Mar 262010

Fyrinnae sells a most amazing selection of loose pigments–I imagine the people there as geniuses with endless imaginations.  Their colors are not duplicative of anything that I’ve seen.  The color combinations seem completely original.  Unlike some, Fyrinnae is a small operation.  Their website gets a little backlogged sometimes, so read about their ship times on the homepage before ordering.  Occasionally, the site goes off-line completely.  However, you’ll soon realize that these  are modest inconveniences. Their quality more than makes up for it.

Their magical powders come either full or sample-sized.  I’ve only ordered their samples so far–they are pretty generous and come in tiny plastic screw-top containers.   The prices are low, comparatively speaking in the makeup world–a few dollars per sample.  Their price list is here.

Unlike larger makeup companies, with Fyrinnae I buy with the philosophy that “you pays your money and you takes your chances.” Read their disclaimers carefully–you’ll find wonderful delights on their website but there is no sales associate to guide you and no product inserts.  I am sometimes a little surprised by what I find (in a good way), and keep going back because every order brings me something totally unique.

Recently, I noticed Fyrinnae segregated a portion of their website for taupes.  Sign me up!  I mixed these swatches with MAC’s Mixing Medium and applied them on bare skin.  I’m thinking of trying Fyrinnae’s own eyeshadow base, Pixie Epoxy, next time.

Before we go on, here are my disclaimers:

  • There are twelve (12) pigments swatched here, which was Fyrinnae’s entire taupe list.When I run the word “taupe” through Fyrinnae’s search, I get fifteen (15) results.  So, there are some additional shades that have taupish tones that aren’t included
  • These are applied quite densely.  I did some lighter duplicate swatches in the last picture, so you can see these sheered down a bit too.
  • I’m not a Fyrinnae makeup expert, so I may not be able to answer your questions if you have them.  I just love a good taupe, and here are twelve.
  • I haven’t played with these extensively on any eye looks.  These swatches are mid-experiment, just a fun look at some different colored taupes.  As always, the pictures can be clicked for an enlarged view.

Shall we begin?

For comparison, I did repeat swatches of three so that you can see these applied much more lightly:

As an aside, I understand that this last one–Species 8472–was created in collaboration with JoeyBunny of The Pink Sith.  I have to admit, Species 8472 is one of my favorites of this bunch, as well as Snow Leopard, Selkie Skin and Damn Paladins (did you see the blue tones in that one? lovely!).

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