Local Drugstore Finds: Fanny Serrano Single Eyeshadows

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So many eyeshadows, just one pair of eyes

Remember 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). fs3

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. fs4I’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. fs5fs6 fs7 fs8

The Lowdown


Enchanting 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.


All 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 Blending

The 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.


I’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. fsswatches2fsswatches

These are all swatched twice on bare, non-primed skin. fs10 fs11 fs12fs9 fs13


I 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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  1. February 26, 2014 / 12:19 am

    How beautiful and great packaging! I love the brown and the navy most! Your navy smokey look is great, very well done!

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you Sharlynn!!!:* So sweet of you 🙂

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:43 pm

      I love eyeshadow TOO much. Recently learned how to apply on my hooded eyes (before I always look punched in the eye so I ALWAYS skip it) so I’m at that stage now where everything eyeshadow calls out to me :)) Thank you love!

  2. February 26, 2014 / 12:48 am

    I love the darker shades of Fanny Serrano’s eyeshadows! Definitely an awesome drugstore find for me, too. I love the colors you chose. Di pa ako marunong pumili ng colors when I got mine haha

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:42 pm

      You have Fannys!?!?! Hehe. Fannys eh noh! What shades do you have?

  3. February 26, 2014 / 2:00 am

    oh they look lovely!!
    enchanting lilac appeals the most to me. I love eye shadows!! ^^
    you look gorgeous Shari 🙂

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you Pammycakes!! :* Youre too sweet!

  4. February 26, 2014 / 4:53 am

    Your eye looks are stunning!!! Ang galing ng blending. I need to resist buying these because I still have A LOT to use up. But, I love this review! 🙂

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:42 pm

      Resist! Resist! 🙂 Thank you for the sweet words, Juvy!!! 🙂 Still learning!

  5. February 26, 2014 / 5:14 am

    Eeee LOOK AT THESE! I love the look you created! Diamond Champagne and Enchanting Lilac are calling my name rather loudly. You’re lucky to have access to this brand! I’d love to hear about the matte shadows at some point 🙂

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:41 pm

      I will send you some of these if you allow me Sunny! 🙂 Heehee.

  6. Raven Ang
    February 26, 2014 / 7:01 am

    Bought Enchanting Lilac after reading your countwr hopping post. It was so-so for me. Love the pigmentation but the texture and fallouts kinda just killed it for me. 🙁 I see you’re being much more adventurous with the blus shade! Will definitely pick up Diamond Champagne tho. It kinda looks like Abssynian Catbird…? Yes? No? Okay 🙁 Btw, what shade numbers are your Tony Moly Shadows?

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:41 pm

      Are you proud of me babygirl? Haha! Going for the blues now. Heehee. And yes, Enchanting Lilac is CRRRYYYY because of the fallout but I super love the shade so I’m willing to find ways to work around the fallout.

      Diamond Champagne is quite different from Abyssinian Catbird. AbCat is very olive kasi. Diamond Champagne is taupe. I see Diamond Champagne more close to Bohemian Waxwing. 🙂 Will check on my Tony Moly numbers and tell you but they are fallout crazy, ha.

      • Raven Ang
        March 2, 2014 / 9:06 pm

        I think the biggest trick is to use a sticky shadow base, like MAC’s Paint Pots. Let them really cling to the primer. A trick I learned is to MIX is with your primer! Just use a very liquid-y primer. 🙂

  7. February 26, 2014 / 10:24 am

    must grab misty smoke and starry night for that smokey feel 🙂

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:38 pm

      Agree. A blue smokey eye! Not SM-lady looking at all!!:)

  8. Nix Sayo
    February 26, 2014 / 10:29 am

    WOW! They all look good on you. I’m personally not a fan of shimmery, glittery eyeshadows so I can’t wait for you to do a review on their matte eyeshadows. My mom is a fan of Fanny Serrano makeup and now I can tell why.

    Also, LOL at “What’s so Fanny?” haha

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:38 pm

      Whats so fanny!!!?? Haha. I swatched their mattes today and some are really good. Very pigmented and creamy! Have to swatch them though kasi some are dry and meh. Most of their nice mattes are neutrals – different shades of brown. Really nice. I recommend them if you dont have a bunch of neutral mattes yet!

  9. February 26, 2014 / 11:20 am

    Enchanting lilac is such beautiful color! I cannot stress how I fell in love with it because of this post. Ugh Like it’s really really beautiful! Hahahaha (paulit-ulit?) and I totally agree with “so many eyeshadows, just one pair of eyes” Mine is a pair of hooded eyelid eyes :((( Hahaha Ohwell.

