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Aromaleigh Retro Hi-Fi Matte Green Look

I played with mattes today and I went green. I feel very fresh and festive! I really like the way these colors look. I need to wear green more often. I also played with some self-adhesive Revlon Defining lashes and really liked them. They are SUPER lightweight! It felt like I wasn’t wearing lashes at all. I know in the up close pictures you can see how I had trouble getting the inner lash band to adhere properly, but they looked good from a normal distance. So when you see the full face shots, you’ll see that it actually looks pretty good.

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Aromaleigh Real Gone – inner 1/4 of eyelid, into crease
Aromaleigh In Orbit – next 1/4 of eyelid, into crease
Aromaleigh Spaz – next 1/4 of eyelid, into crease
Aromaleigh Radioactive – outer 1/4 of eyelid, into crease
Aromaleigh Elegie – in crease
Aromaleigh Sylph – on browbone to highlight and inner corners of eye
Gel Eyeliner in Black Out – inner upper lash line and outer lash line
Revlon Defining 99501 Self-Adhesive Lashes
Benefit BadGal Lash Mascara in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Yeyo – lower water line
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Graffiti – lower lash line
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion – on top of Graffiti

Aromaleigh Rocks! in Candy-O

Aromaleigh Glissade in 1CL with a touch of Alabaster

Aromaleigh Minty Cocoa Chip lipbalm
Too Faced Borderline lipliner in Clear
Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion
MAC Lipstick in Sweet Thing

So far the mattes are fun to play with. I love that they’re bright.

I received an order in the mail today from Archetype. I’d placed this order on Oct. 12, and didn’t receive it until today, Nov. 24.
I sent several emails to Archetype asking for an email receipt, and never received a response. I finally wrote a letter and mailed it to them. If I don’t get some sort of a response from the letter that I mailed to them, I will not order from them again. I’m actually unhappy enough with Archetype that I didn’t even swatch my order or open up the colors to look at them.

Here’s what I ordered.
Bats! – a soft, slightly translucent deep purple with a weird chartreuse glitter
Black Cat’s Luck – iridescent shadow in a whitish translucent base with purple sparkle, flashes of silvery white with a hint of pink to green
Catacombs of Paris – smoky deep plum purple with pinkish purple iridescence and intense bright turquoise/teal sparkle
Jar of Sorrows – Smokey plum, with strong pinkpurple shimmer. Soft blendable color with an iridescent quality. Matching pinkpurple glitter.
Madame Terpsichore – ultra pale sparkly color somewhere between taupe, grey and purple with lots of silver sparkle
Shackled – velvety black purple shimmer with lots of green sparkle

Datura – poisonous bluish purple, slightly translucent with a hint of purple-blue iridescent sheen, highlighted with a major aqua sparkle
Ghost Dance – a dark iridescent blue that flashes to purple, with a bit of orchid pink
Gloomy Sunday – Greyish-taupe-lavender base with silvery sparkles
Hell’s Kitten – silverized velvety violet with multi-colored sparkle
Kitsune Yokai – greyed out almost violet with a bluish cast with purple iridescence
Night Jaguar – black grey base with a dark plum iridescence
Spook – deep crushed violet with eerie silver and aqua sparkles
Autumn Leaves – yellow/gold base with hints of coral around the edges and green iridescence with silver sparkle
Chubby Skelliton – like the outer skin of blackpurple plums with a blue iridescent haze and a velvety plummy base with pink red flecks of sparkle
Sly – an iridescent deep dark blue with a bare hint of a grape hue to it, packed with coppery sparkle

So what do you think of my new Retri Hi-Fi Mattes green look?

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15051730340510767550 Lindsey

      I LOVE this green look. I think that using shimmery shadows and products with the mattes is an excellent counter-balance to them, and in certain lights, makes the mattes look like the almost glow.

      I'm sorry about Archetype. D: Their colors seem so pretty, but the complete lack of customer service I keep hearing about makes me never want to order from them.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08053165314174396724 Ciao

      I had terrible luck with Archetype as well. I ordered in July and recieved my order early October! I emailed them numerous times and they never once emailed back about my order, AND they even made a mistake in my order. As much as I loved their products, I do not think I will be ordering from them again. Rather I will invest my money in companies I trust more.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07430139486378135381 Amanda

      I'm still waiting on an Archetype order from 10/7. I also never received a receipt and have emailed countless times. In the last two weeks the emails have been bouncing back from their gmail account. If I don't receive the order in the next two weeks, I'm going to dispute the charges with Paypal. Their customer service is just non-existent.

      The AL mattes look lovely! I'm not a matte fan at all, but I've been considering a sample set just because they're from AL.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07631312335208737542 Evil Angel

      I love the matte green look and wow so bright!

      I have heard way too much negative about Archetypes customer service, missing orders, double charges and lack of communication. I wanted to order a few things but not gonna happen with these poor CS reports.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Lindsey,
      Thank you!
      I'm really happy with how the look turned out.

      I've ordered from them twice before, but if they don't respond to the letter that I sent them through the mail, since they didn't respond to a single one of the emails I sent them, I will not recommend them or order from them again.

