Antonym Cosmetics Review

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Hello & Happy Monday!!





I wanted to share a company that I recently had the previlidge of working with.. Antonym Cosmetics!



Out of all the green beauty products I began to explore starting back in 2012, cosmetics were the last on my list. I typically keep it rather light when it comes to makeup and feel it’s more imperative to be using natural skincare, but at the end of the day.. 








It’s ALL important. 










I’ve come to realize, that although there are millions of boutique natural skincare lines, there isn’t a myriad of natural cosmetics available today even in 2015. 



I’ve worked with 100% Pure, Haut Cosmetics, Zuii Organic, Supergoop, Mineral Fusion, Juice Beauty, RMS Beauty, and Gabriel Cosmetics. (I could be missing others, my apologies!), but when I saw images of the Antonym Cosmetics products …I was immediately enamored by the creativity in the packaging, and afterwards the quality of  their products!!




If you love innovative cosmetics that don’t offer run of the mill colors and actually make makeup time fun.. (I typically don’t enjoy it)


You will love Antonym Cosmetics!!


My only complaints: Product ingredients are not listed online, but on packaging. 




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we set out to create products that perform exceptionally well yet are gentle on the skin, the environment and cruelty free…



it’s a philosophy we call gentle face fashion…
The primary function of makeup is color so we set out to create a line of high quality make that perform just like premium makeup should, with the added benefit of having ingredients that are gentle on the skin. We also evaluated the packaging and chose bamboo as a natural and sustainable material which we use for our compacts as well as our brush handles. And that’s why we called it Antonym. We don’t like sameness. We wanted to create a line and company that is different at its core.

Why certified?
As the demand for products made without chemicals and without animal testing has grown exponentially in the last few years the choices for truly natural and organic cosmetics have remained limited. Our certifications provide buyers the assurance that all Antonym Cosmetics products are made with natural and/or organic ingredients and that they have not been tested on animals. Our makeup is certified by Ecocert and our brushes are Vegan.

6191946Ecocert Certified Makeup
Ecocert certifies that a brand’s products use natural and/or organic ingredients and that a company practices strict standards of quality control to ensure environmentally respectful manufacturing,packaging and storage.



Vegan Certified Brushes
Vegan certified products do not contain animal products or by products and have not been tested on animals.




Our founder

1425076686Valerie Giraud is the creator and co-founder of Antonym. As a professional make up artist, her passion and creativity has inspired a beauty collection that is skin-friendly and makes the user look stunning. She combines natural and organic ingredients that benefit the skin with premium performance, resulting in enhanced beauty with luxurious, long staying, healthy, color. To Valerie, natural makeup does’t have to mean a natural look.




Company response to Talc as an ingredient in some of their powders


Yeah, talc comes up occasionally, as people have heard bad things about it. But during our product development, we studied domestic and international findings, research and independent health studies and the conclusion was that talc we use (pure and high quality) is deemed completely safe for human consumption according to FDA, WHO, IARC as the type of talc we use has not been linked to any health issues.


Moreover all Antonym ingredients are certified by Ecocert, a very stringent European certification body that makes sure that all ingredients are absolutely safe for topical use. When we brought it up with Ecocert, we received the same comment…safe. And these guys don’t joke around. they audit everything we do from storage to packaging to cleaning products used on the manufacturing equipment. They said they often don’t approve ingredients even if there’s a doubt because they’d rather be safe than sorry.

And if it were deemed safe in a single country, one could suspect lobbying or other such activity. But study after study from the US and Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, etc…most developed countries, and most with stringent consumer protection agencies, deem it safe. Well after all that, our conclusion was that it is safe.


And, frankly, we have no interest in talc per se!!



From the FDA:

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, mined from the earth. Talc has many uses in many products; in food, such as rice and chewing gum; and in the manufacture of tablets. Published scientific literature going back to the 1960s has suggested a possible association between the use of powders containing talc and the incidence of ovarian cancer based on talc containing asbestos.


Asbestos is also a naturally occurring mineral, which, unlike talc, however, is a known carcinogen. For this reason, since the 1970s the FDA considers it unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos. And this is probably why talc received a bad rep. Talc used in products, must be asbestos free since then.


Here are two helpful links:

This is why we concluded that based on FDA, Ecocert, IARC, WHO and other domestic and International findings, high quality talc (asbestos free of course!) is completely safe for use in consumer products (and we use Antonym products on ourselves!). But of course we encourage everyone to research this topic and decide for themselves.








Antonym Baked Blush imparts a natural radiance to cheeks for an instant, youthful glow. A unique formula offers an irresistible, fresh flush, that everyone loves.


