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Pioneer Spirit: Fall’s Best Indie Beauty

This season's must-have launches from some of beauty's best indie brands.


Must-have fall launches from some of beauty’s best indie brands.



Bond No. 9 Washington Square
Diverse and eclectic, funky and classic, Greenwich Village’s Washington Square is the heart (and soul) of downtown New York. After years of refurbishment, the hipster hangout reopened in all of its former glory, inspiring this blend of geranium, tarragon, purple rose and honey atop a base of amber, leather and vetiver. Launching in November. $230 (Bond No. 9, Saks Fifth Avenue)


Pixi Flawless Beauty Stick
This water-resistant concealing stick contains soothing rose extract to reduce redness and irritation. Prismatic pigments that reflect light work to immediately conceal imperfections. Bonus: The formula is fragrance free and water resistant. $26 (Target)


Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Crème
Scented with notes of mint, cucumber water and orange flowers, this morning and night cream delivers grape seed–derived polyphenols, plumping hyaluronic acid and Vinolevure, a molecule found in wine yeast said to reinforce the skin’s defenses. $40 (Bluemercury, select Nordstrom, Sephora, Space NK)

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Jean Queen
Lipstick mogul Poppy King’s latest effort is a result of her quest to create the perfect lipstick for jeans. The resulting bright rosy hue was specially created to offset the blue of denim. Formulated in both a lipstick and gloss, Jean Queen contains vitamin E, shea butter and aloe vera gel. $18 (Barneys New York, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, Space NK)


Le Labo Rose 31
This men’s scent from Le Labo blends the classically feminine Grasse and centifolia roses with earthy undertones of Gaiac wood, cumin, cedar and olibanum, an aromatic balsam resin from the Boswellia tree used by the ancients for its healing benefi ts. $130 (Le Labo,


Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum
This nutrient-rich nighttime serum sets out to repair DNA damage and to restructure skin cells with probiotics to purportedly enhance cellular repair. Bioactive peptides stimulate collagen production and Japanese sea kelp prevents the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin. $92 (Barneys)


Soap & Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Lotion
Soft-focus pearls and mica light-diffusing powders promise to blend away dark spots, wrinkles and large pores, leaving skin primed and ready for a flawless makeup application. $16.99 (


Living Proof Full Shampoo And Conditioner
Living Proof’s M.I.T. scientists incorporated their hairthickening technology in this sulfate- and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner, formulated with proprietary molecules sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate and decyl glucoside. Polyfl uoroEster, from the brand’s No Frizz line, is included for its smoothing properties. $24 each (QVC, Sephora)


Byredo Parfums M/Mink Eau de Parfum
Byredo’s creative director, Ben Gorham, collaborated with Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, owners of the provocative French creative agency M/M Paris. The result is a complex composition of clean aldehydes and an aphrodisiac animal note blended with patchouli leaf, clover honey and incense. The result is redolent of tattoo ink—hence its name. $195 (Barneys)


Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder, Amazing Face SPF 15
Co-founders Jeremy Johnson and Jerrod Blandino unveil a revamped, repackaged fall lineup, including two new multitasking face-perfecting powders. The translucent Primed & Poreless can be used under, over or in foundation to seal in coverage and control shine, while Amazing Face delivers skin-renewing bamboo silk to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. $28, $32 (Sephora, Ulta)