(Experiment below!) This is a special post for Fyrinnae's famous Pixie Epoxy and my personal experience using it. It's going to be full of my opinion and review, tips and help with application! I know a lot of people have tried it out and reviewed it, but then again there are heaps of people who aren't really sure about how to use the product. I actually haven't seen many PE reviews because I don't have too much time, so if I've missed something, definitely ask or tell me about it.
Pixie Epoxy: What is it?
Well basically it's like glue for your eyeshadow which gives a 'wet'/'foiled' applied look, keeps eyeshadow pigmented, rich and complex, and holds sparkle and shimmer that would normally fly away. It's not a primer but if applied well will last all day.
PE works best on shimmery eyeshadows. Matte eyeshadows are harder to work with and don't stick as well. If you are using mainly matte eyeshadows I'd experiment first on your hand to see how well it applies and if it doesn't work I'd pass on the PE. Also if you don't like bright sparkly eyeshadow then I wouldn't use it either. This is really for the daring! :P
PE comes in a fully labeled tube with a doe foot applicator ($7 USD 10 ml), and there are two sizes to choose from so that you can try (mini jar $1.50 or 1.5 ml) before committing to the full size. A doe foot applicator probably isn't as good as say a squeezy tube but I still find this easy to use and reasonable. Therefore, pricing is amazing! It is totally worth it, and even for the wary and unsure, just $7 for the full size is very reasonable and a high selling point.
Ingredients are: Glycerin (vegetable derived), Purified Water (Aqua), Acrylamide/Ammonium acrylate copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Potassium Sorbate.
To use: Apply your primer first. PE doesn't prime your lids but with a primer it will last. To apply open the tube and pull out the doe foot. You can apply directly to your eyes or on your fingers, but don't use the doe foot to spread the PE. Just dot it on about the size of a grain of rice for each eye (a little more if you are spreading it on a large area and under your eye) and spread with your finger evenly. It is important to get the amount right! Too much and it will probably crease, too little and it won't stick properly. Test on your hand to practice.
|1. Primer (I used Mac Prep & Prime) 2. Primer with PE 3. Primer with PE and Terracotta (L), AL Bette (R) A. Terracotta (T), AL Bette (B) on P&P. B. Terracotta (T), AL Bette (B) on bare skin. (bad photo D=! No flash)|
Then you just wait about 10-20 seconds and it will start to get tacky (hold your head up and keep your eyes closed as possible to prevent creasing. Pick up a brush and push the pigment into the bristles creating a dense layer of shadow on the side of the brush; you will need quite a lot and more than normal because it sticks right on. Pat it lightly on to apply it to the area (if needed) and sweep lightly (seriously you need to sweep it, as in gliding over the PE. If you don't you will create a sticky mess on your brush) it over your eyelid to fix it down. You shouldn't be getting too much fallout because it sticks (just don't heap on too much pigment on your brush). I find that if you don't put enough on your brush your brush will become clogged with PE and the PE rubs off your eye.
|Same as above photo with flash|
A note on blending: you might be having trouble blending it out. If you try to blend it out it will take longer than usual because of how it sticks. It would be a good idea to not put on too much shadow all over the place in the hope of blending it out, but rather put less than normal where you want to blend it and slowly layer the eyeshadow. Blend out the PE at the edges with your finger as well so there is less PE for the eyeshadow to stick to.
One important thing to note is that the better your eyeshadow is the better it will stick to PE. Using smooth, blendable shadows with a good adhesive base will help application. Application techniques are very important too so 'practice makes perfect'.
The best way to use PE? I love it as a glitter base! It is amazing that it can double as both a shadow glue and a glitter glue!
You can also put more PE on top of your eyeshadow. It's the same process as above so you can layer the PE if you need to. Make sure you have clean brushes before and after using PE or the buildup might cause PE to rub off. Also I find that as PE gets older or contaminated the effectiveness starts to fad a little. You will have to work a little harder to get the application right as it might rub off your eyelid.
To remove: PE is very soluble in water. It comes off very easily with water or remover, even with the remarkable staying power. Just take off your makeup as normal; you wont need to try any harder than you do normally.
