Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I also need to let you know that I have a shitload of caveats to my pro-Fyrinnae stance. (Well... four. Four big caveats.) These will be addressed throughout the post, as relevant.
Gotta start us off with a big caveat: the buying experience!
Caveat #1: If you're unlucky, buying from Fyrinnae can be kind of a pain.
I bought 18 Fyrinnae mini eyeshadows because I am a mini-eyeshadow kind of indie buyer. I want to fit as many colors into my cart as I can possibly justify. I had no hitches when I purchased and, indeed, I was pretty happy at their fast-as-fuck turnaround time. They tend to give a really long turnaround time on the website (so that there is no chance that you'll get your stuff later than promised), but I've purchased from them twice and both times my order showed on my doorstep within a week.
HOWEVER it's kind of a crapshoot whether or not purchasing from them will be an easy experience. The Fyrinnae website tends to close at random times without warning or explanation. Sometimes it's open, but it will only have a certain types of products listed. This isn't a new company (Fyrinnae opened in 2003. 2003 was a long time ago.) so it's strange that they haven't gotten their act together a little better. As I write this, Fyrinnae is closed. If you get your order in, though, they're reliable and will get you your stuff.
Note: There's also been some recent hullabaloo about some unprofessional tweets by one of Fyrinnae's formulators, Teir Connell, which you can read about here, if you're interested. Personally, I'm not upset about it. My guess is that the owners of Fyrinnae have been working really hard for a long time for not as much money as they might have hoped, hence the occasional grumpy tweets and random website shut-downs.
On to the eyeshadow! I have a mix of the regular shadows and the Arcane Magic shadows, which are the company's duochromes.
I also should probably explicitly point out, since I am showing you my open eyeshadow containers, that these are not new eyeshadows that I just bought two weeks ago. I bought these in August of 2013 and I have used them, like... a lot. So if you are looking at any of the shadows and thinking, "Wow, that looks really empty...", that's actually just because I love the eyeshadow and I use it a shitload. Every single eyeshadow in my pictures is heavily used, but some are more loved than others. I wanted to show the shadows open, though, so you can see the colors more easily.
As is my habit, I swatched my shadows on bare skin with no primer. However, I also swatched them over Fryinnae's Pixie Epoxy which I've previously written about here. This is because:
Caveat #2: Fyrinnae shadows really need a sticky base to shine (figuratively and literally).
If you do not buy Pixie epoxy and you do not already own an acceptable Pixie Epoxy substitute, you're probably going to be disappointed with your Fyrinnae order. Without a sticky base, the they are, as a whole, quite sheer and the glitter gets lost.
Okay, but seriously. Eyeshadow pictures. It is time.
|From left to right: Electric Stardust, Chrome, Aye Captain, and Bitey Tyrannosaur|
Electric Stardust (Arcane Magic) is a sparkly, cool-toned mint with a frosty finish. I'm not sure that I understand why this falls into the "Arcane Magic" range, since there isn't anything fancy going on, but I'm never one to turn down a nice mint-colored eyeshadow.
Chrome is a super metallic silver.
Aye, Captain is a shimmery chartreuse that kind of reminds me of what happened to the lawn when we left the slip-n-slide out for too long as a child.
Bitey Tyrannosaur is the color of a green apple-flavored candy with yellow and golden shimmer.
|Swatches from left to right: Electric Stardust, Chrome, Aye Captain, and Bitey Tyrannosaur|
|From left to right: Pyromantic Erotica, Cupcake Frosting, Conjuror, Sultry Samhain|
Cupcake Frosting is a glittery pastel pink.
Conjuror (Arcane Magic) is a rusty red duochrome with teal shift.
Sultry Samhain (Arcane Magic) is bright burgundy with lighter, warm sparkles.
|Swatches from left to right: Pyromantic Erotica, Cupcake Frosting, Conjuror, Sultry Samhaim|
|From left to right: Mystical Hedgehog, Parental Advisory, Polyester Witch, Alchemist's Curse, Glitterboi|
Mystical Hedgehog (Arcane Magic) is a smokey, grayish purple. It's a duochrome with a moderate turquoise shift.
