I had been quite busy for the past couple of months and I dropped the ball on keeping up with the latest with Fyrinnae shadows. By the time I saw their new Arcane Exquisites on their site, a few were sold out and I had to wait. So, I’m late, but I hope the pictures are helpful.
Fyrinnae released five new shadows that are part of their Arcane Magic, Exquisites line, which is a variation of their Arcane’s and are supposed to have a stronger color change. This upgrade in performance for these shades resulted in an increase in price to $15 (3g) over the normal $8.40.
Fryinnae’s site states the type of lighting used to view these shades will impact the depth of the color change. I used different lighting to take the photos for this post. I’m able to catch a lot of the color variances, but I don’t see everything that is detailed in their shade descriptions. I didn’t swatch the shimmer shades on a sticky base as Fyrinnae suggests because that isn’t my practice in real life. I can’t recall the last time I used Fyrinnae’s Pixy Epoxy on my eye as the effect is too intense or glitter ball-ish for what I want.
The color shift on each of these shades is incredibly strong and distinct, which is great. They look different from each other while in the pot, but when applied, there were close similarities to the color shift (explained below). I found this disappointing given the higher price tag and the fact that there are only five shades in total with this formula. They should be distinctly different shadows to make each one special.
1 – Stained Glass, is described as a vivid deep emerald green turns teal then blue, then purple, then bright pink, then orange. It has a metallic finish with no sparkle. I see the green, teal, purple and blue, but I don’t see the pink or orange. This shade is similar to Lava in The Ocean.
2 – Through the Prism, is described as a sparkling bright pink turns copper then gold then chartreuse then Kelly green. It has a sparkling metallic finish. I see all of these shifts except for the Kelly green. Fyrinnae’s site says this shade is similar to Symphonic but sparkly and green phase is not as deep.
3 – Ravishing, is described as a deep grey-blue (with hints of teal away from light), then turns violet, purple, magenta, warm pink, orange, gold, yellow-green, to a deep lime at a sharp angle. It has a shimmery metallic finish. I was excited to see this one as the description reads like a rainbow on your eye lid without trying. Unfortunately, my rainbow ends at magenta. I don’t see any pink, orange, gold or green.
4 – Lava in The Ocean, is described as a deep lime green on a slight blue tint that turns turquoise to silver then bright pink, and hints of the blue show through. It has a sparkling metallic finish. Though the color shift is strong, it is too similar to Stained Glass. I don’t see any hint of silver or bright pink (unless my definition of bright pink is different from Fyrinnae’s).
5 – Symphonic, is described as a deep magenta turns reddish pink, then orange, then gold, then chartreuse, then rich emerald. It has a metallic finish. I don’t see orange or emerald green. To me, the color shift between this shade and Through the Prism isn’t significant enough to warrant a separate shadow.
As a side note: Fyrinnae states its loose shadows are not free-flowing dry powder, but contain synthetic oil and other ingredients which cause them to appear clumpy or sometimes form tiny balls of shadow (easily used as-is or crushed).