March 25, 2012

There's Something Magical About Fyrinnae...

Let me start by saying I am slightly obsessed with loose "mineral" eyeshadows lately, and it comes as no surprise (to me) that I completely fell in love with Fyrinnae upon receiving my first order! Actually, I quickly made a second one ;)
I wanted to take the time to write a "review" and post some photos of the products I ordered, so bear with me as this post will be picture heavy &I have been a little spoiled lately by the boyfriend!

First off - if you have never heard of Fyrinnae, you need to run on over to their website and check them out! They create unique cosmetics and my favorite part.. all of it is vegan!
Their product line includes eyeshadows, lip lustres, blushes, finishing powders/primers, bronzers and highlighters.

Before purchasing, as with any company I am unfamiliar with, I extensively searched for and read reviews - after seeing so much positive feedback I decided to take the plunge! While making my shopping list I googled endlessly for swatches of each eyeshadow.. because they are all so unique and many are layered, they seem to shift shades/hues depending on the lighting. To read more about how they create the colors, click here.

I did my best to capture each color accurately, all were photographed on my windowsill in natural lighting and I did not edit these photos in any way (aside from cropping and resizing). First thing's first, I want you to see how well both of my orders were packaged (not only does this show consistency, but you can see that they take a lot of time to ensure the products will not be damaged during shipping and will arrive safely).

My very first purchase was placed on 02/05/12, was shipped on 02/10/12, and I received it on 02/13/12. As you can tell, their turn around time is much shorter than stated on their website. ;) I ordered a full size of the Pixie Epoxy and 17 mini jars (I had a hard time narrowing down my choices - ALL of them look gorgeous!). Each "mini" jar contains 1/3tsp of product, except for the "Arcane Magic" eyeshadows which are 1/4tsp of product (as they are slightly more pricey for a full size) and come packed in clear 3gr jars. I made the decision to only order mini jars because they are very generously sized, and with my ever growing collection of eyeshadow.. I don't think I would ever be able to make it through a full size jar! Upon opening, I was super impressed with the overall appearance and packaging - the products I ordered were placed on what appears to be multi-colored cellophane - wrapped, placed inside of a small black plastic bag - folded over, and then a protective piece of cardboard was placed around them and taped. Take a look:

Here is my order unwrapped, as you may notice I received a sample of "Jaguar" ;) and my Pixie Epoxy was wrapped additionally:

Pixie Epoxy unwrapped (full size):

I was SO impressed - not only with the care taken in packing my order, but also in the quality of the products themselves. I decided to place a second order on 02/15/12, it was shipped 02/18/2012, and I received it on 02/21/12. This time I decided to order the full size Velvet-Gel Silica Primer and 11 mini jars (still just as difficult to narrow down my choices! hehe). Everything came packaged the same way (the Velvet-Gel Silica Primer was wrapped additionally just as my Pixie Epoxy was) &this time around I received "Chaotic Evil" as a sample. I will spare you and just show everything unwrapped:

Between my two orders, this leaves me with 30 eyeshadows to swatch for you and because it has been a little time consuming (mostly just difficult to photograph while I have the proper natural lighting) I've decided to break this up into two posts, the second post will contain the Arcane Magic eyeshadows and the two samples I received between the two orders I placed. 
For now - onto the first set of swatches! Under each picture I will post the description of the eyeshadow as listed on the Fyrinnae website, followed by a link to the product itself (click the *). All swatches were done over NYX JEP in Milk, some may be slightly blurred/out of focus so that you can see the sparkle ;)

(This shade is a glowing iridescent copper highlight, almost ghostly, despite how photos make it appear. A sticky base makes more color come though, but it works well and "glows" over regular primers.)*

(Glowing warm purple shimmer on black.)*

(Semi-sheer white with soft blue and turquoise shimmer. Looks very pale in the jar, but once applied can give a ethereal aqua-blue glow, especially when applied wet.)*

(Dark, smokey teal frolicks with a fun pink-purple highlight and sparkle.)*

(A lush, deep, ruddy maroon shade. Satin finish.)*

(Pale pink with a stunning brilliant light gold highlight.)*

(Varying hues of pale lavender shimmer make this shadow a great glowing highlight.)*

(Vibrant deep warm pink, with a glimmering orange (not gold!) highlight and shimmer to add dimension.)*

(Deep, dark purple with turquoise shimmer.)*

(Vibrant orange loaded with coordinating sparkle.)*

(Rich, vivid emerald green with a hint of teal, shimmering but not glittery.)*

(Cuddlefish is a vibrant violet, but not an overly cool shade, loaded with varying hues of purple and blue-violet sparkle.)*

(This is a shimmery magenta-pink with a contrasting aqua highlight.)*

(Similar to our Ghost shades, but sparkly, this is a pale "ghostly" aqua shimmer with glimmers of turquoise and blue sparkle.)*

(Mephisto is a deep royal blue with a vibrant metallic red sheen that's quite striking when the light hits it. Metallic finish, not sparkley.)*

(Satiny ivory-pink in the jar, but once applied, it has a soft glow of light red shimmer in varying hues.)*

(The sparkly, bouncier cousin of Digital Faerie, this blue-aqua shade is filled with blue and turquoise sparkles and shimmer.)*

(Almost metallic red shines over a black base, making this shade perfect for liner as well.)*

Edit: I decided to quickly swatch and add on the samples I received from my orders, so here is Jaguar and Chaotic Evil as well!
(Shimmery teal-black filled with green and turquoise sparkle. This shade is semi-sheer, so it is buildable but without a heavy black base like most of our darkest shadows.)*

(Brilliant cool shimmering pink loaded with silvery sparkle.)*

That's it for the first round of swatches, keep an eye out for the Arcane Magic eyeshadow swatches that are soon to follow! xo

FTC:  These items were paid for by myself/by my boyfriend, I am not being compensated to write this post, these are my honest opinions on the products and company, descriptions of each eyeshadow were copied directly from the Fyrinnae website and are followed by a link to the product, all photos were taken by me.


  1. Lovely post! And great swatches! I do wish Fyrinnae would post better swatches on their website!

    1. Thank you! :D I also wish they had better swatches on the website, the descriptions are very helpful but I am more of a visual person so I had to google like a mad woman before ordering! haha

  2. Oooh. Some of these are must haves! O.O Nice swatches!

    1. Thanks! :D You really have to see these in person, they're mesmerizing in the sunlight ♥

  3. Cute blog and omg love me some Fyrinnae! About to place another order when their site went down. ;____; bah!

    You almost sold me on Sakura...I might try a mini of it!

    1. Thanks so much! :) I seem to have the same luck ;) and then somehow my list always ends up longer.. hehe

      You definitely need Sakura, it is so lovely <3

  4. Beautiful colors!!!! great swatches!! I'm waiting on my first order and I'm so excited! I've read nothing but good things about them, and I also googled for swatches, it was never ending and exhausting but worth it! :))

    I loved your introduction at the start of the post ! :)

    1. Which colors did you end up purchasing? How are you liking them so far?? :D

  5. I just love Fyrinnae!