When I first saw the Aromaleigh Anthousai Collection, I imagined it would be a great collection for me because most of the colors are shades I tend to gravitate towards. Especially lately, I love neutrals, muted pastels, pinks, purples, and of course anything that is the color of a metal. And this collection has a little of everything!
About - Aromaleigh 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 5 days after I placed it, and arrived 2 days later via USPS from South Carolina to California.
Product Size - This collection and each shade separately are available in sample size, mini jars, or full size jars. I have the mini jars here.
Free Samples - I received 4 free samples with my order.
All swatches are done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer.
Anemone - "A muted red with a strong green to gold shift."
This is a coppery red shade, with a bit of a sheen. Definitely one of my favorite shades of the collection, I would wear this any which way.
Ianthe - "A lustrous violet with a strong silvery green shift."
This is kind of a soft lavender with a greenish shift. A very pretty pastel, that I think would look great paired with just about any other shade in this collection.
Khloris - "A lustrous mint green with a golden glow."
I love green as a color, but rarely wear it as an eyeshadow. I really should wear it more, especially if I pair it with other colors so it's not the main event. This one is a soft pastel green with a bit of a gold sheen.
Klytie - "A lustrous blue violet with golden and copper shift."
This is kind of a bluish grayish shade, with a bit of a sheen. I am tempted to pair this with Leiriope just to see how that blue/yellow combo is.
Leiriope - "A lustrous yellow gold with a green to aqua shift."
This is a yellow gold with more emphasis on yellow than gold. I barely ever wear yellow shades, but I am interested in seeing how this looks on.
Lotis - "A lustrous peachy pink."
This is a soft coral-y pink with a red sheen. This shade is just beautiful, I love these sorts of colors. I want to wear it with Anemone.
Philyra - "A soft buff shade with strong yellowish green duochrome."
On, this shade is much lighter than it looks in the jar. I think it would make a great inner corner highlight or brow highlight shade.
Phyllis - "A pale creamy yellow with a strong copper to rose shift."
To me, this just looks like a lighter version of Leiriope, and would probably also make a good highlight shade.
Rhodeia - "A lustrous rose with blue and violet tones."
This shade is a bright pink with a bit of a reddish/purple sheen. I'd love to see this paired with Lotis.
Syrinx - "A gorgeous, chromatic brown with gold and green shifts."
This is a brown with a strong golden shift. It's another shade that I think would look nice in the outer corner or crease paired with any other shade in this collection.
Overall, I like this collection, and the new Aromaleigh formula is quite nice. It makes it so you barely need any product to be completely opaque. Frequently when swatching, I used too much, it takes some time to get used to! And the formula is supposed to be better over bare skin. I always use a primer, so that's what I always swatch over, but if you run out or you just don't use primer, the new formula is supposed to work nicely without primer as well. I think my favorite shades are Anemone and Lotis. But I can see myself using all of these shades, they are fairly muted and less intimidating than other really bright shades. I don't think this collection is absolutely necessary for everyone's collections, but I think it makes a nice addition to mine.
Customer Service - I did not have to contact customer service regarding any problems with my order.
Availability - This collection is permanent and is available all year round.
Overall Satisfaction - My favorite shades are Anemone and Lotis. While this collection may not be necessary for everyone, it is very pretty and I know I will be getting a lot of use out of it.