I’m heading south at the end of the month for some blue seas and salty breezes, so I have blue nails on my mind.
Though I got rid of a lot of supplies when I moved, I do have quite a pigment stash going on, and it’s time to show some of these beauties off. I have yet to see a pigment “go bad,” so I’m hoping these will still look as good as the day I purchased them.
Pigment pro tip: If you get pigments in little plastic jars with a lid, secure the lid with a bit of tape. They lids don’t always screw on properly and can become loose, especially if not stored straight up. I am cleaning glitter fallout from 2 separate Fyrinnae jars that lost their lids. Tape the jar shut with masking tape to save yourself the hassle!
I have some blues for today. First off, skin swatches!
There were some stars and some problem children in this batch- both from the same company!
Starting from the bottom:
Fyrinnae is a kind of indie pigment company with vegan products. City Lights of Kyoto is a sheer, very fine microglitter with a flash of blue. It’s very smooth, mixable, and could be added directly to polish to add a cool shimmer tone. Love this one! I imagine it’d also look lovely mixed into lipgloss too. A standout.
Mac Mutiny- A light blue, supermetallic smooth pigment. As an eyeshadow, it screams 1980s, but it could be a cool polish color. It does have good coverage because it is so opaque, but be careful of brushstrokes on this one. My MAC stash is ancient, from the days before they were bought out by Estee Lauder. They’re no longer cruelty-free, but I’m using up my very old stash till it’s gone, since it was from the old independent MAC days.
Fyrinnae Digital Faerie. Hmm, what exactly is a digital faerie? An upgrade from the analogue one? In any case, it’s a nice light aqua teal with a teal flash, which mixed pretty smoothly into the polish.
MAC Cornflower- Prettier than the picture shows, a medium toned periwinkle with a flash of light purple. One of my favorite colors and a great texture on this formula.
Fyrinnae 122 Gigawatts- Ah, the chalky problem child. It didn’t swatch badly on the skin, but became a clumpy disaster when mixed with clear polish. It’s not the company- it’s the color. Fyrinnae does some standout pigments, but this one was a frankendisaster.
Jacquard True Blue- This one is from the craft store and I have seen soapmakers using it to color soap, so I’m guessing it’s been approved for cosmetic use. Still researching that one. I just wanted to show a pretty blue color but can’t recommend this line of pigment until I know it’s approved for cosmetic use. Still, it made a dandy smooth blue.
MAC Naval Blue- This is a dark, kind of dusty faded demin blue with a metallic finish.
The standout was City Lights of Kyoto, and the dud was 122 Gigawatts, both by Fyrinnae. Interesting to know the results have more to do with the color than the company. In particular matte pigments are a franken nightmare for me because they clump badly in polish- I’ve had this problem across all brands, both cheap and expensive.
Blue is a fun color for summer, especially with a few fishies or seashells on top for a nautical look. It’s easy to do gradations- just mix up a bit of pigment in clear polish, then paint in stages down the nail by tinting the mix bit by bit with a blue polish.
Here we go:
This girl needs beach time! I still have two weeks before I leave, so I think I’ll have to change this to a pedi, which generally holds up to the sun and fun better than a mani.