Though I had the swatches of this collection in the Swatch Bin for some time, this post is extremely late.
Fyrinnae has released The Edwardian Collection for spring / summer. It is an interesting mix of neutral/skin tone shades and brighter colors. (There are a handful of shades that I didn’t pick up.) I love Fyrinnae shadows, but this collection is average. The shades are dupable with the exception of Brocade. If you have a large collection, you could probably skip the bulk of these shades unless of course you’re addicted to make up. This collection also includes a couple of lip lustre’s. The one I purchased is an improvement on the others I own.
- Marry Money is described as a sandy warm taupe with brown shimmer. On me, it is a pale, muted gold.
- Aristocratic Scandal is described as a medium golden brown.
- Tango is described as warm, rich burgundy with brown tones and shimmer.
- In Vino Veritas is a cool dusky pink over sheer grey base.
- Art Nouveau is a shimmering green over a sheer grey base.
- Brocade is a muted slate blue with golden bronze shimmer. I think this is a hit, but tricky to work with. The arm swatch shows this shadow in all its glory, but on my eye the blue and gold shimmer turns it green.
- Ragtime is a Lip Lustre in a warm deep plum. It is creamier and less streaky than the other Lip Lustre’s I own. It is nicely pigmented and comfortable to wear.
The eye shadows are $6.75 for 3 grams. The Lip Lustre are $7.
Make Up Forever Empty Magnetic Palette
If you’re a lover of makeup, good organization and storage is essential. As my collection grew or rather my eye shadow addiction solidified itself, storing my shadow pans into palettes is a must. I’ve tried a couple of different palettes over the years and considered the popular Z Palette, but meh. I discovered Make Up Forever’s empty magnetic palette a long time ago and haven’t looked back.
Their palettes are HUGE…24x14cm (around 9×5” for the metric challenged). It holds 24 Make Up Forever-sized shadows or 45 Mac-sized shadows. There is plenty of room to play with, whether it is all shadows or a mix of shadows and blush. The metal casing makes it very durable. More importantly, it’s thin and that is a big space-saving plus.
This is a great product no matter the size of your collection, but it does have some annoyances. It isn’t the easiest to open for those who want to avoid breaking a nail or chipping polish. So, I cut a strip from an index card and taped it to the inside of the lid. I let an inch hang outside of the palette that easily pops the lid open and also doubles as a label.
Secondly, this palette can’t be purchased online or in your local Sephora. (HUGE UPDATE 11/2014: The palette is available online at Sephora!!) You have to call a stand-alone store and order over the phone. I have called the location in New York City several times with zero issues. Annoyance is a strong word, given this palette only cost $14!
(The photo of the Mac palette is their old version.)
I’ve found a new makeup love…Estee Lauder. I don’t know why, but I hadn’t paid any attention to this brand until last month. Now, I’m totally head over heels.
In May, Estee Lauder released three, limited edition, Macy’s exclusive blushes (Brazil Dream Color Collection). I picked them up a few weeks ago, but decided against blogging about it as it had been out a while. When I swatched them, I instantly heard a choir sing, which typically happens when I discover an amazing makeup product. Estee Lauder reformulated their blush and it is simply the best blush I’ve ever tried. No joke.
Why? It is finely milled; insanely pigmented; has buildable color, lasts all day with no fading, blends like a dream and you get 7g (0.24oz) of product for $28. I know $28 isn’t cheap for a single makeup product, but if you can afford a Bobbi Brown blush for $25 (0.13oz); Nars for $28 (0.16oz) or Tarte Amazonian Clay for $25 (0.2oz) you should consider Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush.
You have two finish options, Satin and Shimmer. If you’re a matte finish fan like me, don’t be afraid of their Satin finish. It will not give you shiny cheeks, but the Satin finish adds depth to the color and very subtle glow to the cheeks.
Because I was so impressed with the limited edition blushes, I went and added a permanent color (Poppy Passion #7) to my collection. Poppy Passion is a nice deep rose shade. Nars Dolce Vita is close, but lighter and dustier. The three limited edition blushes are still available at Macy’s. They are all scary bright in the pan, but add nice color to the cheeks. There are sixteen permanent shades, so I’m sure you’ll find one to love.