I’ve had a little wish list going on Fyrinnae’s website for a while, and since my birthday was at the end of July I thought I’d grab myself a few things. I bought 10 products in total and received a free shadow sample, as well. A few of these shades are newer to Fyrinnae’s lineup, and some of them are cult favorites. I’m also trying two shadows from their Arcane Magic line for the first time.
Ok, shadows first! I narrowed my wish list to 9 shadows, and then received a little bonus in my order. I found a few that I thought would be really pretty on a day to day basis, and a couple that are bolder colors for fun occasions. I purchased mini jars (Fyrinnae also offers larger full sized jars for a few more dollars), and in the next week or two I plan on pressing much of my loose shadow collection and putting them in empty palettes. I’m very excited to have all of my indie colors in a much more organized format. As it is, it’s really hard to see all of the shades that I have.
I’ve swatched them in the same order as you see the shadow pots here. I’ve swatched the shadows with a slightly damp finger tip and applied onto naked skin, no primer.
Moving from left to right, and listing prices for the mini and full sized jars:
Dragon’s Wing ($6.75/$2.75) – Shimmery emerald green with a slight aqua highlight. This one has some beautiful green sparkle, too. I think this green strikes a fantastic balance between blue and yellow tones.
Trickery (Arcane Magic, $7.30/$2.75) – A light tan shade with a cooler, greenish sheen and sparkle. Fyrinnae says that the highlight will change between green and peach depending on proximity to an artificial light source.
Caramel Layer Cake ($6.75/$2.75) – Satin peach with a champagne sheen and a little bit of fine, light pink sparkle. A beautiful shade that’ll be easy to wear.
Serendipity (Arcane Magic, $6.75/$2.75) – To me, this looks like a taupe with pink sheen, but Fyrinnae says, “this shade is a glowing iridescent copper highlight upon application, despite how photos make it appear. A sticky base makes more color come though, but it works well and ‘glows’ over regular primers. Depth of hue may appear to vary slightly due to its translucent base.” I believe Serendipity is one of the brand’s most famous shades.
Mischievous Sidhe ($6.74/$2.75) – A gold that leans a bit mustard, with a metallic and sparkling finish. Sidhe is pronounced “shee”. It’s a rich, punchy color.
Luxury ($6.75/$2.75) – Fyrinnae says this is their brightest, most striking gold. This was my free sample and I think it’s great, I always love golds. This one looks more subdued in photos than it did in person. It’s an explosion of bright, glimmering gold, with a lot more sparkle than Mischievous Sidhe.
Witchy Woodland Creatures ($6.75/$2.75) – This was more of an impulse buy, but it’s one of my favorites of the bunch. To me, it’s a brownish taupe with pink and aqua sparkle. Fyrinnae’s description is sort of all over the place: “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 skin tones.”
Automatic Toaster ($6.75/$2.75) – A deep satin brown, from Fyrinnae’s ’50s retro collection. I love the warmth and richness in this, and was also happily surprised that on the skin I can see a gentle bluishness in the sheen – their description doesn’t mention it.
Here’s an indoor shot of the shadows, which really shows off their sparkle. The two Arcane Magic shadows, Trickery (2nd from left) and Serendipity (4th from left), are supposed to be at their most interesting in artificial lighting, but photography may not be fully showing the effects. There’s also no primer here, so that’ll be something to play with, too.
Their Saharan Princess blush is a newer offering from them, and is the second blush I’ve purchased. Since my last purchase, they’ve actually changed their blushes a bit. They’re now sold in twice the size but have an added ingredient that help the color go on more gently. I think people may have been having trouble applying a small enough amount to get an appropriate payoff. I can vouch for the fact that my other blush from them, Nordic Angel, is very potent! It’s also one of my favorite blushes, ever. (review, photos)
Saharan Princess ($10) is described as a “rich, red-plum leaning warm, and with just a hint of sheen, suitable for an array of skintones but designed to work best on dark skin. Contains no titanium dioxide, so it will not lighten.” It’s a really naturalistic kind of color, highly pigmented but not vibrant. I was excited to find that when I swatched it, I realized that it reminded me a little of the tones that are naturally present in my lips. I’ll need to use it lightly, but I personally really like reaching for deeper blushes and I think it’ll be a stunning fall shade.
Also swatched above are the two Lip Lustres in Winter Romance and Dragon’s Blood. They look kind of similar in the photo, but Winter Romance is more of a brick or red velvet red, while Dragon’s Blood leans a bit toward a berry color. I’ve previously purchased samples of these and have a review with photos here. They no longer offer the sample tubes, but the full sizes are only $7. The Lip Lustres are their oldest lip color formula (they’ve recently introduced liquid lipsticks and traditional lipsticks) and are pretty unique. They’re a viscous, smooth liquid with a satiny finish, and come with a smallish doe-foot applicator that’s very precise and easy to use.
That’s my bundle! Do you have any of these shades, or any other favorites from Fyrinnae that you’d recommend? I’ll show some photos and thoughts as I start to try everything out, and will also document the eyeshadow pressing process when I tackle it!