      Hi Ciao,
      So not good ;(
      I do think that they make great products usually, just don't like the lack of response to emails.

      Hi Amanda,
      My October order was from 10/12, and I just got it today 11/24. I have received bouncebacks in the past, which is just WEIRD for gmail.
      While I mostly think their products are good, unless I get a reasonable reason as to why my emails weren't answered, I'm through with them.

      I would definitely say get a sample set! They're awesome! Seriously, I had so much fun playing with them today. I'm trying to plan out what I'll wear tomorrow already :P

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Evil Angel,
      I ordered from Archetype twice before. Didn't receive an email receipt either time. I contacted them through MySpace and received a response. I tried contacting them this time, no response at all. The lack of communication REALLY bothers me.

      Glad you like the matte look!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17689704006893553239 Julia

      Awesome green look, esp well done inner eye corner-which I never got it right. Love the falsies on ya!

      Ditto with archetype too. My first time with them is great. However, it went downhill from that. Looks like the ladies who discusssed it on mineral makeup talk are correct. Archetype doesn't care about customer service and my 2nd order has not arrived yet and i sent MANY emails with no response. It sucks their colors are great, but that alone doesn't keep them from going too far.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Julia,
      Thank you!

      Yeah, I just don't feel comfortable recommending a company if they can't provide good customer service.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06552448911843392380 CucumPear

      This looks amazing. I love green eyeshadow with pink gloss, it's on of my most frequent combinations.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12595642675941260216 JessikaLovecraft

      It's sad that Archetype has such huge problems with customer service and order lagging.. I think the wait time wouldn't be so troublesome, even to me, being incredibly impatient, if she at least emailed you back and let you know that she knew you existed. :/

      Otherwise I'd really want to order some of their stuff!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi CucumPear,
      Thank you!
      That lipstick is my favorite lipstick by MAC.

      Hi Jessika,
      Yeah, that's why I didn't mind my first two orders. I got a response through MySpace both times.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05370502228415261033 Morgan

      That sucks with Archetype since they look like they have some cool shadows, but I don't like the way their layout is set up…at least for the eyeshadow part. That's just me. -_-;

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10146910535958325916 KittenMittens

      I made 2 Archetype orders and it took them a month to charge my credit card and I accidently cancelled the charge with my Visa because it came up as being from an "antique mall" so right away I thought Oh crap someone stole my info. I sent them an email a week after that I think asking where my 2 orders were, never got a response and then awhile later I realized when looking at their site, that they were located in the mall I cancelled my card charge to. They never did send me an email saying "durr you cancelled it on us" or anything. Maybe the samples are extra inexpensive because the wait time is horrible.

    • LT

      I love the mattes on you. I can't wait to get my samples.

      As for Archetype, ugh, I ordered from them once and never again. I have these samples that are just sitting there and I don't want to even give them out to anyone because I don't want to enable anyone to order from them. I keep hearing how beautiful and uniqe their colors are but really I've seen just as beautiful from Aromaleigh, Meow and others out there. It's a wonder how people still order from them.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Morgan,
      Yep, definitely.

      Hi Axs,
      Yeah, that's just bad c.s.

      Hi LT,
      Thank you!
      I think the mattes are fantastic!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04984041577326333743 BLIX

      This look is very refreshing and I love the lashes on you. :-D

      I ordered from Archetype a few months ago and got my order in about 3 weeks. I also didn't get a receipt and emailed them about it and did receive an emailed receipt a few days later. I know they're customer service is awful but the products themselves are really good. I bought almost all of the eyeshadows in samples and they're all so beautiful. So if you don't mind the wait and lack of communication, it's fine as it seems the items do arrive…eventually.
      I just wonder why they haven't bothered to fix the CS when it's been a huge complaint for a couple years now. If it was my company, I'd do my best to fix it right away! I mean c'mon!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09221277198375464536 squidmarket

      Yeah I'm still waiting on my Archetype order from July. I send one e-mail a week every week. I've messaged every way I know how, still nothing. I might try sending a letter, but at this point, I just consider my money gone. I e-mailed them repeatedly about my order before the 45 days were up to file a Paypal dispute, and they e-mailed me back once saying they had my order and it would be 4-6 weeks before it shipped. This was 4 weeks after I placed my order.

      On a happier note, I can't wait to get the Aromaleigh mattes! They look incredible.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17065906903362178204 Lisa Kate

      Gorgeous! I love Elegie…I really need to try it out.

      I'm on the same boat with Archetype. I have a huge sample order from them, and although the colors are beautiful, I don't even want to use them. I never got a response from them after the 100 emails I sent. It's so frustrating.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09817087226134085136 Ashley!

      I fully expected to wait a while before I got my order from Archetype. I knew it would take some time, so I tried my best to just forget that they were coming.
      Now that I have them, I love them! Such pretty colours. I'm a big fan, despite the horrible customer service. And I'm not one who says that often, as I consider CS to be THE most important part of any company…but I really like their purple shadows!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09817087226134085136 Ashley!

