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Shadow Transformation

Shadow Transformation… the art of foiling, only I prefer to do it without water.  There are a few techniques for how to foil eyeshadow. This comparison of shadow transforming products has been a long time in the making. I’m comparing Fyrinnae‘s Pixie Epoxy (holy grail!), Hi-Fi’s High Impact Shadow Fix, Sobe Botanical’s Stick it and Medusa’s Makeup The Fix. I used 2 pressed shadows and 2 loose shadows for the skin swatches. I used various shadows, both pressed and loose, for the wear testing. This is done in a similar fashion to my eye shadow primer comparison V2.0.

Medusa’s Makeup The Fix is $7 for 2 grams net weight
Hi-Fi’s High Impact Shadow Fix is $5.99 for a 5.9 ml tube
Sobe Botanical’s Stick It is $7.99 for a 5.9 ml tube
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy is $7 for  a 10 ml tube
I feel like the pricing is reasonable on all 4 products, though I do love how you get so much more product with Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.

The packaging for High Impact Shadow Fix and Stick it is a 5.9 ml tube with a doe foot applicator. Pixie Epoxy is in a 10 ml tube with a doe foot applicator. The Fix is in a round clear jar with a twist off top. All four make it easy to apply the product. All four make it easy to get the product out.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
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

Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix
Glycerin, silica, hydrogenated polyisobutene, aloe vera gel, triethanolamine, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, tocopheryl acetate, carbomer, tetrasodium edta, dmdm hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea.

Medusa’s Makeup The Fix
Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soybean Lipds, Lauryl Laurate, Carnauba Wax, Candilla Wax.

Sobe Botanicals Stick It
Aloe barbadensis juice, Vegetable glycerin, Caprylic Triglycerides, Silica, Polysorbate 20, HydroxyethylCellulose, Xanthan gum, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy is vegan.
Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix is vegan.
Sobe Botanicals Stick It is vegan.
Medusa’s Makeup The Fix is not vegan.

The Colors I chose for part of this comparison:
Urban Decay Stardust Eye shadow in Atmosphere – deep turquoise with iridescent sparkle
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eye shadow in Glitterboi –  a deep midnight blue, on skin it’s a deep blue with purple sparkles and a very strong green sheen. Closer to light, morphs to a dark, vibrant blue-based purple. Metallic & sparkly.
Sugarpill Chromalust Eye shadow in Magentric –  metallic deep magenta with a dazzling turquoise sheen
MAC Frost Eye shadow in Flip (LE) – bronze gold

I applied all shadow transformers with my finger tips on the skin, cleaning my finger tips in between products used. I applied all eye shadows with brushes similar to the MAC 213 brush, so that the same brush head/bristle density would be used.

Atmosphere looked sparkliest to me with Pixie Epoxy & Stick It, then High Impact, then The Fix.
Glitterboi looked sparkliest to me with Stick It, then Pixie Epoxy very close behind, then High Impact, then The Fix.
Magentric looked the sparkliest to me with Pixie Epoxy, then High Impact, then Stick It, then The Fix.
Flip looked the most molten to me with Pixie Epoxy, then High Impact and Stick It looked very close, then The Fix.

Pixie Epoxy is a tad more difficult for a new makeup user to work with, because you have to know to apply a very thin, even layer and then wait several seconds before brushing the eye shadow across. However, you can quickly get the hang of it. I apply it by swiping my finger tip against the doe foot applicator, then swiping my finger along my eyelid and spreading the product out. There is no tugging or pulling.

The Fix is kind of a pain to apply, because you can’t spread the product with your finger the way you can with Pixie Epoxy, Stick It or High Impact. Instead, you must swipe your finger across the balm’s surface, then you kinda have to swipe/tug to apply it. It’s annoying. It’s hard to get an even layer of product.

High Impact Shadow Fix and Stick It apply very similarly to Pixie Epoxy in that I just swiped my finger across the doe foot applicator and used my finger to spread it evenly across my lid. Then I applied shadow.

Once all the shadows were applied, I carefully took a paper towel  and patted over the shadows. High Impact Shadow Fix came off a bit onto the paper towel, as did The Fix. Stick It and  Pixie Epoxy had no transfer for me.


Pixie Epoxy can last through a lot, but through 4 hours of crying I do end up with a bit of patchyness, since I can’t help but wipe my eyes.

With normal wear, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy has gone all night on me. You can read why Pixie Epoxy has achieved holy grail status with me here.

Since I’d already done extensive wear testing on Pixie Epoxy, I also did some extensive wear testing on Sobe Botanicals Stick It and Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix.

