrinnae but their website is down A LOT or the checkout is closed or the lip lustres are not available, etc., and I find this to be rather irritating. EVENTUALLY I will order many of the lip lustres and some eyeshadows an blush as well.
Anyway, I hope this post helps people pick out some stuff to try from indie companies. Have a great weekend!
P.S. If anyone who's reading this has done any reviews or swatches of indie stuff that they would like to share, please post some links in the comments!