Fyrinnae really doesn’t need any introduction if you’ve been dabbling with Indie makeup the last few years. One of the most erratic, but also most brilliant online companies that I’ve ever encountered, with very fair prices and really gorgeous shadows. What do I mean by erratic, you ask? In terms of the website going up or taken down to catch up with orders and having products and colours discontinued with NO WARNING. So a word of advice. If you like a colour, GRAB IT. Now. Do not hesitate.
Although most of their shades are not for the faint hearted, there are quite a few that, while not complete neutrals, do pass for everyday wear when used with a light hand or sheered out. However, to do justice to the complexity of Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows, they should really be foiled. Seeing that I’m not in the theatrical line (although I can be prone to personal histrionics :P), I’ve chosen to do swatches of the current eyeshadows I have from Fyrinnae over bare skin. They are still DARN PIGMENTED and pack a oomph of colour.
Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows are not marketed as mineral eyeshadows. However, they omit the unnecessary use of fillers like talc in their ingredients.
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Swatch photos taken indoors with natural light
Meet the gorgeousness of Fyrinnae eyeshadows. All photos taken with natural light indoors.
Out of this lot here, Starfish has been discontinued the last time I could access Fyrinnae’s website. Trickery, Evocation and Greenman’s Forest are Arcane Magic Eyeshadows.
According to Fyrinnae:
Fyrinnae’s Arcane Magic Eyeshadows are specialized colours with a highlight that changes hue depending on how the light hits it (closer to or further from a light). Different light sources may show different shades, too. All have a semi-opaque base to show off the colours better, some deeper than others.
Arcane Magic Collection ingredients: Mica, Silica, Titanium Dioxide. May contain: Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide.
Eye Shadow Ingredients:Mica. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Tin Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Copper Powder, Bronze Powder, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate,Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, FD&C Blue#1, FD&C Red#40, FD&C Yellow#5, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Silica,Styrene/PVP Copolymer, Myristyl Myristate. All ingredients are FDA-approved for eye-area use, and there is never any glitter used.
My favourites here are Trickery and Shinkirou, which can also be worn to work. Sacred is a lovely antique gold kind of shade and Polar Bear, a lighter, modern gold. Evocation is a tricky shade to work with and if you find that too dark, sheered out looks great as a crease shade too.
Here’s what Fyrinnae describes each shade as:
Trickery (Arcane Magic) –Trickery is a delightful soft sandy taupe-brown shade. It has flecks of vibrant green shimmer and highlight, but changes to golden green to peach as it gets closer to the light.
Shinkirou – (Mirage) Gleaming, sparkly sheer highlight
Orangutan – This shade is a satin-matte peach with a coppery tone, leaning neutral rather than warm, but should suit many skintones. Slight satiny finish, and semi-transparent unless used over an opaque base, making it an ideal highlight or all-over wash colour.
Evocation (Arcane Magic) – Taupe, not gold. Gentle, slightly shimmery taupe with a highlight that changes from a pale blue-green to soft rose/coral.
Atomic Afterglow – Silvery-taupe with highlights of copper and gold. Less sparkly, more multi-hued, and with a darker base than our Platinum.
Polar Bear – White-gold, shimmery and soft (brilliant gold when the light hits it, but not yellow). Like the hue of a polar bear’s fur in the summer. Part of the 2008 Endangered Collection.
Starfish (d/c) – ? pink mauve colour with subtle gold sparkles (my own description)
Sacred – Not quite gold, this shade is a pale glowing metallic taupe. It does lean warm, but it suitable for many skintones
Bifrost, Digital Faerie and Vodka here are my favourites, with Tyr lovely as an eyeliner. Out of this lot here, I see Tyr + Vodka + Chrome as a possible smokey eye combo.
Nonsense (d/c) – ?matte yellow-green (my own description)?
Bifrost – Brilliant yellow, filled with coordinating yellow sparkle and a touch of contrasting pale blue and green sparkle.
Digital Faerie – Stunning sky blue with green shimmer. Not lip-safe. May temporarily stain bare skin especially when used wet.
Vodka – This is a soft, muted semi-sheer shimmery green with silver sparkle. Yes, we know Vodka isn’t geen, but crystal clear shadow would be pointless, no?
Danse Macabre (d/c) – ?yellow-green matte shade, greener than Nonsense. (my own description)?
Tyr – (pron. “teer”) Difficult to describe, this is a chartreuse-on-black. It has a distinct opaque black base, especially when applied wet, with a highlight of yellow-green. Somewhat more of a soft green when applied dry, but gives a striking acid-green appearance when applied wet
Chrome -Brilliant, sparkling silver. No black tones, sheer sparkle when applied dry, but metallic sparkling goodness when applied wet or over Pixie Epoxy. Formerly one of our old Professional Colors, slightly altered and converted into eye shadow form
Greenman’s Forest (Arcane Magic)- Greenman’s Forest is a sparkly medium golden-brown. Away from bright light, it takes on a light golden green cast, taking on light burgundy to bronze highlights the closer it gets to a light source.
Just from these 16 eyeshadows here today, you’ll see that Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows are not one-dimensional and do come in varied finishes and texture. Vodka, Chrome and Shinkirou are probably the most glittery out of the lot here, yet there’s no fallout when swatched, unlike many other companies’ glitter crazy eyeshadows. A lot of work and chemical formulation went into these babies here.
The Arcane Magic eyeshadows are pricier at USD$6.35 for a 5g jar (about 3g in weight, not content) and USD$2 for a mini which is a 1/4 tsp in a small jar.
The non Arcane Magic eyeshadows are at USD$5.90 for a 5g jar (3g in weight) and USD$2 for a mini which is a 1/3 tsp in a small jar.
There are no sifters, which works fine for me and also gets you more eyeshadow in the jar without a sifter taking up space.
I’d also advise you to scout around the Internet for swatches on blogs and forums, as they tend to run more accurate than the ones on Fyrinnae. Trust me on this.
Quality: 9 (awesome and does last longer than most Indie eyeshadows without a primer under, although I’d still always go with one )