The school year’s started, which means time for selfies, swatching, and mirror-gazing has sadly diminished– at least if I’m going to be virtuous about school stuff. But hey, I’ve already managed to miss the first two days of class. Like my advisor would say, that doesn’t exactly augur well.
I was in DC, having #reunion2014 with my undergrad BFFLs. I’m happy to report that Fyrinnae Queer Theory stayed on my lips throug a seven-mile bike ride on one of the capital trails. (I’m sure that’s not actually a lot of miles in, like, sporty-people land. But usually my only form of exercise is hauling around Endymion Wilkinson’s five-pound manual for Chinese history, and it was my first time on bike since before puberty!) I also managed to shepherd my friend through Sephora, twice! She let me put her purchases on my VIB account, and and my competence at evangelizing wrt makeup bumped me up to Rouge status.
Anyway, now I’m back, and ready to send off the summer with some indie swatches! I’ve got a five lip colors from Fierce Magenta, an undeservedly obscure Etsy vendor of striking duochrome glosses.
Availability: $7.49 for a sample-size or $9.69 for a full-size lipgloss; $7 for a sample-size or $9.50 for a full-size lipstick from Fierce Magenta
Quantity: 5 mL for a sample-size or 10 mL for a full-size lipgloss; lipstick quantities unspecified
Despite this blog’s tastelessly punny name, I’m usually more of a matte or satin lip girl. But these colors looked gorgeous on the screen and very plausibly undupeable. I couldn’t resist, and I’m glad I didn’t. They’re comfortable, non-sticky– though I do tend to end up with little dots of brightness on my teeth– I’ve got to remember to check my mirror before going out, if I’m going to swipe some on my lips.
Fierce Magenta’s glosses are surprisingly versatile. They’re fairly pigmented. Although it takes some patient layering to build them up promotional swatch opacity, that does mean you have the option of wearing them sheered out to various degrees– YMMV. You can also blot them after applying several layers, for a demi-matte effect that eliminates the glassy shine while emphasizing the shimmer– I’ll demonstrate in my next post.
Perhaps the biggest draw– the striking duochrome. I find Fierce Magenta’s offerings more impressive than Inglot’s AMC Gloss in that respect.
And now, the swatches!
Romance is described as a “holographic shimmery golden peach”. The base color is a warm, peachy pink-plum– pretty similar to my favorite Your Lips But Better staple, OCC Memento. But the prominent gold shimmer yellows and brightens the whole thing. Said shimmer is fine and very evenly distributed– it reads as a general glossiness instead of, say, a sheen of metal. You have to look closely to see the individual spots of brightness. Romance actually reminded me, at first sight, of NARS Orgasm. The gloss is darker and less plausibly “natural” in its aesthetic, more unashamedly dramatic, but they’ve got the same summery flush, and the rush of gold. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd, which also has some pretty insistent golden shimmer, is similar in luminosity but significantly pinker.
Wild Plum was my favorite in this batch– I love it so much. It’s eye-catching, but still imminently wearable; it looks nice sheered out, but the duochrome really comes out with a couple of coats, and you feel like some sort of sci-fi siren. (Sorry, egregious sigmatism!) When I wear it, I can’t help staring at myself as I nod my head up and down, marking how the light shifts over the surface of my mouth– it’s got this hypnotic dimensionality. Fierce Magenta calls it a “holographic shimmery purple-blue”, but I’d say the base color is actually a saturated fuchsia with lavender-to-indigo interference– the shade is, overall, a species of Radiant Orchid. It’s purpler than Illamasqua Atomic and Nyx Chloe, two true fuchsias that share some of its iridescence. But it’s pinker and warmer than OCC Hoochie, a true purple.
Here’s CosmoBerry, a “dark brownish red” with “green shimmer and a glass effect”. No dupes here! I claimed in an earlier post that it was a ringer for Fyrinnae Winter Romance, minus texture. But after actually test-driving it, I take that back. The base color is a cozy ’90s brown. But the shimmer– which strikes me as a sky blue more than a green, really– complicates it significantly. The result is dramatic, even (space) operatic– but somehow it retains a little throwback wholesomeness. Like retro sci-fi. The so-called “glass effect” actually reminds me of saran wrap. Your lips look unnaturally full, the bottom weighed down by a glossy pout, and your whole mouth encased in something shiny with artifice.
In a fit of absentmindedness, I swatched the next two shades in my stash together, so I’ll get to comparisons further down. But anyway, this is Rave, a “holographic shimmery purple with blue”. The base shade is a magenta, but the periwinkle microshimmer makes the whole thing lean lavender. You can actually see some pretty dramatic color-shift, depending on the lighting conditions– it twinkles almost from pink to blue. Something about the shimmer makes it look more metallic in finish than the other glosses.
And here’s Medusa, a solid lipstick I snatched up while hauling all these glosses. Fierce Magenta claims it’s a “bright blue with purple undertone”. I’d argue, actually, that it’s more purple than blue– let’s call it a deep, brightened indigo. There’s no visible microshimmer, but the finish isn’t entirely matte; it does impart some dimensionality to the lips. Medusa had a creamy, workable texture, and it was lightly moisturizing to boot– it’s so comfortable to wear it almost feels like a balm. It’s quite richly pigmented, although I had to swipe for a bit to get truly even application.
I had trouble finding dupes for Rave— it pulls way pinker than any other purple in my collection. Medusa had a sibling shade in OCC Technopagan, which is shimmery, and it’s also kin to Fyrinnae Nemesis, which is warmer and more browned. OCC Rx is here as a sort of index shade– it’s a true blue, and you can see that Medusa‘s way purpler.
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candelight, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, Sleek I-Divine Palette in Sunset, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in 10, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara
Face: Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, Stila All Over Liquid Shimmer in Rose Gold, NARS Blush in Orgasm, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder