LUPERCI - Vintage Aromaleigh Eyeshadow

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Re-released February 2021. Orders of $25+ subtotal placed during the month of February may receive this or other monthly shades as a Gift with Purchase. Available in Deluxe Sample Jar size (1/4 teaspoon) only.

LUPERCI is a vintage Aromaleigh eyeshadow shade, originally released in the "Feast of Lupercal" collection from 2015. 



The Luperci were the brothers of the wolf- an ancient order of priests which resided over the rites of the Lupercalia. (Read on for more details about that, underneath the product details!)

Color Description: A reddish brown with pewter tones and a shimmering metallic indigo blue overlay with blue sparks. (Will appear more reddish brown if foiled or applied over a glue base)

Shown here photographed under a daylight lamp, swatched over Nyx cream eyeshadow base.

APPLICATION TIP: These colors are all swatched over a light layer of Nyx cream eyeshadow base. A primer is necessary to bring the highlight/duochrome effects portrayed in the swatch photos. If you wear them without primer, you won't see as strong of a color shift. This color does not work well with a sticky/glue base. It contains a special brilliant blue metallic pigment, which is very fine (small micron size)- you will get a patchy result if you try to use a sticky glue base with this color. The only way to get the gorgeous effects shown in the swatch photo are to use it with a cream eyeshadow base, patted on with a flat taklon brush. It's worth it, though- the pigment in this gorgeous shade isn't available from any of the usual online middlemen that indies purchase raw ingredients from, which makes the effect this color produces beautifully unique!


Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, ferric oxide, carnauba wax, silica, aluminum powder, ferric ferrocyanide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, magnesium stearate, boron nitride, magnesium myristate, zinc stearate, red #40

Sizes: This collection is available in three sizes:

  1. Sample baggie: eighth (1/8) teaspoon in a zip baggie (SETS ONLY)
  2. Deluxe Sample: quarter (1/4) teaspoon in 3 gram jar. No sifter. Bottom label only.
  3. Full Size Jar: 5 gram jar with sifter and top/bottom labels. This size jar contains 3/4 teaspoon which has a minimum net gram weight of 1.2 grams. I label jar weights on the conservatively low side. Product ranges in weight depending on formula from 1.5 to 2 grams.

NOTE: While we have made all attempts for photographs to accurately depict colors, photography unfortunately does not accurately reveal the depth and interplay of color and effect of these shadows. Also, please note that variations do exist between different computer monitors.


In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia was observed February 13 through 15 to purify the city of Rome, releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia took the place of Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date, which gives the month of February its name. The word Februata also means “purification”, further explaining the purpose of the rites.

In Roman mythology, Lupercus was a god, often identified with the Roman god Faunus, known as Pan or Pan Lycaeus in Greek mythology. Lupercus was the god of shepherds. The Lupercalia festival also honored Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infants Romulus and Remus, legendary founders of Rome, thus additionally explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or “Festival of the Wolf” The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill.

The priests who presided over the Lupercalia rites were known as Luperci- Brothers of the wolf. On the day of celebration two young men were led to the altar, to be anointed on their foreheads with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off the bloody knife with wool soaked in milk, after which they were expected to jovially laugh. Salt meal cakes prepared by the Vestal Virgins were burnt as part of the offering.

After the traditional sacrificial feast, the Luperci would cut thongs called “amicula Junonis” from the skins of the animals, dress themselves in the skins of the sacrificed goats, in imitation of Lupercus, and would run round the walls of the old Palatine city, the line of which was marked with stones. With thongs in their hands, in two bands, they would strike the people who crowded near. Women would actively seek out lashings from these whips. It was supposed to ensure fertility, prevent sterility in women and ease the pains of childbirth.

By the 5th century, when the public performance of pagan rites had been outlawed, Pope Gelasius I (494–96) finally abolished the Lupercalia after a long dispute. Although many articles hint at the Feast of Lupercal as being the origins of our modern Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day as we know it didn’t begin until the 1800’s. The fertility and purification rites of the Pagan Festival of Lupercal were essentially superseded by the Catholic church marked February 14th as the Feast of St. Valentine. A day that just so happened to fall right in the middle of the Feast of Lupercal.