Super Colorful Brazen Cosmetics: Green Beauty for Drag Queens & Makeup Fiends

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If there’s one overarching complaint I have about ‘natural’ cosmetics in the green beauty sphere, it’s the disappointing color range offered by most brands. Those of us who love bold looks often feel like we have to choose between highly pigmented eye shadow and lipstick, and our health. Loving dramatic makeup shouldn’t mean we’re forced to buy from companies that test on animals and put harmful substances in their products. That’s why I’m pretty psyched about Brazen Cosmetics, an indie beauty brand offering ‘bold and provocative organic makeup.’

Brazen sells mineral makeup, liquid lipstick, concealer, bronzer, primers and a number of other products in vegan formulas packed with botanical extracts like green tea, chamomile, castor seed oil, jojoba and Argan oil. The colors are custom-mixed by Brazen’s founder, who has been making cosmetics for the past 15 years.

Brazen Cosmetics Colors

The company sent me a series of samples to test out (with no obligation for a review) including a deep purple eyeshadow and two liquid lipsticks, Aphrodite and Starlet (left and center, above). Aphrodite is a rich, dark lush merlot with red/gold shimmer that lends a metallic effect. Subtle it isn’t, and I mean that in the best way. It has a really soft feel on the lips, and comes in a dial-up pen with a brush tip. I found that it lasted quite a while, requiring reapplication only after a meal.

Want to try them yourself? Brazen offers free samples to the public. Get details on their website,

Check out more on Eco-Chick’s Green Beauty for Drag Queens and Makeup Fiends Series:

Big Hair Naturally

The Perfect Red Lipstick

Ethical Hair Extensions

Sparkle and Shine

Crazy Hair Colors

Dramatic Eyes

About Stephanie Rogers
Stephanie Rogers is a fashion- and beauty-obsessed freelance writer with an abiding love for kale and organic wine, living in Asheville, North Carolina.


  1. “Vegan” colors? They’re using Carmine in some of their products, which is the juice of crushed beetles. From Wikipedia: “To prepare carmine, the powdered scale insect bodies are boiled in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution, the insoluble matter is removed by filtering, and alum is added to the clear salt solution of carminic acid to precipitate the red aluminium salt, called “carmine lake” or “crimson lake.”

    Also, who is their organic certifier? There are many different standards for “organic” and it would be nice to know what standards they are following. And have they checked for the levels of lead in their (highly pigmented) makeup products? Whenever you use mineral-based pigments, you are going to have trace quantities of lead and possibly other heavy metals (there is no such thing as a “lead-free” lipstick unless it’s color-free…)

    When we’re talking “green beauty,” we’ve really got to walk the talk, and transparency is key.

  2. Susan-
    It’s always good to be an informed consumer, so I’m happy to explain any terms or questions. We never claim/made any claims to be an all-vegan company. We offer numerous vegan products, which you can view by clicking the “vegan” button on our site’s menu bar. 🙂 We clearly list ingredients for every product on our site so buyers can decide for themselves what ingredients they would like to avoid. We also maintain whitesheets on file for all our ingredients AND packaging. Brazen does believe in transparency in all aspects of our business, so feel free to email me if you have any more questions.
    Sandi 🙂

    • Still curious to know who your organic certifier is…?

      And have you checked your pigmented makeup for the actual levels of lead and other contaminants? According to the EWG, it’s not possible to remove ALL lead, but there are minimal levels that manufacturers can strive to attain.

      Thank you!

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