Aromaleigh posted to their Facebook page, asking for beauty bloggers interested in doing some swatching, so I figured, why not?! I’ve been really wanting to try Aromaleigh eyeshadows, since they look so beautiful. I had actually right before this put in an order of some colors from the Okeanides Collection, so they just shipped it all in the same package. So I got a million little baggies all at once! Ha! I guess I’ll start with this collection, and then later do swatches and a review of the other things I picked up.
First of all, my overall impression: These colors are stunning. They aren’t ridiculously sparkly like some other brands, which many of you will be thankul for. Not everyone out there is a sparkle-whore. What’s amazing about these colors is the duochrome. They are so complex and interesting. I was really impressed. I took a ton of pictures to try to capture the complexity of these colors. They also blend really well together.
But now, swatches!
Othreis: Aromaleigh describes Othreis as “a beautiful, delicate gold to green color traveling duochrome in a plush matte fawn base.” This is a pretty accurate description from what my eyes see. The base color looks a bit like a warm pink with tons of gold sparkles. I don’t see as much of the green color. It is there, but it’s very subtle.
Ekho: Aromaleigh describes Ekho as “a soft warm carmel shade, with a lively verdant duochrome.” To me, this is a rosy-rust color with a green duochrome. Very naturally beautiful. I will be wearing the hell out of this color.
Heliades: Aromaleigh describes Heliades as “a warm golden tan with a very strong red to copper duochrome effect.” The description is 100% accurate. The copper/red shift is super strong here. The base color is a pale mustard-y color. I don’t think that color will suit me, but I’m certainly going to give it a try. It’s stunning!
Hesperides: Aromaleigh describes Hesperides as “a plush terracotta shade with a strong golden to chartreuse color traveling duochrome.” I get the terracotta color. That’s a great description of the base color. It has a strong golden shift to it – very strong. I didn’t see the chartreuse shift, though, unfortunately. But it’s such a complex color that I’m sure it would show in the right light.
Byblis: Aromaleigh describes Byblis as “an exquisite warm green with a very strong red/copper duochrome.” Again, the description is accurate. The duochrome here is very, very strong. Over glitter glue, you can barely even see that there is a base color here!
Daphnis: Aromaleigh describes Daphnis as “a rich chestnut brown with a vibrant color traveling duochrome that shifts from blue to teal to green.” This color is really complex – over different bases it looks TOTALLY different, which is pretty damn cool. Over glitter glue, it has a strong blue/purple shift. Over white base, it feels more green and a bit more subdued. I didn’t expect this to be a favorite, but it is definitely intensely beautiful – and a favorite!
Kyllene: Aromaleigh describes this color as “a warm medium brown plush matte base with a brilliant green to teal duochrome.” To me, this looked like a rusty brown with an extremely strong green shift.
Dryope: Aromaleigh describes this as “a real chameleon – it shifts from chestnut to brownish green, while the duochrome overlay shifts from red to aqua!” This color has a green base. Over glitter glue, it’s got a very pink duochrome. Over a white base, it’s more olive green-brown with a few scattered pink sparkles.
Pitys: Aromaleigh describes this color as “a chestnut-purple plush base, with color shifting effects of chartreuse to gold to green.” This color is a dark dusty mauve with copper-gold shift, but over glitter glue, you can really see the green. It’s such a complex color. I am really in love with it.
Kraneia: Aromaleigh describes this color as “a deep breen (brown-green) with a strong red to violet duochrome” This is a stunning dark gray with fuchsia sparkles with an intense magenta shift. WOW. This is stunning.
*All opinions are my own. I was sent the Dryades Collection to swatch and review.*