Press & Product Reviews
Best Friends. Look Makers. Drag torture enthusiasts. Party Purveyors. Tranny Chasers.
Swagger Cosmetics is an essential part of the Daughters of Devotion drag ritual. We're always trying to achieve the perfect balance of drag fantasy and high fashion, and Swagger has it in spades. Right now we're obsessed with the Primadonna lashes and have been wearing them constantly on top, along with the lolitas for bottom lashes. We're also loving a mint sparkle lip right now so Stella has been packed on our lips the last month from everywhere from Singapore to Las Vegas. We look forward to every shipment we get and can't see what the future holds for this new and ferocious brand and creator!
Photos by Mike Prevette & Marco Ovando
There's nothing I love more than sporting & supporting awesome indie brands, and Swagger cosmetics is an incredible indie brand with attitude. I'm absolutely obsessed with the kick-ass lip glosses (Rad Bitch & Lolipop are my faves), and I can't get enough of the sexy highlight shade Champagne in the Bubblebath. Plus any brand that has eyeshadows named after drag queens is always going to be aces in my books. As a blogger who stakes the integrity of their reputation on only recommending the best, I can always feel confident recommending a Swagger Cosmetics product, especially with their commitment to cruelty-free products. Swagger Cosmetics passes the Pigments & Palettes seal of approval with fabulous flying colors!
Makeup ArtistSwagger Cosmetics, however small in quantity, more than makes up for it in the quality of their products. I'm lucky to have found them! I almost always find myself using at least one of their products on a daily basis. Im honestly not sure if I could live without Fake Cheekbones contour. My absolute favorite product, hands down, would have to be Artstar eyeshadow. It is the most gorgeous inner corner highlight. I apply it wet to give a glittering gold effect. It's amazing! The pigment is true, the color selection is universally flattering, and the prolonged wear is unmatched. I've never had my blush and contour look exactly the same at the end of the day as it did when I put it on that morning! That alone speaks volumes about the quality of the pigment. I truly can't wait to see what they come up with next!
NYC-based Fashionista About Town. Fashion Designer, Model, and Full Time Female Drag Queen
I love Swagger Cosmetics. Blake is incredibly skilled in cosmetics formulation, and her keen eye for quality products makes me trust that Swagger is the place to shop for safe and pigmented makeup that wears well and looks fab. Plus, my favorite shade in the line is named after me!
Sex Symbol, Burlesque Starlet, Zand Collective.
I've found Swagger Cosmetics' false lashes to be extremely lightweight & comfortable,even for a 14 hour day. The strip is extra flexible and thin but the lashes are still dense and dramatic. I've also greatly enjoyed using Rad Bitch as both an eyeshadow and to highlight & define my cheekbones. It looks great in person, on stage, and on camera!
Vocalist & Pianist for Cradle of Filth
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the glamorous and sophisticated Blake Karamazov on Instagram in early 2013, just after joining and tagging my makeup experiments. She was so friendly and quick to wish me luck on my newly found veganism. At the time I had just joined heavy metal act Cradle of Filth on backing vocals and keyboards and was looking for a makeup line to work with. Upon hearing about Swagger Cosmetics and how it was vegan, cruelty free, and independent, I was quick to jump on board to what would turn into a soon-to-be love and obsession. Of course everyone is unsure when trying a new brand, but, like how I jumped into my new heavy metal act, I also dived right into using and trusting Swagger Cosmetics.
Was I in for a surprise!
The eye shadows grew more vibrant once mixed in with my natural skin oils and eye primer, always staying put when I’m head banging on stage. The Whips No Volvos black lip gloss was perfect for the black metal look and also never gave up on me in front of the microphone. Mixing eye shadow shades such as the dark navy blue West Side with forest green Ballin Out Of Control helped me establish my stage look with the band. Tri-color mixes such as my custom black shade with the classy beige Responsitranity and a sprinkle of the pure white Sugar is a sure way of getting noticed and complimented on regular outings.
Although my time with Swagger Cosmetics would be considered short in the real time world I have to say I have never been more impressed with or proud of a makeup brand in all of my years of trying to find the right balance between performance wear and casual outing flair. When people ask about Swagger Cosmetics I am quick to give a confident response about how I am proud to support an independent brand that is vegan and cruelty free, and looks phenomenal in the limelight. Thank you Blake and Swagger Cosmetics! You made this little gothic metal head a very happy one.
Makeup Artist, Model, PR Rep
I can say without a doubt that Swagger Cosmetics lip glosses fall at the top of my favorites list. The non-sticky velvety texture helps the glosses apply smoothly and evenly across the lips, without drying. The true opaque, vibrant colors of the glosses are also extremely attractive! As a make up artist Swagger glosses contribute something different to my kit that's already filled to the brim with high shine super glue glosses by providing a softer, smoother, yet still bright and luster-filled alternative. The glosses also really help to create a stain that gives your lips an overall tint for the entire day even through 12 hours of wear involving eating, drinking, and serious talking, and I have not had a problem with feathering or smudging! Swagger Cosmetics Eyeshadows are really awesome too, they have a smooth application when wet and the color payoff is immaculate. I really can't complain, I've loved working with all of the products I've used by Swagger Cosmetics and would recommend them to fellow make up artists and make up lovers alike without hesitation!
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Reviews in Porteugese (Google Translate is your friend! If you use Chrome, it'll even automatically do it)
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