Ingredients: mica lauroyl lysine, Zea Myas Starch,  Squalane, Octyldo-Decanol, Hectorite, Aqua, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Alcohol ,Dehydroacetic Acid, Sorbic Acid. 


(This was my absolute favorite blush out of the two as its light, but offers a healthy glow w/gold flecks!)





An innovative baking process transforms the blush crème into a finely textured powder. The crème is baked in terracotta pans in a process that naturally binds it into its domed shape. Swirls of color are added to each individual blush before baking, giving every blush its own unique color imprint.


The baked powder, which retains some of its thick crème properties, feels weightless, ultra smooth and silky when applied to the skin. The combination of transparency and color finish result in colors that are flattering to all skin types.


Ingredients: Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Zea Mays Starch, Squalane, Octyldo-Decanol, Hectorite, Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehyroacetic Acid, Sorbic Acid





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Intensity blends with luminosity in Antonym Eye Shadow Quattro. The long lasting, smooth formula is created with light accentuating pigments that enhance colors by providing added depth. The pigments are characterized by intensity, radiance and a silky texture, which ensure ultimate and supreme color performance.


Rich in color, Antonym Quattro Eyeshadow has a velvety finish. Easy to apply, the versatile formula blends evenly and can be applied for shading, highlighting and lining the eye. Ideal for the most sensitive skin.


Noisette Quattro is ideal for any occasion with a harmonious arrangement of Pale Gold, Copper, Pearl Brown and Matte Brown.


Ingredients: talc, mica, triticum vulgare starch (Wheat) starch, Zea Mays starch (corn starch), Phytosqualan, Caprycilic/Capric Triglyceride, Isamyl Laurate, Zinc Steareate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Magnesium Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Silica







Antonym Baked Foundation provides uniformity, revitalizes and brightens the complexion while remaining transparent and light on the face. The foundation adapts to all skin tones.


The baking process turns the foundation crème into a delicately textured powder that blends beautifully with skin for a flawless, radiant complexion, with light reflecting properties and multi-hued shades.


Apply with a kabuki brush in circular motion for a natural, transparent finish. Use a foundation brush to enhance coverage. The foundation can also be applied lightly with a powder brush for light coverage or to set your liquid foundation.









Antonym Lola Lash Certified Natural Mascara glides on evenly and separates the lashes while adding volume and length. Its deep, black color defines the lashes, while its lengthening effect creates a striking look.


The deep black color and lengthening effect create a striking look. And the use of high quality natural ingredients, organic wax and linseed extract (blue flax), help protect eyelashes and keep them healthy while preventing clumping. Gentle ingredients ideal for sensitive eyes and skin.


-Apply from the base of the lash to the tip/repeat for a more dramatic effect
-Properties: volume, lengthening, separation
-Easy to remove with water


Ingredients: Aqua, C77499, Candellila/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3Esters (and) Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate Emulsifying/Surfactant, Copernicia cerifera cera Emollient, Glyceryl Stearate SE O/W Emulsifier, Isopropyl Myristate Emollient, Glyceryl Behenate Consistency factor, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax Viscosant, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides Active – Co-emulsifier, Microcrystalline Cellulose (and) Cellulose Gum Viscosity, Propanediol Solvant / Emulsifier, Glycerin (and) ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl preservative, Glyceryl caprylate Emollient, Aqua (and) Hydrolyzed linseed extract(and) Sodium benzoate Active ingredient, Sodium hydroxide (and) Aqua.




Lip Liner

Be kind to your lips with a convenient, easy to apply lipstick pencil that provides lips with polished, pretty, color.


The formula contains mineral based pigments and natural ingredients that benefit skin. The pencils soothe and condition lips with an infusion of Sunflower Oil and Shea Butter to soften and hydrate. A concentration of Vitamins C and E keep lips supple and youthful looking.


Antonym Lipstick Pencils offer precise, professional application and definition. The waterproof, creamy textured, lipstick glides on and stays in place, ensuring long lasting coverage. The finish is a beautiful, glossy sheen that leaves lips smooth and silky.


Makeup Brush

Soft, fluffy, smooth. Ideal for all powders: loose, pressed, bronzer. For sheer, flawless coverage.


Mascara Wand Brush

Apply mascara, separate lashes and brush brows with a better quality wand.











I’m Gabrielle, the founder & creator of I established this blog in May of 2012 to share my experience and knowledge as I pursue a career as a Registered Dietitian in New York City. I currently hold a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics from NYU and am pursuing a MS in Nutrition & Health Sciences while teaching yoga and working with the Coalition for Healthy School Food

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