Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Will you be wearing your red, white, and/or blue on July 4th? I’m most likely going to sport a red lip, at the very least! Here are five of my picks for a little red-themed inspiration, and it was quite hard to narrow it down, because there are so many awesome red lipsticks and polishes in particular. So think of this as just a moment in time – surely if I picked a week from now, it would be different :)

  1. Fyrinnae Hitched — a bold, warm red with a beautiful satiny sheen
  2. Zoya Blaze — a deeper, cool-toned red with sparkle
  3. Maybelline Very Cherry — rich, cherry red with a matte finish for under $10
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — pure matte red for those who dare to go big
  5. Guerlain Garconne — classic, sumptuous deepened red

And for fun, I pulled ‘em all up to compare here.

What’s your favorite red-hued product?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Fyrinnae Wizards' Wedding Cake Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bold icy blue shimmer … set on a deep chocolate brown base.” It’s a warm, medium-dark brown base with a lot of blue shimmer on it, so it takes on a mauve-ish hue applied damp and then turns even purpler when applied over Pixie Epoxy, because the blue shimmer is brought forward. It had really nice color payoff both applied damp as well as over Pixie Epoxy, but the finish goes from satin to more pearled. I couldn’t think of anything quite like this, and part of that is due to the warmth from the base color coming through, so even though it is more of cool-toned shade, there’s still this underlying warmth that makes it difficult to dupe. NARS Marie Galante #2 is darker, lacks the warmth. NARS Demon Lover has a similar color to when the blue shimmer is most pronounced. MAC Grand Galaxy is lighter, purpler. bareMinerals Encore is purpler, no blue shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Agenda Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “multi-faceted neutral deep gray with a fine highlight of pink throughout). Applied damp, it has a purply-gray coloring with a very fine pink satin sheen–it looked almost matte if not for a few bits of sheen. Applied over Pixie Epoxy, it brightened the shade and gave it a pinker, slightly warmer, look. This shade was very pigmented, and I even used it dry and still had no issues getting full color payoff. The texture is very, very finely-milled, but it evens out well on the lid and doesn’t look powdery at all. It also blends out easily. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is lighter. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is similar to the damp color (without Pixie Epoxy). Benefit Rain Check is pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Both shades applied well and had minimal fall out during application, as the textures allowed for the shadow to really be pressed and patted onto the skin and bind, rather than just brush and sheer out like some loose powders can. A little really does go a long way, whether applied dry, over your normal primer, with a damp brush, or over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.  I wore these two shades together both over bare skin as well as over Pixie Epoxy, and I had no wear issues, as they lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.  Both my jars came very, very filled that they both looked domed and as if they were rising out of the jar, which did leave a bit of a mess on my table, so I’d recommend first opening them over a sink or a surface you can wipe down.

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Wizards' Wedding Cake

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It's an interesting shade that I didn't have any dupes for, and I loved how it mixed a warmer base with cooler shimmer to get something that's not quite cool-toned, but not quite warm-toned either.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Agenda

A+
This shade had a very noticeable color difference between applications; dry, it was at its grayest, while damp it turned slightly purple, and then applied over Pixie Epoxy, it had a pink-purple-gray coloring.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright, metallic satiny warm red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-toned red with a subtle, satiny sheen. I applied it dry and then applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for comparison. I found it entirely unnecessary to use it over Pixie Epoxy, though, as it looks very much the same either way (but certainly no harm using the base with this). It’s incredibly rich in color with a single pass yielding full, opaque color coverage, but despite this richness, it’s still easy to blend and apply. It doesn’t stick unduly, so I had no trouble blending and softening the edges to meet with other products. This shade did stain when worn without a base, and then mildly over Pixie Epoxy, but I didn’t have any signs of creasing or fading after nearly nine hours of wear (no primer). Illamasqua Daemon is more matte. Sugarpill Love+ is brighter, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned, matte. Inglot #366 is lighter, matte. See comparison swatches.

Unicorn Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lavender filled with multi-color sparkle.” It’s an icy, cool-toned lavender with an iridescent sheen. I applied it alone (dry), and it had good color payoff, and then applied over Pixie Epoxy, the sheen came out slightly more but the pigmentation was buildable to full opacity.  This shade wore well for over eight hours–no creasing or fading–without a base as well as just applied over Pixie EpoxyUrban Decay Aura #2 is lighter. MAC Amethyst is more sparkly. MAC Ready to the Party is more metallic. OCC Datura is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches.

