Afterglow Cosmetics embodies a commitment to authentic beauty. It shows in the purity of every ingredient, their full disclosure policy, wearability, versatility, and overall benefit to the skin. They truly push the parameters of color cosmetics to create a synergy of purity and sophistication they call biocosmetique.




I met Afterglow Cosmetics with more than an ounce of skepticism.  After all, I am a professional makeup artist with a reputation to uphold for producing beautiful, long-wearing looks. At that time (circa 2006) there had been no natural makeup line that even came close to living up to my expectations. That said, owner Kristin Adams was fully confident in her creation and very patient as we danced through rounds of questions. Satisfied with the purity of Afterglow, the time came to really put it to my tests: would it look and feel great on my own skin for day to day wear AND would it perform in photographs, film and video? Suffice it to say, I am still in love with this line after years of using it consistently on myself and in my kit. Thank you Kristin!



  • organic infused
  • refined texture
  • richly pigmented
  • consciously sourced safe ingredients
  • jet-milled pharmaceutical-grade minerals
  • safe for any skin condition
  • nearly 0% risk of allergy or irritation
  • allows skin to breath
  • anti-inflammatory
  • gluten-free


  • synthetic preservatives
  • parabens
  • petro-chemicals
  • bismuth oxychloride
  • nano-sized ingredients
  • talc or cornstarch
  • GMOs
  • FD&C or lake dyes
  • carmine
  • artificial flavors or fragrance
  • essential oils



Bismuth oxychlorideNaturally ocurring mineral used as a makeup colorant that provides an iridescent (shiny) effectWe’ve found this ingredient to be highly irritating to our customers causing itching, burning and breakoutsFound in both natural & traditional makeup and skin care

Carbon black (D&C Black No. 2)Black petroleum derived colorantIt’s a synthetic ingredient and a known carcinogenic and with organ toxicity associationsFound in traditional makeup

Carmine (Natural Red 4)Natural red, pink and purple colorant from the dried exoskeleton of the female insect Coccus cactiNot vegan and has been associated with severe allergic reactionsFound in both natural & traditional makeup and skin care

DimethiconeA synthetic, silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agentIt’s a synthetic ingredient and has known organ toxicity associations. We prefer to formulate with more natural alternatives.Found in both natural & traditional makeup and skin care

Cocamide DEASynthetic foaming agentIt’s a synthetic chemically-modified form of coconut oil with organ system toxicity concerns.Found in both natural & traditional skin care

FD&C Dyes and LakesCoal tar derived synthetic colorsThey are synthetics coal tar (bituminous coal) derivatives that have heavy metal concerns and are continuously tested on animals due to their potential carcinogenic properties and are heavily regulated around the word.Found in both natural & traditional makeup and skin care

Flavor (synthetic)Petroleum derived, synthetically produced flavors that enhance the experience of a product.Petro-chemically derived synthetics that are a complex mixture of sometimes more than 100 synthetic chemicals often all hidden under one word “Flavor” and ingested via lip products. Many of our customers have have sensitivities and allergies to synthetic flavors.Found in traditional makeup specifically lip products.

Quaternium-15Synthetic preservativeA formaldehyde releasing preservative considered to be carcinogenic and toxic.Found in traditional color cosmetics and skin care

Fragrance (synthetic)Synthetic perfumeCatch-all ingredient that may hide an undisclosed mixture of 20+ synthetic chemicals. Strong association with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.Color cosmetics and skin care

Gluten (Gluten/Wheat derived ingredients)Natural binder, skin conditioner and moisturizerAllergy associations and concernsColor cosmetics and skin care

HydroquinoneSynthetic skin bleaching agent, antioxidant, fragrance and hair colorantBanned or restricted in some countries for toxicity and allergen reasons. Highly irritating to many.Found in hair care and especially skin care with lightening and whitening claims

Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire microcristallineSynthetic wax used as a binder, thickener and stabilizerSynthetic, petroleum derived wax also known as ‘Petroleum Wax’. We prefer to use natural, sustainable, botanical waxes instead.Natural and traditional skin care and makeup

Mineral oilPetroleum derived liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum used as a fragrance, emollient and skin conditioning ingredient.Petroleum based synthetic ingredient. We prefer to use natural, sustainable, botanical waxes.Traditional skin care and makeup

NanosAn extremely small particle size ingredients (both natural and synthetic) that have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skinThere are still unknown risks related to this new particle size technology and concerns about the adverse effects of where those particles are going and what they are doing once absorbed into the body.Natural and traditional makeup, sunscreen and skin care

NylonThickening and opacifying synthetic polymer ingredientOur customers report this ingredient’s highly irritating to the eyes when included in mascaras and eye shadows.Traditional and natural makeup especially mascara and eye shadows

Parabens (buytl-, methyl-, isobutyl, proply-)Family of synthetic preservativesSynthetic preservatives that mimic estrogen, may be a potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptor, and were found in the breast cancer tumors.Traditional makeup, skin care and hair care

PetrolatumPetroleum derived skin conditionerBeyond contamination concerns, petrolatum is as it sounds, a petroleum derivative. We prefer to use organic botanicals in lieu of petroleum.Traditional makeup and skin care

PhthalatesFragrance ingredient to promote long wear of the scent. Used to make plastics more flexible and less brittle. Aids in blending and dispersion of ingredients in a formula.Classed as a reproductive and developmental toxicant and banned in Europe.Traditional makeup and skincare. Still hidden in fragrance for long wear and in nail polish for increased polish flexibility in order to reduce chipping.

Polybutene and PolyisobuteneSynthetic binder and thickening ingredient“This synthetic ingredient is still used in many “”natural”” lip glosses. We prefer to use truly natural ingredients in our natural products.”Found in both natural & traditional makeup especially lip gloss

Polyethylene glycol (PEG-)Helps retain moisture. Also used to in the dispersion and blending of ingredients in a formula.Synthetic ingredient with moderate toxicity concerns. Many of our customers report this ingredient causes burning and breakouts.Found in both natural & traditional makeup, skin care, hair care

Soy (incl. soy derived ingredients Vitamin E, Lecithin, Vegetable oil/protein, PEG-, Glycerin, Stearic acids)Antioxidant, fragrance ingredient and skin conditioning agentThis natural ingredient is widely used in cosmetics and is a major allergen for many. We choose to use soy-free alternatives to support our sensitive customers.Found in both natural & traditional makeup, skin care, hair care

TalcSkin protecting, opacifying and absorbing powderThis natural ingredient has contamination and organ toxicity concerns.Found in both natural & traditional makeup and skin care

UV Sunscreen Filters (incl. Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Padimate O, Octinoxate, Homosalate)Synthetic sunscreen ingredientsThese synthetic sunscreen filters have allergy, endocrine disruption, persistence and bio-accumulation concernsFound in both natural & traditional makeup and skin care


  • vegan
  • cruelty-free
  • participates in the Preserve Gimme5 Reclycling Program
  • consciously sourced
  • made in USA
  • safest available ingredients
  • supports and pays living wage
  • independent & woman-owned
  • biodegradable


Afterglow is highly recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons (safe for post-op), estheticians, makeup artists, and wellness practitioners. They are also proud signers of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics backed by the Breast Cancer Research Fund and are Leaping Bunny approved. Look for their superior safety rating on