Aromaleigh: Laluna Supernatural Shimmer Powder Trio

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These three highlighters are among my holy grail products.

These are formulated to be used as multi purpose powders for strobing, all over face and body.

These are available in two sizes:

Sample bags containing 1/4 teaspoons of product.

Regular size jar containing ca 7 grams net weight of product.

As always highlighters are notoriously difficult for me to photograph, so please keep in mind that these are much more beautiful in person than in my swatch photos.

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Disclaimer!

I just want to say that nowhere in the description of these powders are there any indication that they are formulated to be lip/eye safe but neither are there any warnings against such use. Therefore I feel that it would have been highly unethical of me to not mention it in this review. Personally I have kept my usage of these products to face and body just to be safe.

 

Laluna Lustre

Official description:

Laluna Lustre is a very fine, silky powder that slightly lightens your skin and gives you a luminous gleam. It’s the most subtle of the trio, but personally, I feel that it gives the most interesting effect because it is so finely milled that your skin becomes radiant with an iridescent glow. This makeup is especially dramatic when applied to your face, especially if you have pale, smooth skin- this makeup actually makes your skin look like glowing moonstone, or marble.

This is the most subtle one of the trio and for me this is my favourite everyday highlighter.

It is formulated with a pearly white base and the shimmer is extremely finely milled which combined makes this a glowy but still subtle highlighter.

As Aromaleigh mentions this can lead this to slightly lighten skin, this is not an issue when I use it as a regular highlighter but whenever I use this as an all-over face powder I can definitely see that it does give a slight lightening effect.

It does give a very interesting effect and the description from Aromaleigh is very spot on. It gives a very ethereal vibe to any makeup look I’m sporting.

This is a perfect highlighter for pale cool-toned skin but I do believe that other skin tones will look good with it aswell, it is more about people’s taste than anything else.

 

Laluna Sparkle

Official description:

Laluna Sparkle contains distinct shimmering iridescent glimmers. In the sunlight or under bright light, it shimmers like radiant tiny diamonds. Apply over skin that you have applied lotion to (preferably with a high SPF, of course!), the effect is even more pronounced, and the product will stay longer on your skin. Twilight Sparkle may slightly lighten your skin, but it is formulated to be suitable for many skintones, in a transparent base.

This has larger shimmer particles compared to Lustre and yes it does look like tiny diamonds when it is applied on skin, actually it reminds me of a long discontinued product from Nivea from when they still produced makeup.

I sometimes use this on my cheekbones when I want to have a more “dramatic” look but in general I do prefer to use this on my body and in particular on my décolleté if I’m wearing a dress or a top.

It really does give an eye-catching effect that is gorgeous but avoids going into the tacky or cheap connotation that products like these often can.

The swatches are taken in different lightning conditions but the sparkles are far more vivid in irl especially when its sunny.

 

Laluna Dazzle

 

Official description:

Laluna Dazzle provides the most intense borealis iridescent sparkle on your skin. Dazzle sparkles beautifully even under indoor lights, and simply, well… “Dazzles” in the bright sunlight. Wear this one when you *want* to be noticed. Apply over skin that you have applied lotion to (preferably with a high SPF, of course!) and the effect is more pronounced and the product will stay longer on your skin. This formula contains pure mineral makeup shimmer in a transparent base, so it can be used on a variety of skin tones.

This one is the queen of sparkles and definitely not an everyday-look item, but it is one of those items that I just need to have in my makeup collection.

Just as with Sparkle this is one that I mostly enjoy using on my body and décolleté but I have on occasion used it on my cheek bones. It gives such a gorgeous but dramatic look that makes me feel ethereal and beautiful.

Just so I have put it out there, I actually sometimes use this beneath my eyes which might not sound like a great idea but is in fact very beautiful in my opinion+it helps hiding away dark under eye circles. This is only in combination with a dramatic eye look and a good concealer.

Of these three formulas this is also the one with the “thinnest” consistency, if it even makes sense of me saying that.

Since it is the only one formulated with a transparent base it might also be more forgiving towards a wider range of skin tones.

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Verdict

I love these highlighters.

They are silky and easy to use, the formula of each of these three are just perfect in my opinion.

I can feel safe recommending these to people but I want to add that it might be a good idea to order a sample if you are unsure since they do have the tendency to slightly lighten skin, something not everyone will like.

 

 

 

 

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Sugarpill: Kim Chi Liquid Lip Color

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This is the liquid lipstick released in collaberation with Kim Chi, participant on Rupaul’s drag race in season eight.

I have to say that I am a huge fan of Kim Chi, I absolutely adored her on the show and I admire her creativity.

