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

Availability: Now at Neiman Marcus

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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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Monday, January 26th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a “fluid eyeshadow” that is supposed to be a long-wearing (“16-hour staying power)’ with “deep and intense color.” When they work, they work well, but there is a definite learning curve with the formula. I noticed that sometimes when I pulled the doe-foot applicator out of the tube for a few shades, the consistency was thinner and more watery, and other times, it was almost clumpy with product, though it never felt genuinely thick. If it is more watery than not, it can apply somewhat sheer, but if it is normal (because a more watery pull was more infrequent), it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage (which was what happened most of the time with most shades). It is imperative to spread out the product with a smooth, even layer, or else it can add a textured (read: wrinkled, scaly, etc.) look to the lid.

They dry down in fifteen to twenty seconds, and it doesn’t stay really wet for long, but it remains blendable for almost a minute. I didn’t feel too rushed, but I’d probably do one eye at a time. If you press and rub your finger gently against the lid, there will be transfer, which is why the formula is still blendable even after it dries down. The formula doesn’t feel heavy on, and it feels and looks more like a powder after it dries down. It is also a buildable formula, if you prefer to apply in layers, but it can be trickier to get a really thin, even layer. I used a flat, synthetic brush to apply and then a synthetic crease brush to blend the edges for this formula. They wear an impressive length of time (though not quite 16 hours) and tend to fade more than crease on my normal-to-dry lids (no primer). Once you get the hang of using them, they’re really lovely to use. If you prefer a sheerer look, it’s very easy to use less and blend out more. They seem overpriced (I would have expected $32-34), but at least they come with a fair amount of product (other high-end cream eyeshadows tend to contain an average of 0.14 oz.), which is slightly mitigated by the tube packaging (harder to get every last bit out of it).

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, tarnished gold with a hint of pewter. I want to call it a mix of gold, olive, and pewter. It had a more metallic finish with a hint of gold sparkle. The pigmentation on this often varied; one time it would be very opaque (see it applied to the eye–that was a single layer), the next a little watery and thus semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The color wore well for fourteen hours before fading, but there was some minor fall out after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is powder, warmer. Kat Von D Division (LE) is powder. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, powder. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is warmer, powder. NARS Taiga #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a warm, olive bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth consistency that never seemed watery. The color blended out easily, whether you wanted an opaque all-over lid color with diffused edges or a wash of color. This shade wore well for fourteen and a half hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter, powder. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, powder. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is greener, powder. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder (kind of). MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener, powder. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is browner, powder. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is powder. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is powder. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bold, deepened emerald green with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied smoothly with even color coverage. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours before fading. It’s hard to find a shade like this, as cooler-toned emerald greens are surprisingly rare! Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is warmer, powder. Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a new product for spring. The formula is available in twelve shades that range from shimmery neutrals to deeper blue and green. It’s described as a “fluid eyeshadow” with “deep and intense color” that dries down quickly with “no sticky feel or residue” and lasts for sixteen hours. We shall see about sixteen hours! For now, here’s a preview of eight of the twelve shades :)

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Beauty radically changes the rules of eye make-up with Eye Tint, the new fluid eye shadow with vibrant and playful colors that can be layered endlessly. Eye Tint’s deep and intense color invigorates the eyes with captivating and enticing strength and triggers an instant metamorphosis. The eyes become more luminous and more expressive. Eye Tint customizes any makeup look, with a touch of sophisticated glamour or a translucent, natural effect. Giorgio Armani Beauty’s makeup philosophy is based on the belief that “you cannot have the right color without the right texture.” Its dual-transformation texture goes from liquid to solid in an instant, leaving an extremely thin, even layer. With no sticky feel or residue, Eye Tint remains consistently flawless. The texture adheres perfectly to the shape of the eyelid and does not budge. Its pure and intense color guarantees 16-hour staying power. Eye Tint adjusts its colors to be used as a liner or to create a beautiful smoky eye. The light texture can easily be spread over eyelids for a fresh, barely-there feel. Eye Tint is an innovative makeup that combines the purity of a powder, the staying power of an ink and the feel of a cream.

Eye Tint ($38.00) (New, Permanent)

  • 01 Obsidian
  • 02 Minuit
  • 03 Jade
  • 04 Emeraude
  • 05 Onyx
  • 06 Green Iron
  • 07 Shadow
  • 08 Flannel
  • 09 Cold Copper
  • 10 Senso
  • 11 Rose Ashes
  • 12 Gold Ashes

Availability: Giorgio Armani, Nordstrom

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