Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

If coral isn’t your thing, maybe a pop of fuchsia with a glossy, high-shine finish is! :) Here are a few of my favorites! I’d love to hear yours.

  1. Revlon Adorned — a bold, brightened fuchsia-red with iridescent shimmer
  2. Giorgio Armani #523 — a fuchsia-red with a glossy shine
  3. Giorgio Armani #505 — a sheerer, shimmery fuchsia-red
  4. NARS Priscilla — a bright pop of fuchsia pink
  5. Illamasqua Boost — an iridescent fuchsia magenta

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

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)
GIORGIO ARMANI: 20% off $75+ orders Friends & Family sale now through June 30th. Must sign-up HERE to get a unique code.

I know that I’ll be buying more of their Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows myself, but here are some of my other favorite products from Giorgio Armani…

Any recommendations to me? You can always try to tempt the Temptalia. Ha, ha, ha!

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, (Loreal USA)
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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “highly pigmented blush” that is liquid in form. The brand recommends using a single drop for application. They weren’t kidding, because this is insanely pigmented; a single drop may still be too much product. One bottle might last you a lifetime, and that really doesn’t feel like an exaggeration; I wish they had reduced the bottle size and dropped the price. There are three shades available, all are permanent, and I’ve only just tried the one featured here. Next time Giorgio Armani has a sale, I might pick up the other two shades–we’ll see! It’s a great product, but the price point will make you think twice, even if it contains more than enough product (it’s just so much that it seems like a waste, rather than a value).

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush ($52.00 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is warm, coral-rose with a satin-matte finish. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is powder. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way. I don’t even think a single drop is useful; I think it’s far too much! It is better to take a little bit off of the applicator with a brush or palette knife, because then you can dab and stipple it on gradually. Once applied, it dries down to a powder-like finish that is still somewhat blendable, though it is best blended while it is setting. The texture is lightweight, never tacky, and very comfortable to wear. The finish is almost matte but still gives the skin signs of life–it’s not flat. It lasted for ten and a half hours before slightly fading, and it leaves a very slight stain behind on the skin that seems to fade away within two hours of removal.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Here are the other three shades of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 / 0.061 oz.) that I have to review. The newest release is supposed to have a formula that’s soft, highly pigmented, and long-lasting formula. Next time Giorgio Armani has a friends and family sale, I’ll probably pick up a few more shades to test out, but for now, this wraps up our coverage on the new formula! :) The matte shades contain 0.053 oz., while the shimmery shades contain 0.061 oz. The matte shades have a very soft, silky texture that’s thinner and almost “dry” in a way, but it’s not truly dry (and not in a bad way), so there is good color payoff, blendability, but they don’t get everywhere. The shimmery shades are incredibly soft, buttery, and smooth–they’re so easy to use and apply. Across these three shades, they wore eight hours, but the navy blue shade was in worse shape (slightly creased) after nine hours, while the other two were just slightly faded.

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, lime green with warm, yellow shimmer and undertones. The texture was soft and blendable, so it was easy to work with, and it was incredibly pigmented. I was really impressed that the brand didn’t shy away from the true intensity of lime green here. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is a touch darker. Illamasqua Possession (LE) is a crea product, darker, cooler-toned. MAC Swimming (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is slightly yellower (less “lime”). Make Up For Ever #171 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #18 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a muted, smoky bluish-teal-shimmered navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and easy to blend on the lid. theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Sephora Collection Across the Universe (100) (P, $13.00) is sheerer. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is similar. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is bluer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter, less blue. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is less iridescent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #02 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 oz.) is a purpled, navy blue with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky, and finely-milled texture that was thin but not powdery. It blended easily on the lid, and it had good pigmentation. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is similar. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, May 12th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 / 0.061 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula from the brand. It’s supposed to be a soft, highly pigmented, and long-lasting formula. The three below have good color payoff, soft, silky textures, and all wore well for eight hours, with the matte shade lasting just shy of eight hours before creasing slightly. The matte shades contain 0.053 oz., while the shimmery shades contain 0.061 oz.

Giorgio Armani #09 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden taupe with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is a touch darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned/ Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #16 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a smoky, muted purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is a touch grayer. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is more sparkly. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #01 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.053 oz.) is a medium-dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It has a very soft, silky texture that doesn’t get powdery but is thin, so it applies better in practice than merely swatched. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was very blendable on the skin. It lasted just shy of eight hours before slightly creasing. It’s a basic black, so there are lots of similar shades — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow Launches
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow Launches

“Women have always been afraid of wearing bright colors because they don’t find them in the right texture. In this new line, Eyes to Kill Solo, every shade has been custom-created in a wearable texture. It’s the perfect accessory for the face.” — Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani International Makeup Artist

Inspired by nature’s elements, Eyes to Kill Solo offers a dense and deep “Macro Color” range of 20 shades. Each color story draws a specific vibration from a carefully studied texture. Subtle, silky, intense or sheer materials blend together to offer these single eyeshadows a distinctive luminosity and color personality. A made-to-measure approach thanks to a technological formulation that reveals all the beauty of the pigments. A palette of 20 intensely colored eyeshadows comes in three texture families: satin, vivid and matte.

The 10 satin shades, inspired by the catwalk, contain the exclusive “wet process” innovation which reduces the amount of solvents and white powder that are added to the formula. A unique method obtained by using pressure and top suction on the powder and the translucent solvents ensures the formula’s cohesion and allows a greater density of pearls to be used. The formula: a clear liquid texture is injected directly in the final pack and then dried. Once the solvent of the formula has evaporated, the texture becomes satiny soft, with enhanced color payoff. The color result is spectacular and perfectly pure, offering the most beautiful hues.

The 4 electric shades in bold tones are inspired by wild nature—dangerous and fascinating. This new formula is heightened by technology featuring transparent and multi-faceted kaleidoscopic pearls that continuously diffuse a bright and unfailingly luminous color. Through multidirectional refraction, the surface light gives these colors a different appearance—the eyes become hypnotic.

The 6 matte shades deliver long-lasting intensity with bold colors. The high concentration of pigments and the ultra-fine particles of the soft-touch powders allow an exceptionally high percentage of pure pigments to be used. The result is a long-hold matte intensity and ultra-saturated color that underlines the eyes’ radiance and depth.

Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

  • 1 Obsidian
  • 2 Armani navy
  • 3 Asphalt
  • 4 Wood
  • 5 Vulcano
  • 6 Khaki
  • 7 Black light
  • 8 Gun metal
  • 9 Tadzio
  • 10 Beige nudo
  • 11 Ecaille
  • 12 Ice
  • 13 Kimono
  • 14 Aurore
  • 15 Parma
  • 16 Dark plum
  • 17 Green viper
  • 18 Scarab
  • 19 Nuance
  • 20 Sapphire spider (Not available in US)
  • 21 Moon jelly (Not available in US)
  • 22 Anemone (Not available in US)
  • 23 Corallo
  • 24 Tangerine (Not available in US)

Availability: Now @ Neiman Marcus, Selfridges; officially launches June 2014

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