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Top 3 Indie Alternative Makeup Brands

Have you ever been on the hunt for an eye shadow palette or lipstick shade that would take your beautifully spooky look to the next level? Large scale makeup companies have neutrals galore but not much in the way of pastels or beautiful dark, rich shades to achieve the quintessential vampy/witchy look. Independent small businesses are where it’s at for the alternative crowd; here are my top 3 favorite indie alternative makeup brands*.

*In no particular order. Article contains affiliate links & discount codes.*

Wicked Sisters Cosmetics

Created by best friends Lisa and Wendi in the fall of 2017. They offer vegan, cruelty free products (all made in California). Wicked Sisters Cosmetics offers everything from eye shadow palettes, foundations, perfumes and accessories. Many of their palettes are movie themed.

Website: wickedsisterscosmetics.com

Instagram: @wickedsisterscosmetics

Curst Kosmetics

Curst Kosmetics was established in 2018. They offer a beautiful range of cruelty free eye and lip products. Code MELISSAT at checkout will save you a little $$$.

Website: curstkosmetics.com

Instagram: @curstkosmetics

Medusa’s Make-Up

Medusa’s Make-Up is vegan and cruelty free. They offer everything from eye and lip products to hair dye. If you’re looking for a monthly subscription box that offers 5 premium products that will suit your vampy needs, Medusa’s Make-Up has you covered. The Beauty Box starts at $18.95 per month (depending on country). Code lipstickandgore will get you 10% off.

Website: medusasmakeup.com

Instagram: @medusasmakeup

Be sure to check into these beautiful companies. I will be expanding this list as I try more brands.

Product Review: Wicked Sisters Cosmetics’ Shining Inspired ‘237 Palette’

Two of my biggest passions are makeup and horror, and when they combine the world is so much better. An independent company called Wicked Sisters Cosmetics is combining wonderful quality makeup with some of horror’s biggest classics; one of their newest additions is the Shining inspired 237 Palette.

The 237 Palette includes 9 gorgeous shadows:

  • Twins- a beautiful frosty blue shimmer
  • 1921- a rich, deep brown shade
  • Wendy- an orange/brown shimmer
  • Shining- a stunning, rich gold shimmer
  • Care Taker- a plum/black matte
  • Hotel- vibrant orange mate (like the shade that can be found in the iconic Overlook carpet)
  • Doc- light brown/taupe matte
  • Dull Boy- off-white/cream matte
  • REDRUM- a stunning red glitter

To accurately review the palette, I had to try it out of course. For the look below, I used the following:

  • Hotel: crease/transition/inner corner of lid
  • Care Taker: socket/blended through crease/outer lid
  • Dull Boy: brow bone/diffuse crease color/under bottom lash line
  • Wendy: center lid
  • Shining: lower lash line
  • 1921: outer lash line

This is hands down my new favorite palette, and I own quite a few, including big brands. The colors are highly pigmented, so you don’t have to keep adding more product to achieve the desired look. The formula is INCREDIBLE, it is silky and blends effortlessly on the eyes. The colors all compliment each other so well, so if you wanted to really go in and add all 9 for a super bold look, it could be done flawlessly.

Shimmer shadows are really difficult to work with sometimes; they are usually far less pigmented, hard to blend and tend to create a lot of fallout, but the ones in the 237 palette are perfect. None of the shades produce much fallout at all which is really impressive for a palette that only costs $24, I have paid a lot more for other brands and have had to do a lot of cleanup.

As previously mentioned, the 237 palette is $24, and if you are a makeup junkie, you know how pricey palettes can be. For 9 shades, including the combination of matte, shimmer and glitter with a formula as good as this one, $24 is a steal.

Bonus mini review: to finish the look, I also used their 3D Fiber Waterproof Mascara-Lasher. I have very stubborn eyelashes, so I struggle to find mascaras that actually do what the packaging promises, but this one is AMAZING. One coat and my lashes were fuller and longer, it looked like I had just applied falsies.

I am going to have to highly recommend both of these products. Wicked Sisters Cosmetics is a win for the makeup obsessed for sure. If anything in this review strikes love in your wicked little heart, or you just want to browse the extensive list of products offered on the site, visit wickedsisterscosmtics.com.

Be sure to also show some social media love by liking Wicked Sisters Cosmetics on Facebook and by following them on Instagram (@wickedsisterscosmetics).