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So many eyeshadows, just one pair of eyesRemember the counter hopping adventure I embarked on after I was emancipated from my no-buy? I swatched some eyeshadows from a local brand, kinda got blown away but told myself I didn’t need any more at this time as I’m about to drown in them shadows already. Long story short: I kept hearing voices at the back of my head whispering the shade names over and over in my sleep, while drinking coffee, while in the bathroom taking a shower. Never mind that it was my own voice actually reciting the names out loud so I wouldn’t forget them. Sooo… I didn’t exactly run out to get these, but because I was near the vicinity of a department store where this is sold, I did make a little u-turn to pass by after a meeting. As if I needed more push to purchase… the eyeshadows were ON SALE for Php150/pan (regular price Php195) and you get a free palette if you purchase 4 shadows (4-pan palette is sold separately for Php150, I think).
What’s so Fanny?Fanny Serrano is a professional hairstylist/make up artist in the Philippines who has launched his own line of cosmetics that has been around for 11 years now. I’ve always heard about his famous eyelash curler which is supposedly a dupe for Shu Uemura’s and his pressed foundations as dupes for the MAC Studio Fix powders, but haven’t really gone out to try them. I did purchase the eyelash curler together with these shadows though, so I can now compare and contrast the two curlers. Heads up, they are not dupes. But that’s not to say the FS curler (that retails for only Php150, I think) is to be overlooked. More on that, soon. For now, let’s turn our focus on these Single Eyeshadows that kept me thinking about them too much even though I have other things to worry about. Oh, the curse of makeup addiction. I’m a sucker for product names. Brands who are fine with numbers for product names need to re-evaluate their strategy. It may be easier for inventory management but consumers get attached to names. The racier, the more salable. Take it from NARS. But I digress. Fanny Serrano’s shade names aren’t at all that unique or attention-grabbing but they are good enough to be remembered. Especially Misty Smoke. I wouldn’t even have considered the shade if it weren’t named as such. But because I’m drawn to anything with Misty in the product name, I grabbed it in excitement.
ShadesEnchanting Lilac is actually not a lilac but more of a shimmery deep dark violet with red undertones. Diamond Champagne is a high shimmer metalllic taupe. Starry Night is a satin dark royal blue that almost feels matte to touch, but contains microshimmer yet almost indiscernible when worn. Misty Smoke is a satin dove gray. I would compare them with other shades in my stash but since I’m always rushing when I take photos, I’ll save it for another post.
PigmentationAll four shades are highly pigmented, bold and quite saturated with just one swipe. Enchanting Lilac and Starry Night have the tendency to be quite patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lids aren’t too much of a bugger. Color pay-off is definitely one of its strengths. Do note that the other shades in the line are quite sheer and less pigmented than these four.
Texture and BlendingThe shadows are quite dry to touch and not at all creamy nor buttery. The smoothest and almost-creamy one is Misty Smoke followed by Diamond Champagne. Both Enchanting Lilac and Starry Night are almost too hard and dry. However, what it lacks in creaminess it makes up for in the blending and minimal fallout departments (with the exception of Enchanting Lilac). These blend like high-end shadows I’ve tried and are easy to work with. One of the main downfalls of drugstore shadows for me, besides lack in pigmentation, is crazy fallout. I did not experience that with these shadows at all. With the exception of Enchanting Lilac that produces some fallout as it kicks up a bit of powder when you’re over-eager to dip your brush into it. The rest I’ve had no problems with.
LongevityI’ve worn this without primer and just a base (MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre) and they lasted well over 6 hours without fading. I did notice creasing with Diamond Champagne by the 6th hour, though. Minimal but still has to be noted. Primer is a must when I wear it next time.
These are all swatched twice on bare, non-primed skin.
OVERALL THOUGHTSI think I’ve overlooked the drugstore aisle for quality eyeshadows, especially the local brand offerings. I’m eager to try Fanny Serrano’s mattes soon as I’ve had great results with these shimmery and satin ones. Although not as creamy or as buttery as I would have liked, the shadows are well pigmented and easily blendable that working with them is quite a delight. I’ve had no fallout problems, except for Enchanting Lilac, unlike some other drugstore shadows I’ve tried (cue in Tony Moly here). If you’re not yet drowning in eyeshadows, you can build your own palette a-la-Inglot-Freedom-System with these Fanny Serrano Single Eyeshadows for a fraction of the price. They’re still on sale I believe, so if you’re eager… do drop by an SM or Landmark near you soon!
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