I've got my work cut out for me as I have every shade in either full size or sample of almost every collection. The only ones I don't have are the full Carolina Summer (I have most) or Pure Eyes Mattes (I have most) or Satin Petals (I have one, sorry). I'm planning to order them and even if AL closes before I swatch them, I want to do this company justice and have the shades documented. My own homage of sorts. The rest I think I have covered. If there are swatches anyone would like to see sooner rather than later, I'm happy to help!
I've finished the Bete Noire collection and let me say this, if eyeshadow could win an Oscar, these would be the shoe-ins for Best Actress. They're dramatic, sparkly, sexy, and rich. They're the silk Rodarte gown. They're the python Dior spike heels. Oh they're beautiful. Take a peek:
Above are the colours in natural daylight indoors, without flash. Aren't they pretty! Lisette is much more dramatic in standard light than outside. It seems to lose a bit of flash in full sunlight. But my favorite in this collection is Colette followed by Jolie and Amarante. So pretty. Like little jewels, each one.
Above are the colours in full sunlight, outdoors. Look how Lisette lightens. Crazy, huh? I've found that Sabine doesn't have the same rich red that AL's site lists but I wonder if my sample settled and isn't mixed up. I should do some rubbing of the bag to get the pigments all to merge, but I'm too lazy. Perhaps I should.
Here is a close up shot of each shade. I'm trying to showcase the versatile rainbow effect each colour displays. They're like diamonds. You can never capture the brilliance of a diamond on film...it never works. But these eyeshadows are breathtaking. Honestly, these are Miss K's opus. Beautiful.
And last but not least, I did a comparison chart. I've got on the left Aromaleigh's website colour swatch for ordering and my sample in a block on the right. Viviene and Solange are very, very similar, so if you want to stock up, pick Viviene. If you want a jewel pink, pick Jolie over Lisette. But don't skip Colette, that's a keeper!