I’m wearing Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base, Stick It on one eye and High Impact Shadow Fix on the other eye (all over the eye area) on top of TFSI. I put Silk Naturals Pacific on the lid, Silk Naturals Nekkid in the crease and Silk Naturals Sonic on the brow. I’ve got UD’s 24/7 pencil in Baked along the lower lash line and Flirt! It Curls Mascara in Bronze Belle.

This is after an hour. Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix shows just a tiny bit of wear after an hour.

After 6 hours you can see more wear on the Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix eye. The Sobe Botanicals Stick It side shows a bit of wear after 6 hours.

Here’s the Sobe Botanicals Stick It eye up close.

Here’s the Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix Up close. You can see the wear around the crease.

This is Medusa’s Makeup The Fix, only on the lid, immediately after application.

This is Medusa’s Makeup – The Fix – a mere four hours after application. Major creasing.

Stick It is the easiest to wash off, followed by The Fix. This is actually great if you have sensitive skin or eyes.

High Impact Shadow Fix is the hardest to wash off. Pixie Epoxy is reasonably hard to wash off.

Here’s High Impact Shadow Fix sticking around after my first round with just water and a wash cloth. Second round I used soap and a wash cloth. I then had to do another round of soap and a wash cloth to get High Impact Shadow Fix off.

Which Would I Recommend?
Overall, I find that I would recommend Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and Sobe Botanicals Stick It.
I would recommend Hi-Fi’s High Impact Shadow Fix if you have less oily lids than mine, because I’m guessing then it wouldn’t have any creasing issues and that the creasing issues with it are because of my oily lids.

I wouldn’t recommend Medusa’s Makeup The Fix at all. It creased like crazy on me after a mere four hours of wear. I don’t care for its ingredients, it’s not vegan and I don’t think it performs nearly as well as the other three since shadows aren’t as sparkly/intense with it as they are on Pixie Epoxy, High Impact Shadow Fix and Stick It.

I’m surprised at how Hi-Fi’s High Impact Shadow Fix will have a bit of wear, yet be so difficult to wash off. Sobe Botanicals Stick It really performed well and I do like how easy it is to remove. And of course, Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy has been a favorite of mine since I first tried it. It revolutionized eye shadows for me. I love shadow transformation!

What do you think? Which would you choose? What is your favorite way to transform eye  shadow?

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Hi-Fi High Impact Shadow Fix, and Medusa’s Makeup The Fix were purchased by me. Sobe Botanicals Stick It was sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://brightlightsbigcolor.blogspot.com L.

      Excellent post. I think I’ll stick with the Pixie Epoxy. I love that stuff.

      • Phyrra

        It it awesome :) That’s why it’s Holy Grail material for me.

    • http://www.variolavera.com Variola Vera

      I think I will get myself a pack of Pixie Epoxy, I have a lot of mineral pigments laying around and I dont use them because they wont stick on my regular e/s primer and they dont look shiny and intensive as they should. I also read that it can be applied over eyeshadow to give it additional shine and intensity.
      Nice post, btw :)

      • Phyrra

        Glad you like it! It really will help.

    • DalaLuz

      Thanks for the post, I appreciate all the rigorous testing you have done for us, it is definitely very educational!

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome!

    • Scandalous

      I definitely think I’m going to pick up Stick It since you said it would be good for sensitive eyes. I’ve been considering pixy epoxy too but if its pretty hard to remove it may irritate my allergies :/

      • Phyrra

        Pixie Epoxy has never bothered my sensitive eyes when I’ve removed it. Since I wear contacts and have sensitive eyes, I’m usually really paranoid about that.

        • http://twitter.com/quiara Quiara

          I’ve got madly sensitive eyes, too, and PE has never bothered them. And since it’s a better value for a similar price, it’s a really good buy. Love this stuff; if it ever goes away, I will cry very hard. :(

          • Phyrra

            I don’t think it will ever go away. It’s one of their best selling products.

      • Spooki

        I never have any problem getting PE off using makeup remover, TFSI on the other hand requires more scrubbing than my eyelids appreciate.

        • Phyrra

          Really? What I do is take whatever makeup remover I’m using and put it on a cotton pad, hold it against my eyelids for a few seconds, and then rub to remove my makeup. It usually comes off with minimal effort. It seems like holding it there against the eyelid for a bit helps it to dissolve.

    • http://fancygeek.blogspot.com Cacau

      Well, I love Fyrinnae PE, but I’ll try SoBe’s Stick it soon! *-*
      It’s good to have a nice alternative to PE!

