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February 7, 2015

Indie Weekends: Aromaleigh Feast of Lupercal Collection Review

The Aromaleigh Feast of Lupercal Collection is the Valentine's Day collection, inspired by the ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia, which took place in February. They offered this collection in the new deluxe sample size jars, so I knew I had to give them a try, and see how they are!

AboutAromaleigh opened back in 1998, and was one of the first indie cosmetic companies to be started. Kristen is the owner, and is based in South Carolina. They offer a few fandom related collections, including Hannibal, Sherlock, and the Hunger Games, but most of their collections are historically and mythologically inspired. The monthly Ephemera subscription began January 2015.

Shipping - My order shipped 3 days after I ordered, and it arrived 2 days later via USPS from South Carolina to California.

Product Size - I purchased this collection in the new deluxe sample jars, but this collection is also available in sample or full size form as well. I want to note how much I love these deluxe sample jars, the lid is very secure, you can see in the photo above that the lid itself is about the same height as the rest of the jar. It screws on securely and I am not afraid of it unscrewing itself like other brand's mini jars do. They do not have sifters, which I actually prefer, so that is a nice bonus for me.

Free Samples - I always receive 4 free samples with every order.

Caprotina - "A beautiful neutral brown with undertones of smoke and olive, sparkling with borealis shimmer."

There were a multitude of colorful sparkles in this shade, I could see yellow, gold, teal, and silver. A very pretty neutral that I think would pair nicely with Luperci.

Faunus - "A soft mossy green with gold tones, and interference shimmers of blue and violet."

I seem to have accumulated a lot of similar shades to this one lately, I feel like I must have at least a few very close to this. It does have a bit of a metallic sheen, so that sets it apart a little. I think this would pair well with Juno.

Februata - "A lovely cool pink with a strong gold interference shimmer and rose sparks."

This shade has a lot of golden shimmer in it, and I would probably use it with Feronia. But it would probably also look good with Trivia.

Feronia - "A rich 'Marsala' brown frost base with a pink iridescence and sparkles."

I really like this shade, it's not quite brown, it's not quite pink, but it has lots of pink sparkle to it. I think it would look good with Februata, Rumina, or Vestales.

Juno - "A deep muted violet frost with a shimmering evergreen metallic overlay, which produces some really unique effects."

This one is kind of hard to see the green sparkle unless you're really up close, but it's there along with a slight purple sheen almost. It's very interesting, but might be too dark to really see the effects blended out.

Lucina - "A pale yellow with strong gold, red and violet sparkle."

This shade is similar to two of the shades from the Sol Invictus collection, where they are mostly made of glitter. The website says this can be used over other shadows, but I think it would also work well as a highlight.

Luperci - "A reddish brown with pewter tones and a shimmering metallic indigo blue overlay with blue sparks."

This might be my favorite shade of the collection, it was so complex! Tons of blue sparkle, along with a slight golden undertone, and a silvery sheen. The base shadow itself is like a slight reddish brown, I think this one would look good with almost any other shade in the collection.

Rumina - "A silvered mauve/pink with an aqua iridescence and shimmer."

The sheen on this shade was kind of greenish, but also kind of blueish, very pretty. I think you could pair this with Februata and Feronia for a beautiful Valentine's Day look.

Trivia - "A soft black frost base with a strong red/violet interference shimmer and sparkle."

This was probably my least favorite shade, only because it's a black base with just a bunch of purple sparkle in it. Not that unique, but it would be a nice crease or outer v shade for many of the other shades in this collection.

Vestales - "A beautiful muted violet with copper/rose shimmering iridescence."

This shade is very beautiful, not quite violet, not quite pink, but lots of pink sparkle in it. I think it would look great with Trivia.

Overall, I think this is a great collection from Aromaleigh, varied enough to not be too similar looking, but also similar enough to have lots of ways to wear shades from the collection together. I probably could have done without Faunus, as I have many other shades in my collection that look similar, but otherwise I really love all the shadows. My favorite is probably Luperci, just because it's so unique and would look very different depending on lighting and how you wear it. It's definitely a collection that is full of neutrals and pinks/purples. Which are some of my favorite eyeshadow colors, but if that's not for you, then skip this collection. If it is your thing, I definitely recommend checking out the new deluxe sample jars, they are some of the nicest minis I have tried from any brand.

Customer Service - I did not have to contact customer service regarding any problems with my order.

Availability - This collection will retire on March 15th.

Overall Satisfaction - My favorite shade is Luperci, but overall I really like the collection as a whole. And the deluxe sample jars are what I have been wanting from minis, just the perfect kind of jar.

What did you think of the Aromaleigh Feast of Lupercal Collection? Let me know in the comments!

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