Koala is a pretty brown taupe shimmer, just a hint more taupe than grey. It's another shade that is less glittery and more shimmery. It's pretty understated for Fyrinnae, and I like pairing it with Snow Leopard and Feline Familiars.
Beholder is a lovely grey-brown...I guess taupe would be the word, on the cool side, with silvery shimmer. It's a great base color for a cool brown smokey look. This is another Fyrinnae that doesn't have much glitter, but instead packs lots and lots of lovely shimmer. I've actually paired it with kurisumasu! and the warmth of the rose and the cool taupe of beholder really compliment each other!
I like to think of this as the lighter, beige-er version of kurisumasu!, for the most part. While kurisumasu! is rosier, and probably looks better on tanner skin tones, Nijiro, is perfect for lighter skin tones. It looks very peachy in the jar, but goes on lovely and light-like the palest champagne you can think of, and then even paler than that. Really lovely.
I initially ordered this one because of the name...it was just too cute. But it's actually very pretty! It's a silvery cool brown with the obligatory shimmer/sparkle. There might be some gold in there as well, it really depends on the lighting.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Loose Eyeshadow in Ravens and Writing Desks
leGingbot 8/25/2011 7:49:00 PM
GORGEOUS. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS. Can I just keep saying that? Because that is what Ravens & Writing Desks is. Flat-out beautiful. It is a rich purple-mauve shade...cool mauve? I always thought mauve was a warm color, so that's why I'm saying purple-mauve. It is definitely a cool color though. I seriously want everything in my life from now on to be this color. So far I have only worn it alone, with the exception of a matte highlight matching my skin tone, and a subtle black wing, because I can't bring myself to detract from this beautiful shade. I'm still working on how to do a more dimensional eye without pulling focus from Ravens & Writing Desks. I'd love to try it as a liner as well. As with the matte shades, Pixie Epoxy will not improve the look of this one. A regular primer will do just fine. I haven't even used up a fraction of my sample, and I'm planning on buying a full-size jar of this. Again, GORGEOUS.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Monarch Butterfly - 2008 Endangered Collection
leGingbot 8/25/2011 7:43:00 PM
I was sort of expecting Monarch Butterfly to be more...well, Monarch Butterfly-colored. You know, black and orange and whatnot. It's actually a very pretty medium-to-dark brown with a slight plummy undertone (at least in my batch) with yellow/orange/red-based glitter/sparkle. It's really a very pretty shade, though it doesn't remind me of a Monarch Butterfly. But then, a lot of their names don't make much sense. And that makes me love the brand all the more. :)
I am a bit fair to wear this as a highlighter, like the girl below me, but I know it looks fabulous on deeper skin tones. Fyrinnae really nailed describing this one-it is a nice rosy beige that I like to pat over my entire lid, and up past my crease, so that it peeks out under cool brown shadows. I am cool-toned (pink undertones) but warm browns seem to suit me best (I actually don't know if this is weird, I'm not at all knowledgeable about what warm/cool colors suit what skin, I'm just stating what works for me) and so when I wear cool browns, I like to have this underneath to warm them up a bit. It is even pretty on its own on me...just a nice wash of pinky-beige that's perfect for day wear. EDIT 1/10/2012: So apparently I am neutral/warm-toned! Which is probably why warmer colors tend to look better on me...I doubt if I'll ever get this undertone thing down.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Loose Eyeshadow in Snow Leopard
leGingbot 8/25/2011 7:32:00 PM
@thecharm...I totally feel you! They are sooooo hard to describe!!! I would get annoyed when reading the descriptions on the site, thinking how hard is it to describe the colors!?? But when I got my first shipment in the mail, the light bulb went on. Snow Leopard wasn't what I thought it would be! I expected tons of glitter and a darker shade of taupe (for lack of a better word). That said, Snow Leopard is BEAUTIFUL. No glitter in this one, just tons of gorgeous shimmer. It's a beautiful 'blonde' as I call it...sort of a mix between a soft dove grey and champagne. And it is ALL SORTS of shimmery! I like to describe it as a 'bling-y' neutral...something in an office appropriate shade that still has a bit of glitz to it.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Loose Eyeshadow in Sake & Sashimi
leGingbot 8/25/2011 7:25:00 PM
In the jar, Sake & Sashimi ALMOST looks like a sparkly version of MAC Blue Brown pigment-it's a rich, deep, velvety brown, nearly black, shimmering with greenish sparkles. Swatched, the deep brown turns into more of a milk chocolate (which I now want, dammit), and the sparkles take on a slightly browner hue. It's actually really hard to describe (isn't that always the story with Fyrinnae), but trust me when I say it is a beautiful shade, and a must-have for Fyrinnae fans.
