Taylor Made by TKB
A week ago I finally placed an order with TKB. I needed sample bags to de-pot my jar samples, and I thought I’d purchase samples of the micas I suspected to match the eyeshadows I ordered from Taylor Made. Matching a few colors to Aromaleigh Pure Hues is pretty suspicious, but not particularly damning.
There were a couple simple blends that I didn’t quite match this time; one small TKB order and I would be able to.
Pretty scary, huh? This was my first order from TKB, too, not a trial and error process, and the only other color that I ordered, which is not pictured here, is Sparkle White.
But it gets worse.
While I was waiting for my TKB order, I emailed Taylor Made myself to outright ask if they made their own stuff. The response Phyrra received from them was months ago, but all I received is the following quotes amongst a lengthy response that mostly explained to me how I can spot repackagers (oh, the irony).
While many MMU companies do choose to purchase pre-made cosmetics, there are a myriad of companies that formulate their own. We happen to be one of them!
If you see several companies with seemingly identical products, don’t write them off! The beginning ingredients frequently used are some-what limited and are provided by only a handful of suppliers and manufacturers within the US. (We opt against importing due to the number of hands shipments must go through as well as the amount of time required for delivery. We’re just like our customers and we hate to wait!) “Dupes” are not only an inevitability for those who constantly strive to create more and better shades, but they are also an inevitability of competing with the market. For example, we formulate all of our own pigments using base ingredients but we also do matches or “dupes” based on customer request. Customers can send in samples of shades that they would like matched and when we are able to get an accurate duplicate we provide it on the site and supply the requesting customer with a sample for approval. It pains us a bit to not be the ones who conceptualized the dupe but more often than not we are able to offer it at a lower price, which makes us happy!
How you could be formulating your own stuff when there’s only one ingredient (Fern and Throne), I don’t know.