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General Notes: Fyrinnae loose eyeshadows come in two sizes for the most part: a full size jar containing ~3g of shadow and a mini size jar containing ~1/3 teaspoon of powder (weight varies depending on the shadow). The full size is $4.00USD more than the mini size ($6.95USD compared to $2.95USD) but you definitely get significantly more shadow. I would still generally go with the mini size unless you think you will use the color all the time since the shadows are quite pigmented barring a few of the sheerer shades and a little goes a long way. The mini sizes contain plenty of product, and the full sizes have so much that you’ll never finish it.
If you’re considering some Fyrinnae eyeshadows, I would strongly suggest investing in some glitter eyeshadow primer. Fyrinnae eyeshadows are mostly shimmers or glitters with a few exceptions. While the more finely ground shimmers will do fine on bare skin or regular primer, the glittery shades adhere much better with glitter primer and have less glitter fallout. I tend to use glitter primer when using most Fyrinnae shadows except for the shades that are matte or have a matte base. My personal favorite glitter primer is Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy ($7.00USD fyrinnae.com) because it’s fairly inexpensive, works great, and lasts forever. If you would rather find a glitter primer in store instead of shopping online, there’s NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50USD nyxcosmetics.com) and Too Faced Glitter Glue ($20.00USD toofaced.com). I’ve tried to indicate in the shade reviews whether the shadow benefits from glitter primer or not.
Fyrinnae Bifrost ($6.95USD full size, $2.95USD mini size fyrinnae.com) is a bright canary yellow loose powder eyeshadow. Fyrinnae describes this shade as a “brilliant yellow filled with coordinating yellow sparkle and a touch of contrasting pale blue and green sparkle”. In practice, the color is a shimmery bright yellow – no blue or green sparkle is noticeable, although it may be present in the powder. While the finish is quite shimmery, it has more finely ground particles that make it apply smoothly, even on bare skin. I had the best luck applying this with either my fingers or a dense synthetic brush. Fluffier, natural hair brushes still worked, but they tended to give a less vibrant color (not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you’re going for). Unlike many other Fyrinnae eyeshadows, I didn’t find eyeshadow primer or glitter primer to make much of a difference aside from improving wear time. I personally still use eyeshadow primer with it to increase longevity; with primer, I got about 8-10 hours of wear without noticeable creasing or fading using primer. As far as yellows go, this shadow applies great and is super vibrant. Just don’t expect it to be the most versatile of colors since it’s quite a bold color.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a bright yellow that’s easy to work with and will really pop on the eye, Bifrost is a great option.
Fyrinnae Electro-Koi ($6.95USD full size, $2.95USD mini size fyrinnae.com) is a vibrant orange loose powder eyeshadow. Fyrinnae describes this shade as a “vibrant orange loaded with coordinating sparkle,” which is a fairly accurate description of the color. This shadow had chunkier glitter that made it a little more difficult to work with. The glitter particles had some difficulty sticking to my lid and left a lot of fallout without much actual shadow on the lid. In order to get a truly opaque color, the shadow had to be built up in several layers. Glitter primer seemed to remedy these issues almost entirely and allowed the shadow to apply opaque in one layer. I found using my fingers to apply the shadow was easiest, followed by using a dense synthetic brush. Fluffier brushes seemed to have trouble due to only picking up the glitter particles instead of the base shadow. This color seemed to have less longevity than some of the other Fyrinnae shadows; I noticed definite fading in color after about 3 hours when used on bare skin and after about 5 hours when used over glitter primer. Although fallout was an issue during application, it didn’t seem to be a problem once the shadow was on. This shadow is a great bright orange color that can work well if you’re willing to work with glitter primer and like very sparkly shadow. But it probably won’t be your favorite if you don’t like glitter eyeshadow or don’t use primer.
Bottom Line: The color is a lovely bright orange but does not last the longest. If you aren’t willing to use glitter primer, you should probably pass on this shadow.
Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude ($6.95USD full size, $2.95USD mini size fyrinnae.com) is an earthy orange loose powder eyeshadow with a gold shift. Fyrinnae describes this shade as a “metallic gold on red, a firey, warm blend of hues with a metallic finish.” In practice, the color is a gorgeous rich earthy orange with a gold sheen. The powder is finely ground, which gives it a metallic finish as opposed to the more glittery finish of other Fyrinnae eyeshadows. I found this more finely ground shadow to be easier to work with since it didn’t seem to have any problems adhering to my bare skin. Fyrinnae actually recommends not using glitter primer with this shadow due to its matte base (glitter primer and mattes don’t work well together). I found using it over glitter primer seemed to make the color very patchy, but regular eyeshadow primer was no problem. The actual color you get on the eyelid seems to be somewhat dependent on how you apply it – the orange base would easily come through, but the gold shift was harder to bring out. Using a fluffier brush, I was able to really get the base orange color to show up, but the gold shift wasn’t overly apparent. Denser synthetic brushes could get the shift to come through somewhat, but using fingers for application seemed to be the most effective at getting the shift to stand out. Regardless of how the shadow was applied, it was very pigmented and took very little to get opaque coverage. As long as I tapped off extra powder from my brush, I didn’t have issues with fallout during or after application. This color seemed to have good longevity; I was able to get 8-10 hours of wear without fading or creasing when using primer. This shadow is beautiful and a good option for a more subdued orange
Bottom Line: The color is beautiful, and it’s easy to use if you are only looking for the orange base but may require some experimentation to really bring out the full duochrome effect.
Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (currently unavailable) is a bright orange loose powder eyeshadow that shifts to a bright yellow. This shadow is part of Fyrinnae’s Arcane Magic specialty eyeshadow collection, which is a set of eyeshadows that change color depending on the light source. The color is generally a bright yellow-orange but can shift to a bright yellow in certain light. It’s fairly similar in color to Electro-Koi but is more yellow and less glittery. Compared to other Arcane Magics, it didn’t have a particularly noticeable color change, and the little color change it had was only apparent when used over glitter primer. Ignoring the color change though, the shadow actually did apply decently to bare skin despite its chunkier texture. Like other Fyrinnae shadows, it was easiest to apply with fingers or a dense synthetic brush. Fluffier brushes worked somewhat but were not as effective. The shadow required a small amount of build up to reach opaque coverage but not a lot. While build up color, I did encounter some glitter fallout, even after tapping off excess shadow on the brush. This only seemed to be an issue during application and not after it was applied. I was able to get about 6 hours of wear before noticeable fading when using primer. On bare skin, the fading was noticeable after about 4 hours.
Bottom Line: This shadow is somewhat disappointing in terms of color change, but works well as just a bright orange. It definitely looks best over glitter primer, but stills works without it.
Rapunzel Had Extensions
Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions ($6.95USD full size, $2.95USD mini size fyrinnae.com) is a pale pink loose powder eyeshadow with a gold shift. Fyrinnae describes this shade as a “pale pink with a stunning brilliant light gold highlight,” which is accurate to the actual color (it’s also Fyrinnae’s most popular eyeshadow). The color is fairly similar to Urban Decay’s Fireball, a duochrome pink with a gold shift. It’s more of a subtle duochrome that I think would be very usable for everyday. I found the duochrome effect to be quite strong, especially considering that both colors are fairly light. The powder is finely ground without chunks of glitter. This made application possible with denser or fluffier brushes (and of course fingers). I was able to get the best duochrome look when I patted it on with my fingers – brushes seemed to pick up more of the base pink shade but not as much of the gold highlight. This shadow did adhere to bear skin and regular eyeshadow primer, but glitter primer did really seem to help get the gold shift to pop. It seemed the best method to bringing out the shift was applying over glitter primer with fingers. Regardless of how the shadow was applied, it was very pigmented and took very little to get opaque coverage. As long as I tapped off extra powder from my brush, I didn’t have issues with fallout during or after application. I was able to get 8-10 hours of wear without fading or creasing when using primer, and around 5 hours on bare skin.
Bottom Line: A beautiful peach shadow that has a lot of potential use for everyday. It may require a little experimentation to really get the duochrome effect to stand out.