fyrinnae lip lustre swatches


Sample tubes, all in a row. Click to enbiggen.

Fyrinnae’s lip lustres are creamy, intensely pigmented lip colors – the texture is semi-solid, somewhere between a liquid lipstick and a regular one, and not even close to being a lip gloss. They offer a ton of shades, most of which are too shimmery or out-there for my tastes, but they have a nice handful of shimmer-free shades as well.

liplustre1_swatchesNote that these swatches did stain my arm (for over 24 hours, through two initial wash-offs and then a shower!), so it’s likely that they’ll stain your lips too. I did my lip swatches over lip balm, but even still I was left with a bit of a cherry stain, and I only had each one of my lips for about 5 minutes. For regular application I’m not sure I’d recommend applying them over balm – combined with the already somewhat slippery texture of the lip lustres, it can make things a bit messy. At least in the summer. I imagine in cold weather this would be less of an issue.


Full face swatches – helpful? Weird? Both? NEITHER?

Ocelot: Matte warm dusty-rose pink, very close to the soft pink of an Ocelot kitten’s paw pads and nose.

A light mauve pink. A tiny bit lighter than I prefer my lip colors, but a great neutral shade. Plus the name is just adorable. KITTY TOES.

Pygmy Hippo: Matte medium rosy plum shade, not quite mauve. Neutral-warm.

A plummy mauve. Similar in tone to Ocelot, but darker and more purple. I’ve seen this look lovely on other people, but I don’t think it’s terribly flattering on me. Too purple – makes me look a bit sallow and dead. Again, though, I love the name. Baby hippo belly!


All reds, all the time.

Queer Theory: Very bright warm pink without shimmer.

A vibrant, hot coral red. Like strawberry red on steroids. I love these kinds of shades across the board, so this was pretty much guaranteed to be a winner for me. And it is. Easily my favorite out of the bunch. I’ll be needing a full size. Try to make me stop wearing it. YOU JUST TRY.

1952: Very bright warm red.

A slighty orange-toned red. Similar to Queer Theory, but less pink. A bit of a retro feel to this one, appropriately. I can imagine this color appearing in one of those fabulous illustrated Revlon ads from the 50’s, with some glamorous, red-lipped woman draped over a fainting couch or something. Another winner, and I’ll be needing a full size here as well.

Glamorous Rebel: Bright, rich cherry red.

A darker blue-red. This would be a great winter red. Blue-based reds like this have a tendency to pull pink on my skin, and this one does a bit, but not as much as most others. (It also has the bonus of making your teeth look super white.) Fyrinnae notes that although this is a cool red, it should work for most neutral and olive skin tones – and as someone with a weird pale olive skin tone, I can vouch for that.

I wasn’t sure I’d love this one, but it ended up being my second favorite out of the bunch. Another full size purchase for sure, though perhaps not until a bit later this year because I can’t see myself busting this out much while it’s 95 degrees and everything is melting off my face.

These are all available in sample (1.5 ml) or full-size (10 ml) tubes from Fyrinnae.

fyrinnae shadow + blush swatches


Mini jars! My favorite size. Also fyrinnae’s fancy shiny wrapping material always makes me happy.

Fyrinnae! I don’t believe I’ve featured Fyrinnae on my blog before, have I? Which is a clear oversight, because I’m a big fan, and Fyrinnae was one of my first – possibly THE first, actually – indie makeup companies. It’s been a while since I’ve placed an order, but recently they released some new shades that appealed to me, so I picked those up along with a few other things I’ve been wanting for a while.

Which – can I say how much I appreciate the Fyrinnae doesn’t do limited edition collections? When they release new collections, everything gets folded into their regular lineup. Occasionally colors do get discontinued, but for the most part things don’t just come and go. I love that so much because I absolutely cannot stand the mad rush to buy LE things. I don’t want to have to spend an entire Sunday hovering over my laptop or my phone, frantically hitting refresh and planning my order down to the last sample so that I can checkout within 30 seconds and maybe, possibly, hopefully get everything I want.

Anyway. In addition to the stuff pictured here, I also got a handful of mini lip lustres, which I’ll review on their own soon.


Swatched over primer + pixie epoxy (naturally). Excuse my gross bruise thing.

These four make a great neutral quad (though I’d replace Titania’s Bottom with something more beigey-pink if I were designing my perfect quad).

Sled Puppies: Gleaming, shimmery transparent white gold graced with a touch of light blue sparkle.

Very true to the description. A shimmery white gold with blue sparks.

Titania’s Bottom: Rich metallic gold filled with fine light red shimmer at a distance, but closer to light it turns a very green-gold.

A slightly coppery gold with a bit of an olivey shift. Just a touch around the edges.

Bawdy Librarian: This is no basic brown! This, my good guys and dolls, is a lush, shimmery, golden brown rich with gold sparkle.

A gorgeous, shimmery medium warm brown with some distinct green, gold, and red sparks. So pretty. I love this one. Also, the name. Makes me want to read some (more) questionably tasteful Giles fanfic. (JK! I haven’t read naughty Giles fanfic in years.)

Automatic Toaster: Deep neutral brown, nearly matte with just the slightest satiny finish. Deep neutral brown, nearly matte with just the slightest satiny finish.

Does what it says on the tin. A really nice, nearly-matte darkish brown.


Swatched over primper + pixie epoxy, except for the blush, which is over primer alone.

Debonaire: Warm, shimmery lilac graced with a glowing coppery highlight.

YES MAMA. This is gorgeous. A warm light purple with strong reddish-coppery shimmer. Love. If you like purples, you need this.

Peppermint Vodka: Lush, rich, shimmering burgundy enhanced with copper sparkle.

Shimmery burgundy with coppery gold sparks. This one’s got a metallic sort of finish. Very pretty.

Kraken: Deep teal with a slightly smoky blue cast filled with shimmer and small sparkle which is bronze-gold from a distance, then appears lime green to blue the closer it gets to light or at certain angles.

My free sample! This is a weird one. The base seems matte, with copper and gold sparkles. From the description I expected it to have a more shimmery finish, like the other Arcane Magics I have. The matte + sparkle thing is a bit strange to me. Pretty color, though.

Nordic Angel blush: Vibrant pinky-peach blush with a hint of shimmer.

A pretty pinky-peach with a bit of gold and red shimmer. A bit more shimmer than I prefer myself in a heavy swatch, but when blended out it’s more of a slightly sheen-y satin finish. Really pretty.



Everything here is available from Fyrinnae. And don’t let the TAT scare you – it’s mostly a CYA thing. In reality they’re much faster than most other indies. I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than a week or so for an order. This time around, I placed my order on May 27th, it shipped on June 2nd, and I received it on June 4th.