      • Phyrra

        I think you will like it!

    • http://themoonmaiden-blix.blogspot.com/ BLIX

      I have The Fix and hate it. But Pixie Epoxy is a more well rounded product I think. I like that it performs really well and washes off easily (for me). Plus I can use it for loose glitter, which I LOVE.
      Thanks for the post!

      • Phyrra

        Yeah PE is amazing :)
        Glad you tried the Fix and felt the same way. It just seemed so hard to get on, and then it didn’t perform as well.

    • Desiree

      Everyone I’ve talked to considers PE a holy grail item so I’m going to have to cave and buy some. There’s a few (or a hundred) Fyrinnae shades I need anyway.

      • Phyrra

        It is! It really is!

    • Yogagirl89

      I don’t “foil” my eye shadow every day, but when I do, PE is my product of choice. Thank you, Phyrra, for another very informative comparison.

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome! I’m glad you find this helpful as I put a lot of time into it and really enjoyed it.

    • cinseven13

      I agree, Pixie Epoxy is magic in a little bottle!!

      • Phyrra

        It really is!

    • Helen

      Really helpful post!!! Thank you for taking the time and effort – just ordered PE :)

      • Phyrra

        I’m glad you liked it Helen!

    • http://www.Mrskittykaboom.blogspot.com Jeni

      Thanks so much for this post.. so informative! I love posts like these, since SO many companies, if not ALL of them offer same-similar products. Its so hard to know which is better unless you plan spending a small fortune on all of them, and even then I’d much rather be buying other things so 9 times outta 10 I stick with whichever I chose first, even if Im not 100% satisfied with it. :D

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome Jeni!

    • http://makeupfancyblog.blogspot.com MakeupFancyEm

      Thank you so much for doing this post! I’ve been wondering what all the hype is about Pixie Epoxy, and how it’s used, etc. It’s pretty much convinced me I need to try it, and now I know how to use it too. Thank you! <3

      • Phyrra

        Pixie Epoxy is awesome! Stick it is really good, too. I think Shadow Fix is good if you don’t have oily lids like I do.

    • http://daintydarlingdigits.blogspot.com Dainty Darling Digits

      I wish I liked Pixie Epoxy :( I tried so many times and I just find it hard to work and blend over. And on me it creases after a couple hours. I’ve recently rediscovered my love of foiling with Visine through comparing it to PE and UDPP for the blog.

      • Phyrra

        Maybe give Stick It a try? I had no problems blending with it. I’m not a fan of using eye drops because they’re so wet, myself.

    • http://makeupfancyblog.blogspot.com MakeupFancyEm

      I have a question: Have you found that your loose mineral shadows last longer on your eyes when used with PE versus TFSI alone?

      • Phyrra

        I don’t ever wear Pixie Epoxy as an eye shadow primer, I use it as a mixing medium. So this means I always have on an eye shadow primer to begin with. I have very oily lids.

        My shadows last all day with TFSI.
        My shadows last all day with PE on top of TFSI.
        My shadows are brighter/more intense/sparklier if I use PE.

      • WendyD

        I use UDPP as a primer, but I’ve found that:

        UDPP alone: Shadow creases after several hours
        UDPP + PE: Shadow does not crease, or takes longer to crease.


        • Phyrra

          I’ve found I get no creasing with TFSI as a primer :)

          PE is amazing for transforming shadows!

    • Dalila

      Good post :]

      From all four of those, I have only tried Pixie Epoxy, and I really like it, so I think I’ll stick with it. The only thing I dislike with it is the tacky feeling on my eyelids before I apply eyeshadows. Do these other ones give the same feeling? I think the only one that I might buy is the one from Hi Fi, since I’ve really loved their products that I’ve purchased from them in the past.

      • Phyrra

        I don’t really feel like the others leave a tacky feeling, but a bit of a damp feeling.

    • http://bhevarri.blogspot.com/ Bhevarri

      this is a fantastic post! I love when you do stuff like this <3 very nice to see them all compared side by side

    • http://www.lillianfunnyface.blogspot.com Lillian

      Thanks for the great post! Very interesting! I have pixie epoxy and seeing as this showed it performed at least as well as the others i don’t see any need to buy another one :) Though i did just get Evil Shades foiling serum which i haven’t tried yet. Though i think it’s a more traditional foiling liquid, that you mix with eyeshadow and apply instead of applying to the skin first.

      • Phyrra

        I really think PE ix amazing. I haven’t tried the ES foiling serum yet. I always hated foiling with water, it’d be too thick or too runny, so I was glad when PE came out.