      Plus, I got double the samples I ordered without being charged! I'm not sure why, but I did appreciate it.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03420082389615135072 xopoisonous-kissesox

      Hi it's my first time commenting on your blog but I check it 2-3 times a day! I love you blog!

      About Archetype,I ordered at the end of August and I still have nothing,no receip,no response to my e-mails.The thing that bothers me the most is that it cost me 89.50$!! Yes I bought like every color of shadows and a couple for my mom.I'm a canadian so it cost me in total 100.89$! I can't believe I ordered so much..The truth is I didn't heard about their bad CS before ordering and now I don't know what to do!I want my stuff but at the same time i'm scared for my money,it's not like 10$ it's 100$!Each week I email them and they don't respond.I don't undersdant you ordered like in october and you already got your order and I ordered in August and still nothing…It's such a shame cause their colors seems so awesome and out of the ordinary..I really don't know what I should do..

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11921649923651185462 Lyndsey

      Love the lashes and that green on your eyes! Of course as always, the lips are perfect! The last photo of you is gorgeous!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04180101389196519051 Nea

      Oh, BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to get those matte beauties too :D

      I have the same story with Archetype too, unfortunately :( I waited about 3 months and finally got my order but I never got a response to my emails. Won't order again.

    • http://gothique.wordpress.com/ gothique

      Still no word from Archetype about my Paypal claim. No reply to the now 18 emails I've sent over the last three weeks.

      I'm going to go so far as to say I do NOT recommend them, even if in the past they weren't so bad.

      But I love your matte look!! I was wearing pink and orange yesterday :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Blix,
      Thank you! These were really the easiest lashes I've ever put on ;)

      I wonder about the CS too. When I Was able to get in touch with them via MySpace they made it sound like it was 1 employee ignoring emails and that they'd fixed the problem.

      Hi Squidmarket,
      I would definitely file a dispute at that point.
      I'll be posting if I ever get a response to my handwritten and snail mailed letter.

      Yay I bet you will love the mattes!

      Hi Lisa Kate,
      Definitely give it a try!
      Yep, I agree, very frustrating.

      Hi Ash,
      I do feel their colors are pretty, but I also feel like I can get pretty colors elsewhere, such as at Fyrinnae, Aromaleigh or DreamWorld. I think with my 2nd order I got extra samples too. I assumed it was because of the slow shipping.

      Hi Xopoisonous Kissesox
      OH MY GOD! ACk! That's a lot of money! I would dispute that payment. Call PayPal on the phone and ask them for your money back.

      Hi Lyndsey,
      Thank you!
      I need to wear green more often, and lashes, too.

      Hi Nea,
      Thank you!
      I'm sorry that you had the same problems with Archetype :(

      Hi Grey,
      Yeah, I just can't recommend a company that doesn't respond to their customers. It sucks, because I did like their products.

      Thank you for the compliments on the matte look! Pink and Orange are great together :)

      I'm wearing pink and magenta today, with lashes!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03420082389615135072 xopoisonous-kissesox

      Phyrra,the problem is i'm not as confortable talking in english that I am writing it.Do you think that if I send an e-mail to paypal it will do the same job? I don't know,I want to try their products so badly but at the same time i'm really worried that I will never receive my order.Maybe contacting them by their myspace will be a good idea? Can you give me their myspace? I will try contacting them by myspace but this time if I don't get a response I will really ask for my money back..what do you think?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03420082389615135072 xopoisonous-kissesox

      Alright :) Thank you so much!! <3

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi xopoisonous-kissesox,
      No problem :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17689704006893553239 Julia

      Actually, one more thing in addition to Archetype. Their last login to myspace was in August 26, sooo they won't answer you whatsoever. Second, my order from late August hasn't arrived and I doubt it will.

      I actually talked to paypal after my 45 days were done. They told me they can't do anything, but if more than 5 customers complain about a particular company, they will "look into it".

      It's too bad their colors are my cup of tea. (I really like China White color) I wonder what goes through their mind. It's a wonder they survived all these years. I've had my emails not answered by she space before. At least my second got answered. Onto the mattes, I am really tingling to try them soon!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Julia,
      That 45 days is a soft limit, not a hard limit. I've seen people do chargebacks AFTER that 45 day limit. Though at that point, it's just easier to dispute it with your credit card company or bank than with PayPal.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08053165314174396724 Ciao

      Yea Archetype's CS really confuses me. You would think that if someone is paying your company for the products they would care and try to help those customers. I remember emailing Archetype before I ordered inquiring about their lipglosses and they emailed me back in about a week. The lady was even nice enough to say that she would include a sample of the gloss I was wondering about in my actual order. So I thought it would be okay to order because they seemed to be getting my emails. I ordered a few days after and emailed them about the processing time and…. nothing. nothing. It seems almost as if they were avoiding my emails?


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Ciao,
      Nod, I know they told me in the past that they hadn't received emails. Not sure what's up now.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07232063962963041612 Madeleine Bouquet

      Really bright and pretty green look!:) I've been wanting to order some shadows from Archetype for a long time, but I think I'm too afraid to risk it. At least there are other companies with cool colors out there, too.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Laura,
      Yep, you're better off ordering from Aromaleigh or Fyrinnae or Meow ;)