HAPALOCHLAENA - Vintage Aromaleigh Eyeshadow
Back by customer request and available while supplies last for May's Vintage Aromaleigh offering. Available in the "demi sample" size only, due to the high comparative cost of multichromatic pigments (more info below).
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.
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.
Hapalochlaena lunulata, inspired by the adorably colorful and poisonous blue ringed octopus. From the Halloween 2015 FATALIS collection.
Hapalochlaena: Latin for "soft-skinned", lunulata: Latin for "little moons" The greater blue-ringed octopus likes shallow waters with mixed seabed (rubble, reefs, sandy areas ...). Like all octopuses, it lives in a burrow and only comes out to search for food or a mate. The entrance of the shelter is littered with legs from meals (empty shells and crab shell and legs) and it's quite easily identifiable.The greater blue-ringed octopus is widespread trough out the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific from Sri Lanka to the Philippines and from Australia to south Japan. Even if the greater blue-ringed octopus looks calm and docile, it nevertheless remains capable of inflicting a deadly bite to its predators which can even be fatal to humans. Octopuses from genus Hapalochlaena have two kinds of venom glands which impregnate their saliva. One is used to immobilize the hunted crustaceans before eating them. The second one as a defense purpose which venom toxin is named maculotoxin. This toxin is a powerfull neurotoxin with a strong paralyzing power. Its effects are similar to the tetrodotoxin. (Source: Wikipedia)
Color Description: This shade is intensely color traveling and will look different in just about every type of lighting condition, ranging from cocoa/copper to shifts of teal, chartreuse and even violet - depending on lighting conditions and angles in which you view. (Click on "Videos" above, to see rough video skin swatches of this color shot with my iPhone 5c- it doesn't show the vibrancy as well as my Nikon, but you can definitely experience the color travel in real time). Product photographs here at Aromaleigh appear more "sparkly" than these colors are in real life. This is a photographic technique used to better display hard to capture color shifts, by purposefully using shallow focus. In real life these shadows, when used with a base, obtain a smooth and almost metallic color-shifting appearance.
- Demi Sample: 1/8 teaspoon in 3 gram jar. No sifter. Bottom label only.
This formula features added ingredients for adhesion and wear, which also intensify the color shifts and make it easier to wear and blend over both bare skin and a variety of primers. Your eyeshadow will not arrive in "little balls" like some semi-loose formulas do, but it may be more difficult to get through the sifter holes. Sifters are easily removed. As always, I recommend a regular cream base such as NYX cream eyeshadow base. Your mileage may vary with sticky glue type primers.
Contains: synthetic flurophlogopite, mica, iron oxide, talc, magnesium myristate, isododecane, capric/caprylic triglyceride, dimethicone May contain: ferric ferrocyanide, red #40, ultramarine pink, carmine
** The shades "Atropa belladonna" and "Nerium oleander" contain carmine. All other shades are Vegan.
VIDEO: The following videos were shot with my iPhone 5c using no photoshop or image editing (My still swatch photos are not photoshopped either- I do not alter my swatch photos to make them unrealistic, and these videos prove that). The swatches are over NYX cream eye base in skintone (I never swatch over glue fixatives). They were not shot in a studio (you can see my kitchen sink, parts of my house and sometimes even a dog walking by :) ) If I had shot these outside in the sunlight, or under a direct/bright light source the colors would be washed out, and you wouldn't see the shifts very well. These eyeshadows are most reactive in low light conditions , and light sources that emit on the warmer wavelengths. This is incandescent (regular light bulbs), some halogen and fluorescent bulbs. In indirect or ambient window light you'll often see a reflective highlight glow of iridescence. The pigments in these eyeshadows are very chameleon-like and will look very different in pretty much all different lighting conditions that you will come across in your everyday life. They aren't like regular duochromes. The main ingredient in these eyeshadows is synthetic fluorphlogopite, which is transparent, and comprised of varying thickness layers of iron oxides micro-coated onto the platelet at varying thicknesses and angles. It's also extremely costly- making these eyeshadows a premium formulation. There are 3 potential color travels for each color, and the interplay of these colors with the base colors creates even more options. Why do these look completely different and not colorful in sunlight or intense/direct daylight balanced light (including camera flash)? That is because the sunlight is a broad, intense, daylight balanced (5500K) light source. The light from the sun (or any direct daylight balanced lamp/camera flash) has rays of light entering the individual pigment platelets at all angles, so the color transmission is scattered (you can't see distinct colors when viewing), and the intensity of the light passes through the transparent platelets, washing out your color perception of the base color