SPHENOPTERA, inspired by the Sphenoptera cuprina beetle. From the Insectarium collection, inspired by the vibrant beauty of the insect world! Sphenoptera is the cooler toned sister shade to Canthidium (see side by side swatch images on this page) Scroll down for video reviews/swatches.
This premium eyeshadow collection features truly unique, color traveling pigments that display a strong and vibrant color shift under artificial light sources. When they are in between two different light sources, you will be able to see the strongest multiple color transmission. Under direct sunlight or diffused artificial light, the effects are muted or washed out, and you will only see a slight and subtle color shift. They have a highly reflective/chrome finish, and they show the most saturated color effects and color travel when exposed to artificial lighting and especially mixed lighting of different color temperatures, much like the beautiful Alexandrite gemstone exhibits trichroism, reflecting and absorbing light differently in different directions and color temperatures.
As the pigments used in this collection are extremely costly and used as the highest percentage in the formulas (they are six times the cost of the typical duochrome/interference pigment), I have adjusted prices/sizing accordingly. Basically, you will find that these are twice the cost of other Aromaleigh eyeshadows. Example: a regular Aromaleigh sample is 1/8 tsp in a baggie for $1.25. With Insectarium, you get 1/16th tsp in a baggie for the same price of $1.25)
Recommended application for these is over a cream eyeshadow base (NYX cream eyeshadow base is my go-to!). Sticky or glue bases may work well for you, but I personally don't use these or test/swatch my products with them. With all color shifting/duochrome shades, I urge you to use a flat taklon brush or other suitable tool to flatten and align the color shifting component of the eyeshadow. This will create a more uniform and reflective surface.
Color Description: A metallic silver base with gold to copper to pinkish red color travel.
Sample baggie sets (available in SETS of all ten shades only): 1/16th teaspoon in a zip baggie - ORDER HERE
Demi Sample: 1/8 teaspoon in 3 gram jar. No sifter. Bottom label only. Sets available.
- Mini Size Jar: 3 gram jar with sifter and top/bottom labels. This size jar contains 1/2 teaspoon which has a minimum net gram weight of 1 grams. This is the same jar size/type/labeling found in the eyeshadows of the Ephemera boxes Sets available.
Contains: synthetic flurophlogopite, iron oxide, talc, silica, magnesium myristate, isododecane, capric/caprylic triglyceride, dimethicone May contain: bronze powder, copper powder, aluminum powder
Check out these reviews and video swatches to see these colors in action. As these are color traveling and appear vastly different depending on light source, you will find understandable variation in swatches from person to person.