Monday, August 8, 2011

Fyrinnae Swatches + Review

The Shop: Fyrinnae
My Order: A tube of pixie epoxy and mini jars of the following: Herbivore, 1.22 Gigawatts, Dragon's Wing, Bifrost, Electro-Koi, and Kamikaze
Packaging: Everything arrived in a bubble mailer, with the shadows wrapped inside of some tissue paper, individually labeled.  I also received a printed copy of my invoice and a free sample of Nevermore.

Today's Swatches:

 Left to Right: Nevermore, Herbivore, and 1.22 Gigawatts
Without flash
 With flash
Left to right: Dragon's Wing, Bifrost, Electro-Koi, and Kamikaze
Without flash
With Flash

As usual, swatches were applied to bare skin on the top row, and skin prepped with Shadow Poxy from My Beauty Addiction on the bottom row.  Feel free to click any image for a closer look!  The Pixie Epoxy swatches below were done on skin prepped with only Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden on the bottom row, and Primer Potion with an overcoat of Pixie Epoxy on the top row.

Pixie Epoxy - Left to right: Caged Canary (Scaredy Cat Cosmetics,) Lucky Star (The Starshine Company,) and Bifrost

Overall: As many of you know, Fyrinnae is widely loved in the beauty blogger community.  I was lucky enough to get a few things ordered but it is my understanding that they are only open sporadically.  The reason being that when they are open, they get flooded with orders and have to take a break to get everything sent out.  And while I think it is super-noble of them to insure they don't get overloaded with orders they can't fulfill, I can also see how it could be very frustrating for fans.  Now I may take a lot of flack for not giving them a shiny gold star, but the colors kind of let me down.  They recommend that you pat the shadows on, which I did, but the application was patchy unless I really layered it up.  I think that comes through in the swatch photos.  Even over primer I really had to apply and apply and apply to get a nice, even color.  I was really happy with the Pixie Epoxy, though.  It gives the colors a more intense, foiled look,which is exactly what it's supposed to do.  So I have mixed feelings about this experience.  The shadows are really nice when built up over a primer, but they are inconsistent in light coats. The Pixie Epoxy lived up to the hype, and the package was in my mailbox in significantly less than their slated TAT, so I guess I just don't know what to think.  I appreciate the quick turnaround, the thoughtful packaging, the handwritten thank you on my invoice, and the free sample, but the Pixie Epoxy was to only thing that really struck me as extraordinary.

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