Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Temptalia Asks You

What are your favorite “indie” beauty brands? Share yours!

Temptalia's AnswerSugarpill, OCC!

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80 thoughts on “What are your favorite “indie” beauty brands?

  1. Sarah

    SUGARPILL!!! and Maybelline for unstopable eyeliner in black onyx and falsey lashes mnascara

  2. Jaime

    Fyrinnae, Fyrinnae, Fyrinnae. I love Sugarpill too, but Fyrinnae will always be my #1 indie fave.

  3. I actually haven’t bought products from an indie brand yet but I really look forward to trying OCC and Sugarpill, among others. :)

  4. Meaghan

    dont mean to sound stupid…but what’s an indie makeup brand?

    • Sharron

      Indie = Brands not found at mainstream retail outlets. Most of their sales are via the Internet, but a few brands are carried in specialty/boutique brick & mortar stores.

  5. Soo

    mine too! + Fyrinnae

  6. I love Shiro Cosmetics and Antoinette’s Revolution Cosmetics. I really want to try OCC but too expensive right now. I can’t wait to see what others like! I am pretty new to the indie scene.

  7. Rachael

    OCC and Meow Cosmetics

  8. Mai

    Darling Girl Cosmetics, Fyrinnae, and Morgana Cryptoria are at the top of my list! Darling Girl and Fyrinnae make amazing eyeshadows and Morgana make great vegan lipsticks.

  9. Sugar Pill. Would like to try Fyrinnae but it is closed or always closed.

  10. M

    Sugarpill, Fyrinnae, and Shiro Cosmetics.

  11. Violet

    I agree w/ you. Sugarpill brings the shadows and OCC brings the Lip Tars. I’ll try their eyeshadows in time, though.

  12. I love Fyrinnae, Shiro Cosmetics, Pink Quartz Minerals (for her foundations), Linnaeus Cosmetics, Concrete Minerals, and my own (psyche minerals)

  13. Noa

    Nyx and Limecrime!

  14. nathalie

    Silk Naturals and Alima Pure, definitely!

  15. Emily O.


  16. Paula

    geek chic cosmetics, sugarpill, shiro cosmetics, fyrinnae(pixie epoxy!), black phoenix alchemy labs, conjure oils, meow cosmetics and inque nails!

  17. Courtney

    I avoid indie brands because the shadows (from my research) tend to be loose, and I’m far too clumsy to work with loose shadows. I would consider myself a collector (on a small scale) and I have to say I don’t own one MAC pigment.

    That being said, I never outrule any brand, for every one has its gems, so to anybody generous enough to suggest an independent brand with quality pressed powders, your help is very much appreciated.

    • Kerry B.

      Venomous Cosmetics is an indie brand who makes pressed. They have really pretty colors and always have really great reviews.

      On a side note, you can always buy loose and make them pressed if that’s easier to work with. Or, another option, I tend to prefer my loose shadows with a sifter, I only punch out 1 hole in the seal, so a lot less mess. :)

      I used to hate loose, but I’ve learned to embrace it… just took some time.

    • Cara

      Sugarpill has amazing pressed eyeshadows!

  18. OCC is the only one whose products I own (and love!), but I really want to try Sugarpill and Fyrinnae soon.

  19. Jackie

    everyday minerals!

  20. Ari

    Alima Pure’s eyeshadows! I have my eye on Fyrinnae’s as well, but alas: shop still closed.

  21. Dana

    Agree with both Sugarpill and OCC, but I’d also add Medusa’s Makeup for cosmetics, and for bath/body stuff, I’d add Cocoa Pink, Moon’s Harvest, Skindecent, and Villainess! Also can’t go wrong with soaps from Naiad, Haunt, and Savor! 😀

  22. Natalie

    I am a huge fan of OCC! I’m dying to try Sugarpill as well, but not until I’m off my makeup ban!

  23. AlexisV.

    Fyrinnnae, by far! I have sugarpill also but fyrinnae’s pigments are so beautiful and unique.

