I've heard much about Fyrinnae and their beautiful loose shadows, and a whole lot about Pixie Epoxy. For those of you not in the know, Pixie Epoxy is a sticky clear gel designed to help loose shadows look foiled (extra metallic and sparkling) without the need to mess about with damp brushes. It's not a primer. You apply it over the top of primer (unless your eyelids are less oily than mine and you don't need primer), and then pack shadow over the top.
It's potent stuff. You need the smallest possible amount, and then probably only half of that. I've been taking a tiny bead of product and dabbing it gently across my eyelid, then waiting a few seconds for it to get tacky. I've found that synthetic brushes work best with Fyrinnae's shadows, and using a firmly bristled brush discourages any desire to sweep the shadow on, which doesn't really work with the Epoxy.
The top row of swatch-dots have been applied dry, and the bottom row have been applied atop a thin layer of Pixie Epoxy, which you can just about see between the dots. The Epoxy makes the colour seem much more bright and vibrant, and really brings out the shimmer. Impressive stuff, no?
Here's Dinosaur Plushie and Sorceress (from the Arcane Magic collection), applied over the top of Pixie Epoxy. The colours are bright and beautiful, with a gorgeous shimmer. I probably could have packed them on even more heavily for an even more impactful eye, but hey. I did find that blending was very difficult on top of the Epoxy - it's designed to grab and hold colour, so trying to sweep colour around on top of it just doesn't work. The best way to get a blended look is to dab on varying layers of colour and use clever placement to build up a gradient.
I'm impressed with Pixie Epoxy. It does give incredible depth to shimmery colours, and if you're looking for a high impact, high shine night look, it'll help you achieve it without bothering with damp brushes. It does, however, make eye makeup application a longer process - for me, it means primer, Epoxy, and then several layers of shadow packed on. Not really something I can be bothered with every morning - but certainly worth while for a night out.
Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy costs a very, very reasonable $7 for a tube which'll last a long, long time, given the amount needed per application. You'll find it at Fyrinnae's website - and here's the kicker. As Fyrinnae is a small business, it sometimes randomly goes offline, so you'll need to be lucky to buy it. What do you think? Tried Pixie Epoxy? Let us know in the comments!