Years ago I was exploring as much of Soho as I could fit after work (yipeee for retail therapy!) and before having to go home to start dinner… my first of many Manhattan shopping adventures… I found their cute little boutique sandwiched in-between Anya Hindmarch’s and Anna Sui’s. I fell in love with their eyeshadows and one of their nude lipsticks (named Nouveau?) and for the first time did a continuous repurchase of that same color every time I ran out because the formula was so satiny smooth and this particular color was so flattering on me… Totally unprecedented! Since I feel that they are a great company largely overshadowed by some other cosmetic brands but well-deserving of special recognition, I’m featuring them on my blog today.
My recent visit to Mrs. Green’s Natural Market brought me also to the cosmetic/toiletries aisle. Was really shopping for daikon and almond milk though ;). Besides carrying the wonderful PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, they also carry an awesome new brand, Primitive Natural Makeup. I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to test their lipsticks; I was solo on this shopping trip and could take my time. I tested their Sahara lipstick and loved the color and color pay-off; also the scent is pleasantly sugary, reminding me of MAC lipsticks. I did end up buying Sahara (to replace a beloved rosy toned Christian Dior; yes, you heard me correctly) but wouldn’t mind going back for a few others next time. I have my eyes on Corsica and Martinique!
Pros: Smooth application, pleasant sugary scent (sugar/butter cookies), non-drying to lips, decent wear time, good color pay-off (ever so slightly sheer as far as Sahara goes, others to be seen), great selection of colors which would flatter most skin tones.
Semi-Cons (if even): Slightly pricy at $17.50 but worth the price for its nice quality, not the most interesting packaging (but I personally don’t care about this).
PNM’s lipsticks impressed me enough to want to give their other products a chance so I hope you will explore their website or visit one of their stockists.
I’ve been really interested in this cosmetics brand ever since my trip to Italy and Germany. They have been described as a fusion of whimsical and gothic (reminding me of Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Hard Candy). I wish I had bought even one thing to try from RBR but at the time, I was trying to go on a makeup collection “diet” and had already added Art Deco shadows (Frankfort, Germany) to my list of must-haves. Several months ago I glanced their website and was disappointed to find that they still had no stockists in the U.S. =(. Most recently I heard that Zuneta.com was carrying RBR. The one big problem is the outrageous international shipping costs. I’d rather wait to travel overseas to splurge on RBR but for those of you in the U.S. who can’t wait, you may order the nearly complete line of RBR via Zuneta.