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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Flash Drive (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Runway Red (-, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Push Some Buttons (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Forever Darling (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Special Force (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Fortune Red (LE, $17.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Always and Forever (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

#402 Red to Go was nearly opaque in a single layer, though perhaps you could use less and do a better job smoothing and evening it out to get that “subtle touch of color” in a single layer, as the brand mentions. It’s a buildable formula, which is interesting, I think. It does actually build-up well, despite having a water-like texture that dries to a thicker, more gel-like one. I think if you prefer your gloss to be more opaque, you’d like the coverage that comes right out of the tube. It dried down and felt smooth, hugging (but not uncomfortably clingy), and comfortable to wear overall. The color was still going strong after six hours with noticeable shine. It was lightly hydrating while worn.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear.

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #402 Red to Go
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Socialite (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Stolen Cherry (P, $52.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Apple Crisp (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Disruptor (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bugatti Red (17) (P, $48.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Le Palace (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Bad Apple (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

#400 Four Hundred had semi-opaque color payoff, which is a little more than a “subtle touch of color” for one layer, but it definitely gets close to opaque with two layers. It has that thinner, watery consistency when initially applied, but it dries down and feels more like a hugging gel. The texture is lightweight with a light tackiness that develops over time. It’s comfortable to wear without being drying, and it wears for six hours easily.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear.

P.S. — Anyone else feel like someone forgot to name it?

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #400 Four Hundred
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and very fine pearl. Anastasia Bordeaux (-, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Dzhari (608) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Courting Chic (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Vamp (-, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear. #200 Night Berry had semi-opaque coverage in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly overall, but it could have been more even. It was comfortable to wear over a six hour period and was lightly hydrating, but it still had some shine even at the six-hour mark.

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #200 Night Berry
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Giorgio Armani Maestro Brushes Now Available

Giorgio Armani Maestro Brushes
Giorgio Armani Maestro Brushes

The couture makeup artistry of Giorgio Armani meets the excellence of Japanese calligraphy brush-making in the new Armani Maestro Brushes. Exclusively hand crafted for precision and comfort, the Armani Maestro Brushes are perfect for applying, blending, layering and shading. Attain the highest quality in makeup application with the ultimate luxury of traditional craftsmanship.

Availability

Now online

The Details

Maestro Concealer Brush | $40.00 | Permanent

This New Armani Maestro Concealer Brush has a dual function, blending seamlessly while covering problem areas with a smoother finish and precise application.

Maestro Blender Brush | $70.00 | Permanent

The New Armani Maestro Blender Brush provides a streak free seamless finish for liquid foundations. Its exclusive synthetic hairs allow for more pick up and extremely thin film application and blending.

Maestro Sculpting Powder Brush | $90.00 | Permanent

The New Armani Maestro Sculpting Powder Brush uses natural goat hairs for seamless application. Hairs are manually placed so that only the thinnest and softest tips of the hairs are kept. This brush sculpts and defines the face, using the long and narrow brush surface to contour around the cheekbones and jawline.

Maestro Flat Eye Brush | $50.00 | Permanent

Natural horse hair used on this brush provides better pick up, adherence, and creates a seamless film of powdered textures. Create the perfect even base across the eye with the New Armani Maestro Flat Eye Brush and avoid all dusting during application.

Maestro Blending Brush | $40.00 | Permanent

Hand crafted with fine horse hairs the New Armani Maestro Blending Eye Brush has unrivaled pick up and adherence of powdered textures. Use this brush for smoother nuancing and precision when applying eye shadow. The pointy tip makes it easier to create a natural gradation along the crease of the eye lid, and will complement eyes with a soft definition. Use for the prefect smoky eye.

Maestro Angled Eye Brush | $50.00 | Permanent

This New Armani Maestro Angled Eye Brush was created with the perfect slant to bring depth, and to accentuate the eye. Created with the finest natural goat hairs, this brush has better pick up, adherence, and is perfect for contouring the eye. Avoids dusting during application.

Maestro Eyeliner Brush | $25.00 | Permanent

The New Armani Maestro Eye Liner Brush gives precise and even application, allowing for better definition of the eye. The thin tip of the brush gives a fool-proof application close to the lash line.

Maestro Lip Brush | $45.00 | Permanent

Create a more precise and even finish with the New Armani Maestro Lip Brush. This brush effortlessly achieves precise definition of the lips and seamless application.

Maestro Blush Brush | $75.00 | Permanent

The New Armani Maestro Blush Brush uses natural goat hairs for softer pick up, and more control. Attain a natural, more even application with the finest dispersion of powder pigments.

Applicator Eyeshaper | $32.00 | Permanent

Brow Shaper. Countour. Eye Liner. Eye Shadow. Root Touchup.

Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum, Hollywood, Silver Mirage Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a very pale, light-medium silvery lavender with flecks of warmer gold micro-shimmer. The color is interesting, because it’s both cool and warm; when applied at full coverage, it is cooler, but if sheered out, the gold shimmer seems to come more to the forefront and gives it a warmer appearance. The texture was lightweight, smooth, blendable, and semi-opaque to opaque. I prefer using a separate brush with these than the applicator (also, more sanitary! and given each of these contain so much product, I avoid double-dipping to maximize the life of the product!). The color lasted for twelve hours before creasing slightly (marketed as 16-hour wear). LORAC Silvermist (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Look at the Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pallor (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Silver Screen (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Elegant Friend (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #4 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Harlot (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Hollywood (17) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a subdued, light-medium peachy gold with warm, brown udnertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy, blendable texture that didn’t dry too fast or too slow, so it was easy to work with. The color lasted for thirteen hours on me. Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and almost silver-like sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it was totally opaque when I later applied it on my lid with a brush, but the formula seems to yield somewhat variable results based on the pull of product–sometimes it is thinner, sometimes it is thicker. The texture is lightweight, easy to blend and apply to the skin, and dries down nicely. The color started to crease slightly after thirteen hours of wear. Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Verve (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose Pewter (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Morning Freshness (P, $10.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Wave (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Rose Platinum (16)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Hollywood (17)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Silver Mirage (18)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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