5 Favorites: Lipglosses for Layering

I love a glossy, sparkly lip, so I often top a go-to lipstick with a shimmery lip gloss to get that effect! Here’s a list of five I really like layering with :)

  1. Surratt Beauty Amethyste — A Cool Sheer with a Sparkle finish.
  2. Giorgio Armani #701 — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.
  3. MAC Rags to Riches — A Warm Pink with a Sparkle finish.
  4. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — A Cool Plum with a Glitter finish.
  5. Bobbi Brown Canary — A Warm Gold with a Glitter finish.

See side-by-side swatches!

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Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Trio for Holiday 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Trio for Holiday 2015
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Trio for Holiday 2015


Eye Tint by Giorgio Armani is an innovative formula that transforms from a liquid to a solid, instantly adhering to the eyelid and providing 16 hours of fault-proof, smudge-free and crease-free wear. This trio includes three luminous runway-inspired shades that can be used as eyeliner or eyeshadow, and infinitely layered for natural to glamorous looks.

Availability

Just spotted online now

Nordstrom

The Details

Eye Tint Trio | $85.00 | Limited Edition


A $114 value.

  • Minuit
  • Shadow
  • Gold Ashes

Top 5: Shimmery Navy Blue Eyeshadows

Here are the top five navy blue eyeshadows that I’ve tried and tested–they happen to be more shimmery than not–so perhaps next time around, I’ll start adding finish into the mix :)

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (A+)
  2. Make Up For Ever I220 (A)
  3. ColourPop Etiquette (A)
  4. Giorgio Armani Minuit (A)
  5. MAC Lunar (A-)

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

5 Faves: Emerald Eyeshadows

Long-time readers will know that emerald-hued eyeshadow is a favorite of mine, but it is hard to find high-performing ones, and the last couple of years have brought us some really great shades, like:

  1. BUXOM Pre-nup — a brightened, medium emerald green
  2. Kat Von D Iggy — a bright, true emerald green
  3. Make Up For Ever ME304 — a medium-dark emerald green
  4. Sugarpill Midori — a warmer emerald green
  5. Giorgio Armani Emeraude — a blackened emerald green

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

Giorgio Armani Zenith, Sunrise, & Sunset Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Zenith (13) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, sunshine yellow gold with lighter gold flecks of sparkle. This is one of the more glittery shades that I have tried, and it definitely didn’t apply as nicely as others as the glittery bits would bunch up and “thicken” on the lid rather than go on smoothly. It was semi-opaque to fully opaque (two layers) and lasted for twelve hours with some noticeable fall out over time. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sun Blonde (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Remix (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani Zenith (13) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Zenith (13)
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery red with lighter gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which gives the skin a tint of color and a dewy sheen. A little went a long way, so you can achieve a stronger tint if desired. The sparkle in this shade made it harder to blend over foundation, as it seemed prone to disturbing anything underneath it, but it worked without issue on bare skin. I noticed a few bits of sparkle migrated over night as well, which isn’t a problem I’ve had with other shades in the range. The color itself wore for nine hours. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, more pigmented. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 18
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%