Fyrinnae Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Chaotic Nebula is a very warm-toned, dark duochrome with a sparkle finish. It is a permanent eyeshadow that retails for $14.50 and contains 0.07 oz.
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Fyrinnae Chaotic Nebula Exquisites Pressed Eyeshadow ($14.50 for 0.07 oz.) begins as a sparkling green with a slightly reddish-bronze base and shifts to a bluish-violet to a plum to a brighter, pinkish lavender. Most of the time, it looked like this complex (chaotic? eh?) mix of murky, olive bronze base with twinkles of green and red. It was a struggle to see much of the shift in person for me; I could get the subtle shift to deeper red-bronze and slightly purplish-bronze but I didn't get much in the way of violet.
The texture of this was difficult to work with; it felt like it compressed more and more into the pan every time I used it, which just made it even harder to pick up the next time I wanted to try it. The brand noted that it "will require a sticky base" and that the loose version might actually be "easier to work with." They also stated that it should be applied by "fingertip, a very firm brush, or stiff silicone applicator." Brushes were pretty poor with this product, regardless of type of bristle, shape, or density, and I tried using brushes damp, which didn't make things better. The very first use--as it looked applied to my arm--was when it was at its best, but the pan seemed to harden over time, which made subsequent use sheerer and stiffer.
Fingertip application was the only way to go in my experience, and I actually didn't like it over Pixie Epoxy, as I felt like it was still rather uneven in application over it. I had the best luck over a regular eyeshadow primer and applying my fingertip, which helped the product apply more smoothly (while my fingertip kept most of the would-be fallout). It was so-so over bare skin, and I had mixed results as I ended up applying this shade half a dozen times just to see what might be the best way to use it. On its own, applied with a fingertip, the product lasted for eight hours with light fallout over time.
Once applied, the actual powder emphasized my lid texture, though I think in person, it had so much dimension and complexity, it ended up being more impressive than it actually sounds written. It's a genuinely interesting shade and not something I've personally come across before; even though the multichromatic shift was weaker, it ended up having so many layers straight-on that it was still just as intriguing as the whole concept of multichromes (at least to me). I just loathed the texture and found it a pain to apply. It can't be worn on its own as it blends out so poorly along the edge that it looked jagged, dry, and bumpy, so it had to be helped along with something else in the crease area to give the illusion of evenness.
Fyrinnae has some really spectacular pressed powder eyeshadows in the arsenal, so I know that they can nail the texture and give interesting, complex shades that are still user-friendly and go on great. I'm definitely curious to try out the loose version of this shade to see if it is easier to work with.
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Exquisites are a variation of our popular Arcane Magic eye shadows, but most have stronger color changes and lack an opaque contrasting base color like most of the original line. They appear to change color depending on proximity to light and sharp angle.
Mica, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Magnesium Stearate. May contain: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Aluminum, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Ferric Ferrocyanide.
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