Saturday, December 21, 2013

How Does Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy Affect Your Loose Eyeshadows?

Add this to the list of products that I feel like a dick for not recommending sooner, since I've been using it since August-or-so and it's one of the biggest helpers in my collection.

According to the Fyrinnae website, "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."


The product comes in a 10ml tube and it contains 9ml (0.3 fl oz) of product. The full size retails for $7.00, meaning that it comes out to a very budget-friendly $23.33 per fluid oz. (If it's not sinking in how cheap that shit is, check out my drugstore eyeshadow primer mega-comparison here. Pixie Epoxy is cheaper than a full 80% of drugstore eyeshadow primers.) You can also buy a 1.5ml/0.05 fl oz sample for $2, which is $40 per ounce.


The product is sticky as fuck. You apply it using a doe-foot applicator. (Personally, I usually dab a little bit on my finger and rub it over my eyelid.)

Because it is so sticky, it doesn't work well, in my experience, with pressed eyeshadows. All that the combination does is gunk up my brush. I also haven't had good experiences with Pixie Epoxy under matte eyeshadows-- I get weirdass clumping. Under glitterbombs, though, it's basically magic.

Although my anecdotal evidence said "HOLYSHITTHISISAWESOME", I decided to test how Pixie Epoxy holds up over time.

For my test eyeshadow, I used another Fyrinnae product-- their Conjuror eyeshadow, a brick red with an aqua shift.

My camera doesn't believe in taking close-ups.
I also used a fabulous traditional eyeshadow primer as a comparison. I chose NARS Smudgeproof, since it was primer that came out on top in my eyeshadow primer mega-comparison earlier this year.


I had four swatches:

From left to right: Control, NARS Smudgeproof only, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy only, NARS Smudegproof + Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
The first swatch was a control swatch, with no eyeshadow primer of any kind underneath. The second was a swatch over NARS Smudgeproof. As you can see, the color was definitely intensified. It still looks like the same product, though: a brick red with some glitter. The third swatch, though, is where the magic happens! Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy completely transforms the color of the eyeshadow. The aqua color, which looked like random, disorganized glitter in the previous two swatches, looks like an icy oil slick over the red base. (I should note-- that weird delineation on the left side of this swatch is where the Pixie Epoxy ended. It's nothing weird, I just have bad aim.) Finally, I used NARS Smudgeproof as the primer and stuck Pixie Epoxy on top. Although the aqua shift was clearer than it was in the first two swatches, there was definitely something lost. (This was a bummer to see, since this is the application method that I usually choose.)

Then, I waited four hours.

From left to right: Control, NARS Smudgeproof only, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy only, NARS Smudegproof + Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
It should come as no surprise to loose eyeshadow fans that the control swatch was basically gone at the end of those four hours. The other three, though, all held up super well. I was expecting that the traditional primer + Pixie Epoxy together would be the best-lasting combo, but I didn't see any added benefit when they were used in synchronization. Pixie Epoxy unequivocally not only changed the effect of the eyeshadow; it helped it last, as well.

Since then, I have been playing around with Pixie Epoxy by itself, as opposed to using it in combination with another primer. I have to say-- I'm not seeing a difference. This is good news for those of you who want to skip an eyeshadow step.  Fyrinnae may claim that this isn't an eyeshadow primer, but it sure as hell does the job. (One important caveat to this: if you use your eyeshadow primer to prevent creasing, you may want to do your own testing on your actual eyelids. I have never had a problem with eyeshadow creasing, so I just can't speak to that.)

Doing this test has also pushed me way over the edge on an issue that I've been waffling on: when I do loose shadow swatches from indie companies, from now on, I will do them both on bare skin and over Pixie Epoxy. I do the "two swipes, no primer" thing because I get so frustrated when people tell me that products are crap and then show me beautiful swatches. However, you're definitely missing the magic on products like this if you don't show them in their full glory.

The bottom line: if you're into loose eyeshadow, buy this, or something like it (e.g. Darling Girl's Glitter Glue is supposed to be a good alternative, although they're sold out every time I place an order!).

18 comments:

  1. Pixie Epoxy is an HG product for me for sure. I have crazy oily lids, but with primer + PE, I get a good 8-10 creaseless hours from my shadows. I've probably had my tube of PE for 3 years now and have about half left, so a little bit really does go a long way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Be careful with that! You definitely don't want to be putting a 6-year-old Pixie Epoxy on your eyes. It might be time for a new tube!

      Delete
  2. I need to try this stuff. Thanks for the review. I was trying to decide which indie brand to test out next as well and I think I found it.

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Highly recommended. You'll love it.

      Delete
  3. I keep seeing this pop up as a 'must have'... I have some loose shadows from Bare Minerals that I wish would last a bit longer on my lids - perhaps this would help?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would definitely try it! I have never used it on a non-indie brand.

      Delete
  4. I wonder if Pixie Epoxy might help with weird texture issues with pressed shadows? (I'm thinking of Dust from Naked 3.) You've mentioned that you don't find that Pixie Epoxy helps with most pressed shadows, but I wonder if pressed shadows with looser textures like Dust's might be helped. Or maybe it'd make it clump worse! Hmm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just did it-- I was expecting that to be a goopy mess, but it just looked like a regular primer!

      Delete
  5. Hi! I'm very in love with your blog and am amazed by your science background. I've been looking through some of your posts and realized a lot of bio/chem information are so thorough that it's hard to say if it's from simple Google search (and I also assume all of the information is coming from your brain since I don't see any citation). I'm curious if you majored in chemistry or currently working in a science related field? Sorry my comment isn't related to this post; I didn't know how to send you questions!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Citations are hyperlinked when relevant! (E.g. if I'm citing a study.) My degree with a psych/bio double and I'm working in social work right now.

      Delete
  6. It really is amazing what a sticky base can do for your loose shadows, isn't it? I think I bought my first Fyrinnae back in 2005 or 2006, but I thought it was crap because I didn't know about using a sticky base!

    I definitely recommend trying Darling Girl Glitter Glue once the shop is open again and Glitter Glue is back in stock (if I recall correctly, there were some supply issues before she closed up for the holidays). DGC Glitter Glue is my holy grail. I can't even touch my Pixie Epoxy now that I've used Glitter Glue. It kicks PE's @$$ all over the street.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will definitely be grabbing some as soon as I get the opportunity.

      Delete
  7. I've been a Pixie Epoxy fan for years because it really works. Nice to see your comparisons.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I use this under everything, I just wanted to share a tip about how you can use it. After you put on a thin layer of PE (fingertips are definitely the way to go), instead of blending or rubbing your eyeshadow onto it, use a little sponge tip applicator to pat the eyeshadow in. I use the cheap 24 packs of eyeshadow applicators from Target. I realize that this method can become insanely tedious very fast, and a certain degree of carefulness is necessary, but it makes the overall texture of the shadow look smoother. It took me a while at first to figure out that colors with less glitter can look bumpy when you don't use the patting technique. As a side note, I also found out that PE can work insanely well with those Magnificent Metal Foil Finish Eye Shadows from Stila.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll try it with the MagMetals for sure!

      Delete
  9. I had ordered some Pixie Epoxy before you wrote this, and it just arrived. Holy shit. My eyelids are glittery as FUCK. I am thrilled.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You may have just saved about a half a dozen loose shades I got from Geek Chic Cosmetics (if you haven't heard of them, I recommend checking them out. Fun products dripping with pop culture) that are all loose and glittery as fuck and frustrating for a quasi n00b like me to use, but are also inspired by my all time favorite TV show and it was breaking my heart not to use them. Can't wait to see if this helps!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...