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Hitched

A+
If you like your reds warm-toned, this is one of the easiest red eyeshadows to use that I've come across--not only is it still insanely pigmented, but it's very blendable.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Unicorn

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This shade had more buildable color payoff, so it was definitely possible to get mostly opaque payoff, but it has the kind of soft texture that makes it very easy to sheer out (so it pat it on for maximum payoff, if that's what you desire).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light, glowing, mint green sparkle.” It’s a light, pastel green with a subtle cool undertone and a frosted, sparkling finish. It is quite a bit darker and has a more frosted finish compared to Fyrinnae Jade Ghost, which I reviewed recently. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is slightly gray in comparison but is close. Cinderella Cinderelly is nearly matte and is more cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #34 is close in color, perhaps appearing darker because it has a satin finish.

Arcane Magic eyeshadows are designed to “[change] hue depending on how the light [hit them].” With this particular change, Fyrinnae has noted that the change is subtler compared to other shades in the range. Applied damp, it has semi-opaque color, and applied and patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy, it applied more smoothly and had better opacity. The way this particular shade seems to change is that it turns cooler-toned, almost like a bluish-aqua at a distance. It has a soft, silky texture and feels fine with a little sparkle in it. Applied damp over bare lids, it lasted without creasing for seven hours, over Pixie Epoxy, seven and a half hours (which is designed to minimize fall out, not to prevent creasing or act as an eyeshadow base); and layered over an eyeshadow primer, no creasing after nine hours. There was some minor fall out when it was not worn with Pixie Epoxy–a little but not noticeable unless you get really close and start looking for it.

Also: Fyrinnae tweaked the formula on their loose eyeshadows slightly in January of this year (I purchased this in 2012), and it is supposed to be a subtle reformulation, and the changes may minimize fall out during application and wear and increase wear time. The colors and opacities are supposed to be the same.

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Electric Stardust

B+

If you plan to layer this over Pixie Epoxy and a primer, then I'd recommend checking it out if you're looking for a mint green hue.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “slightly shimmery pale white-green … “an iridescent glow of light green shimmer and a touch of subdued sparkle.” It’s a pale, aqua green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. I don’t really have anything quite like this in my stash. Lancome Fashion Forward is the closest, but it is bluer and less golden. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 is greener, less aqua/pastel.

Jade Ghost has a very soft texture that really starts breaking away the moment your brush hits the surface, so be careful not to swirl your brush too much in it, as you won’t need to in order to get the powder onto your brush. It is slightly powdery as a result. When applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy, it loses all trace of powderiness, and the powder smooths out. Applied dry, it is ever-so-slightly powdery but still has good color payoff. It is prone to sheering out when used dry, though. I tried it without any base, and then I also wore it over Pixie Epoxy, and with no base, it lasted seven hours well but had some fading after eight hours, while over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted eight hours without creasing or fading. Pixie Epoxy is not a primer, but it is so commonly used with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows that I felt it imperative to test it underneath the eyeshadow.

If you prefer your eyeshadows loose, this shade began its life as one, and you can purchase it in loose form as well. The pressed eyeshadows should be restocked soon, per Fyrinnae’s website.

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Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

A-

It's slightly powdery, which was its major drawback. It requires just a bit more patience and application techniques to get it just right.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “brilliant lime green … vibrant green and gold shimmer top a lush green base.” It’s a vibrant lime green with a golden pearl shimmer-sheen finish that’s part metallic, part frost. Sephora Apple Mojito is more matte and chartreuse. Sugarpill Acidberry is lighter, more matte. Illamasqua Pivot is matte. MAC Lucky Green is yellower, while MAC Swimming is a bit darker. Make Up For Ever #304 is much yellower–more of a chartreuse hue.

I applied it dry as well as layered over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy; when applied in either fashion, the results are mostly opaque with full opacity occurring when it was applied over Pixie Epoxy. It also holds together and smooths out better over Pixie Epoxy. The eyeshadow is very, very soft; I recommend using a light touch when picking up the product, because a little goes along way. It has a pressed texture, but it acts and almost feels like a loose eyeshadow that’s just been barely solidified. I tested it both over Pixie Epoxy as well as over bare lids, and both resulted in eight hours of wear without creasing or fading. My experience with Pixie Epoxy is it tends to prolong wear only just slightly but as it is not a primer (which is stated on Fyrinnae’s website), I would recommend applying your favorite primer, then Pixie Epoxy on top, if you have oilier lids.

If you prefer your eyeshadows loose, this shade began its life as one, and you can purchase it in loose form as well. The pressed eyeshadows should be restocked soon, per Fyrinnae’s website.

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Bitey Tyrannosaur

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It's a vibrant, perfect-for-summer kind of color that shimmers and reflects a golden warmth that's very pretty in person.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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