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:36 pm

      I have hooded eyes too Ellebelle! Just have to practice and get the technique right! 😉 After that, I’ve been enjoying eye makeup more than I ever thought I would. And Enchanting Lilac is really beautiful, pero the fallout :'( :'(

      • February 27, 2014 / 12:13 pm

        Yes, with the right technique. Well, practice makes perfect. Hahaha

  10. February 26, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    I got to try their powder and it’s good. But still, doesn’t keep me oil-free for a long period of time. I would love to try their eye shadows though.

    Btw, ang fierce mo diyan, be! Loveeeet :p

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:35 pm

      Vey, thanks naman! *blush* Fierce is my middle name. Actually hinde, Marie. Pero pwede na rin! Coffee date naten, psst.

      • February 27, 2014 / 12:12 pm

        Sharina Marie. Such a girly name; suits you really well. Haha! And yes, of course! End of March daw sabi ni Rae. Usapan namin Glorietta or Greenbelt para malapit sa kanya 🙂

  11. thinacruz
    February 26, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    In fairness! These look impressive!!! 🙂

    • February 26, 2014 / 10:34 pm

      They’re kinda tricky due to some fallout, pero with primer and the works, super okay siya! For P150, benta siya saken lalo! Heehee.

  12. February 26, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I’m definitely going to check these out during my next trip to the Philippines! Thanks for the review! 🙂


    • February 26, 2014 / 10:34 pm

      No problem, Mari!
      Make sure to swatch first because not all textures are the same. Some are so-so, some are better than others! 🙂

  13. February 26, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Hi Cindy! These are sadly available locally here in the Philippines. 🙂

    • February 27, 2014 / 1:28 am

      ahh man! That’s sucks

  14. Marjorie Gavan
    February 26, 2014 / 11:00 pm

    I’m still half-hearted about eyeshadows, mainly because it takes time to put them on and because my lids are small. The only products I’ve tried from Fanny I think is the eyebrow liner. Maybe I should get one of the shadows and based on this review I’d probably buy the diamond champagne

    • February 28, 2014 / 4:10 pm

      I’ve actually never worn eyeshadows prior to last year?? I had the same sentiments pero when I ‘learned’ how to put on my hooded lids, the power of blending and contouring (eye contour yiz!), I became addicted. It’s super transformative and I love how my eyes look with them. 🙂 It takes practice though ( a lot!!) especially with our small lids 🙂

  15. Ina de Guzman
    February 27, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Ahhh! As if I need more eyeshadows in my kit! Wag sana akong mapadpad sa department store hahaha. I picked up a bottle of Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, I hatechu you’re such an enabler hahaha but waaaaaaaah I love it!! 🙁

    • February 28, 2014 / 4:11 pm

      Haha gurl okay siya pag may kelangan kang non-neutrals or for mej out-there looks (the brights!!). Ganda ng KOH GEN DO noh! Halos araw araw ko siya suotin kahit di naman ako ma-funda! 🙂

  16. February 27, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    How come I’ve never tried Fanny’s eyeshadows? *heads to the dept. store* they look so gorjuzz!

    • February 28, 2014 / 4:12 pm

      Emz! Some are better than others, kelangan i-swatch and see!! 🙂

  17. February 28, 2014 / 12:50 am

    I’ve always seen these at the Fanny Serrano counters but never paid much attention to it. I’ve used the two-way cake compact foundations when I just started blogging. It was my HG powder at the time and my current HG is MAC Studio fix…. They are NOT dupes, but the Fanny Serrano two-way cake is definitely an awesome alternative.

    • February 28, 2014 / 4:13 pm

      Thanks for clarifying that the powders arent dupes! 🙂 The eyeshadows are hit-miss. Some are better than others,pero some are def. gems for P150!!:)

  18. February 28, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    I love Fanny Serrano products, most especially their powders and blushes. I remember owning their blush palette years ago, sad to say it’s no longer available…puro singles na lang. I haven’t tried their e/s, but will surely check them out when I get back home! 🙂 thanks for this gorgeous!

  19. February 28, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    I love Starry Night on you Shari. Now, I want to see if the matte eyeshadows have great pigmentation as well.

  20. March 5, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    The way you photographed these made them look high-end. Great shots, as usual!

  21. March 12, 2014 / 4:44 am

    Shari!!! I bought these e/s na. I picked up Diamond Champagne & Enchanting Lilac (like yours!) and also Mahogany Wood (matte brown) and Beach Sand (Satin Off White). Waahh! Diamond Champagne & Enchanting Lilac look very pretty on pan, but are very deceiving. Hehe.

  22. June 12, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    Call me crazy, but it would be amazing if Bobbi Brown shadows were to fit into the customized palette of Fanny Serrano. I’d love to get a good hi-lo mix going… :p

    • June 27, 2014 / 12:55 pm

      Youre not crazy! It would be awesome if that is indeed possible!

  23. Arra J.
    February 13, 2015 / 2:01 am

    super ganda ng colors! I’ll buy next time. I saw one post na ginagamit ung matte brown nila for contouring! yay!

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