Thursday, December 24, 2009

Guest Review by Joeybunny - Fyrinnae Beholder Eye Shadow

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There has been a lot of Fyrinnae buzz on this blog lately. I’m not quite sure what’s gotten into me and Elvira, but we’re a little more than head over heels with the company lately. That might possibly have something to do with how unique and complex the colors are. It might also have something to do with the incredibly affordable price range ($1.75 for a sample jar!). It could also have something to do with how sweet the Fyrinnae boys are to their customers (in their latest color story, the Sci-Fi/RPG collection, there’s a custom color made especially for me!).

It might just be everything I mentioned. Ok, no, it is everything I mentioned.

So anyway, although Fyrinnae is known for their incredible range of colors, they have a ton of incredible neutrals...and TAUPES.

TAUPES!!!!!!!! (take a deep breathe with me, everybody)


Elvira and I are crazy over their taupes, as you can see from previous reviews (see our reviews of Selkie Skin, Knickers in a Twist, and Snow Leopard ). In the new Sci-Fi/RPG collection, there are happily many different taupes to choose from, besides the pretty brights.

And then, there is...FYRINNAE BEHOLDER! (cue dramatic thunder, a Danny Elfman score, and galloping antelopes...lots of galloping antelopes)

Fyrinnae Beholder is one of those taupes that will change everything you ever knew about taupe eyeshadows. You will open the little jar, swatch it, and sound your barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. Granted, you might not have a Walt Whitman moment like I did, but you will absolutely swoon over this shadow.

The color of Beholder is hard to describe. It is a true neutral grey-gunmetal-mauve-taupe with multicolored shimmer. When swatched dry, the mauve-taupe tones are more prominent, and it softly shimmers. When swatched wet with water, the shimmer is less prominent and the gunmetal-taupe tones shine brightly, with a more metallic edge. When swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, the grey-taupe tones are more prominent, and the shadow sparkles. It’s incredible how much this shadow changes depending on the application technique. I am sure this shadow also appears differently on Elvira, but she loves it just as much as I do. The best part is that Beholder passes the Joey Taupe Test, meaning that it works perfectly on its own as a wash. It also makes a great crease color, and someone who is lighter-skinned could probably use it as a liner. Really, this shadow just glows when on the lid. It would also probably be amazing with a plum or purple shadow, to bring out the mauve tones more.

You all need this taupe. There’s no doubt about it; this eyeshadow is special and at $1.75 for a generously-sized sample jar, you really have no reason to not buy it. And while you’re at it, also buy Species 8472 - that’s my custom shade (and it’s a taupe, of course).

Beholder WITH Flash

Beholder WITHOUT Flash


  1. Fine, Joey, dammit. i caved. I ordered this one, your shadow, and a whole bunch of others. AND Pixie Epoxy! You are an enabler!!! :)

  2. Dammit... I did too !!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !


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