Another great thing about Luire is that they offer a discount when you buy two or more eye shadows.
Kate is the owner and creator of Luire and answered a few of my questions about herself and Luire.
Please tell me about yourself.
Well, let’s see. My name is Kate, I’m 22 years old, and I’m just finishing up degrees in graphic design and fiber arts at Truman State University in northern Missouri. I live in a shoebox-sized apartment with my boyfriend of 7 years, and every square inch of it is crammed with sewing supplies, books, video game equipment, crochet hooks, bits of yarn, cupcake wrappers, half-finished articles of clothing, and color swatches.
Please tell me about your business.
I love makeup, particularly of the mineral variety, but the store-bought kind is SO expensive! Plus, I started to hear bad things about the fillers companies like Bare Escentuals were using. With that in mind, I set out to make some of my own, and when I discovered that I could make it for affordable prices, I decided to open a shop! Luire has been open since the beginning of October 2008, and it’s going really well so far. I love designing new products and thinking of pretty new things to make. 🙂
Please tell me more about Luire makeup.
I love being able to sell the colors that I like–I’m all about bright, funky things; you can get brown or black anywhere, so I wanted to stand out. When I see a color I like, whether it’s out in nature, in a photo or on a paint chip from a hardware store (really! That’s where Slow Burn came from), I snap a picture, and then I match it later. I especially love making colors with special effects, like Shrinking Violet (which gets more blue the longer you rub it in) or Gear (which is brown, but shines green in the light). My ingredients are very pure; I don’t use any fillers, and usually not even bases–just micas and oxides, all very good for your skin. And I don’t make foundations or concealers. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t use them myself, but I didn’t want to send that message with my company–that you need to cover up your imperfections to be beautiful. You’re beautiful the way you are; Luire is just here to make you more colorful. 🙂
Kate was so generous and sent me the Bite Me Collection for my review. Here’s its description:
This one goes out to all you creatures of the night–or those of you hoping for a nibble. Four romantic, dramatic eyeshadows, perfect for a night in an underground club or a cloudy day–Scarlet Letter, Forever, Star-Crossed, and Vampire Lover–in 5-gram jars, plus a full tube of our brand-new Original Sin lip gloss, all packaged in a pretty handmade black-and-red satin bag. Perfect for gift-giving–or gift-keeping. Includes a bonus pair of mini tweezers for picture-perfect brows. Over a $40 value for $25!
I love Luire- great quality, natural ingredients, original colours and awesome prices!