Thursday, 10 July 2014

New Category! Ingenious Indies. This Month: Fyrinnae Cosmetics

Those of you that have followed this blog for a while know that I'm no stranger to indie make-up and that many of my most loved products come from Shiro Cosmetics. As time went on I got more and more interested in Indie brands, seeing as their products are usually both cheaper, more interesting in their colour ranges and of higher quality than drugstore and many mid-end brands I've decided to start a new category on this blog which will be all about Indie purchases! I don't want to do one too often because I want to keep the blog varied, so I've decided I'll cover a brand once a month and if I buy something interesting from a brand that I've already written an article about I'll just write a regular review about it. 

Introduction to the brand

Fyrinnae (pronounced Feer-ih-nay) is a fully vegan indie make-up brand that has been developing their own pigments since 2003. Their collection is absolutely huge and therefore shopping on their website can be quite overwhelming. It can also be quite annoying since they tend to shut it down for maintenance without warning or not load all the products and it's also not the most user friendly website I've ever seen (it could dearly use an update) but those are minor inconveniences since the quality of their products more than make up for it. 

The brand is mostly known for its unique colour range and their Pixie Epoxy glitter glue, that has reached cult status amongst many make-up lovers for its ability to bring out the best in eyeshadow colours and many people love to use as a primer (although that's not its intended purpose).

Pixie Epoxy

Ingredients: Glycerin (vegetable derived), Purified Water (Aqua), Acrylamide/Ammonium acrylate copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate.

What Fyrinnae says about Pixie Epoxy: "The original! A must-have for shimmery, sparkling shadows! This is not an eye shadow primer, or really a base. It is to keep sparkles on and/or to make shimmery shadows appear "glossy": a foiled look without foiling. 
Originally developed and formulated in 2007, this unique "glue" is designed to hold the sparkliest, most shimmery eye shadows in place, minimize "fallout", and also to easily create a foiled look without foiling. Don't worry, it's easily washed off, and while keeps shadows in a water-resistant state, the product itself is water-soluble (no silicones or oils)."

I had heard a lot of good things about Pixie Epoxy, so of course when I finally decided to order something from Fyrinnae I couldn't exclude this. Although Fyrinnae stresses that this is NOT a primer, I know that many people use it as a primer all the time without difficulty, so that's what I did as well.

I noticed that it works wonders for loose eyeshadow that are very shimmery or glittery, but that it doesn't work very well on mattes (which makes sense, since it was intended to be used for glitter.) You have to apply the tiniest bit and wait for it to dry, if it's too tacky you risk the eyeshadow getting clumpy. That said, the results are fantastic, are you ready?

No base, two applications top. Pixie Epoxy and two applications bottom.

The difference is insane! Loose eyeshadows tend to be a bit sheer on bare skin and they need a sticky base anyway, but I've never had colours come to life like this. I'm very impressed!

Pixie Epoxy on the left, Glycerine in the middle, Urban Decay Primer Potion to the right.

I needed to know if I was rightfully amazed or not and if the Pixie Epoxy would work well on my other eyeshadows as well, so I went and applied a taupe Catrice eyeshadow on my wrist with a few different bases. Can you see how much more vibrant the colour becomes over Pixie Epoxy? 

When applied on the eyes you can definitely see how intense Pixie Epoxy makes the eyeshadows, all the underlying undertones and shimmer come to light. I've had no problem with creasing, but I don't have oily eyelids to begin with so I don't know if it could be an issue for people with oily eyelids or not. Used as a primer (which I know I wasn't supposed to do but hey, what can I say, I'm stubborn) I found that it works well but it needs a bit of tender loving care to work. You need to wait a while until Pixie Epoxy isn't too wet and you need to only apply a little bit. Blending was a little bit trickier due to the incredibly sticky (glitter glue, duh) substance of the product but as you can see in the photos above, I managed just fine. 

Final Verdict

No base with two applications on the right, same colour with two applications over Pixie Epoxy on the left.