 

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Official swatch from Sugarpill.

Official description:

Matte lavender mauve with a subtle, unique blend of transparent aqua and violet sparkles that twinkle brighter as the formula sets! Our creamy, mousse-like formula never feels dry on your lips. Donut scented!

Created by Kim Chi, Chicago-based drag queen and live-action anime character! http://www.kimchithedragqueen.com

Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz.

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Ingredients list.

My opinion:

I have been looking for something like this for a while, a lip product with a gorgeous lavender colour that still features something extra.

One thing I have to say about Sugarpill’s liquid lipsticks is that I see that the brand creates them within a formula based finish. This one does have a similar finish as Trinket, only difference is that the glitter in Kim Chi is a lot more subtle.

The doughnut scent is not horrible but I don’t love it either as I am sensitive to sweet scents. It is a lot more comfortable than the creamsicle scent that Trinket has though.

The shade is really lovely and far from the usual muted lavenders out on the market, don’t misunderstand me this is still a somewhat “soft” shade but it’s not as “watered” down as lavender coloured lip products usually are.

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I also get comments from people that my lips look fuller when I’m wearing this. I’m not sure if I agree but I do love how this looks on me.

But I have to say that compared to the other liquid lipsticks I own from Sugarpill, I found this one to be a lot more drying and it even sometimes crumble when I’m wearing it occasionally. It makes me not reach for Kim Chi as often as I’d want to even though it is a gorgeous shade.

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The packaging is the same as the others with the doe-foot applicator as well.

I love the packaging Sugarpill have for their liquid lipsticks and their formulas.

If you haven’t read me reviewing my other products from Sugarpill, here’s the link Sugarpill collection.

 

Have you tried this?

What do you think about Sugarpill as a brand?

 

June 2017 Anti-Haul

This is my very first anti-haul and I hope you will like this post.

I’ve been fond of anti-hauls for quite some time now and I thought it was about time I made one too.

Let’s start!

 

Urban Decay: Naked Heat Palette

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I love Urban Decay even though I have not tried many of their products. I like their ideas and I especially love their eyeshadow primer potion, that product changed my makeup game to a 100%.

I was never interested in any of the naked palettes, I never understood why those palettes became looked upon as revolutionary since the shades were all dupable and easy to find elsewhere+many were similar to each other.

So when I heard Urban Decay were going to release a new naked palette but that it was going to revolve around oranges, copper and amber shades. Which to me at the time sounded interesting and perhaps something I wanted to include in my makeup collection, I did think to myself that maybe this was something I would want to spend money on.

I like the packaging they choose for this palette, it is gorgeous and really compliments the name.

The shades in this palette are also lovely in their own right, there are a couple of them I’d love to own and use to create a lovely eye look. Especially shades like dirty talk, ashes and lumbre.

But after looking at it more and looking over my makeup collection, I found myself less excited and I’ve decided not to buy it.

I own similar shades but most importantly this palette follows the same “recipe” as the other naked palettes, which means there are few looks I can get out of this palette and most of them will be similar aswell.

In other words this palette, although beautiful, is not something I want to spend money on.

 

Too Faced: Melted Latex

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Initially I thought of buying one of these as the concept sounded interesting but also very different from a lot of the lipsticks on the market. But after looking at the promotion video I was less than impressed.

In the video these looked very sticky and streaky.

In order for me to even think about buying any of these, I will have to see swatches other than from Too Faced’s site.

At the moment these just seems to be tacky and bad looking, like some lip gloss from the 80s that wanted to get a comback. I can be wrong though so I won’t buy this as long as there are no swatches available from customers.

 

Just two products this time but I hope this was enjoyable.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Geek Chic Cosmetics: Solid Scents

I bought four of these and as the name suggests they are solid and the company’s site states on their site, they differ from their liquid “sprites” with their warmer drydown, more subtle scent and longer wear.

Solid perfumes are something that I’ve been trying to get my hands on lately as I remember them being popular way back ago. They are generally much gentler to skin than alcohol based scents and also much more economical in the long run.

Unfortunately they are difficult to come by but I’d really wish this type of perfume became normalised and common.

These come in a practical twist up tube containing net.wt  .07 oz and the price at the website is 3.49.

But how do these hold up?

 

Les femmes tragiques: Queen of shades

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Description: Queen of Shades is a lush mixture of juicy jewels of pomegranate and sweet pearls of acai berry on a bed of sweet, fresh-cut roses, just opening their blossoms. Queen of Shades is a dark yet sweet floral fit for a queen.

