Aromaleigh v2’s Earth Sea Sky collection review

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  • Manufacturer: Aromaleigh
  • Availability: limited edition; available beginning in July 2012 through the webstore
  • Contains: 20 eyeshadows
  • Cost/Amount: USD$7 for 1.2 grams; $1 for a sample baggie
  • Would you purchase again: some of the colors, yes
Aromaleigh v2’s Earth Sea Sky collection

A collection of shades inspired by Aromaleigh v1’s En Pointe shadows. This means that the finishes are mostly satin or low-shimmer, there are several duotone shadows, and if you want more color opacity you’ll do best to stipple the shadows on when applying dry over primer, and use just a little bit less water (or whatever foiling agent you use) when applying wet. Some of the shades didn’t appeal to me, mostly the browns. (I also need to curb my enthusiasm for blues and purples, but I’ve done fairly good about not buying every fourth brown eyeshadow I see just because it has a pink or gold interference-finish, or blue or purple tones in the color itself.)

Honestly, though, these colors did surprise me when I swatched them. The ones that I initially thought I wouldn’t be too interested in, pretty much held; while a few of the colors turned out to be more interesting than I anticipated. Skylark is a nice shade of white with a very faint pink iridescence, but I’m less fond of white eyeshadows unless they’ve got something incredibly special about them - and this isn’t special enough for me. Petalsweet is a nice enough gilded baby-pink…but I prefer pinks with more of an edge. Solaraura and Shadowbrook are a bit too warm for my preferences; and Moonless is nice, but I already own Elegie and while I like the color, I don’t like it enough to get two variations that are so similar.

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I had thought that Spiritmist and Gildedoak would be something I’d want in full size. Turns out Gildedoak didn’t impress me as much when swatched and viewed under indoor lighting (which, since the Puget Sound region doesn’t get very much sun, would be the eyeshadow’s native environment.) Spiritmist did look as interesting! Cloudburst was a last-minute “buy it full-size” decision: a faded periwinkle blue with a faint pink overlay. I don’t really have anything like Morningashes in my collection. Duskscream looks a bit more rust-orange than red-brown, and has a very faint gold shimmer besides. Fleurvervain reminds me of Aromaleigh’s Cupid: a cool pinked lilac with lavender tones, not the medium-lilac it appears to be in the Aromaleigh swatch photos. Holyground is a really nice red-brown that kind of reminds me of Eos. And I’m still debating about Indigoapex: on the one hand, I like how the color looks. On the other hand, I have enough blues, even deeper blues like this shade! (Now watch. In about a week I’ll cave.)

I ran out of time this weekend - I didn’t get a chance to swatch the final four colors in this collection.

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