I can see why this product has reached cult status, though not to be used on matte eyeshadows it works incredibly well for loose eyeshadows that are duochromes, shimmery or glitterbombs. It makes the pigments stay put for hours and makes them appear true to colour on the eye. It's a game changer for pigments that need sticky bases to truly shine. Pixie Epoxy is $7. for a full size (9ml) of product, which is very cheap for a good base! If you happen to order something from Fyrinnae, please do yourself a favour and get one of these too.

Fyrinnae Loose Pigments

Because Cats, Rapunzel Had Extensions, Blogger Beauty

Rapunzel Had Extensions is Fyrinnae's all time best selling shade and is described as a pale pink with a brilliant gold highlight.


The full size is packed with product, which is always a good thing! Personally I don't find the base very pink at all but rather peachy in colour. This is good because I feel like it makes the colour a little bit more interesting and also flattering, since pink can make eyes look a bit tired. 

Left swatched over Pixie Epoxy, right swatched on bare skin

This eyeshadow is gorgeous on its own as a sheer wash but it truly comes to life over Pixie Epoxy and becomes a stunningly shimmery rose gold.

This colour is incredibly hard to photograph on the eyes, in real life it's gorgeously shimmery with both peachy, rose and gold colours coming through. On the photos it looks kind of golden orange-y, which doesn't do it justice.

Blogger Beauty

Fyrinnae describes this colour as a bright, shimmering mauve-pink graced with a touch of blue sparkle.

Knowing that this colour was made in the honour of beauty bloggers and looked absolutely gorgeous on the online swatches I couldn't help but grab it.

Left over Pixie Epoxy, right over bare skin. Two applications on both accounts.

I was initially disappointed with the sheerness of the pigment on its own, but the owner of Fyrinnae was kind enough to tell me that their pigments have been reformulated a while ago which made them lose their initial opacity but made them appear even brighter and last even longer with a primer underneath.

A very pleasant surprise, I got a free sample with my order! Because Cats is a super sparkly pigment, a blurple colour over a dark base. 

For a free sample I think Fyrinnae is being very generous, there's quite a bit of product in here! 

Swatched over Pixie Epoxy on the left, over bare skin on the right. Two applications on both  counts.

Again, the swatch didn't 'wow' me initially but it's just part of the formula.

Final Verdict

I feel like the Fyrinnae loose eyeshadows that I sampled are very pretty colours but they are very sheer on their own. Keep in mind that when you buy these products that you need a sticky base or a primer to really make them shine!

Especially over Pixie Epoxy they completely transform into wonderful pigments in colours that you can't find anywhere else. You need a sticky base for these pigments to work, but if you do you're going to be in for a treat. 

Also, they're quite inexpensive at $6.25 for a full-sized jar that's packed to the brim and contains roughly 5 gram.

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eye Shadows

Conjuror, Mystical Hedgehog, Mermaid Masquerade

Fyrinnae explains their Arcane Magic Eye Shadows formula as follows: "These are not "pigments", but loose eye shadow which aren't pressed to be solid; they are not free-flowing powders. Fyrinnae's Arcane Magic Eyeshadows are specialized colours with a highlight which changes hue depending on how the light hits it (closer to or further from a light). This is not the same thing as "duochrome" shadows which feature only a singular highlight layered on a base hue. Different light sources may show different shades, too (they do not show as well in sunlight as artifical light, and some may not appear to change at all). Please note that the Arcanes will probably look a little different in photos than in person because of the light-change effect."

Whoo, that's a lot of text! I can't really say that I understood much of it after their explanations, but it sure sounds magical. Anyway, upon closer inspection the Arcane Magic eyeshadows seem more solid and a lot more crumbly than their loose pigments, but they're not gritty in any case. Although Fyrinnae makes the Arcane Magic colours sound very interesting and, well, magical, I find that they're best described as eyeshadows that have multiple undertones, shimmers or a shift in them. Some of which are very apparant, some of which are almost completely non-existent. 

Mermaid Masquerade is described as a bright, rich, shimmering royal blue. Moved closer to light or at an angle, and it turns purple to pink, though still retaining hints of blue.

In my opinion, the colour itself is not as much royal as ocean blue, and I couldn't detect a purple or pink shift in any light but it does have a purple undertone to it depending on the light, so I guess that counts. In any case, it's a gorgeous shimmery blue and if mermaid existed, this would be the colours of their scales.