Top notes: Fresh-cut roses
Middle notes: Fresh, juicy acai berry
Base notesTiny jewels of pomegranate

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Well I do love the background story as Persephone is one of my favourite greek goddesses but this disappointed me.

The notes and the description made this seem like a “fresh” scent with some sweetness but what I got was instead an artificial candy smell that gave me a severe headache in under fifteen minutes.

Unfortunately for me I could not go home until three hours later and even when I did my best to wash it away, what happened was that it turned into pure sugar and I probably had to wash it off three times more to get the scent away.

I really wanted to like this but it is too sweet and cheap, and the so-called fresh roses are rotting and that’s the only thing “dark” about this scent.

Really disappointed and I believe there are few people who would like it.

 

Badasses of fiction: Executioner

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Description: Executioner is very rich, and it.. well, it just smells like you’d imagine dark red would smell. Like a Victorian parlor, something ancient yet full of life.

Top notes: Deep, dark oakmoss and cool greens
Middle notes: Musk and gentle florals
Base notes: Gourmand of currant and sweet wine

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This one I was really excited for as the notes made this seem like a darker gourmand with some tartness to it.

On the first swipe of this the cool greens, which I believe is mint, are the dominant notes alongside with what I believe is the oakmoss and musk. It’s not bad but it is a scent I would call musty.

After awhile the top notes disappear and I’m left with the most powdery scent I’ve ever come across. It does become a little bit overbearing as it also smells “old” on me.

It is among the better ones of these but I feel that this scent is what i consider an old woman’s scent.

I won’t slam it completely though as I believe there will be some people who this would just smell amazing on, but I am not one of them.

I love the green notes in this though.

 

Badasses of fiction: Crazy loves company

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Description: Crazy Loves Company has an aura of warm amber and soft cocoa, but cotton candy and kettle corn come through clearly and red velvet cake rounds the whole thing out.

Top notes: Red Velvet Cake and sugary cotton candy
Middle notes:
Kettle corn and funnel cake
Base notes:
Amber, musks, and cocoa

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This I’ll admit was only bought because Harley Quinn is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. I did not expect to like this at all since all the notes scream cloyingly sweet but surprisingly enough I find this one quite comfortable to wear.

Don’t misunderstand me this is quite a sweet scent but I still find it likeable for what it is. I believe it is the hint of a salty note that do make this in my opinion a wearable scent and I’m fond of amber no matter what.

It is very lovely and I’m pleasantly surprised since I thought I would hate this one.

I find this scent to be very rounded and whole bodied compared to most sweet candy scents I’ve tried.

 

Badasses of fiction: Quid Pro Quo

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Description: Quid Pro Quo just smells like high society. Like an Italian bakery in a library. It’s basically a gourmet of class.

Top notes: Dry, heady merlot mixed with sweet milk
Middle notes: Fresh baked baguette and crisp, fresh parchment/papyrus
Base notes: Warm vanilla and cool stone

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This one I have a little bit of mixed feelings about.

Straight out of the tube, the scent reminds me of a lip balm I used when I was a child and its weirdly nostalgic.

It is a comfortable scent with warm notes and something cold lurking beneath. It certainly does have some gourmandy notes but they are not the stereotypically sweet notes that people associate with that fragrance group. These are very warm and rounded with a hint of tartness about them.

But the scent has also something cold about it which I believe is the notes that are refered to as cool stone and fresh parchment/papyrus. The last one also gives a drier feel to this fragrance which is welcome since it does not end up being powdery.

But too me this still falls behind a bit.

It ends up to me as a below average scent since it does smell like it could have been “blended” better if you get what i mean.

But in the end it is comfortable to me and very nostalgic, I enjoy wearing this at night when the temperature runs low.

 

Conclusion

I did not expect these to be super complex fragrances as they are extremely cheap.

My view on perfumes is that they don’t need to be “advanced” or complex in order to be good. Even perfumes with only two notes can still be better than most of what you can buy over the counter from designer brands.

But these do not cut that mark for me.

Yes I do actually like two of these, but I rarely reach for them and for me that is a clear sign that I won’t buy more of these or try out the other scents in the line.

To me these scents seem like the work of someone mixing perfumes for the first time or someone using low quality fragrance oils.

Again I did not expect the highest quality or craftmanship due to the price so I’m not slamming neither the company or the person crafting these scents. This is entirely on me as I knew what I possibly would get but I wanted to try them out still.

I have to say that I LOVE the formula itself.

It is quite non – greasy and it does not leave a residue which is a great thing with these solid perfumes. The company deserves all the praise for that as this is something a lot of people experience with solid perfumes.

