aromaleigh brilliant deductions, ignis antiquita, and serpens swatches


Sample baggies repotted into jars.

When I ordered the first half of Aromaleigh’s Hannibal collection, I picked up a bunch of other samples as well. In this post I’ve got five shadows from three different collections: one from the Sherlock collection (Brilliant Deductions), two from the collection basked on historical women (Ignis Antiquita), and two from the dragon-inspired collection (Serpens).


Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

Password Protected: A muted warm mauve with coppery iridescence and bright golden sparks. (Brilliant Deductions)

A purple base with a ton of gold and copper shimmer. It reminds me of Darling Girl’s Brocade, only way, way sparklier. There’s no point in using this one without a sticky base.

Hypatia: A very complex shade, with several layers of multichromal effect, to depict Hypatia’s many studies. At its core, it is a neutral grey, but it changes tone in different types of light. (Ignis Antiquita)

A very blue-leaning steel grey. I also see a bit of a brown tone around the edges. (Free sample.)

Lagertha: A deep, smooth copper with a very intense chrome effect of chartreuse, green, and gold. (Ignis Antiquita)

lagertha_fierceLAGERTHAAAAAAA. *fangirls* Light of my life, moon in my sky. I am deeply and intensely in love with Lagertha from History’s Vikings. She is the most terrifyingly amazing super badass. I’ve even drawn some fanart. So obviously I had to get this. Over PE it’s a deep reddish copper. In direct light it does have a bit of a green/gold flash.

Fáfnir: This color is an intense duochrome that goes from warm purple to metallic copper.

This is a vibrant warm purple. It looks like much more of a pure purple on me than in the website swatch, where it’s more of an intense coppery pink. I don’t get much of a duochrome effect, in any case. It reminds me of Gossip (swatched here).

Gargouille: This color is very chromatic and ranges from rich copper to deep teal to evergreen, with copper and bright aqua iridescence.

A rich olive green with a lot of coppery gold shift and bright blue sparks. I get a bit of a darker evergreen depending on the light and application. I love this color. I want to mate with it.

aromaleigh_misc2_angleMy favorites here are Gargouille and Lagertha. I admit I’m partial to Lagertha because of the inspiration, but I also really like the color. And Gargouille runs away with first place all on its own. It’s very, very rare that I buy full-size jars of eyeshadow, or even mini-sizes, because I don’t wear eyeshadow all that often, and when I do it’s usually just variations on a light, neutral eye. But I am considering picking up a jar of Gargouille because it is STUNNING. It’s the first Aromaleigh eyeshadow that’s really impressed me so far, and I want to have its babies.

Since I actually used it, I can show you what it looks like on. Sadly I don’t think it’s all that flattering on my skin – it shows up a little less olive-y on my eyes and really plays up the redness that I would’ve sworn was better hidden by my foundation that day. (Guess it’s time to look for new foundation?)


Gargouille on human eyelids. Shiro’s Whiteout on the inner corners/inner lid and Notoriously Morbid’s Teacher in Tweed in the crease.

If you too would like to have sparkly olive babies with Gargouille (or any of the rest of these shades), head over to Aromaleigh and throw out your best pick-up line. Or $6. Whichever.

delightful rot sherlock


Elementary. Based on the famous detective in literature, this scent includes a helping of pipe tobacco, spice cognac, 19th century cologne and stacks of dusty papers on old bookshelves.

Pipe tobacco, cognac, and old books? Yes please.

In the imp, Sherlock smells like booze, cologne, and for some reason I’m getting a tiny bit of tea. On skin it’s a bit less sharp and boozy – it pretty much just smells like a nice cologne. It’s spicy in an Old Spice kind of way and just a tiny tiny bit sweet, which my brain is still interpreting as tea. Maybe just because it’s called “Sherlock.” There is also a very slight mustiness representing the dusty papers portion of the description. At first I didn’t think the pipe tobacco made an appearance in this one, but after wearing for a while I did start to notice faint whiffs of it. It’s nice, but I wish it were more prevalent. My dad smoked a pipe when I was little so it’s a scent I find very comforting and nostalgic.

Would I buy it again? No. It’s a perfectly lovely scent, but while I do like manly scents, this one isn’t quite special enough to warrant an entry into my collection. I do think it would smell super sexy on an actual human male though. I may “spill it” onto my boyfriend to test this theory.

Available from: Delightful Rot