Swatched over Pixie Epoxy on the left, swatched on bare skin to the right. Two applications both.

Swatched over bare skin it is though still sheer, significantly better performing than the regular loose eyeshadows. Over a sticky base like Pixie Epoxy it becomes this gorgeous foiled colour like sunlight shimmering on the water that looks amazing on the eyelid. 

Mermaid Masquarade all over the lid with Mystical Hedgehog in the crease and outer corners.

Mystical Hedgehog

Mystical Hedgehog is described as a vibrant, shimmering purple with a turquoise-green highlight at a distance, but changes to a warmer purple to pink at an angle or close to light.

Like Mermaid Masquerade, I don't detect a colour shift as much as there being a lot of multicoloured sparkles over a dusky purple base. Which is absolutely gorgeous by the way, don't get me wrong, but it's not the magical purple-with-a-turquoise-highlight-to-pink-at-an-angle that Fyrinnae wants it to be.

Of course it can be true that these eyeshadows are as fanciful as they are described to be and I'm using all the wrong lights and the wrong angles but I don't know, if that's the case maybe you shouldn't have to look so hard to see the colour shifts that you bought the product for. 

Applied over Pixie Epoxy on the left, over bare skin to the right. Two applications for both.

Despite my misgivings, I do think that this colour is absolutely gorgeous. Especially over Pixie Epoxy, but it doesn't do too badly on its own either.

Mystical Hedgehogs over Pixie Epoxie in the outer corners and the crease.


Conjuror is described as a rich burgundy-brick shade filled with shimmer that changes from aqua to bright crimson-pink, depending on proximity to light or angle.

This is my favourite colour of the bunch! Conjuror is the first and only Arcane Magic eyeshadow that I find true to its description. It's a beautiful burgundy colour with a very strong shift in it and both aqua and crimson shimmers. 

No base, two applications top. Pixie Epoxy and two applications bottom.
On its own it's a brick coloured burgundy with pretty shimmers, but over a sticky base it's a gorgeous multidimensional colour!

Conjuror over a Pixie Epoxy all over the lid.

Final Verdict Arcane Magic Eye Shadows

The Arcane Magic eyeshadows are supposed to be these multidimensional colourshifting eye-shadows of magic and awesomeness according to Fyrinnae (I'm paraphrasing) but in reality they're very pretty, very sparkly semi-loose eyeshadow that have underlying undertones that either make the colour shift a little bit in some lights or have a very pretty colour shift in the case of Conjuror. 

Don't buy them for their supposed colour changing abilities and expect them to be made of rainbows and fairy dust, but buy them because they are beautiful colours in their own right. Look up swatches beforehand to see what you think! The price, in my opinion, is very good at $6.80 for a 3 gram jar that's packed to the brim with product. 


Lip Lustre: Nemesis 

Ingredients: Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Mica, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Glycerides, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (soy-derived Vitamin E, as a natural oil preservative), Flavor (lip-safe fragrance). May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Manganese Violet, Iron Oxides, Synthetic Flurophogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate

Fyrinnae's Lip Lustres are like a lip cream. They're not a liquid lipstick or a gloss but they have almost more of a mousse texture. I bought Nemesis, a medium purple, to try out. 

The swatch was immediately very promising. The product applied easily and wasn't liquidy but also not too solid. Nemesis is also beautifully opaque in one swipe, stains the skin and I didn't notice any feathering or bleeding. Good so far!

Swatched on the lips it becomes a gorgeous and daring purple. I couldn't detect any shimmer in it, but the finish isn't matte either. The formula is very pleasant, the Lip Lustre smells like vanilla but doesn't taste like anything and isn't too slippery or drying. I've had very dry lips for the past week or so due to a cold, and Nemesis didn't cling to loose skin.

However, it was pretty tricky to apply with a doe foot. I recommend using a lipbrush in the areas that need a lot of precision and the doe foot for the larger areas. 

