The DRYADES are back… multichromatic eyeshadows inspired by the Greek nymphs of the trees and forests

DRYADES.1150x.TEMPLATEAutumn welcomes the DRYADES collection at Aromaleigh… ten dramatic duochrome shades imbued with the tones of Fall’s splendor. Dryads and Hamadryads were the Greek nymphs of the forests and trees. These colors were all inspired by specific Dryads or groups of Dryads, and incredible classic paintings portraying them.

I rephotographed the colors during the recent shop closing, and they turned out remarkedly improved being shot with my new camera. Look at those gorgeous color shifts and complexity!

Available seasonally! –> SHOP

The DRYADES are back… multichromatic eyeshadows inspired by the Greek nymphs of the trees and forests

Aromaleigh Autumn 2014: The DRYADES collection, inspired by the Greek nymphs of the forests and trees


Aromaleigh Autumn 2014: DRYADES


The Dryades were the nymphs of the trees and forests in Greek mythology. Autumn is the perfect time of year to pay homage to the beauty of nature, the changing colors of the leaves, and other Fall bounty. Each duochrome/multichrome color is inspired by a particular Dryad or group of Dryads, with a classical painting as the color inspiration.

SHOP! (or scroll through the pretties, below and read their stories and color descriptions!)

These colors are very complex, color-traveling shades, which can appear very different depending on the lighting conditions they’re viewed in. They have a plush matte satin base, layered with multichromatic pigments, and we recommend you use them with a regular eye primer (such as Nyx primer or Too Faced Shadow Insurance). If you use a heavy glue/epoxy type of primer with these, the color-traveling effects will be dulled.



This color is “Pitys” (pronounced “Pit-iss”). Pitys was a nymph loved by Pan. She fled his advances and was transformed into a pine-tree.

Her color is extremely unusual- it will look different in just about every lighting condition due to the strong color traveling multichrome effect. It has a chestnut-purple plush base, with color shifting effects of chartreuse to gold to green. Inspiration: “The Wood Nymph” by Sidney Harold Meteyard



Kraneia was a dryad nymph of the cherry tree.

Her color is a deep breen (brown-green) with a strong red to violet duochrome, inspired by the painting “The Dryad” by Evelyn DeMorgan.



The HELIADES were seven nymph daughters of the sun-god Helios. When their brother Phaethon was struck from the chariot of the sun by Zeus, they gathered around his smoky grave on the banks of the River Eridanos and in their unrelenting grief were transformed into poplar-trees and their tears into golden amber.

Their color is a warm golden tan with a very strong red to copper duochrome effect. It is inspired by the painting “A Nymph” by Angelica Kauffmann.




KYLLENE was a nymph of Mount Kyllene (Cyllene) in Arkadia, southern Greece. She was the wife of Pelasgos the first Arkadian king who lived in the days before the Great Deluge.

Her color is a warm medium brown plush matte base with a brilliant green to teal duochrome. It is inspired by the painting “Nymph With Morning Glory Flowers” by Jules Joseph Lefebvre



This is EKHO, from the Dryades collection. You might know Ekho from the story of Echo and Narcissus. EKHO (or Echo) was a nymph of Mount Kithairon (Cithaeron) in Boiotia.

Ekho is a soft warm carmel shade, with a lively verdant duochrome. Extremely wearable for Fall! Her color is inspired by the painting by Alexandre Cabanel, “Echo”.



This is DAPHNIS, inspired by the painting of Apollo pursuing Daphne by Waterhouse. DAPHNIS was an Oread nymph of Mount Parnassos in Phokis (central Greece). She was the prophetess of Gaia at Delphi before Apollon took control of the oracle.

Daphnis is a rich chestnut brown with a vibrant color traveling duochrome that shifts from blue to teal to green. Inspiration: Daphne and Apollo by John William Waterhouse


This color is HESPERIDES, a plush terracotta shade with a strong golden to chartreuse color traveling duochrome.

The Hesperides were three hamadryad nymphs that were the guardians of the golden apple tree groves. They were entrusted with the care of the tree of the golden apples which was first presented to the goddess Hera by Gaia on her wedding day. The three nymphs and their golden apples were apparently regarded as the source of the golden light of sunset. The inspiration for this gorgeous autumn-toned duochrome is this painting by Edward Burnes-Jones, “The Garden of the Hesperides”



This is “BYBLIS”. There are several different stories about Byblis, but basically, she was stricken with grief over love of her Brother, and wandered the country in tears. She finally leapt to her fate, but was saved by the Hamadryads who changed her into a fellow nymph. Her tears created the spring of Byblis, which still flows today.

Her color is an exquisite warm green with a very strong red/copper duochrome. It is inspired by the painting “Byblis” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.






This is DRYOPE, a beautiful fall-toned shade with color traveling duochrome effects. This color is a real chameleon- it shifts from chestnut to brownish green, while the duochrome overlay shifts from red to aqua!

Dryope was the daughter of Dryops, king of Oeta (“oak-man”). She was metamorphosed into a black poplar.

Her color is inspired by the painting ‘Nymphs and Satyr’, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.



This is “Othreis”, a beautiful, delicate gold to green color traveling duochrome in a plush matte fawn base. 

Othreis was a dryad nymph who consorted with both Zeus and Apollo and became by them mother of Meliteus and Phager respectively. When Meliteus was born, Othreis, in fear of Hera’s wrath, exposed the child. The boy, however, was nurtured by bees and thus survived.

Her color is inspired by this painting by Charles Amable Lenoir, “A Nymph in the Forest”.


Aromaleigh Autumn 2014: The DRYADES collection, inspired by the Greek nymphs of the forests and trees