Sydney Grace Phosphenes is a slightly warm-toned, dark taupe with a metallic finish. It is an eyeshadow that is permanent in these palettes: Radiant Reflection (Light), Radiant Reflection (Deep), and Temptalia Collection.
Phosphenes is a medium-dark, rosy taupe with intense, metallic sheen and subtle twinkle. It has some depth, but there's a lot of shine, which makes it appear brighter and more complex. It can look almost purplish and rosy sometimes, while looking more like a true taupe at other moments. It's a total bear to photograph.
Inspiration: I wanted to capture the qualities of smoky quartz--depth, sparkle, and a color that was hard to pinpoint. It's smoky bronze, it's purple-taupe, it's bright and it's dark.
Behind the Name: The definition of phosphenes is the flashes/shapes of light seen when there's mechanical pressure on one's eyes (e.g. rubbing them or closing them very tightly).
This shade changed a lot over time. There was a lot of moving around between different iterations of this shade, Glossover, and Temptalia. This was originally going in more of a golden-beige with green-gold shift with a more transparent base, but the base wasn't working quite right for Magellan's Light (from On the Horizon) so I wanted to rework this.
The more I worked with the palette, though, the more I felt it needed something more grounding but still brightening, which is how we ended up moving in the direction that came to be. Impressively, Sydney Grace got really close to the final color and finish I was conceptualizing based off this description, "[Existing Shades] Albert and John and Phoenix Awakens layered together... a rosy bronze with a dirtiness to it."
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Our pressed pigment shadows are smooth and pigmented. We use very high quality ingredients and formulate our shadows to have very high pigmentation, great color payoff, and little fallout. Blends like a dream and lasts all day long. We offer a money back guarantee, because we know you will love them! Each shadow comes in a 26mm metal pan and contains approx. 1.8 grams of product.
Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder
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