There are no shortages of good places to buy makeup, from the drugstore to Sephora to the Chanel counter. But sticking to the big purveyors means you’re missing out, because some of the best products are from indie makeup brands you’ve probably never heard of. If you’re looking to expand your collection but the usual suspects aren’t doing it for you, check out these eyeshadows for some heavily pigmented magic.
Do you need a metallic gold eyeshadow? I have it on good authority that you can do no better than Sugarpill’s hyper-pigmented Goldilux. You can use it as an eyeshadow or a liner, and it is gold enough to actually show up on your face.
Blackbird’s matte eye shadows get raves for their intense, heavily pigmented colors, which last all day without creasing, even on oily skin. This mid-toned purple is excellent on many skin tones, and be sure to check out the rest of the range as well.
I don’t know which is better, this gorgeous deep green eye shadow or the fact that it’s part of a collection themed on literary cats. This one is J.K. Meowling, but don’t forget to check out Franz Katfka and Edgar Allen Purr while you’re at it.
Femme Fatale is an Australian indie label, and it’s hard to describe what this color even looks like. It’s a reddish pink, but with some green, and that makes it look almost brown … it’s a chameleon. But if you look at what some beauty bloggers are doing with it, you’ll see why it’s on this list.
Shiro’s well-regarded line of cosmetics is of excellent quality, and the colors are so good it was hard to choose one to feature until I saw the names. There was no way a shadow called “Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon” was not getting added, and the fact that it is a gorgeous coffee brown with red and gold shimmer is just a bonus.
Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, is a brick red that is excellent for beauty products and bears a striking similarity to this ultra matte eye shadow by Detrivore.
Having trouble finding a gold that isn’t shiny? This one is basically a neutral, but not boring. The mineral formula behind My Beauty Addiction’s shadows means they actually stick well to your skin and will stay put all day. Make sure to check out the rest of their colors as well.
Photos: As linked above