Sugarpill and MAC are made of love, but I can't pay that much for one lip gloss or one eyeshadow pot. I need ALL the weird colors and my budget is pretty static. So, I opted to look for some Indie options.
There are benefits to buying Indie makeup products. Like most small businesses, they are someone's labor of love, their name is directly attached to everything produced, and supporting them means you are directly supporting a community of 1-10 people. Once you find a good brand, you can get quality colors, unique blends and effects, and often times highly nourishing products that focus on using non-toxic ingredients. Indie makeups also tend to be made in small batches, are WAY more affordable, and have higher quality because the company is not a huge corporate entity that outsources half their labor to a third world country. Culpability falls directly on the shoulders of the people who own it. They take pride in their work. Well, except for Lime Crime...but that's a story for another day.
That brings me to the brand I'm reviewing. I found Fierce Magenta on Etsy while looking for purple lipstick to wear in support of Domestic Violence Prevention Month. They offer a range or products, including eye shadow, lip glosses, and lip sticks. They also offer small sizes of each of their products so you can sample them without committing to a huge pot or stick of some color that you end up not appreciating later. Best of all, their prices range from about $4-$10.
I got 5 mini lip products from Fierce Magenta in the colors, Diamond Cluster, Luna Violet, Copper Fusion, Deep Purple, and Glacia.
|From left to right: Diamond Cluster, Luna Violet, Copper Fusion, Deep Purple, Glacia|
Most of the options I picked were lip gloss selections, while Glacia was a lipstick. Here's a break down of what I discovered whilst trying these on and swatching them.
1. Fierce Magenta is NOT kidding when they describe their lip products as being nourishing and hydrating.
2. The glosses glided on silky smooth and had really good staying power. I had to scrub my arm to get them off, so it shouldn't be a problem with long wear times.
3. The colors were highly concentrated. The opacity was out of sight. The swatches you see above were from the tiniest amount I could spread on my arm in one swipe. The glitter/iridescence wasn't muted. It looked no different from what I saw in the tubes when I put it on my skin, which makes it a great option for darker skin tones. Brown folks have issues with lipstick and gloss opacities because most of them are made with the idea that it will be going on a paler lip.
4. There was no gritty texture from the glitter.
5. Glacia was by far the most difficult to remove. Even after scrubbing my arm till it reddened, I still had Glacia faintly clinging to me.
6. There is SOME separation if you wear it for a long time because of the nourishing butters they make the lipsticks out of. However, it doesn't smudge much and the color of the glosses and lipstick can be renewed by pressing your lips together a few times.
7. There isn't a ton of silicone in their products like VS' lip treatments, so it doesn't make my lips peel after I use it.
Give Fierce Magenta a looksy. I swear it's more than worth it. Hopefully, I'll be able to show off some makeup looks using these products soon.