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Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer ’17 Eye Tint

01/05

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Spring-Summer '17

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer ’17 Eye Tint ($42.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and fine, lighter and darker blue pearl. It had medium coverage, which was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation with two layers but a third layer did not go as well, as it seemed to cause the whole thing to appear uneven, thicker, and made it the product more prone to flaking off.

The Eye Tint formula is supposed to have “16 hour wear” in a “buildable liquid eyeshadow” format. (The “buildable” part is new to me compared to the description I have from 2015–Sephora still shows the description I remember from before.) With just one or two layers, it lasted for 14 hours before creasing slightly. The consistency was thin, watery initially, but it dried down and felt more like a powder product that was still a bit blendable along the edges.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Spring-Summer '17
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious (Part 2)

01/06

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Notorious (408)

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation that applied well to lips with smooth, even coverage. The texture was velvety, creamy, and flattering on the lips as it masked my lip lines and did not sit in them. The color stayed on well for seven hours and left a slight stain behind, while the formula felt hydrating over time.

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious (408)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious (Part 1)

01/06

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

A-List (301)

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The consistency was creamy with a velvety-smooth feel that had a noticeable shine for two to three hours before it wore down to more of a velvet matte finish. The formula was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for seven hours on me.

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro A-List (301)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

Availability

Sephora

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

More Holiday 2016: Besame, Wander, BUXOM, Giorgio Armani, Kevyn Aucoin

Besame Mini Lipstick Set
Besame Mini Lipstick Set

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Besame Mini Lipstick Set, $25.00 (Limited Edition)

Bésame Cosmetics’ Classic Color Lipsticks feature vintage-inspired, smooth lip colors that leave a budge-proof finish that stays put, while the angled design achieves precise application. Each lasting color is inspired by the shades worn by coveted Hollywood starlets of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, imparting an iconic, satin-meets-matte lip look. Each formula is enriched with macadamia oil, vitamin C, chamomile, and aloe to leave your lips feeling soft and hydrated.

  • 5 x 0.035 oz/ 1 g Classic Color Mini Lipsticks in Noir Red (1930), Cherry Red (1935), Red Velvet (1946), Dusty Rose (1969), Chocolate Kiss (1970)

Wander Beauty Prone to Wanter Lipstick Set, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

Instantly switch up your lip look with these richly pigmented, long-lasting matte lipsticks. From brights to neutrals, customize the shades you want to take on the go. Simply pick a color combination and insert the two lipsticks into the Wander Beauty core for long-lasting, portable color. Enriched with marula oil, castor seed oil, coco seed butter, jojoba oil, mango seed butter, and sunflower oil, the formula glides on effortlessly and keeps lips moisturized.

  • 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2.04 g Lipstick in Velvet Rope, Miss Behave, Wanderberry, Barely There, Exhibitionist, B.B.

BUXOM Frozen Assets Bold Gel Lipstick Collection, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

The Frozen Assets 8-piece Mini Big & Sexy Bold Lipstick Collection includes a range of nude to red shades in moisturizing matte and satin finishes in a lightweight, gel formula. Each shade delivers piercingly vivid, one-stroke color to shamelessly stand out.

  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 1 g Mini Big & Sexy Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Racy Reveal (matte warm light pink), Sinful Cinnamon (matte cinnamon brown), Ultraviolet (matte bright violet), Ruby Temptress (matte brick red)
  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 1 g Mini Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Rebel Rose (satin rosy pink), Graphic Grape (satin deep purple), Forbidden Berry (satin deep pink), Fuchsia Fetish (satin hot pink)

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was more watery, though it didn’t take too long to dry down, so the resulting payoff was semi-sheer. It is somewhat buildable, but it is hard to keep the color even on the skin. It wore well for fourteen hours on me (out of the 16 the brand markets it as wearing for). LORAC Vintage (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Oak (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #4 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Leather Smoke (20) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a very deep, dark brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture wasn’t too watery or too thin, so it was easier to get nearly full opacity out of the color. It wasn’t as foolproof as the shimmery Eye Tints, as the color tended to apply unevenly more often than not. I was able to wear this for a good fourteen hours before it started to crease faintly. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rich Brown (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Java (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Continuous Cocoa (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clarins Brown #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Fur Smoke (21) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This one seemed to have the tiniest bit of satin shimmer to it, and I think that addition made it easier to work with and apply to the skin without it becoming uneven or patchy as it dried down. It had a thin consistency, but it didn’t sheer out too easily when applied. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours. Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Undercover (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (DC, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Darkhorse (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Spice Smoke (22) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which wasn’t too buildable, but it could be diffused as it was drying down without it becoming patchy or uneven, so it was a little easier to work with than some of the other darker shades in the range. This shade lasted for 14 hours on me before creasing slightly. Viseart Petit Pro #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Moments (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Goji (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Kismet (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS New York (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Ciate Queen Bee (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Red Ochre (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M822 Plum (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Leader (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Siren (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Camel Smoke (23) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a matte finish. This was the easiest shade to use, as it was the most opaque and least thin, so it spread better without sheering out and didn’t get patchy. On me, the color lasted for 14 hours before I noticed some creasing occurring. Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Lula (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Sophia (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Nude Smoke (24) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that wasn’t too watery in its liquid form, and it dries down fast enough that it didn’t settle into lines while there is still time to blend. On me, the color wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Myth (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Come True (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Georgia Peach (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Hammamet (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Black #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Taupe Smoke (19)
7
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Leather Smoke (20)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Fur Smoke (21)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Spice Smoke (22)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Camel Smoke (23)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Nude Smoke (24)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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