Parental Advisory is definitely my favorite out of all of these because it's such an in-your-face-royal blue-ish purple. If anyone wants to know my favorite color, Fyrinnae's Parental Advisory is my favorite color!
Polyester Witch is the color of my grandma's irises. It's a lilac color with lots of silver sparkle and a little bit of green sparkle.
Alchemist's Curse (Arcane Magic) is a black eyeshadow with pink glitter.
Glitterboi (Arcane Magic) is a black eyeshadow with purple, pink, and blue glitter.
|Swatches from left to right: Mystical Hedgehog, Parental Advisory, Polyester Witch, Alchemist's Curse, Glitterboi|
|From left to right: Are You My Mummy?, Pteranodon, Dark Fantasy, Mermaid Masquerade, Faerie Glamour|
Are You My Mummy? (Arcane Magic) is a frosty forest green with teal sparkle. If you are very lucky, it can look a little lavender in the right light.
Pteranodon is a bright turquoise with hunks of silver glitter.
Dark Fantasy (Arcane Magic) is a black shadow with tons of grass-green shimmer. (Again, Fyrinnae is claiming a coral shift that I simply cannot find.)
Mermaid Masquerade (Arcane Magic) is a vibrant ocean blue.
Faerie Glamour (Arcane Magic) is a violet base with blue sparkle.
|Swatches from left to right: Are You My Mummy?, Pteranodon, Dark Fantasy, Mermaid Masquerade, Faerie Glamour|
After my Arcane Magic swatches, in particular, you may have noticed...
Caveat # 3: You seriously need to keep your expectations reasonable.
Fyrinnae sells itself as the most special eyeshadow out there. The eyeshadows are indisputably beautiful. But. But. BUT. Many of the alleged "shifts" in the Arcane Magic shadows are either impossible for me to find, or difficult for me to find and you have to get lucky with your light. Remember that Fyrinnae cannot actually give you magical eyeshadow, so be sure to adjust your expectations with that in mind. Some of the duochrome effects are much more obvious than others.
With that said, they are still all gorgeous as fuck.
Here are a few looks I've done recently with Fyrinnae eyeshadows:
Caveat #4: Fyrinnae's sizing is inconsistant.
The mini Arcane Magics cost $2.25 for 1/4 tsp and the mini regular shadows are $2.25 for 1/3 tsp.
The website is super vague about the size of the minis, stating that "the 1/3tsp mini size (does not fill jar) is about .4 to .7 gram in weight." That's a huge variation. 0.4g (0.014oz) would work out to be $160.71 per ounce, which is really, really expensive, even by non-indie standards. (For example, Paul and Joe's La Belle Epoque is comparable at $169.71 per ounce.) On the other hand, 0.7g/0.025oz would be only $90 per ounce: a million times more reasonable!
I weighed a few of the minis that I purchased and the Arcane Magics hovered around about 0.5g/0.018oz. If the owners were consistent, the mini regular eyeshadows would weigh 0.67g/0.023oz. However, the mean of my regular minis was less than this; closer to 0.6g/0.021oz.
If we use experimental rather than theoretical values, the minis will run you $125 per ounce for the Arcane Magic and $107.14 per ounce for the regular eyeshadows. This is a bit pricer, ounce per ounce, than the $100 per ounce ($3.50 for 0.035 oz) of the Shiro minis.
The website puts the full size shadows at "approximately" 3g (0.11oz). At $6.80 for the full size, that comes out to $61.82 per ounce. That's actually less expensive than Shiro's full size shadows, which are $71.43 per ounce. However, I wouldn't necessarily count on getting a better deal on these, since the owners of Fyrinnae are simply not as meticulous about weighing their shadows as the owner of Shiro, who is very consistent.
If you've read my caveats and aren't scared away, it's time to start refreshing the Fyrinnae webpage until they open their fucking store again. (Seriously. Scroll up and look at Parental Advisory again. Don't lie to yourself. You need that color.)