Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant, gleaming green with a hint of turquoise.” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with gold and teal shimmer and a frosted finish. Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother. It’s part of the Arcane Magic range, so at a certain angle or closer to a light source, it is supposed to take on a “deep pink color, almost magenta.” It’s very, very subtle when it does catch the light at just the right angle and distance. Sephora Walk on the Wild SIde is similar but lacks the brown-ish base. Sephora Rolling in the Grass is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Zodiac is warmer, browner. NARS Night Porter is darker. See comparison swatches.

Banana Mochi Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish. It had full color payoff for both applications. MAC Bright Yellow is matte. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 is slightly warmer. MAC Colour Added is a bit yellower. MAC Bright Sunshine is brighter. Inglot #370 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Dragon’s Wing Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bright medium green with a slight aqua highlight.” It’s a light-medium, subtly warm-toned green with a fine gold and aqua shimmer. It’s so finely-milled that this one did have more noticeable fall out during application, even when tapping the brush to remove excess and patting over Pixie Epoxy. Illamasqua Possession is a cream product. MAC Wondergrass is warmer, less shimmery. OCC Foxfire is a bit darker, not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

All three eyeshadows applied smoothly over the lid, and the texture across the three was very finely-milled Over a primer and Pixie Epoxy, I did not experience any issues with wear after nine hours (no creasing, fading, or the like).  Fyrinnae doesn’t indicate their eyeshadows are long-wearing (their recommendation is to layer a primer under Pixie Epoxy, actually), but I do test them without a base and apply them with a damp brush; I had some fading after seven hours with Dragon’s Wing but the other two shades wore without fading or creasing for a full eight hours.

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Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother.

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It's a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish.

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Sunday, July 28th, 2013

5 Must-Have Teals Under $10

Who says you can’t enjoy a vibrant teal without spending a lot? Here are five fabulous shades that are of good quality as well as being incredibly affordable. You can see them all side-by-side here.

Also! If you have any suggestions for a top 5 list, please comment with your idea! If you like this one, there are over two hundred more 5 Ways posts I’ve done in the past :)

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly teal-hued shade?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic gold over a rich olive green base.” It’s a deep olive gold with a really rich, soft metallic finish. The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does. A little went a long way when applying this, too. I found it looked the same applied dry as it did dry over Pixie Epoxy (at most, slightly more of a sheen with Pixie Epoxy). It wore on bare lids without creasing or fading for nine hours (same results over Pixie Epoxy/Primer). Urban Decay Stargazer is lighter, more metallic. NARS Paramaribo #1 is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is yellower. Inglot #433 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Gender Bent (Loose) Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid, somewhat shimmery teal graced with bold orange sparkle.” It’s a bluish-teal with orange shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, and then patted dry over Pixie Epoxy, it was more opaque. It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel–it looked almost matte in the jar–but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy. Gender Bent wore well for almost eight hours with light fading apparent just after that without a primer, and then layered over Pixie Epoxy and primer, it lasted nine hours without any signs of wear. (Fyrinnae does not seem to make any long-wearing claims, and in their blurb about Pixie Epoxy, they emphasize it is not a primer and to use a primer first to maximize wear time.) Disney Caspian Sea is slightly bluer. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery. MAC Parrot is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. MAC Double Feature #3 #1 is matte. See comparison swatches.

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Aztec Gold

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The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does.

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It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel--it looked almost matte in the jar--but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow

Edited: Fyrinnae discontinued Parental Advisory (Loose) in 2011 and reformulated it in 2012, and the current version is closer to the pressed version. (Additionally, from their description of the loose color: “Reformulated in 4-2012 but very close to the original.”) Mine is from 2011–will grab the reformulated version next time I order from Fyrinnae to compare. I unfortunately did not connect the dots that mine was pre-reformulation, so my deepest apologies!

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a vibrant, bluish purple with sparkling shimmer. It has strong, blue undertones but still comes out as more purple than blue. Applied damp, it is a slightly softer, less blue purple, and then applied dry over Pixie Epoxy produces a more intense, deeper purple.  The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and a little goes a long way. It wasn’t difficult to blend, but it wasn’t easy as some of Fyrinnae’s other shades. Applied on bare lids, it lasted seven hours well and had some minor fading after eight as well as some noticeable fall out; applied over Pixie Epoxy, and it looked as-applied even after nine hours with no fall out.   I don’t have anything quite like this color; anything with similar brightness is much, much bluer (like Sugarpill Royal Sugar).

