Aromaleigh Serpens collection

I feel like I’ve been on a big Aromaleigh kick lately. The reason is that I’ve made a couple of orders this year, with the new Ephemera box and the Feast of Lupercal collection. While I was at it, I decided to order just a couple more samples to feed my addiction.

I’ve been eyeing the Serpens collection for a while. I didn’t buy the whole Serpens collection, but I did choose 9 different shades to try. Luckily samples are only $1 each, so I didn’t have to feel guilty splurging on less than $10 of samples.

I purchased these a while ago – sorry for the delay on swatches. Even though I ordered a while ago, I wanted to callout the turnaround time for Aromaleigh. Officially, the website says 4-8 business days. My order took exactly one week to be placed, shipped, and received. Now that is amazing!

  • Ordered: Jan 8th
  • Shipped: Jan 13
  • Received: Jan 15

Anyway, onto the Serpens collection!!

Theme
This is a really gorgeous collection from Aromaleigh inspired by dragons and their lore from around the world.

From the Aromaleigh website:

Serpens is our creative response to many requests we’ve gotten to do a “Game of Thrones” inspired collection. While we love doing an occasional pop culture collection, our true love is history and mythology. This collection is representative of that, and we hope it fills your dragon void…

 

Swatches (all swatched use Darling Girl’s Glitter Glue on the left and NYX white base on the right)

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Akurra

From the website:

Akurra is an aboriginal serpent deity who was associated with the fertility and greening of the land. In her research, Kristen has been finding that a lot of dragon mythology intersects with stories about serpent deities, in all areas of the world. Some cultures regard water serpents as dragons, and some dragons are called “wyverns” (worms) and have two short arms and wings, while some don’t have wings at all.

Akurra is a greenish gold with green and gold sparkles.IMG_5023 IMG_5024 IMG_5031

 

Ihuaivulu

From the website:

Ihuaivulu is a South American volcano dragon, described as having a serpent-like body with burnished copper and red scales. Ihuaivulu is similar to the Greek Hydra, and has seven heads. It lives in volcanoes and breathes fire.

Ihuaivulu is a rosey copper color.IMG_5025 IMG_5026 IMG_5032

 

 

Gargouille

From the website:

Gargouille was a water-spouting dragon (more like a serpent dragon, because of its long snake like body) who appeared in the Seine River in France. It was said to terrorize boats and flood the land. In the legend, Saint Romain, the archbishop of Rouen, lured the monster to shore using a convict, and then made a cross with his fingers to tame the monster. He then led it into town where it was slaughtered. Some accounts said it was burned. The accounts of burning said that neither the monster’s head or neck would burn, so they were mounted on the town’s cathedral to display God’s power. The creature was then said to have been carved onto buildings to be used as a water drainage, therefore creating the modern gargoyle.

This color is copper from one angle. And it was green burnished gold with LOTS of gold and green sparkles. I didn’t love it at first, but as I applied it, the more I liked it. This is one of my favorites from this collection.IMG_5027 IMG_5028 IMG_5033

 

Ddraig Goch

From the website:

Ddraig Goch, “The Red Dragon” of Wales, is one of the most well-known dragons of all. It is synonymous with the Welsh people, and is on their flag. This color is inspired by that flag- the red dragon on a field of white and warm green.

Ddraig Goch is a dark, warm red – like the super trendy marsala color. It has LOTS of green sparkles.IMG_5029 IMG_5030
Ukashima

From the website:

Ukasima is a great white-scaled dragon that dwells in the Ukasima Lake at Yama-shiro near Kyoto, Japan. “It is said that every 50 years the dragon ascends from the lake and takes the form of a golden songbird, or a o-goa-cho. The dragon’s songs, however, bring only sadness and misery to the land and are reminiscent of the mournful sound of wolf song. The sight of sound of this creature is a portent of disaster and ill fortune. The Ukasima Dragon is usually a herald for severe drought. The last reported sighting of the o-goa-cho was in April of 1834. Widespread famine and an outbreak of plague followed this last sighting of the Ukasima Dragon.”

You know I already love Ukashima. So, while I didn’t order it with this batch, I decided I should swatch it here, since it fits. Here’s a link to the previous post of it, just in case you are curious. This color (called Ukasima on the Aromaleigh website) is a yellowed beige loaded up with silver sparkles. It’s one of my top favorite eyeshadows, actually. IMG_5036 IMG_5037 IMG_5038 IMG_5039
Shimchong

From the website:

This is “Shimchong” a softer Serpens shade. It is based on the Chinese folk tale about the blind man’s daughter and the dragon king, Sagara…Rather than doing a shade directly inspired by a dragon, we chose to do this one based on a character in a beautiful Chinese folk Tale about a dragon.. It represent’s Shimchong, the blind man’s daughter, who is married off to the dragon king and later returns to her Father, disguised as a lotus flower

This color is a warm rose with pink and silver sparkle with traces of blue and green shimmer as well. IMG_5041 IMG_5042 IMG_5043 IMG_5061
Kinabalu

From the website:

Kinabalu is a giant blue-scaled dragon said to have lived at the top of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. This dragon owned a grand pink pearl that the Chinese Emperor desired.

This color is violet with a pretty blue sheen. I don’t think this is a super unique color. I’m not as in love with it as I expected, although it is beautiful. I think just as my collection grows, it’s harder and harder to find colors that completely wow me. IMG_5044 IMG_5045 IMG_5046 IMG_5063
Tarasque

From the website:

The Tarasque is a bizarre chimera-like creature, described as a dragon, and found in the legends of Provence, France.

Speaking of colors that wow me, this is one of those. It’s very hard to describe. It’s a purpley gray with many colored sparkles, including pink, blue, green, and purple. I feel like every time I look at this color, I see something different… which really fits in with the chimera theme here. You definitely should pick this one up!IMG_5047 IMG_5048 IMG_5049 IMG_5064
Fafnir

From the website:

Fáfnir is a dragon of Norse Volsungsaga, who is said to be the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Smaug”. Fáfnir was originally a dwarf, the son of Hriedmar and brother of Otir and Regin, but got transformed into a dragon by the ring Andvarenaut. Fafnir had stole a fortune given to the dwarves by the gods as a ransom for Otir’s death, and the ring Andvarenaut was in the fortune. The ring then transformed him into a greedy dragon that guarded his treasure to his death. He later died at the hands of Sigurd Fåvnesbane.

To me, this color looks like a dark, metallic rose. The description on the site says there is a purple to metallic copper duochrome, but I didn’t see that when I swatched. It’s a nice color, though, for sure.IMG_5050 IMG_5051 IMG_5052 IMG_5065
Belthir

From the website:

In Scottish legend, Belthir is a dragon with black scales and fiery red eyes who lurks in the mountains of Glen Coe. (But if your google Belthir, you’ll most likely come up with a pile of results in relation to a video game. Our inspiration isn’t that Belthir!)

This has a dark purple base and over either white base or a sticky base, it pulls dark purpled maroon. It has a lot of sparkles, especially blues and greens. This is a very complex color, which I appreciate. For some reason, I don’t love it, though. I think I might be over the marsala trend already.IMG_5053 IMG_5054  IMG_5055IMG_5066

 

 

Final thoughts: I think I am learning more about what I like and don’t like. The colors that I tend to like the best are very complex, and generally neutral. But sometimes, I find bright colors that I love too, so I won’t give up on those for sure! As always, I’m very happy with my Aromaleigh purchase. My favorites from this batch are Gargouille, Tarasque, and Ukashima.

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