Something has been bothering me, and I wanted to vent a little and share some of my opinions as well. This post is mainly to get some thoughts off my mind (after all this is MY blog) and get some opinions from others.
When I began my mineral makeup journey, I was naïve to everything minerals/pigments had to offer. I was also very unaware of the seriousness and controversy surrounding ingredients in mineral eyeshadow. I personally do not care what I put on my face, as long as it doesn’t cause me a reaction. I am 30 years old and I have been wearing makeup for well over 15 years now. Any damage I may do to my face is already done. (And it still looks pretty damn good..haha!)
I’m becoming more familiar with mineral makeup/pigments and Indie makeup companies as I continue my makeup obsession and blog as well as following all of my very informative fellow bloggers. I’ve ‘met’ or been introduced to some very beautiful, honest, and creative Indie makeup owners. Women and men with a passion, a dream, something they care deeply about, and want to share with the world. I’ve also read some really nasty things about some of these people also. I have always kept my opinions to myself, or tried to stay extremely neutral. That was until I stumbled upon an online forum meant for “rants” about said companies. Because I will NOT waste my time joining this forum, I am going to voice my concerns about this here. (And may lose a few followers at the same time.)
It saddens and sickens me that companies are being attacked for creating a unique product. Some are even being accused of “copycatting” other companies. I DO recognize that some companies are repackaging straight mica and distributing as their own, and those companies, I will steer clear of. But companies with a well established customer base, a good product, a good name, are being sought out and attacked. Do you people really have so much time in the day to sit around and read the ingredients on every single mineral eyeshadow/product? Really? And will it really matter in 5 years? The really scary part about this, to me, is that these people are ruining the fun. Makeup is FUN! Don’t make it tedious for us who really enjoy playing with color.
I will continue to purchase from and review products that I find amazing or interesting and that I think others might like. There have been a few times I’ve come across repackaged products, but I do not announce it to my blog followers, I simply stop ordering from these companies. I will continue doing that regardless of the reputation of the company and/or what others may think. But at the same time, if said company carries a color I simply adore, I will continue to purchase it. At the end of the day, my makeup passion is for ME, and I like to share what I find with my blog followers. And if you disagree with me, I guess you don’t have to read my blog.
My favorite and most trusted Indie companies to date are:
- High Voltage Cosmetics: Jasmine is so sweet and really works with her customers to create a unique product.
- Evil Shades: Andrea is a kick ass chick how creates beautifully pigmented products.
- Fyrinnae: Such unique and beautiful eyeshadow, I’ve never really owned anything like the colors I have from Fyrinnae. Totally worth the wait (if any).
- Hi-Fi Cosmetics: Veronica is gorgeous and kind and willing to create something her customer will love. Her new Rockstar pigments are so sparkly and awesome.
- Concrete Minerals: Emily has created a fun product with tons of unique colors.
Companies I hope to review in the near future (this list will continue to grow):
Aromaleigh (I can’t wait to try Victoria’s Revenge!)
Now I’d love to hear your opinions on this matter. Please, if you’re an Indie company, share the worth as well. I love hearing both sides and I’m not bashing anyone, I’m simply getting some thoughts off my mind.