Aromaleigh v2.1’s Matte Saga One collection review

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  • Manufacturer: Aromaleigh
  • Availability: from the company's webstore beginning September 2015
  • Contains: 12 eyeshadows
  • Cost/Amount: USD$6.50 for 1.2 grams / 0.035 ounces; USD$1.25 for a sample baggie, USD$12.50 for sample collection
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Aromaleigh v2.1’s Matte Saga One collection

I really wanted to love these. I really did. I remember Aromaleigh v1’s mattes: great consistency, applied well wet or dry, not chalky or clayey…just really great mattes in a variety of colors. Sadly, this is not a return to that formula. These work fine for dry application. They don’t like foiling with water. They get all clumpy and skippy when they’re not outright hydrophobic. Since I foil my shadows with water 90% of the time that I foil them (which is about half the time), these shadows don’t work for the way that I work. Thus, even though they’re very attractive shades and dry-over-primer works quite well, I won’t be getting any of these in full-size. I don’t want to start having a collection where I have to remember which shadows can and can’t be applied which ways. That’s just too much effort on my part, for something that’s supposed to make my day/life more enjoyable. I have many other options.

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You can see the most problematic shades - Brunhilde, Idunn, and Sif - and see the unevenness of these. This result, after - with each shadow - I really really fought to get them to cooperate. I mixed, I jiggered the water-to-shadow ratios, I palped and pulped the lumpy sodden mass with a tiny cosmetic spatula. I think I spent a full minute with each of these shadows' samples, and still they applied unevenly. (And with Sif, especially, I had to blow and then brush away still more clumps from the swatch, after it dried.) Sorry, not sorry, I am not putting that much effort into trying to get a shadow to behave when other options exist.

This collection contained:

  • Angrboda — dusty teal matte (closest to PEM:Nettles)
  • Astrild — faded mauve-rose matte (closest to PEM:Angelica)
  • Beyla — softened rose matte (closest to PEM:Nutmeg)
  • Brunhilde — ashy tan matte (closest to PEM:Pebble)
  • Embla — (closest to PEM:Boronia)
  • Freya — (closest to PEM:Chestnut)
  • Hel — (closest to PEM:Raven)
  • Idunn — (closest to PEM:Herb)
  • Sif — (closest to PEM:Echo)
  • Verdandi — (new shade)

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