One of the brightest shining stars in indie makeup right is Fyrinnae Cosmetics, which is upfront about not being a mineral makeup company. They’ve been raved about by indie makeup bloggers for years, and I placed an order last year, when their turnaround time was a near-torturous 3 weeks.
Fyrinnae is a vegan company best known for their loose eyeshadows, and they make some of the prettiest duochromes out there. They just released some pressed shadows, and they also sell blush, facial powders, and liquid lipsticks.
They are also the purveyors of Pixie Epoxy, considered a Holy Grail product by many of my fellow glitter addicts. It is a sticky glue-like product that is supposed to keep shimmery shadows on and in place, minimize fallout, and give a wet foiled look. I’m still getting the hang of Pixie Epoxy, as I just bought my first tube, and there is apparently a learning curve when it comes to application. What I have found is that I like certain colors better over it, and other colors without it. Sometimes it does dramatically change the eyeshadow it is used with.
The shades I’m swatching in this post are from my original order, so they may not all be currently available. Each color is swatched on its own and also over Pixie Epoxy.
STFU: I can’t find this one on the site anymore, so it’s probably gone or was LE. It’s a medium-dark warm brown with gold shimmer highlights. I actually expected it to swatch much darker, considering how it looks in the pot.
Feline Familiars: An Arcane Magic shadow that also appears to be either discontinued or renamed or LE– it is not currently listed on the site. It’s got subtle but gorgeous multicolored microshimmers in a deep charcoal brown base. It’s really pretty! You should click on the picture to enlarge it.
Kurisumasu!: The site calls this “versatile satiny rosy beige shade with subtle flashes of sparkle.” I’d say that’s basically accurate. It’s very pretty.
Crimson Ghost: The site says “satiny ivory-pink in the jar, but once applied, it has a soft glow of light red shimmer in varying hues.” That really does not do it justice, and neither does my swatch, because the duochrome nature was quite elusive on camera. Crimson ghost is a whitish shimmer with a highlight that shifts from pink to lavender to pale blue. It is GORGEOUS as a lid wash, and foiled/ over Pixie Epoxy.
Dressed To Kill: The site says “glimmering, glowing, gilded green with flashes of gold and green sparkle.” I’d call this olive green with teal microshimmer. It pulls more blue-y on its own, and more golden olive over Pixie Epoxy. It’s quite lovely.
Warrior Mage: Another of their Arcane Magic eyeshadows. I can’t find it on the site, which is weird because I *swear* it was there a few weeks ago. They’re doing a lot of reformulating right now, so that might account for it. It’s an absolutely stunning bluey-silver with a green highlight. I can also see some pink microsparklies, though they are very subtle. This color totally freaked out my camera, which flat-out refused to capture its iridescence.
Rapunzel Had Extensions: One of my absolute favorite shades. The site describes this as “pale pink with a stunning brilliant light gold highlight.” It’s a pale peachy pink that shifts gold. It’s in the same color family as MAC Expensive Pink and Urban Decay X. It’s absolutely LOVELY on my pale self.
Samhain Spirits: I’m pretty sure this was an old LE. It’s a medium plummy-brown shimmer, and the word “plush” springs to mind when I look at it.
Conjuror: The website calls this a “rich burgundy-brick shade filled with shimmer that changes from aqua to bright crimson-pink, depending on proximity to light or angle.” Indeed, it’s a lovely shade, and it’s like if MAC’s blue brown pigment had a plum base instead of a brown one. The brick only comes out when over Pixie Epoxy or foiled. The primary highlight shade is blue. I actually have similar shades from other companies, and I should do a comparison one day.
And that concludes part 1!