  24. Hannah

    Sugarpill and Shiro Cosmetics so far, but I’ve just placed an order with Venomous Cosmetics I finally want to try out Fyrinnae eyeshadows when their website is fully functioning again. Once I actually save up some money again I want to try out Detrivore because they do loads of matte colours which I LOVE!

  25. thepaigest

    Shiro! You introduced me to that!

  26. Wendy

    Morgana Cryptoria, Lily Lolo and Fyrinnae.

  27. emi s.

    Meow Cosmetics has AMAZING mineral foundation, the best I’ve tried by far!

  28. Inky

    Concrete Minerals for their generous size, great price, AMAZING customer service and gorgeous colors. Sugarpill for the out of this world colors, Goldilux ChromaLust that I cannot live without and also amazing customer service.

  29. Kerry B.

    I love Meow, Fyrinnae (they are worth the wait!!), Darling Girl, and Lucy Minerals (foundation is amazing), Morgana Cryptoria (her lip balms & lipsticks are amazing).

  30. I order from Beauty from the Earth (BFTE) several times a month, they have tons of eyeshadow colors! I’ve also tried Shiro and Darling Girl and liked both, and of course Sugarpill makes amazing products as well. :)

  31. Nichole

    Fyrinnae all day, everyday. Yes they’ve closed a lot lately, but I love them too much to care.

    Meow Cosmetics makes a great powder foundation for an incredible price/volume.

  32. Nora

    I haven’t bought that many, but I love Shiro! I’m really wanting to try Sugarpill too.

  33. Becca

    hmm… this msay sound dumb, but what’s an indie makeup brand?

    • It stands for independent, which people do define differently, but a lot of the times, it refers to a small, independently run company rather than a large corporation (e.g. MAC is not indie, while Sugarpill is).

  34. Jill

    I don’t really use any indie brands as far as actual makeup goes, but I absolutely LOVE Out of Africa’s “African Black” soap. It’s fairly hard to come by, but it is so gentle on my skin and smells divine. It used to be sold at my Wegmans grocery store, but they don’t carry it anymore, so now I have to order it online. I also like Kiss My Face soap and Badger products, but they’re more mainstream brands. I once got a foot scrub from Pleasant Valley Soaps at a farmer’s market in Burlington, VT that is also wonderful, works beautifully, and smells amazing. I think I was able to find the woman’s website online.

  35. I love Fyrinnae for the Pixie Epoxy. I also recently had a good friend introduce me to Shiro. The indie brands I really want to explore, I will have the luxury of checking out at IMATS in Toronto such as OCC. I’ve also started my own Vegan friendly all natural indie brand called Beauty Before Blues.

  36. Courtney

    I’m a big indie fan. My favs are Meow, Lumiere, Morgana Cryptoria, Fyrinne, and as much as I hate to admit it Archetype.

    • Sharron

      I wish Archetype’s customer service wasn’t so horrible, because I would love to try their products. :(

  37. jenny

    Fyrinnae, BFTE, Archetype Cosmetics, and OCC <3

  38. NeenaJ

    Shiro! Also, Aromaleigh was great while it lasted. Looking forward to some Sugarpill, but can’t justify the expense – I’ve been lemming Goldilux for a while.

  39. lily

    Wow.. I had no idea OCC was indie since their stuff is so top notch. I don’t any have favs at the moment, but as soon as I can afford Sugarpill I’ll sure it’ll become a fav!

  40. 3CC. I like their sheer lipsticks and lip glosses. I didn’t like lip gloss until I tried 3CC – not tacky, just smooth and adds some shine, but not a “vinyl” shine.

  41. Emily O.

    Detrivore as well!

  42. julia

    Glamour Doll Eyes! They have great pigments.

  43. Michelle

    I’ve purchased products from Yaby, Stars Make-up Haven, Glamour Doll Eyes, Beauty From The Earth and Medusa’s Make-up and been pleasantly surprised by the quality of eye shadows. Loose shadow (Glamour Doll Eyes and Beauty From the Earth) takes some getting used to but Yaby definitely compare to MAC / Urban Decay, Inglot

  44. mumtaza

    3 custom colors! Perfectly pink and century in red lip palettes are pure gold. And light brights sheer lipsticks. I want to try fyrinnae but there’s always a hang up.

