Category Archives: Loose Pigment

Sunday Swatches: Fyrinnae Penguin & Winter 2013 Shades

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Fyrinnae Boot Season - Because Cats - Snowboarding

I recently purchased several mini eyeshadows from Fyrinnae, and I have swatches of some of the new shades for you today plus a bonus swatch of their highlighter shade Penguin.

Fyrinnae Boot Season  Because Cats Snowboarding swatches

Boot Season // Because Cats // Snowboarding
– top: no primer – bottom: over Pixie Epoxy –

Fyrinnae Boot Season  Because Cats Snowboarding swatches

Boot Season // Because Cats // Snowboarding
– fuzzy to show sparkle! –

Boot season is a blackened green with yellow and green sparkle.

Because Cats is a blackened purple with multicolored sparkle.

Snowboarding (which was a free sample with purchase) is a vivid purple with blue iridescence. Continue reading

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust Swatch & Quick Review

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NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust

For my first post today, I have Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust from NYC’s new Let’s Paint the Town Collection.  Last night I thought it looked sort of sandy gold; it turns out that’s because the lighting in-store was so awful – it’s actually a lovely peachy pink.

For a full review of the packaging and formula of NYC’s recently repackaged Sparkle Eye Dust, please see this post.  This shade was smooth and pigmented – just as good as the shade swatched in that post.

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust Swatch

Left swatch: Daylight bulb // Right swatch: With flash

Overall, I would definitely recommend this shade – inexpensive, high quality, and a gorgeous color!

*I purchased this product.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

NYC Brilliant Sapphire Sparkle Eye Dust – Swatch of the Day

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NYC Brilliant Sapphire Sparkle Eye Dust

NYC Brilliant Sapphire Sparkle Eye Dust Swatch

As always, this is a swatch on unprimed skin.  I used my finger for this swatch instead of a sponge-tip applicator.  For a full review of NYC’s Sparkle eye dust, please see this post.

*I purchased this product.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust Review & Swatches

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust

NYC has recently added some new products to its lineup, and when I initially saw these Sparkle Eye Dusts, I thought they were new.  However, I soon realized that they weren’t a new product – this is the old product, and it will be familiar to you if you’ve examined an NYC display before:

nyc sparkle eye dust - old packaging

I believe that all (or most) of the previously available colors are still available, and some new colors were added to the lineup. These are the currently available colors, as listed on the NYC website:

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust Color List

The new packaging is a tube with a doe-foot applicator. I found that it wasn’t possible to use the applicator directly on my eye – there was WAY too much fallout all over my face.  Instead, I used the doe foot applicator to tap some shadow on to the back of my hand, then applied from there. Here’s a close up of the applicator.

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust - new packaging - applicator

I purchased the shade Smokey Topaz, which is one of the original shades – I probably would have picked up one of the new shades if I had realized this, oh well! Smokey Topaz is a really lovely shade though – sort of a mauve taupe with a lovely shimmery (but not frosty!) finish.

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust - smokey topaz

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust smokey topaz swatch

Natural light // with flash

Since this is a loose shadow, you could also use it wet, but it’s very pigmented dry.  I think it must have some type of binder in it, because it adheres to skin quite well without any base at all (as in the hand swatch above).  I tested it out on my eyes, and it applied well just over eyeshadow primer (no sticky base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxie was needed).  There was some fallout during application, but none during the day.

Finally, here’s a display shot – this is from CVS, which is the only place I’ve seen the new packaging – the Rite Aids in my area all still have the old displays with the old packaging. As you can see, this CVS doesn’t have all the colors listed on the NYC website.

NYC Sparkle Eye Dust Display

Overall, I really liked the NYC Sparkle Eye Dust shadow – enough that I’m definitely going to go back for more! I found the packaging fairly convenient.  I did need to tap on to the back of my hand to apply, but the packaging prevented spills, which is great. The quality of the shadow is also very nice – pigmented, smooth and adheres well. A great, inexpensive choice!

Fyrinnae Loose Eyeshadow: Part Two — Swatches

Fyrinnae Mystical Hedgehog, Immortality, Witchy Woodland Creatures

This is the second part of my two-part Fyrinnae photos & swatchfest – the swatches! Part One, the photos of the eyeshadows in the jar, is here.