 

 

Lunatick cosmetic labs: Elvira Mistress of the Dark eyeshadow and blush makeup palette

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Official pic from Lunatick Cosmetics labs.

This is a limited edition palette released to celebrate Elvira’s 35th anniversary.

It is both vegan and cruelty free.

This palette contains one blush and five eyeshadows.

It is also the first product I’ve tried from this brand.

 

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Packaging

The packaging is incredible. It is sturdy despite being made of card board and shaped into a coffin shape, it has a nice magnetic closing which secures the content inside and the palette is quite heavier than I initially thought it would be.

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When you open it up there is pop ups, which I actually think the palette would have been better without but that’s just my opinion. The mirror is in the shape of a dagger blade and it is too small to be used when applying makeup but nice when you are going to do a touch up.

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I do love that the ingredients list on the backside of the palette which i easy to read and also shows which shade is named what. It is easy and organised, making it easier to use this palette.

I love all the details and thought that went into this such as the names of all the shades. If you have watched Elvira:Mistress of the Dark you will get the references throughout this palette.

Of course the image of Elvira on the front rounds the palette up and just makes this palette glorious beyond belief.

 

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Eyeshadows

One quick note about these shades is that they might not seem like they would work together the first time you look at them, but actually this palette is just composed in a way that makes it possible to create different looks.

Of course this palette depends quite a lot on your personal taste.

I can see a couple of combinations that would look great together.

Such as the combination of Macabre-Bone-Unpleasant Dreams or Aunt Morgana-Battitude-Unpleasant Dreams. Those two combinations are the ones that jump at me from this palette but I do see other variations aswell.

Which makes this a very exciting palette since I feel that to create a nice eyeshadow look I don’t need to rummage through my collection to find complimentary shadows. Besides that there are a couple of shades within this palette that I have been on the lookout for.

 

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Aunt Morgana

In the pan: This is a nice shimmery berry shade with no large shimmer specks.

When I was applying this it turned warmer and lost some of its berry tones and showed up a little more like a copper with some purple in it. But the copper does not arrive from the shimmer which still remains in the subtle territory.

It is also packs up a lot of pigment which is something I know a lot of people don’t like but it is smooth on the lid and I enjoy this shade. It is the most subtle and neutral of all the eyeshadows in this palette.

Comparing how it looks like in the pan and how it looks like applied is like night and day. I’m not complaining as the shade really emphasizes my light eyes.

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Primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Battitude

In the pan: Lovely matte sky blue shade.

Applying this is not as smooth as Aunt Morgana and it kicks up product from the pan and takes a little bit of work to blend properly on the lid.

Make no mistake I love this shade since I currently don’t have any matte blue in my collection and this is actually in my opinion a very flattering blue.

It is what I would call a super matte and they do tend to be a little less agreeable than regular mattes with a more sheen to them and they also have a tendency to hate primers.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Unpleasant Dreams

In the pan: Purest of matte black.

I use black eyeshadows to achieve a soft kohl rim around my eyes and I find myself primarily using this for that purpose. I have another matte black, but that one does have a slight sheen to it so I do find this one stiffer which also gives off a better kohl effect than the other one.

In other words I really like this one, it is a nice standard matte black which anyone need in their collection.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Macabre

In the pan: Shimmery rusty bright red with no large shimmer specks.

This is a very gorgeous vegan red.

Vegan reds are notoriously difficult to get right but Lunatick cosmetic labs managed to create a great one.

Macabre is different from my other reds since it is more of a rusty-red. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I find that very wierd since it is a very flattering shade. I like the fact that it avoids becoming an orange-red as those shades don’t flatter my complexion.

This one has the same texture as Aunt Morgana but I find this to be much smoother and easier to work with.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

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Bone

In the pan: Is a matte pure white.

This one was one I had high hopes for since I do miss a great nice opaque white.

I found this one more difficult to work with and being more patchy than Battitude or Unpleasant Dreams even though they are the same formula and finish. It could be that I am using an eyeshadow primer, which is known to not always mesh well with mattes, especially not extreme mattes like this one.

Other than that there is not that much to say about this one as it is a pure white.

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With primer on the right and wihtout on the left.

Blush

This palette contains only one blush which is a fairly neutral one. It makes sense when you  compare it to the rest of the palette since this will make it easy to include in a look without having to make backflips to have something that looks nice.

 

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Superunleaded

In the pan: This is a muted apricot shade which probably gives a very natural looking flush.

WOW!! This one is super pigmented!

Rarely do i feel that i need to be careful with these sort of shades and it is not as muted as it looks like in the pan when you apply this on your cheeks.

