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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.

Makeup Review: Medusa’s Make-Up Triple X Lipstick

The makeup world is one that is thoroughly saturated by companies that promise their products are the next best thing and often times are not what they advertise. Big industry makeup companies over charge and frequently offer repackaged versions of older products that they promise are cruelty free and or vegan (many times they are not), but there are a host of independent companies popping up to offer better products for a much better price, and one of those companies is Medusa’s Make-Up. The makeup that they offer is 100% vegan AND cruelty free. Medusa’s Make-Up offers 12 vibrant lipstick shades; the shade in the spotlight is Triple X– a super bright pink shade.

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Packaging is a major selling point for any product, but the makeup industry leaves a great deal more room for design creativity. Medusa’s Make-Up offers sleek black packaging with their logo in gold. The artwork on the lipstick tube is simplistic yet unique.

Bright pink lip shades can be a hard craft to master; they turn out either gaudy and overly pigmented or too opaque, there never seems to be a happy medium. Triple X however has the balance that is frequently missing. It is a vibrant bright, borderline neon pink, but it is still everyday wearable. In terms of comparison, it is an affordable dupe for MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum (Triple X is cruelty free and vegan whereas MAC products are not, so added bonus).

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Nothing is worse than stick lipstick that applies greasy looking or makes your lips look like they are dry and cracking. The finish after application is neither matte or gloss, it is a nice combination of the two. Triple X is smooth and creamy without the greasy, sticky aftermath. It seems to have conditioning properties leaving lips feeling smoother after removable than before application; likely due to the vegan ingredients.

There is only minor transfer after application; it leaves a small trace but won’t come off completely or leave you looking like Pennywise or someone’s crazy grandma. Wear time, depending on whether lips are primed and the lipstick is set with other products and how much eating and drinking you are doing, is roughly a couple hours without reapplication (it will last longer obviously if set).

Anyone who has ever purchased makeup, lip products in particular, knows just how expensive they can be. It is not uncommon to walk in and drop $25 or more on a single lipstick. Triple X is only $12, roughly half the cost of most high-end brands.

All in all, Triple X by Medusa’s Make-Up is a solid product that is well worth the mere $12 you’d pay. Great quality for a great price is nothing to complain about.

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