I fell off the map a bit after my last post, as I was rushing like a crazy person to get some University work done. That's all done with now, though, so I can get through some of my mammoth blog post list! First up is little rant all about Aromaleigh.
I've been raving about Aromaleigh in comments and on Twitter for a while, but haven't really blogged about them. At present, Aromaleigh make my favourite eyeshadows ever. Given that (including samples) I own around 500 eyeshadows, that's a pretty big accomplishment. For me, I just can't resist the Aromaleigh Rocks! Sonic Eyeshadows, because they make the world's best green, Estranged. I'm a little obsessed with Rocks!, I own 18 full-size so far and 8 samples and have more sitting in my cart. Little by little, I will own them all. Kristen kindly sent me a bumper-bag of samples of their other eyeshadows to show me that they make fabulous stuff outside of the Rocks! collection (and they do) but nothing can pull me away from my Rocks!, all of which I bought myself.
The Rocks! eye collection is the result of years and years of requests for more vivid colors. Yes, lots of women love the simplicity of mineral cosmetics and the creativity of loose powders and also have a yen for colors on the wild side!
One day, we realized that we couldn't limit ourselves to solely "natural" mineral pigments any longer... but to produce the brighter shades and palette, we'd have to incorporate organic dyes (commonly referred to as D&C in ingredient listings) into many of the colors.
No surprise that I'm a little bit crazy about them, then. Some of the Rocks! colours even react under blacklights. Aromaleigh manage to make my five favourite green eyeshadows, Estranged, Greenhell, Ozone, Strychnine and Trillium.
Check out my EOTD using them here.
Everything they make is pigmented, goes on smooth and works well wet or dry. Their product swatches are ridiculously accurate (far more accurate than my own swatches are. I've tried in vain to swatch my Aromaleigh stuff, and every single time, somehow, I screw it up. Either they're too close, I forget which is which, I smudge them or they simply don't photograph. I can't comment on your monitor's calibration, but for me, their swatches are spot-on, and the colour descriptions are really accurate, too).
They make regular charitable donations, list coupon codes on their website and do weekly 25% off sales that cycle through their products. They're continually coming out with new shades and collections, and make the most popular shades from limited edition runs permanent, as well as bringing back the collections for a short period (right now Spring Solstice is back, so I'm snagging myself a full-size jar of Trillium).
If this post reads like one huge endorsement, that's because it is. I'm pretty much just a squeeing fangirl by this point. I know, it isn't as funny when I actually like a company, and I'm sure some cynics will assume Aromaleigh bought me a new car, or something (I don't drive, incidentally), but occasionally I also like to rant about things which make me happy.
If you've never tried anything from them, I really recommend you do, particularly for eyeshadows. I dig the Rocks! the most, but they have some completely stunning mattes like the Hi-Fi Retro Mattes everyone's going on about, some complex, dramatic colours like the Gothic Lolita and Bête Noire collection, and really lovely metallic finishes in the Elemental & Opulant Lustre collections.
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There is a downside. Of course there's a downside, there's always a downside. It only affects the non-yanks among us, however, and it isn't Aromaleigh's fault. The first time I ordered, I got smacked with a pretty hefty customs charge on my order. If you're unfamiliar with how customs charges work and you live in the UK, you can read up on them here.
You don't have to pay it, if your parcel arrives and you're notified that there's charges to pay on it, you can always refuse them, it'll return the package to Aromaleigh and they will refund you for your order. But don't pay it, then complain to the company and expect them to refund the charges for you - think about it, it's not their fault where you live, or what your country's customs laws are.
On my last order, I didn't get any charges at all, so I'm not sure what's going on there. In future, I'll just get my Aromaleigh fix by doing a swap with an American (Phyrra kindly offered), so if any fellow Brits run into the same problem, making a friend across the pond might be the way to go.