Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Antonym Cosmetics: Anything But Ordinary

When it comes to cosmetics, I don't often find myself satisfied with "natural" brands. Trust me, I'd choose them hands down given their ingredient lists and lack of chemicals, but often when I do, the payoff just isn't there. Excluding brands like Jane Iredale, Tarte and Bare Minerals, which I dabble in. But not enough to fully devote myself to a line. Particularly with eye products, why is it I always have a hard time with shadows and mascaras? It's like the payoff isn't there.

I addressed these concerns with the folks at Antonym Cosmetics, a line I had been eyeing for a while. They completely understood, after all they are named Antonym because they kept seeing more of the same and they wanted none of that. They felt like I would be very excited about their high pigment, color payoff and formulations, so a box came my way. Turns out, they were right. Antonym Cosmetics is what I have been searching for. Gentle, organic, skip the unneccessary, keep the performance - beautiful tones, luminous finishes, lasting wear and competitive pricing. And of course, no animal testing. I'm thrilled to wear and share.

Organic Quattro Eye Shadow in Noisette

Look at those colors and that double sided brush!

These shadows are intense in the most perfect way. They are richly pigmented, so what you see is what you get, gorgeous golden, bronze, earthy hues. In one miniature palette you are given the tools to create depth and reflect light from your eyelids. I've never worn this without my friends or colleagues asking what shadows I'm using.

Ecocert Certified Organic Baked Foundation

And can we mention the packaging? No plastic.

Rarely ever does a baked foundation work for me, it doesn't sit right or the colors don't work. When I saw that there were only 4 adaptable shades available and I had gotten medium, I thought certainly it'd be too dark, but somehow it just blends really nicely. I buff it in with a kabuki and it wears all day, smooth and light, just enough to even out my imperfections but not heavy or powdery in the least.

Lola Lash by Antonym *FAVORITE*

This my friends, is a huge achievement. I try quite a few natural mascaras, heck, quite a few of everything mascaras and I am just hard to please I guess. But this... this lengthens, seperates and gives a boost of volume in striking black - but none of them over the top looking like you tried. The slightly curved brush reaches all the right places for even distribution and can be flipped around for precise bottom lash coverage. It is absolutely perfect for every day wear and a few extra coats for a glamorous night out.

Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir

A good black eye kohl is hard to wear and even harder to find. You don't want to look like you went swimming by the time you get home. It seems the richer the color the worse the creeping. This noir pencil is smooth, rich and lasting. It's easily intentionally smudged out for a smoky look and it stays the way you leave it. Oh, and company that attaches a sharpener truly cares about their customers in my book.

Ecocert Natural Lipstick Pencil in Koral


This is like a liner/lipstick hybrid in the most flattering neutral color for anyone. Preservative free with staying power, I put this on in the morning and top it with my gloss of choice (and you can switch up your glosses to alter the effect or wear alone) and it lasts most of my day. I just love being able to fill in my lips with a great pigment and then go about my day with reliable definition and color.

I really am a huge fan of this line and will definitely make some additional purchases. They also have a vegan brush line I am dying to get my hands on, because if they're half as good as their cosmetics... watch for this company to take off!

Y'all know I don't take pictures of myself. 
This was a bathroom mirror selfie with flash using the foundation, quad, eyeliner and mascara.
Even then I couldn't capture the full magnitude of the color payoff!

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