It is very similar to my H&M Pure radiance powder blusher in #Apricot only that Superunleaded seems to have a stronger orange undertone while #Apricot has more pink in it.

Anyway I am impressed by this one and I feel that it brings a nice warmth to my face without making me look ruddy as warm blushes has a tendency to do. It does avoid falling into the bronzer category aswell and I do think that this will suit a wide range of skin tones.

It is beautiful.

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The blush is sheered out on the right to give an impression of how it looks like as a blush. The sheered out part came out lighter than I wanted it to be and it looks less pigmented than it really is applied.

 

All in all

This is a great palette and I’d really wish it was permanent and/or possible to buy certain shades individually.

I know that there will be people who will find some of these shades too dry to work with and/or find the shades themselves hard to combine. But for my taste this palette is just perfect despite the shadows being a little bit powdery and some being a bit difficult to blend.

There’s not much with this palette I find worthy of criticism other than the things I’ve already mentioned in this review.

For me this has become one of my favourite palettes lately.

 

 

Aromaleigh Vault: X-Files box

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued shades.

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This was a limited edition box available around late 2015 to early 2016 which contained a fragrance, mini highlighter, nourishing color cream, mini rogue and three mini eyeshadows.

I did not order this box as I did not have the money for it but when the box extras were made available, I did buy one item: namely the nourishing colour cream.

 

Mellifera nourishing color cream

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Described as a warm coppery rose with a honey confectionary scent by Aromaleigh.

It is a nice everyday colour that is immensely beautiful but I do believe that this was not a winner among people with pigmented lips as it is very sheer. The official descrption is very spot on with this shade but it forgets to mention how sheer it actually is.

It has a sweet honey fragrance that I dislike. Different from my other lip products from Aromaleigh the smell is very sweet and I can smell it while wearing it which makes me not capable of wearing it for more than 10 minutes, most often even less than a minute.

Honestly I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this in my collection and unfortunately it is only because of the scent, which saddens me since the shade is so gorgeous+that it is very moisturizing.

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Aromaleigh Vault: Hydra Menagerie

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued shades.

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This was released in May 2015 as this month’s menagerie. This mini collection featured three eyeshadows and one blush inspired by the myth of the Hydra.

A very gorgeous collection indeed.

 

Hydra

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Official description:

The daughter of Ekhidna and Typhon, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits. It possessed many heads, and for each head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. The Hydra was conquered by the heroic Herakles while Karkinos, the crab, bit at his feet…Herakles dipped his arrows into the Hydra’s blood after vanquishing it, and used those poison arrows to conquer the Stymphalian Birds and the giant Geryon.

This shade is part of the Hydra Menagerie. The Menagerie is a new Aromaleigh project, where I’ll be formulating other shades and products to go with each month’s mythical creature. The Hydra Menagerie features three eyeshadow colors (“Hydra”, “Ekhidna” and “Karkinos”, and a purple blush (“Pharmakon”).

Color Description: A rich deep blue-violet base with an incredible color traveling duochrome that ranges from gold to green to teal as you move it under a light source.. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base in skintone, photographed under a daylight lamp.

 

My opinion:

Not among my favourites but I like this one more than Ravenstag, which is the only Aromaleigh eyeshadow I’ve felt did not suit me at all.

My description of this shade will be the same as Aromaleigh with the exception that I feel that the base has a slight hint of green to it. This is one of those eyeshadows that really changes depending on light source and what you combine it with I feel.

The truth is that I don’t use this as often as I would like to.

But I’ve found out is a type of shade Aromaleigh do that often pops up in collections. Take the fact that it is quite similar to Ravenstag and I’ve seen others aswell.

These types of shades do not work that well with my complexion, but they are gorgeous on the right person and I do believe this one is going to be given away to someone who will cherish it.

I did my best trying to capture Hydra but the pictures came out grainy.

 

Pharmakon

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Official description:

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My opinion:

This is for me the perfect blush. It is a lovely  lavender with beautiful green shift that gives this an ethereal glow on skin.

I love it and I’m saddened that this has been disontinued since it is one of my favourite blushes and is really wearable for us with pale skin as it does soften to a bit more pink on skin depending on how much you sheer it out. In other words this might look like it a “scary” blush but it really isn’t depending on how you use it.

I do prefer this applied in a way that makes the lavender pop and the green shift with it.

Really saddened by the disconinuation but I’ve stocked up.

The swatch photos does not showcase the green shift as much and I did take them at different light sources. The sheered part does not showcase how it looks like on skin entirely, it came out too muddied.