Medieval Haunting is a lovely chocolate brown with shimmer and multi-colored sparkles. I find it it quite understated for a Fyrinnae shadow-the sparkles are very understated, which I actually don't mind! A lot of my Fyrinnae shadows I'd only feel comfortable wearing out at night because of the color and sparkle impact, but this one I am able to get away with wearing during the day.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Bombshell Bath Loose Shadow - Bastet
leGingbot 8/25/2011 6:46:00 PM
Bastet is recommended as a liner on the website, and that is what it really shines as. As the other reviews said, if you're using it as a shadow, the sparkles aren't as intense or apparent as if you were to use it as an eyeliner. But AS an eyeliner...woo boy. It's glitter central. It's a lovely smoky black-not inky-and the gold glitter sparkles and glimmers.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Professional Colour in Chrome
leGingbot 8/25/2011 6:38:00 PM
Fyrinnae Chrome is a beautiful molten silver, with no grey or blue tones. Just pure silver, with a beautiful shimmer/sparkle to it. Like with most shimmery and/or sparkly shadows from Fyrinnae, it applies best over Pixie Epoxy. It doesn't foil so much as it just magnifies the glittery element. It's absolutely gorgeous. The first time playing with this shadow, I paired it with a NYX Glitter Mania (Disco Ball), and I could barely look at myself straight on.
This is straight off the Fyrinnae website: A must-have for shimmery, sparkling shadows! This is not an eye shadow primer, or really a base. It is to keep sparkles on or to make shimmery shadows appear "glossy": a foiled look without foiling. Originally developed and formulated for a friend/pro artist in 2008, this unique "glue" is designed to hold the sparkliest, most shimmery eye shadows in place, minimize "fallout", and also to easily create a foiled look without foiling. Don't worry, it's easily washed off, and while keeps shadows in a water-resistant state, the product itself is water-soluble (no silicones or oils). Polymers give the stickiness, while glycerin and propylene glycol keep it wet and slick on skin long enough to apply & blend shadows. Packaged in a lipgloss tube/doefoot wand (we found this was easiest for application and least messy), all you need is a tiny dab (we're not kidding, use the tiniest amount you can manage!) rubbed on with wand or fingertip over your usual primer. Wait several seconds, as the Epoxy should be tacky but not wet, and apply dry loose shadow with a brush. More Epoxy may be desired for very glittery products. This product also enables the shadow to be brushed on rather than patted. Fingertip shadow application does not work well with this product, and shadow is best applied dry. Wet application may work, but not with every shade/texture. Translucent in the tube, applies and dries completely clear. May make some shades appear darker, and doesn't work as well with mattes. To help prevent creasing under matte and shimmer shades, please use an actual shadow primer under this. Pixie Epoxy is safe to use under eyeliner, but not recommended for application directly on the waterline. If you follow these directions, your Fyrinnae shadows will look PERFECT. I've found the Pixie Epoxy to be so so helpful with loose shadows other than Fyrinnae, namely the MAC Reflects glitters. I own the Reflects glitter in Antique Gold and was hesitant to use it as much as I wanted because of fallout-it was annoying, and I felt sad at wasting such a pretty product. But the Pixie Epoxy fixed this completely, and even (and I don't know how this is possible) improved it...it already looks glossy and foil-y but Pixie Epoxy makes it even more so.
This is, hands down, the most beautiful, glittery loose shadow EVER. A review below me referred to it as fools' gold, and she is so right. It's a deep, pewtery-gold that sparkles in ANY light, and no matter your eye color or coloring, it is going to look GOOD. I highly recommend getting the Pixie Epoxy to go with it, and any other Fyrinnae shadows, because it really does make them look their best. Other sticky primers do work, though, but they have to be sticky-UDPP won't cut it. If you are looking to try out Fyrinnae, this is the color to start with.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Bent Eyeliner Brush
leGingbot 8/25/2011 3:41:00 AM
This is a perfect brush to get you used to using a bent eyeliner brush. It was a little awkward for me to get used to at first, but once I got the hang of it, I don't know how I ever applied eyeliner without it! I can safely say it is idiot-proof. The brush itself is nice, I haven't had a problem with it, but it's not quite as thin as I would like it. For someone who is a bit clumsy, I like to make my lines as thin as I can in order to go over my mistakes without covering my entire eyelid. But overall, a nice brush to line eyes with. EDIT 1/27/12: Changing my rating from 4 lippies to 3 because each time I clean the brush, the bristles fluff out a little more. It's gotten to the point where in order for me to get a clean line, I must dampen the bristles and sort of squeeze them into a point. It still works, but it's just a pain to have to shape them every time I want to put on gel liner.