7 Great Foundations From Independent/Niche Brands

Beauty.com I recently received a reader question which prompted this post...

Question: "Hi RLB! I love your reviews of foundations, and was wondering what your favorite foundations are from smaller, niche brands (e.g. not Lancome, Bobbi Brown, etc.), and even organic...Thanks!" L.M.

The answer is that there are lots of foundations I've discovered from smaller, independent and/or niche brands that you're going to love! All 7 below have fantastic coverage, illuminate the skin and even out skin imperfections. The formulas are creamy, silky, light and blend easily (or in 1 case, an easy to apply fine mist spray). These also include lots of skin care benefits too, like anti-aging, line reducing, skin tone evening and more!

Several of these are full coverage, while others are meant for light-medium coverage, or more of a tinted moisturizer formula.

Note: Some of the lines have limited shade ranges, but otherwise, this list is sure to have something to offer everyone of every skin tone.

Hourglass Cosmetics *The luxurious foundation of choice by many celebrity makeup artists.

Purple Lab
Cosmetics *Brand new launch on HSN. Fun name and creamy, silky formula!

Vapour Organic Beauty
*Organic, in convenient stick form.

Ellis Faas
*Created by Dutch makeup artist Ellis Faas. Revolutionary packaging (pictured, top).

Jouer Cosmetics *Super moisturizing and illuminating tint.

3 Custom Color Specialists *Concealer/Foundation hybrid for amazing, buildable coverage. Great shade range.

Classified Cosmetics ERA Face Foundation *Easy to use spray formula. Great for on-camera and photos. Excellent shade range as well.

*Updated 4/19/10- an additional find! IMAN Luxury Radiance Second to None Liquid Makeup

***If you found this information of value, I would very much appreciate if you could e-mail this post to your friends, twitter it or add to your Facebook page! - RLB

*Ellis Faas image courtesy Ellis Faas.

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