As you ladies and gents know, I’m an animal lover and always on the lookout for cruelty-free cosmetics that aren’t tested on animals.
When I mix frankens, I often use pigment, which is basically powdered paint. Some artists pigments can be safe to use, but most are not. Some are extremely toxic. Please don’t unwittingly paint your nails with cadmium! Your manicure will look great, but your hair will fall out and your bones will dissolve.
The safest way not to poison yourself for fashion, then, is to buy cosmetic-grade pigments. Often these are sold as “mineral makeup” or “loose eyeshadow.” Luckily, this trend is catching on and it’s easier to find loose cosmetic pigment. Before the mineral makeup boom, it was much harder.
Recently, I mentioned Fyrinnae, a vegan cosmetics company that has tons of pigment (sold as “Loose Eyeshadow”) and they sell samples too! Each sample was under $2 and should be good for at least 1-2 franken-manis.
Now, I know you’ve all been dying to see my scrawny little arm, so today is your lucky day! I’ve swatched some of my favorites. They are really hard to photograph.
Left to right: Helena and Dimitrius, Healer’s Touch, Fyre and Ice, Wicked, Biker Chic
Arch Mage, Bastet, Digital Faerie, Sorceress and Biker Chic again.
These are a few of the ones I’ll be using in some frankens soon!
The pigments seem to hold up well in frankens, but I’ve only just started using them. The shipping was free, even to Japan, which was a nice refreshing change.
I also got some MAC pigments as well from another store, but they didn’t arrive yet. MAC is also cruelty-free, if you need a reason to splurge on some cosmetics and don’t mind snooty salesclerks. I may just be unlucky, but that’s what I’ve experienced each time.