Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Swatch time! Fyrinnae Arcane Magic eyeshadows

Here's a little piece of universal harmony - today I've been very much enjoying Anastasia of Lipsticks and Lightsabers' enormous round-up of the year, where mineral/pigment company Fyrinnae win huge praise. Then I get home to find that the Fyrinnae stuff I ordered before Christmas has arrived from the States! Wahoo!

Love the attention to detail in the packing, everything carefully tucked up in black tissue paper, free sample, and free stickers as well.

I've long been obsessed with colour-shifting effect finishes on things - especially makeup. I have a love of multi-faceted iridescent surfaces, like the wing-covers of some species of beetles, that appear to change colour depending on how the light hits them. (The only exception is when it's a paint finish on cars, then it just looks sort of tacky.) It's apparently to do with the shape of the different surfaces on the particles involved. Different ones reflect different wavelengths of light. (NB science people, if you want to totally geek out about it there's a great beetle-based research paper here)

Anastasia rightly told me that Fyrinnae's Arcane Magic range were the be-all and end-all hands-down best bet of colour-shift makeup. So I ordered samples of 8 shades in the range.

True to her recommendation, the colours are highly multi-faceted. I've done my best to capture the effects in these swatches, but needless to say the effect is MUCH more apparent in actuality. The effect is seen when the surface is in motion, and depends on how near your hand (or eye) is to a lamp or other light source. The colours will also look different in e.g. bright morning sunshine or late afternoon.

The eyeshadows are swatched in the same order as the jars in the lowest picture.

Top row L-R  
Archmage (plum to green with dark base),  
Avian Shapeshifter (pink to gold),  
Dark Fantasy (grass green to bronze),  
Dragonmagic (teal to purple to mid-green).

Bottom Row L-R
Evocation (beige to mint green, which I totally didn't capture),  
Healer's Touch (pink to silver/taupe likewise),  
Stormbringer (baby blue to green to taupe),  
Warrior-Mage (pink to grey to green-bronze, with some microglitter)

Samples of the Arcane Magic shadows (a generous heaping 1/8 teaspoon that's actually more like 1/2) will set you back $1.75 each, or you can pay $5.75 for the full jar. In English, that's £1.10 a sample and £3.73 for the full size. Buttons! And if you order $20 worth, your shipping, even internationally, is free.

I originally wrote and published this post at London Beauty Review

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