Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro
Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro

EYE & BROW MAESTRO is the first Giorgio Armani Beauty eye shadow cream. Inspired by backstage makeup and developed using cutting-edge technology, Eye & Brow Maestro can be used as an eye liner, eyeshadow or eyebrow pencil. It can even sculpt the face or be used to color the hair line.

A new way of seeing makeup, Eye & Brow Maestro is an innovative, multi-use product that changes the rules of makeup. Linda Cantello and Giorgio Armani Beauty laboratories drew their inspiration from hairdressers and colorists. Colored glass and mica pearls, used as pigments, and translucent pearlizers are modeled after the glossy shine and translucency from hair coloring.

“It’s the colors and texture that make this genuinely multi-usage product special. All shades can be used on eyebrows, hair, and Eye &Brow Maestro shade 5 as contouring,” explains Linda Cantello.

The results are amazing and incredibly innovative. There are nine shades that look like something out of a hair salon – subtle, slightly iridescent tones of blond, dark blond, light brown, brown and even auburn. A gorgeous gold shade was also added for evening sophistication.

At last, women have an all-in-one makeup product that amplifies the natural beauty of their eyelids and their eyebrows, is easy to work with and has real staying power with a waterproof formula lasting 20 hours. Eye & Brow Maestro reinforces the natural beauty of the eyes in one gesture. Expression is enhanced, emotion is stronger and presence is magnified.

Eye & Brow Maestro ($34.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Black (01)
  • Dark Brown (02)
  • Red (03)
  • Medium Brown (04)
  • Light Brown (05)
  • Medium Blonde (06)
  • Light Blonde (07)
  • Grey (08)
  • Gold (09)

Eye & Brow Maestro Brush ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

Giorgio Armani Beauty laboratories have designed the ideal partner for Eye & Brow Maestro: an original makeup accessory inspired by professional application techniques. One end features an eyebrow brush to shape the eyebrows. The other is a flat angled brush used for precise makeup application along the lash line or on the eyelid for buildable coverage. Anyone can work like a makeup artist and create a personalized makeup.

Availability: Now at Giorgio Armani, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner
Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that features four shades (three of which I have to share with you). The formula is supposed to “offer buildable intensity” with long-wear. They had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and the brush holds enough product to get a clean, crisp, opaque line across the lash line. It’s less “buildable” as it is able to be sheered out if desired. All three lasted around seven and half hours on my lower lash line before fading. This formula doesn’t flake away as some liquid eyeliners do, and they are slightly smudgeable even after they dry down. I love how unique the shades are, and I think they have a lot of depth in-person (less so in photos), but I wish they wore longer.

A quick note… I received these from Giorgio Armani, but the names on the boxes didn’t line up with the names provided in the press release or as listed on Giorgio Armani’s website (they may have changed names, or the boxes have an English translation). Per boxes, they are listed as Quarzo (2), Ametista (3), and Oro Oscuro (6). The names in the post reflect the names/numbering as they are listed on retailers’ websites and in the press release.

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a metallic, mauve-taupe that sometimes is so reflective that it looks like a warm bronze and other times like a mushroom-y gray. It was a total pain-in-the-behind to photograph due to its seriously reflective finish. Guerlain Amber Silver (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, pencil. MAC Catch My Eye (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Ametista (3) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, bluish-purple wit gray and multi-colored shimmer (primarily teal). It also has a more metallic sheen that reflects a good bit of light back, which gives it a lighter appearance applied. I looked, but nothing that I’ve reviewed before seems to come close to the color of this eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Oro Oscuro (6) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery, pencil. Urban Decay Stash (P, $19.00) is much darker, pencil. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, pencil. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Quarzo (2)

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Ametista (3)

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is a set of two shades, so more of a duo than a palette. It contains almost the equivalent of four, average-sized full-sized eyeshadows. I wish I could figure out why Giorgio Armani’s compacts are so pricey, because their single eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc. are all in line with other designer brands (Chanel, Dior, and so on), but their eyeshadow palettes are totally out of step price-wise.

The way the formula is described is confusing per the press release, as the brand describes it as “discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold,” yet it “can be adjusted to customize the makeup look.” On Giorgio Armani’s website, it says the “collection creates a transparent and lightness effect,” while the blurb for this palette simply says “light and shadow is intensified with a black pearl and shimmery nude … long lasting color with no makeup feel.” It seems like the texture is weightless or sheer (“no makeup feel”), more than the color, though it seems the pigmentation is billed as buildable (“can be adjusted” and “discreet and muted or more intense”). Both shades are intensely pigmented; there is no buildable color here, just very, very richly pigmented eyeshadows with phenomenal textures–soft, smooth, and velvety–that blend easily and go on beautifully. They’re blendable, so you can sheer out each shade if you use the tiniest amount and a good, fluffy blending brush to do so (but basically you can do that with any eyeshadow; there’s nothing about the formula that one would describe as buildable).

Organica (Left) is described as a “black pearl.” It’s a gray-ish purple with subtle cool tone underneath and a sparkling, multi-colored pearl where violet and teal dominate. In the pan, it looked lighter and warmer, but it swatched rather cool-toned. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, dense, and buttery. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. It wasn’t, however, all that adjustable or buildable, because a little went a long way. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is warmer, browner. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is purpler. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is grayer. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Organica (Right) is described as a “shimmery nude.” It’s a yellowed orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended easily. The color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is yellower. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Organica

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Longevity

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Organica (Left)

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Fade to Grey Collection for Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Fade to Grey Collection for Fall 2014

“Fade to Grey”, the new Giorgio Armani Beauty look for eyes, lips and nails, is subtle makeup for an elegant autumn. The shades come in soft mineral tones with a slight shimmer for a sheer, weightless effect. “Fade to Grey” offers women subtle and elusive beauty.

Fade to Grey Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00) (Limited Edition)

A gorgeous color duo featuring a shimmery black and delicate golden nude to structure and widen the eyes. The gliding cream texture, light like an airy veil, is easy to apply and can be adjusted to customize the makeup look. The result is either discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold. Its lightweight formula is derived from “micro pearl” technology. The shadow is cold cast in a base with a texture between gel and powder, and imprinted with a pattern before being pressed. Micronized pearl and pigment particles remain intact down to the bottom of the pan.

Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #2 Quarzo
  • #3 Ametista
  • #5 Perla Nera
  • #6 Oro Oscuro

Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #25 Limestone

Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #214 Woodstone
  • #624 Spinel
  • #714 Mercury
  • #724 Oro Oscuro

Cheek Fabric ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #503 Apricot

Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #114 Chestnut
  • #524 Dusty pink
  • #624 Berry red

Availability: Now at Giorgio Armani; August 2014 at select fine retailers

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite warm-tauped taupe eyeshadows, so today I have five of my favorite cooler-toned taupes. I’d love to hear your favorites!

  1. Maybelline Tough as Taupe — a cool-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. Inglot #349 — a matte, grayish taupe
  3. Dior Aventure — a sparkling, cool-toned taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #4 — a cool-toned, purplish-brown-taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a cool-toned, gray taupe

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! :)  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<