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 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.