I was a teenager of the nineties. When I lived in the burbs, we had one store, Radio Swap, that sold cool nineties accoutrements: cassette tapes, psychedelic accessories, Manic Panic hair dye, silver body jewelry, etc. Quality glitter was almost obsolete in the suburbs. Glitter was not the easiest thing to obtain, but a makeup must.
Before the quarantine, I found the holy grail of glitter. Glitter that stayed. Glitter that could be used in the eye area – even for contact lens users. Last winter, I was in Lincoln Park for a refreshing workout class at StudioFuse. I decided to walk over to Kryolan. I’d read about Kryolan in a magazine; it was a well respected professional makeup shop. I’d always wanted to visit, but never got around to it. So yoga mat in tow, I popped into a sunlight sparkly store.
Since we can’t go shopping, I thought I’d share my pictures. Kryolan sells a wide variety of makeup and accessories. Where else can you find glitter, unicorn horns and fake blood in one place? Put this on your list of places to visit.
The staff was extremely helpful and patient. I was delighted at the glitter and color choices; it was an extravaganza. I went through the testing samples, and the Customer Service helped me keep the glitter off my clothes and made helpful suggestions. I was able to try and find the perfect shades of glitter. Even if you are not a glitter crazed adult (like me), Kryolan could be your Halloween heaven.
Kryolan also hosts classes.
It was hard not to go overboard. I wanted to buy everything. My favorite purchase was the pre-mixed glitter Multi Gels. I use these on my hair and on my eyes. I wear contacts and the glitter stays in place until I remove it. The eyeshadow may be used with or without water to build intensity. It lasts all day.
The swatches on my hand below are the multi-gels in light gold, silver, pastel pink, and pastel red.
Once the glitter dries, the glitter does not budge (see video below). It washes off with soap and water. Each tube is under $5. And yes, the glitter is cruelty free.
Mandatory makeup has fallen out of my daily routine. While filming and swatching the glitter samples, I realized how much I miss wearing fun makeup. I forgot how relaxing makeup application can be. I’m glad I splurged on the holy grail of glitter.
Check out Kryolan online, on Instagram live, (or after quarantine) at 2034 N Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614.