  45. Sharron

    Cosmetics: Sugarpill, OCC, Fyrinnae, Shiro Cosmetics, Morgana Cryptoria, Aromaleigh (hoarding what little I have left…), & Sobe Botanicals

    Bath & Body: Haus of Gloi, One Hand Washes the Other & Villainess

    Nail: ManGlaze & BB Couture

  46. Christina

    I am really into Jouer cosmetics

  47. Marina

    Antoinette’s Revolution Cosmetics!

  48. amanda

    The only “indie” brand I have tried was Beauty From the Earth. Maybe my expectations were too high, but i found their shades a bit underwhelming-i thought they were going to be so different than other brands, but ive been able to find dupes. That being said, the pigmentation was great, so I will likely try again, and I like that you can get smaller jars to try a whole bunch of different shades before buying the full size!

    There was also a booth at IMATS last year that i purchased a few jars of glitter from, because they had unique colours =] I can’t recall the name though.. i may edit later when i get home and check.

    Sadly I skipped OCC, and kinda regret it actually! Partly because I have OCD though i skipped it lol. But their lip tars seem super neat.

    Thats right, I said “neat”

  49. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for me!

  50. Erica

    Sugarpill, OCC, and Magnolia Makeup

  51. Mariella

    I’d love to fine Fyrinnae in my neck of the woods but no luck. Ditto Gemma Kidd. I guess my faves would be Lise Watier and TheBalm.

  52. stephanie

    Magnolia Makeup, OCC

  53. Lumi

    Ah, I’m still new at learning all these makeup shops and things.

    I just had to search what OCC stood for. Am I right? ^^

    /goes exploring

  54. Lena

    I’m digging TheBalm at the moment. And LimeCrime is good though they have limited products.

  55. Fyrinnae for sure! Also I adore Venomous Cosmetics and Morgana Cryptoria.

  56. Vicki

    Everyday Minerals, I love their foundations.

  57. AmyD

    seems as if i really need to check out fyrinnae and shiro cosmetics! :) for my money, though, my fave indies are aubrey organics and 100% pure – every makeup item i’ve tried from them has worked perfectly on my skintone and i love that they’re all natural!

  58. Joanne W

    Sugarpill, Meow Cosmetics

  59. La Femme for their wonderful blushes!

  60. Yay, my question again! ^.^
    I haven’t tried a lot yet! I really really really want to try Shiro… The only one I’ve tried that I can think of is OCC.

  61. L.Brown

    My favorite indie lipstick brand at the moment is Kaoir Cosmetics. It is a company started by actress/model Keyshia Dior, who is known for her funky hairstyles and outragious makeup. She speacializes in colors that are are odd and flasy; my favorite lip colors are “Jamaica (which is a bright green), “Dior Doll” (a bright, electric blue) and “Rude Girl” (a creamy lavendar). Unlike OCC’s lip tars, these lipsticks come in tube form so that you can carry them throughout the day. They are highy pigmented and last for about 4 to 5 hours. And although the colors are uncommon, they are extremely waerable. I have worn “Jamaica” out to run errands and recieved a ton of compliments. Keyshia’s line currently is focused on lipsticks and lipgloss, but I hope that she expands in the future because I really love the product.

    The website is

    • ann

      i love kaoir cosmetics too. i agree with them being more pratical to carry around since in tube form instead of occ lip tars that can get really messy in my opinion. i like kaoir lipsticks better than lime crime too. lime crime’s lipsticks are too thick of a consistency but i still like their unusual colors.

      • Kristi

        Silk Naturals, Darling Girl Cosmetics, Lucy Minerals – for foundation & finishing powder.
        Just starting to venture into perfume oils – Sweet Anthem, Solstice Scents, One Hand Washes the Other

  62. Liz

    Portland Black Lipstick Company. Love the face powder, lipstick, and shipping’s super cheap. I also like Fyrinnae.