I’m from Michigan and I’m proud of it. I was born in the city of Detroit, I was raised in the city of Detroit and I went to school in the city of Detroit. While I no longer live there, I do live close by. Detroit gets a bad rap all the time. Too often it’s well deserved but in spite of its problems it’s actually a great place. I love Michigan even with its lousy weather. We have great schools, we have 4 seasons, we have amazing museums, a great zoo and great sports teams and fans. We are surrounded by the Great Lakes and there are small lakes all over making us a water wonderland. And we now have WHIP HAND Cosmetiques. (You knew I would talk about makeup didn’t you???). I’m excited to be introducing Whip Hand to you and am going to be writing a series of reviews about this brand because it’s so dynamic and fun.
I had the pleasure of going to their grand opening and was able to meet the terrific people behind the brand. The enthusiasm for what they created was definitely contagious. The owners, Matt Cardwell and Riese Lauriat (founder and chief makeup artist), and Stacey (educator & master MUA) were delightful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. One of my favorite things is that a portion of what I bought was donated to a Detroit based charity dedicated to the financial empowerment of victims of domestic violence (SAFE). Plus they had some delicious food that I’m still thinking about!
Riese Lauriat is a professional makeup artist who has worked around the United States. She was born and raised in Hawaii and made her way to Detroit through her work. Seeing the potential that the city has she decided to stay and manufacture her dream products in the city. It took her two years to create the line before she was ready to debut it and she continues to work on it, creating new colors and products.
When you look at the packaging it’s basically very plain. They carry pigments (they are gorgeous by the way) that are sold in small vials. Their lipsticks, cream blushes and cream eye shadows are sold in pans the size of a small eyeshadow with each being hand poured. They are then labeled and packaged in a small plastic container. Fancy – no. Beautiful, concentrated colors – yes. When they talk about their products they say they are “Made with attitude in Detroit”. As a native Detroiter I applaud them.
The storefront they’ve opened is in a nearby city, Plymouth. After Riese and Mark decided on what to concentrate on with Whip Hand for now, they then searched for some of the best items to also carry in the store. If you are lucky enough to shop there you’ll find foundation and concealer from Face Atelier, brow products from Senna, pressed powder from Kett, Diamond Finishing Powder from Fusion of Color, amazing lashes and brushes from Stillazi, and brush sets from Esum. One of their goals is to carry brands that are from some smaller producers that are mostly owned and empowered by women.
Whip Hand Cosmetiques are fairly priced and there is free shipping on whatever you buy. You just don’t know how much I hate paying shipping so this is really thrilling to me. Lip creams are $9 as are the cream eyeshadows and pigments are $14. You need so little of these products that they are actually a bargain. Their amazing face primer, Set the Stage, is $36. They’ve also created other products like Give Good Face (Rosewater toner), Strike It Rich (deep cleansing oil) and Brush Job (brush cleanser). They have cream blushes which I didn’t realize or I’d have bought one for sure (and probably will soon). Those are also $9.
There was so much more I learned there that my head is spinning and I can’t remember it all. What I do remember though (besides the chocolate chip peanut butter enchilada type cookie) is that I was impressed with WHIP HAND Cosmeticques and am looking forward to sharing my finds with you. So stayed tuned for more to come. — Marcia
p.s. I just rejoined Beauty Army because I saw that they have a special CAMO collection from Whip Hand Cosmetiques as part of their choices. I had to change my profile to show I only wanted makeup (and nails and eye care) to get it to show up but it’s ordered!!! YEA!!