I normally swatch eyeshadow without any primer or base, but I find that loose eyeshadows don’t show up very well on bare skin.  So, I’ve swatched these two different ways; the first set of swatches (on the left in each photo) is over NYX HD primer, and the second set (on the right in each photo) is over Fyrinnae’s own Pixie Epoxie.  I found that the color shows up nicely over just primer, but the glitter needs a sticky base, like Pixie Epoxie, to adhere.

I’ve left these photos larger than usual to better show the complexity of the shades – please do click to enlarge, these eyeshadows are really lovely up close!

Fyrinnae Mystical Hedgehog, Cuddlefish, Immortality

With flash: Mystical Hedgehog, Cuddlefish, Immortality

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Full sun: Mystical Hedgehog, Cuddlefish, Immortality

I’m terrible at describing this type of complex color, so I’ve borrowed Fyrinnae’s own descriptions.

Mystical Hedgehog: Appears 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.

Cuddlefish: A vibrant violet, loaded with varying hues of purple and blue-violet sparkle.

Immortality: A rainbow of sparkle in soft black

Fyrinnae Witchy Woodland Creatures, Shenanigans, Book of the Dead

With flash: Witchy Woodland Creatures, Shenanigans, Book of the Dead

Full sun: Witchy Woodland Creatures, Shenanigans, Book of the Dead

Witchy Woodland Creatures: Glimmering, multi-faceted cocoa taupe. Shades of copper and silver, with hints of pink, gold, and green shimmer on a neutral taupe-brown base make this shadow suitable for a wide range of skintones.

Shenanigans: A rainbow of sparkle fills rich, metallic gold over a dark base

Book of the Dead: A slightly aged gleaming, sparkling beige-gold, fit for Osiris himself (we could hope!), graced with flashes of sparkle in varying hues. Neutral tone, not yellow.

Fyrinnae Koala, Kurisumasu!, Moon Child, Nijiro

With flash: Koala, Kurisumasu!, Moon Child, Nijiro

Full sun: Koala, Kurisumasu!, Moon Child, Nijiro

Koala: A medium rosy taupe, this shade has a satin finish.

Kurisumasu!: Versatile satiny rosy beige shade with subtle flashes of sparkle. Great for a highlight or all-over basic shade that can suit many skintones.

Moon Child: Soft glimmering ivory shade with just the right amount of shimmer and sparkle and a touch of coppery highlight.

Nijiro: Ivory with rainbow sparkles.

Fyrinnae products can only be purchased online. Fyrinnae usually has quite a long turn around time stated on their website, but I’ve ordered from them three times now, and my order has always shipped within a week or so.

Fyrinnae Loose Eyeshadow: Part One – Photos

fyrinnae loose eyeshadow

top row: fyrinnae cuddlefish, mystical hedgehog, immortality, witchy woodland creaures
bottom row: nijiro, moon child, kurisumasu!, koala

I recently purchased eight Fyrinnae eyeshadow minis, and I have photos and swatches for you! Since the eyeshadows are so beautiful, I took close up photos of each individual shade.  This made the post very photo-heavy, so I’ve divided it into two parts; this post is just photos, and I’ll be posting the swatches shortly. (Part Two is here)

I took these photographs a while ago, but I think that I used flash for all of them, to better show the sparkle.

fyrinnae cuddlefish

fyrinnae cuddlefish

fyrinnae mystical hedgehogs

fyrinnae mystical hedgehogs

fyrinnae immortality

fyrinnae immortality

fyrinnae witchy woodland creatures

fyrinnae witchy woodland creatures

fyrinnae nijiro

fyrinnae nijiro

fyrinnae moon child

fyrinnae moon child

fyrinnae kurisumasu!

fyrinnae kurisumasu!

fyrinnae koala

fyrinnae koala

And two other Fyr favorites that I also photographed & swatched – these were photographed in slightly differently lighting that emphasizes the sparkle:

fyrinnae book of the dead

fyrinnae book of the dead

fyrinnae shenanigans

fyrinnae shenanigans