Friday, February 27th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a really fun, interesting formula that’s one of the better liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve tried. They can be worn together as a more blended, complex look (see this post), opaque, all-over shade, or sheerer wash of color. The formula starts of as a thinner liquid with an almost cool feeling against the skin, and once it dries down, it transforms into a powder product; it remains blendable even after it “dries” for about a minute, because it really just looks, feels, and acts like a powder eyeshadow. If you press your fingertip to the dried down results, a bit of color will transfer to your fingertip (not all of it, and it is in line with the same effect as accidentally touching your fingertip to your eye with powder eyeshadow). It feels weightless, comfortable, and doesn’t “shrink” on the lid. Giorgio Armani markets these as having 16-hour wear, which isn’t quite what I get, but the formula wears twelve to fourteen hours on me, which is longer than most powder eyeshadows for me.

I’m not sure that this is the best packaging/applicator for the formula, as some of the shades (though none of the four featured in this review) were inconsistent–I would pull the applicator out of the tube, and it would be intensely pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency, but every once in awhile, the pull would yield a thinner, more watery texture that was prone to sheering out (as if it wasn’t fully mixed). They’re easiest to use all-over, and the neutral shades like the ones in this post are excellent for that purpose, but if you want to use a few together, you might just want to prepare for a practice run if you’ve never worked with a formula like this before. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it, by any means, but it’s not quite foolproof!

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a murky, rosy pink with gray-ish mauve coloring and a golden shimmer-sheen. The color has a lot of nuances to it, and it can be more of a chameleon once you start pairing it with other shades. It was thin with a very spreadable consistency, but it was semi-opaque. It built up well to opaque color in two layers, if desired. The color wore well for twelve hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented and applied with opaque color, though you could use less or blend it out for a softer look. The color lasted for fourteen hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had flecks of pink and copper micro-sparkle. The consistency was thin without being watery, easily spread across the skin, and wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, golden champagne with a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage with two layers–it seemed a bit more pigmented when I applied it with a synthetic brush in practice compared to using the included applicator. The texture was a little thinner compared to top-performing shades but applied smoothly and blended well on the eyelid. It stayed on well for twelve and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with larger dark champagne sparkle. The texture was soft, but it was dry, which made it apply less smoothly. It was also more prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. The eyeshadow wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is yellower. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more sparkly. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, cornflower blue with iridescent bluish-teal shimmer and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t build up much more than that when I tried layering it. It’s the kind of shade that needs a white, tacky primer to really pop, or else apply it over a black cream eyeshadow for a really iridescent sheen. The texture was slightly powdery, though blendable. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #23 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) isa brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled consistency that was slightly powdery, though it didn’t sheer out readily so it retained most of its pigmentation when applied to the skin. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, cream product. Sugarpill Charmy (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Mango Tango (P, $5.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Arabian Sunset (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The world could always use more cool-toned taupe eyeshadows (that are permanent!), and here are five of my current favorites:

  1. Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray — a shimmery taupe
  2. Dior Aventure — a gray-taupe with a frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani Shadow — a cool-toned, purple taupe
  4. ColourPop Meow — a frosted, purply taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a rich, deep taupe with cool undertones

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Runway Spring/Summer 2015
Giorgio Armani Runway Spring/Summer 2015

Inspired directly by the designs for the Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2015 show, Linda Cantello, International Make-Up Artist for Giorgio Armani, developed a backstage beauty look. The Armani Runway Lab has a unique tool specifically designed to aid Linda in creating make-up looks backstage. Now these custom shades are offered to the public for the first time, through a collection that replicates the make-up look of Giorgio Armani SS15 fashion show.

The Armani Runway make-up collection features a range of pigments and textures used by Linda Cantello to create customized beauty looks and new colors while backstage. The concept will launch at the same time as the Spring/Summer 2015 Giorgio Armani fashion collection, at a selection of exclusive points of sale. Now everyone can enjoy and experience the make-up look of a Giorgio Armani show.

Armani Runway Palette ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

The precious black case – a fashion accessory in itself – is adorned with a moiré beige pattern that suggests wind-blown ripples in sand, and contains the face and eye make-up. There is a translucent powder, soft to the touch, which creates an even, matte complexion and enhanced facial contours. This precious powder containing lustrous, fine mica-based pearl leaves a satiny finish embellished with elegant pink and gold accents. A second pearl pigment, rich in borosilicate, brightens the skin, creating the impression of a shimmering champagne hue. Nestled beneath the powder are a trio of eye shadows in delicate, luminous shades of taupe, pink/golden beige and silver. These fine-textured eye shadows enhance the eyes all day, or all night.

Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lpistick ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Runway Iridescent pink and gold

Nail Lacquer ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Runway Shimmery brown

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a deepened black with cool undertones and multi-colored fine shimmer that creates a satin finish. It was semi-opaque and was buildable to opaque color if desired with two layers. The consistency was thin, lightweight, blendable, and easily spread on the skin. It wore well for fourteen hours before creasing slightly. LORAC Caviar (LE)is warmer. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Anna Sui Diamond Blue (LE) is lighter. Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a rich, bronzy brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied beautifully with smooth, even color that spread and blended well on the skin. I also tried experimenting a bit more with this particular shade–I tested it on its own first, but then I tried mixing it with Onyx to lighten, and that worked surprisingly well. On its own, the color stayed on well for fourteen hours before fading slightly. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #1 (LE) is less red. Dior Cuir Cannage #1 (P) is more muted. LORAC Maroon (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is similar. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Illicit (LE, $42.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a deepened navy blue with a satin finish. I would almost describe it as a pearl finish, but it doesn’t have that pearly sheen, yet it has a bit more shimmer than your traditional satin finish has. It was nicely pigmented with a thin, lightweight consistency that spread well and blended easily. On me, the color wore well for almost fourteen hours (out of the 16-hours promised), which was quite long, and I didn’t have any issues with fall out with this one (not surprising, given it isn’t sparkly).
Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is lighter. LORAC Navy #6 (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is darker. bareMinerals Climax (P) is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Jade (03) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pastel blue with a hint of gold shimmer. This was one of the weaker (if not weakest) shades of the formula, because it wasn’t as pigmented as the others. It is buildable, if you apply in layers, but it just never went on fully opaque in one layer like the rest (it didn’t even seem watery). It spreads and blends well, but it tends to sheer out noticeably. On me, it lasted for twelve hours before fading noticeably. Sugarpill CandyCrush (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Atlantique #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani June Beetle (31) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Styledriven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) MAC Free as Air (LE, $16.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, purple-taupe with a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth finish. This particular shade seemed a little thicker in consistency compared to others I’ve tried. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and spread well across the lid without losing intensity, but I noticed that it almost too pigmented and a little goes a long way. If you over-apply and it dries down, it seemed to amplify the texture of my lids slightly, so there continues to be a learning curve with these. –the second time I tried it, I applied a little less and had great results without a fuss. It wore well for fourteen hours before fading on me. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, more sparkly. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Great Beyond #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is darker, more sparkly. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is slightly warmer. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is lighter. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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