    • http://vulcanbutterfly.blogspot.com/ Vulcan_Butterfly

      Interesting post! I enjoy your scientific methods. I do not care for Medusa’s Makeup The Fix, nor do I like their Stick It eyeshadow base. However, I do use their eyeliner seal quite a bit to make eyeshadows/glitters into eyeliners or even to paint on my loose eyeshadows….it makes them stay on well and really brings out the colour!

      • Phyrra

        Sounds like their sealant is good :)

    • http://a-crazy-peach.blogspot.com/ The Peach

      Thanks so much for this comparison! I have wondered about the Hi-Fi Shadow Fix, but never enough to try it. It looks like I’ll be sticking with PE! I guess if it isn’t broke, no need to fix it! PE has worked wonderfully for me, so I don’t see a need to try any of the other products out there.

      • Phyrra

        Yeah, I’m theorizing that Shadow Fix would work well if you don’t have oily lids like I do. It didn’t have too bad of wear, but it did show some wear. I’ve only ever had PE show major wear on me after lots and lots of crying. For normal days it’ll last 12+ hours with no creasing.

    • Emily

      Great comparisons! Thanks for doing this!

      • Phyrra

        You’re welcome!

    • http://sakuradesu.com Sakura

      Phyrra this is an awesome super interesting post XD I only have PE and I really love it. I discovered it in Ana’s blog and it was a revolution for my makeup. It’s good to see other choices.
      Btw, I finally got TFSI at Barcelona’s Sephora, I didn’t know they sell those brands! I went to get some brushes and I came with TFSI and 2 liquid eye liners from UD XD it made my day hehe. And yes, I prefer TFSI over UDPP.

      • Phyrra

        Awesome! I <3 TFSI.

    • http://shopmystash.blogspot.com femputer

      Thank you for this, Phyrra. And your new banner is too cute!

    • http://pammyblogsbeauty.blogspot.com Pammy

      Phyrra! What a fabulous post!!! Great photo comparisons (and such pretty shadows and looks you created!). I am giong to have to try that Pixie Epoxy! Thanks so much for this post!!!!

      • Phyrra

        Definitely give it a try Pammy!

    • http://www.lycanthropica.blogspot.com Holly Jane

      Illamasqua sealing gel is also really good. It’s liquidy and you mix your eyeshadow into it. It is also relatively cheap for a high end brand. Here in Australia you can get two little bottles for $26 AUD

      • Phyrra

        That doesn’t sound too bad at all!

    • http://www.audreydao.com Audrey

      I’ve never used shadow transformers before, but I think I will now. It seems a lot better than wetting the brush with water. I will have to check out the pixie and stuck it

      • Phyrra

        It is far superior to wetting the brush with water, in my opinion. I hated that method!

    • http://www.drugstoreandbargainlover.com Stavroula Plag

      This is such a great post, you put so much effort to do it. Thank you Phyrra :) x

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome hon!

    • http://www.beautyfromanotherplanet.wordpress.com Lorraine ER

      Thank you so much for doing this comparison. I have Pixie Epoxy and it works for me so I think I’ll stick with it. I’m looking for a good alternative to UDPP though..something less expensive would be nice ; D
      Also..when were you crying for 4 hours straight??!
      I hope whatever caused that is over and done with..and if it was a person that made you cry, I’ll totally beat them up for you!

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome! And we had 2 funerals in one week in my family.

    • http://awoodwinkedkindofgirl.blogspot.com Miros

      OMG I love the colors of those eyeshadows, they look great on you!! :) Good job!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Miros!

    • http://eyelinerandspraypaint.blogspot.com robyn

      Great review, Phyrra! Good to know that I’m not missing out on anything with my P.E! I will say to anyone reading that if you’re not sure, get the sample size that Fyrinnae do, it lasts forever!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Robyn!

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    • Fee

      Just came across your comparison Phyrra- I always appreciate your in depth reviews! Pixie Epoxy is my Holy Grail too, but it never hurts to look at alternatives :)
      Just thought I’d point out to anyone interested that I’m not surprised Medusa ‘s The Fix didn’t do anything for you. . . The ingredients read almost exactly the same as TKB’s ready made lipstick base, which doesn’t strike me as particularly suitable for an eyeshadow transforming product!

      • Phyrra

        Glad you like it Fee! I had no idea about the TKB base being similar to the Fix, but it definitely didn’t work very well.

    • http://jerri1962sBlog.blogspot.com/ Jerri Davis

      Wow Pixie really makes a difference in your pictures. Thank you, Jerri