So right now I’m excited to talk about two new companies I’ve recently tried and loved. The first is indie eyeshadow brand Aromaleigh and the second is lipstick company Besame (bet you didn’t see that coming from the post title). Let’s talk about Besame first because that section will be shorter and has no pictures!
I found out about Besame through a post on Brightest Bulb in the Box and decided to check it out. Besame has a limited line of products, and as someone of doesn’t use rouge or mascara a lot of their stuff is just Not of Interest to me. But oh my, their lipsticks. They have sampler packs that contain 9 samples each of two different colors and I decided to get two since I could get free two-day shipping with my accidental prime membership that I am trying to make count. I chose the Champagne and Chocolate Kiss and the Red Hot Red and Red Velvet samplers. These are products that I cannot wait to go back and purchase in full size. Chocolate Kiss is a brown color that I didn’t really care for, but truth in advertising it looks like you rubbed a chocolate bar on your lips. Champagne is one of the Must Have colors for me. On my lips it gave the faintest of shimmers and really looked more like a gloss than a stick but it looked amazing with none of the gross feeling a gloss has. Red Hot Red might be too… red hot for me. I have issues with red lipsticks because even though they are fun I feel like I don’t have the application precision to wear them. So while Red Hot Red might be too bright, Red Velvet is perfection and I must buy it and make it my go-to bright red. It’s a more subdued color than the Red Hot and it looks fabulous. Even from the samples I can tell how amazing and creamy their formulas are. The lipsticks have great lasting power, don’t dry out your lips and actually provide full, all-over coverage, even to that tricky part where the top of your bottom lip meets your top lip. One coat on my un-primed lips and lipstick stayed there. It was like magic. There is one sampler I did not try, Dusty Rose and Exotic Pink, because I wasn’t sure the colors would look good on me, but now that I am so sold on the formula I want to check them out.
My Best Friend got me a giftcard to Aromaleigh for my birthday because she knows that I am a Fannibal and wanted to try out their Hannibal-inspired “This is My Design” collection. It is on sale this week and maybe I need to go and buy the full-sizes of
all many of the colors… So what I did do was get a TON of samples of different colors to play with and love. I swatched all of them and will be listing the names but mostly discussing the eyeshadows as a whole and not giving individual links because I am a lazy creature. (All shadows were done over Bare Minerals lid primer)
(Marguerite isn’t showing up well but it’s there!) So this set contains colors from the Serpens collection (of which I also bought a full size Damballah which I forgot to swatch but it is the most incredible color and I adore it), the Alchemie collection, the Ancient Magick line, the Bete Noire line, the Bloom line, and some of the special editions/colors of the months.
I love the formulas, the colors, the way it wears, everything. I am planning to go back and order some more full-sized shadows. Especially Hellebore, I know it looks kinda light in the picture but sweet baby seals it is perfection in an eyeshadow and pairs wonderfully with Damballah and Vittoria. I am positively in love with this company and not just for the Hannibal gimmick.
“But wait,” you might say, “What about that other indie makeup company you shill for, Shiro? How does it compare?” well, as you may remember from my previous review, I simply adore Shiro, and their are some similarities between Shiro and Aromaleigh. Both allow for user-selected Colors of the Month, both have Hunger Games inspired collections, both offer generous samples and options for the vegan and cruelty-free consumer and both make amazing eyeshadows. I don’t think you could replace one with the other. When I received my Aromaleigh order I immediately dumped the sample bags out next to my Shiro ones and looked for similar colors. Their weren’t any. I think you can spread your money between both companies and receive unique, quality products from both. It is worth checking out both of them, especially since Aromaleigh is moving and revamping and Shiro is now carrying fellow Indie company Detrivore.
So I can safely recommend all of these companies to you, dear readers, because they all make quality products and hey, you’re helping the little guy and not a giant corporation! Awesome! Coming up next I’ll discuss some stuff that makes me UNhappy, but in the meantime check out Besame and Aromaleigh (and Shiro)