TOMOE - Eyeshadow

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TOMOE - Eyeshadow

Tomoe is an extremely dark brown which can look black, russet or violet toned, depending on the light. Veils of tonal color within this base shift the color with copper, blue and green.

Tomoe Gozen is a legendary fighter during the Genpei war. Some call her the only true female samurai, though the term "onna musha" or "onna bugeisha" is a more accurate description. Her skill with the sword, naginata, bow and arrow, and intense loyalty have made her the most famous female fighter in Japan. She was said to have been "well respected by men." So much so that she led soldiers for her daimyo as one of his senior captains. (Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi)

Second to her ability in combat was her beauty. In the Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike, translation by Helen Craig McCullough), Tomoe Gozen is described to be "especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features." Some legends tell that she was the vicious reincarnation of a river goddess. wiki/Tomoe_Gozen

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.