We are doing something a little different this year and instead of offering our picks for each individual category, i.e best foundation, mascara, lipstick, etc., because we have tested so many products and find sometimes these amazing companies with their organic, sustainable, and, dare I say, green formulations sometimes overlap with fabulous products. One company might have a fantastic lipstick and foundation while another company may have a super duper foundation and mascara. We had a tough time choosing our favorites in all categories so we decided to choose our top 10 favorite companies and tell you which of their products we loved the best.
RMS Beauty leads the pack with raw, living and organic principals and ultra-nourishing products. Our favorites are their “un” Cover-Up, Lip 2 Cheek, and of course, always a top pick, their divine Living Luminizer, their highlighter that gives you a hint of light without the shimmer or sparkle. They’ve just released their “Un Powder” which we know is going to be a top pick of ours soon as it leaves your skin poreless but never cakey. Perfect for the natural look or to create a “kissed by an angel” complexion.
Alima Pure Mineral Makeup, with their smooth and highly blendable formulations win my heart with their Bronzer, in four different shades there is one for absolutely every skin tone, and Luminous Shimmer Eye Shadows, that go on shimmery but never sparkly. They also have a Nourishing Lip Balm that is essentially a hint of color in a spearmint flavor nurturing treat for your lips.
Modern Minerals is one of those special companies that will always have a place in our hearts and our makeup cases. They have a color to suit every taste, skin, and eye color from the demure to the daring. From their shimmery light earth tone Jaipur to their midnight blue Kali to their sparkly silver Vinyasa, their 100% pure and Vegan-friendly formulations can take you from day to night, from the country club to the night club not only with ease but with flair! Their ABT Brushes are to die for as they work with any mineral makeup, flawlessly blending eye shadows, blush, bronzers, and foundations with no animal products whatsoever. They last forever and are easy to clean too.
With so many choices of the most fashionable nail colors you’ll be spoiled for choice. Priti NYC, with their non-toxic 3-free (toulene, formaldehyde, and DPBs) formulations and really crazy effective soy nail polish, you can stay über-chic and “green” at the same time.
The legendary late great Kevin Aucoin knew that Vapour Organic Beauty was going to be something special when it first launched. We couldn’t agree more. It’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation glides over fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections and reflects light in such a way that you look like you were born with flawless skin not like you are wearing a full face of makeup. It nourishes skin leaving you more radiant. Vapour’s Trick Stick is nothing short of miraculous with it’s blendable shimmer formula (that’s not too shiny) that can be perfectly placed due to the cute little “stick” and gives you a supreme glow that is never overdone. Finally, their Aura Multi-Use Stain gives your eyes, cheeks, and lips a pop of color that lasts and lasts. As a lip stain it passes my husband’s “kiss” test!
Revolution Organics is my hands down winner for best lip gloss with their Freedom Gloss with its organic aloe and olive oil to soften (which it does beautifully) and beeswax to protect. I love anything with a splash of color and a really sultry gloss. I also love this product for its ability to give the optical illusion of pouty lips too. A bonus!
When I want a lipstick, a full-coverage, rich luxurious lipstick without fearing the lead poisoning most conventional lipticks contain I turn to Ilia Beauty and rely on its Lipstick in colors from Neon Angel (a gorgeous hot pink), to In My Room (a cute baby doll pink), to Femme Fatal or Wild Child (a deep rich red or fiery red). The colors are true and never fade yet they keep my lips moist and kissable. For a subtler hint of moisturizing color with 9 shades to choose from try their Tinted Lip Conditioner.
Want a lush, mysterious, or fresh fragrance without the phtalates or colorants that is also ECOCERT certified organic? Enter Honoré des Prés,the first line of french organic scents designed by the legendary Olivia Giacobetti, nose and one of the world’s foremost contemporary fragrance composers. These truly luxurious perfumes are the perfect alternative to more toxic synthetic fragrances. Our favorites are Love Coconut, which combines top notes of seeds and leaves of coriander and fresh coconut milk with middle notes of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with base notes of white cedar and organic coconut essence, and Vamp, a sultry tuberose and rum marriage that will have men begging for your number or, if you are already coupled, taking out the trash and offering up foot rubs!
Lashes for days and thick without a hint of false eyelashes? Think that’s out of the question for you? My hands down winner for Best Mascara for 2012 has to be Earth Lab Cosmetics Raw Mascara. 100% natural, no “nasties” raw, vegan friendly, super conditioning, never clumps or flakes, wears all day to evening, and encourages lashes to grow all longer than you ever thought possible without the dangerous side effects of lash enhancers such as Latisse! What more can you ask for? Did I mention at $19.95 it rivals ANY conventional mascara (sorry Esteé Lauder. So long Lancôme!). It has to be my greatest find of 2012!
Inika Mineral Foundation is one of those products that you have to try to believe. While many traditional mineral foundations can irritate skin, this one conditions skin and gives you a flawless finish concealing every little imperfection. The dense pigments are perfect for those that suffer from rosacea, acne, or severe pigmentation yet never look cakey. There are 8 shades to choose from and are mixable to match to your skin seamlessly.