PHRYNE - Eyeshadow

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PHRYNE - Eyeshadow

A beautiful coral with strong gold and copper chrome effects.

"Phryne was a Greek Hetaira in classical Athens. She lived after the laws of Solon, a misogynistic statesman who passed laws curtailing the advancement of women in Athenian society. With Solon's death, the life of a sex worker in Athens improved, though they were still fairly crappy compared to a time before him. They wereallowed to own property and often made enough money to retire on their own.

Phryne was a stage name, referring to the yellowish color of her skin. She was considered very beautiful and modeled for contemporary artists. Phryne was an incredibly successful courtesan. At one time she had enough money that she offered to restore the walls of Thebes after they're destruction by Alexander the Great. The city refused because of the condition that the restoration would include writing "destroyed by Alexander, restored by Phryne the Courtesan" on the walls. Of course, since Phryne was so successful she became very popular socially. She became incredibly influential and even powerful, so much so that politicians of the city began to fear her.

During a festival for Poseidon, Phryne stripped down and made an offering to the god by wading into the water in front of all the festival goers. This was used as a convenient excuse to bring the lady to court. She was charged with profaning at a festival, something that could earn one a death sentence. She was defended by one of her clients, a lawyer named Hypereides.

Phryne was subject to a great deal of prejudice from the court. She was in a desperate situation and in an effort to clear her name, Hypereides stripped her down again and said "How could a festival in honor of the gods be desecrated by beauty which they themselves bestowed? x" Much to the surprise of everyone, the nudity defense succeeded. The court did not want to anger the gods so they let Phryne walk, they made sure to ban the nudity defense in all further trials though.

Phrynes story is one of the most popular from Greek history. It has inspired many paintings and literary works by artists such as Baudelaire, Saint-Saens and Gerome."

source-- Wikipedia/ wiki/Phryne

IGNIS ANTIQUITA is a permanent collection of eyeshadows inspired by the amazing, fiery, passionate, strong women who have been largely forgotten in our history books, or had their histories revised due to the fact that they were women. Historically seen as the weaker sex, women were typically unable to contribute to politics, academia, science, or war. 

The name "Ignis Antiquita" is beautifully representative of the sentiment behind this collection. It is Latin, and translates to English as "Ancient Fire" or "Fire of Old". Ignis is fire- as it relates to the fiery spirit and passion. Antiquita is old, ancient, time-honored, revered, primeval. The collection features women from ancient times, spanning many cultures and areas. While not everyone spoke Latin, it is undoubtedly one of the most widely spoken languages of the ancient world, which many current day languages are rooted in.

APPLICATION TIPS: These colors apply best over a light layer of primer, patted or brushed gently. The effects of the colors become muted if you use heavy primer or a strong glue/epoxy type of primer- or foiling. Best effects are achieved with a light layer of a primer such as Nyx or Two Faced eyeshadow primer. Repeated brushing or buffing will also mute the chromatic effects. You can use them without primer, but the chromatic effects will be more delicate and only visible in certain lighting.

INGREDIENTS: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), May contain: (Silica (+) Bronze/Copper/Aluminum Powder), Ferric Oxide (CI 77491), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Chromium Oxide (CI 77288), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)


  • Full Size: Approximately 1.6 grams net weight in jar with sifter
  • Deluxe Sample: 1/4 tsp in jar. no sifter.
  • Sample baggie: 1/8 teaspoon (enough for several applications).

NOTE: While we have made all attempts for photographs to accurately depict colors, photography unfortunately does not accurately reveal the depth and interplay of color and effect of these shadows. Also, please note that variations do exist between different computer monitors.