So you're probably wondering what "the experiment" is about. Don't worry, it's pretty simple. I just did a little test patch on my hand to see how long it will take for the PE to wear out.
This is what I did: Dotted PE on hand. Spread it out evenly and leave it to go tacky. I used an assortment of eyeshadows pictured below and applied it to the PE.
|Top: Revlon palette. Bottom (L-R) Fyrinnae Immortality, About Face Crisp White Shirt, Aromaleigh Rocks! Glitter prettyplease, Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc Terracotta, Fyrinnae PE|
What happened: I tried this on three separate occasions for the first time when I applied the Revlon palette the colour was more pronounced on the PE. Alone the eyeshadow was very sheer and almost colourless. With my finger I swiped over the eyeshadow and on the PE it did not budge, but without the PE the rest of the shadow smudged off completely. I then 'waited'. I went to sleep, got up, and the PE still held it fresh as it was the last night. So throughout the day, I cooked, brushed my teeth, etc, which involved washing my hands, and still the PE was stuck to my hand. And the results? It lasted 2 full days, and by the end of the second day was when the majority of the deterioration occurred. Amazed? Yeah, I am too.
The second time round I repeated the first experiment but it didn't last long probably because the effectiveness deteriorated a bit and the application wasn't perfect.
The third time I took a more detailed photo log of the PE on my hand and using a range of eyeshadows from different companies and with different finishes.
|L-R Fyrinnae Immortality, About Face Crisp White Shirt, Aromaleigh Rocks! Glitter prettyplease, Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc Terracotta, Revlon Soft on the Eyes palette.|
(Above and below) After being applied on PE - all colours except About Face eyeshadow were grabbed on by the PE.
(Below) Sweeping my hand over eyeshadows (oops, should have sweeped vertically :S) - PE held in place but without PE there is not much staying power. About face wouldn't stick.
(Below) About 6 hours later the glitter was starting to fall off. Take in mind this is while I've been doing things. I went to sleep at this stage.
(Below) 17 hours in (woke up) and About Face is gone, the glitter almost gone, Immortality is loosing it's sparks, Terracotta (a semi matte if still very vibrant), the Revlon palette is starting to fade but is still in good nick!
(Below) 23 hours in and the results are similar to that when it was 17 hours in. Revlon palette starting to fade more at the edges because of everyday wear but amazingly Terracotta looks good as new.
Nearly a whole day!
Then I needed a shower...So it all came off. No picture for that!
But of course I can't compare those circumstances to having it on my eye.
So the test I did was with the PE on top of MAC Prep & Prime. Admittedly, I hate MAC P&P. But surprisingly my makeup was almost as fresh as when I first put it with VERY MINOR creasing on having spent about 14 HOURS OF WEAR!, as well as me poking and prodding my eye making silly faces, and using dark eyeshadow too, which would be very obvious if it did stuff up.
I did try the same thing without primer and the eyeshadow disappeared within a few hours.
The lesson here is that you need a primer or something that will stick it and control oily lids or it will crease! But with the right application, no doubt PE will last an entire day!
If you are having trouble with this then either one of 2 things are happening: 1. You need more practice with it getting the right thickness and application. When you start getting the hang of it you will love it dearly. Later it will just become one of the minor extra steps in all of your makeup process. 2. Your PE is going off or being contaminated. If it's peeling off your eye all the time and you can't get it to work you might have to bin it for another one. Test it on your hand in varying thickness with a shadow you know will work with PE and a clean brush and if it's not working on your hand it's probably contaminated (this should not be the case if your PE is new or a few weeks old. If it is ask Fyrinnae for a replacement).
Would I buy this again?
HELL YEAH! Again and again and again. No kidding! If I do ever run out! I have never seen anything like this, and on top of that I have never seen anything comparable in effectiveness and price. Things like Too Faced or Urban Decay have had hits but prices are a bummer. PE gets two giant golden ticks!
This is definitely a HG item. As much as you can get close to a theoretical 'HG' item this one comes very close.