Thursday, March 22, 2012

Aromaleigh Startle - A Dupe for Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Epatant?

After haphazardly choosing a mineral eyeshadow for application this morning, I was struck by the uncanny similarity between Aromaleigh's Startle and Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Epatant.

When I picked up my sifter of Startle it was because the color stuck to the lid looked taupe to me and that was my goal.  However upon application it was not taupe but, very much a metallic silvery green with hints of antique gold.  Note to self: swatch on hand prior to application.

When applied, it looks just like Epatant to me.  (Which also bears similarities to Lancome's legendary Erika F. eyeshadow.)  The only difference is that Startle is a smooth metallic finish whereas Epatant has some sparkle.  However, this is very minor and, when viewed at a normal distance, is pretty much unnoticeable.

Now, the bad news.  Startle is discontinued.  (And, in fact, Aromaleigh is no longer its original self but, Aromaleigh v.2 (second version).)

The good news:  You can find jars of Startle on ebay, priced very attractively.

If you've lemminged for Erika F. or Epatant, I urge you to give Startle a try at a much, much lower price tag.

Aromaleigh's original shadows apply very smoothly, last all day over a primer and the colors are knock-out gorgeous - Startle very much included.  I experienced ZERO fallout using this shade, patting over a regular (non-sticky) primer.

Aromaleigh's Startle on lid
Products used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance (original) primer
Aromaleigh Startle on lid
MAC Soba in crease
Darling Girl Fluff on browbone
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Bourbon on upper lashline
Kevyn Aucoin, The Eyelash Curler to curl upper lashes
Lancome Defincils on upper lashes


  1. you've got a great blog, keep it up!!


  2. That shadow is gorgeous and your lashes *dies*

    Re Tatcha's polishing powder in gentle- compared to dermalogicas microfoliant, the polishing powder has no grains to actually scrub your skin. When mixed with water it becomes almost like a milk textured face wash if that makes sense? The classic and deep are also this way. Hth!

  3. Oh my gosh, Charisse thanks so much! From what you post about your skin type, we have similar issues so I really appreciate the comparison between Tatcha and Dermalogica. Thanks for reading my blog! Best, Jeneen