When I purchased the Ignis Antiquita Collection, I also picked up a couple other samples, and received some free samples. Woo! More swatches to put out into the universe! Yesssss.
Really, I think I love swatching my eyeshadows more than actually using it. I think it’s because so many are so complex that it’s like a mystery. When you get a small baggie with this eyeshadow, it may look TOTALLY different loose than when applied. It’s so much fun to actually get to see how the colors really come together.
Anyway, back to my story. Aromaleigh swatches. This post has been a long time coming. I’ve prob had these sample baggies for, I don’t know, a bajillion years (or weeks). These are pretty random, from various collections. A couple of the free samples I got are from discontinued lines, which sort of sucks, but luckily they are still available, in case I want to buy the full sizes before they are gone forever.
I love this eyeshadow. Both this color and #Lovenotfear are from Aromaleigh’s Autism Awareness special collection, which I think is awesome. I think the fact that money is donated to support Autism Awareness is kickass. Anyway, onto the color. It’s a light brown with a strong blue green shift. Really, it’s gorgeous. The duochrome effect is really strong, which is cool too. Also, just read what the website says about this color:
“I chose a rich mauve/taupe base with a greenish/teal highlight tone, because these colors are neither very warm nor very cool- they are more neutral and can lean in either direction. While the #lovenotfear color that I designed was very muted and geared towards even autistic women who don’t wear makeup or barely wear makeup, this shade departs into more daring territory- it is deeper toned and more dramatic. I like to think that it reflects the intensity of the autistic experience!”
Here is a blog post about this color as well, which is beautiful.
One thing to note. On the website, it’s spelled “Ukasima,” but the ‘si’ sound is technically pronounced ‘shi’, at least how I learned how to use Romaji. No biggie. I just spell it with the h is all. Anyway, this eyeshadow is from the Serpens collection, which, let’s be honest – a makeup collection named after dragons is pretty badass. The website cites a book called Dragonlore: From the Archives of the Grey School of Wizardry, which describes Ukashima as a dragon that brings sadness and disaster. That’s so awful for such a lovely color. The color of the eyeshadow is a weird gray-beige color with silver sparkles. SO unique. I’ve not seen a color like this, so I am going to have to buy the full size of this one.
Farfarello is from the Diavoli collection, which is I think the newest collection at Aromaleigh. Each eyeshadow in the set is a different devil, which again, the theme of this collection is awesome. The color itself is a dark brownish purple with red/pink sparkles.
Fateful Storm –
This color is from a contest past June, and it’s “in honor of the June 6th D-Day Invasion, in which weather played a crucial factor.” Very cool! This eyeshadow is a weird olive green with orange sparkles. I love it.
Guise is from the “Alchemie” collection, which is now discontinued. This color is still available in limited amounts, but it’s not going to be made anymore. To me, it’s a neutral burnished gold. But when going to the website to see how Aromaleigh describes this color, it says “Guise is an exquisite mid-tone olive with a silvery sparkle highlight.” That’s not at all what I saw. Very…interesting. I mean, regardless, this is a beautiful color. But it’s odd that what I see versus what they describe is so different.
Sabine is one of my favorite samples that I received. It’s from the discontinued Bete Noir collection, and boy is it lovely. It’s a dark copper with large pink sparkles. It’s very unique. I really did not expect to love this one so much, and it’s sad that it’s discontinued. I may have to pick up the full size here….
Note: All swatches are with Darling Girl’s Glitter Glue on the left and NYX white base on the right.