As for wearing time, the colour doesn't really 'set' or dry up but it still wears for a decent amount of time, especially considering the fact that it also leaves a very pretty stain behind! You would have to touch up after a meal, but it'll certainly hold up for a few hours. 

Final Verdict Lip Lustre

I'm loving the Lip Lustres! Considering the amazing colour payoff, comfortable formula and good wearing time for the price of $7. I'm extremely pleased with it. 

Hollywood Sorcery

Fyrinnae describes this as a completely transparent soft warm glow, not sparkle, that doubles as a light-diffusing powder and it was mentioned that it might give a very slight hue to pale skin but wouldn't make darker skin any whiter. I was looking for something like this as my face is always lighter than my body in the summer and I don't really want to wear a full face of foundation to combat it. I was hoping that this would give me the slight hint of colour that I needed whilst also making my skin look amazing. 

As powder goes, this one is lovely as can be. It's not gritty but feels ultra silky to the touch and it contains the tiniest of shimmer particles that are only noticeable in direct light. 

Since it's supposed to be a setting powder it's supposed to be very sheer in pigmentation, you almost can't notice it on my skin. That said, my camera doesn't do it nearly enough justice! In real life you can see a faintly shimmering hue across my skin that tans it slightly. Like sunlight in a jar!

Left without finishing powder, right with. Both taken in natural light, same room, as close in time as possible.

The effect when I dust it all over my face is subtle, but it's there. It does make my face slightly more sunkissed. Not overly so (if it were too noticeable it wouldn't look natural anymore) but just enough where it looks as if I don't spend all of my spare time inside throwing make-up on my face, drawing and playing video games. 

I used an eyedropper tool to show you that the effect is definitely there, even though my photography skills aren't good enough to capture it. I've got nothing bad to say about Hollywood Sorcery, it's lovely. 

Final Verdict Overall

Fyrinnae, as a brand, is very solid overall with lovely items that far exceed their low-end pricetag. Not all of their products are great, but many are and even those that are initially underwhelming can perform very well over a sticky base. Fyrinnae is a completely cruelty free and vegan brand and formulates all of their products themselves, which is a huge plus for me. Their service is also fine with a quick turn around time and safe inexpensive shipping. The only downsides are that the website can be a bit unreliable and that Fyrinnae's swatches and descriptions of their own products are not entirely accurate. This doesn't mean that the products aren't as good, but they could definitely benefit from better examples available on their website. 

Would I purchase from Fyrinnae again? 

A resounding yes! But definitely look up reviews and swatches online before buying next time. 


  1. Thanks for reviewing this brand! I've seen a lot of hype about it, but also a lot of comments about the difficulty of ordering from their online store - did that part go smoothly for you?

    I love the blue eyeshadow/purple lipstick combo on you, it's stunning.

  2. Thank you! I didn't have any difficulties ordering myself but Fyrinnae is so notorious for their finnicky webshop that I felt like I had to include it. It's not a horrendous website by any means though, it's just a minor flaw. What irked me more was that I couldn't find good swatches for everything on their website and I would have also have liked to see a 'best seller' option with a few of their most popular shades since the sheer amount of colours was a bit overwhelming for me at the start.

  3. I have a few of these shades but I think I need to get Mermaid Masquerade next time! I hear a lot of grumbles about Fryinnae (mainly due to CS and the weirdness with their website) but their eyeshadows are really nice.

  4. Mermaid Masquerade is goooorgeous! I'm a bit miffed that I didn't get Mephisto now since I keep hearing people talk about how fantastic it is, it's funny how there's always the really good stuff you come across right after you order. :p

  5. Via Wies haar blog kwam ik bij jou terecht. Mooie foto's maak je. Jeetje wat een heerlijk uitgebreide review zeg! Vooral de lipstick vind ik prachtig.

  6. Dankjewel, wat leuk dat ik bij Wies gefeatured werd! Ik vind haar blog altijd zo tof, vooral haar looks.

  7. I found you through r/makeupaddiction and I love your style. Combine that with honest and thorough reviews, you have me coming back repeatedly. Last week I ordered Shiro and now I'll be counting the days until I can order some pixy epoxy to make those colors pop! Thanks for sharing :-)