Once something Fenty Beauty drops we go crazy, we have to have it, we wait online and click refresh until its available and don’t get me wrong, I stan the Queen- Robyn Rihanna Fenty just as much as anyone else, but if I ask you to name other Caribbean owned beauty brands…what would you say?
Don’t worry, my job here is certainly not to judge, it’s to let you know that we’ve got lots of other Caribbean makeup brands that we should should definitely look out for! A couple of these brands I have used before, a couple of them are on my radar (but you know bills and adulting and that boring nonsense). So here are some Caribbean owned makeup brands to get familiar with:
- Island Beauty Cosmetics (Trinidad) – IBC’s aim is to empower women through beauty . And, her line of liquid lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes and eyebrow pomades perfectly complement the Caribbean women so that she feels beautiful, motivated and empowered at all times. When it comes to pricepoint, the lipsticks go for $65TTD which is around the average locally you might pay for a Colourpop liquid lipstick, but, I can assure you IBC’s is 175 times better. On a day out I wore the pinkish red shade ‘Hibiscus’, I had a burger, I think a beer, coconut water straight from the coconut and the lipstick didn’t move. The colour also went on evenly and rich in one swipe and didn’t dry out or flake off like my friend Colourpop over there. So if you’re looking to add some local to your stash, especially lipsticks, Island Beauty Cosmetics has my full stamp of approval.
(Lipstick image from @makeupbymelanyy, brow gel image from @island_beauty_cosmetics)
- Pout Makeup (Barbados)- Setting Sprays, Finishing Sprays, lipsticks and lashes, if you’re thinking about something, Pout surely has it! With a steadily growing collection of products (as I peeped a lip scrub released just days ago) Pout is ensuring that she’ll be another Bajan force to be reckoned with when it comes to the beauty industry. Pout’s offering of complexion products such as the shimmering Finishing Sprays were made to enhance the natural skin tones of our Caribbean women as opposed to overpowering us and making it seem as though we rolled into a bag of glitter. I’m yet to try this brand out but I’ve been eyeing it for some time now (try over a year) and trust me, when I do, you guys are gonna know about it!
(Images from @poutmakeupbarbados on IG)
- HijaabiXslay (Trinidad)– After seeing this brand pop up on my feed with highlighters, I just had to follow. (If you know me you’d know that highlighter is my one weakness when it comes to makeup- ok lipsticks too). Available in two shades, Ari and Lyba, its guaranteed that whether you’re warm or cooler toned you’ll be glistening in the sunlight. It’s clear that customers and MUA’s alike are loving this product since there are customer pics on the daily I can admire. I think it’s safe to say I’ll probably be adding new higlighter to my already large stash soon.
(Images from @hijaabixslay on IG)
- Gaelle Cosmetics (Jamaica)– This brand was “Born out of a longing for beauty products representative of Jamaica’s diverse culture and rich heritage”, clearly reflects this sentiment in each shade name and each super stunning model that appears on the Gaelle website and social media pages. Another brand I’m yet to try that’s doing lipstick and glosses in pretty much any shade imaginable. With an impressive 50 shade range in matte lipsticks, my alarms are going off because lipstick might be an obsession of mine. Not ignoring the exciting but not messy packaging that they come in, and sleek shape of the tubes, they remind me of brands that have been killing the beauty industry for years so I think Gaelle is going only up from here.
(Images from @gaellecosmetics on IG)
Do you have a brand you think I should know or even write about? Then send me a message!