Parental Advisory Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, lavender shimmer. Maybelline Painted Purple is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Pink Union #2 is slightly darker. Inglot #441 is warmer, pinker. See comparison swatches. It was actually just discontinued (as in, yesterday, due to being too fragile in pressed form), but I thought since I already photographed and tested it, I might as well add it into this post as a comparison against the loose formula. The loose eyeshadow is actually more complex and less readily duped, and it has a much cooler, bluer tone to it overall. I walked all around my house to look at the two side-by-side under different lighting, and they really were surprisingly different.  The texture of this one was very soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend and apply on the lid. It lasted eight hours with minor fading but no fall out without any primer, and layered over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted the same length of time.

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Friday, July 12th, 2013

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Loose)
Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Loose)

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Eyeshadow (Loose) ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush deep ocean blue with a flash of sage green.” It’s a bluish-teal with a flash of green-gold shimmer and sparkle. It has a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. The color payoff applied damp or over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy was fully opaque. Disney Caspian Sea is lighter. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is cooler-toned. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar. MAC Parrot is brighter. Inglot #413 is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is a pressed version of the loose version mentioned above. I highly recommend Fyrinnae’s Pressed Eyeshadows if you’ve always been curious about the brand but are not keen on loose eyeshadows. The loose eyeshadow version is slightly more complex, but it’s only slightly noticeable when swatched and seen side-by-side in person and really not apparent on the lid. The biggest difference is the loose version sparkles more–it just seems to catch and reflect the light a bit better, so it also appears a smidgen lighter and the “flash of sage green” is more noticeable at times. The texture is slightly silkier with the loose version.

The pressed version wore better without a base than the loose one, as it had less fall out, though neither of them were faded or creased after eight hours of wear. Applied over Pixie Epoxy, there was no distinguishable difference in wear; no fall out, creasing, or fading. Note, Pixie Epoxy is designed the work primarily as an adhesive base, so it is not a substitute for a primer. If you have oilier lids, you may want to layer a primer underneath. (I just haven’t found I need a primer underneath to get long-wear out of them, but I have normal-to-dry lids!) Fyrinnae does not claim long-wear with this and recommends a primer and Pixie Epoxy when wearing their eyeshadows for long-lasting wear and minimal fall out.

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist's Curse Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist’s Curse Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink shimmer and sparkle on black.” It’s a deep, blackened purple with pink shimmer. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooths out whether applied damp or patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. This one was supposed to shift to a “golden green” when closer to light or held at a different angle, but no matter how I maneuvered my arm, I only saw it go from purpled-black to black with pink sparkle. I even tried using a mirror to see the effect so I could stand further away but no luck. Nevertheless, the way this sparkles as it catches the light (with movement) reminds me of Swarovski crystals–it’s very sparkly and shimmering. It was fully pigmented with both applications. Disney Wonder by Wonder is less shimmery. Urban Decay Tornado is lighter. MAC Young Punk has larger shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Pyromantic Erotica Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep orange with an obvious chartreuse highlight.” It’s a bright tangerine orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It was smooth, even, and richly pigmented both applied damp and over Pixie Epoxy. At a certain angle, it looks like a deeper orange, and in person, the shimmer almost looks green-ish at certain angles. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a cream product, less shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is darker, matte. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter. OCC Mimosa is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Superstar Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “very bright hot pink, graced with a subtle blue highlight.” It’s a bold, brightened medium pink with an icy shimmer that gives it a satiny finish. It had a very finely-milled texture that allowed it to be applied smoothly and evenly. It was richly pigmented, and it looked near to glowing applied. Sugarpill Dollipop is darker, matte. Urban Decay Noise is more muted. Milani Shocking Pink is bluer-based and matte. MAC Infra-violet is slightly more muted and a cream product. Sugarpill Birthday Girl is darker. Inglot #362 is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Something I’ve noticed with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows is that though they advocate using both Pixie Epoxy as well as a true eyeshadow primer (as Pixie Epoxy is for help getting the shimmer and sparkle to adhere, while also giving a “foiled” look without using the product wet, not to actually prolong wear or prevent creasing/fading), all of the shades lasted nine hours on me without fading or creasing.  This is true whether I’ve just applied the shades to bare skin or applied over Pixie Epoxy. The only difference I noticed was that when I used them on bare lids, Alchemist’s Curse gave me some minor fall out after a full day of wear, and when worn over Pixie Epoxy there was almost no fall out visible, but I was still rather impressed by how minimal the fall out was even without any type of base or adhesive help.

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This sparkles like true magic! I only wish I could see/detect the color shift as described, because it really stays between blackened purple with pink shimmer and black with pink shimmer, but there's no hint of golden green at all.

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Pyromantic Erotica

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It's a bright tangerine orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It was smooth, even, and richly pigmented both applied damp and over Pixie Epoxy.

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Superstar

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It had a very finely-milled texture that allowed it to be applied smoothly and evenly. It was richly pigmented, and it looked near to glowing applied.

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