Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 was good year for lipsticks, particularly if you loved yours bold, bright, and/or matte. There were new formulas to fall in love with, and plenty of new and limited shades released from my favorite formulas. This was a tough list to compile! Because I really do believe variety is the spice of life, I tried to pick across a variety of formulas!

What lipsticks did you fall in love with this past year?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to lipgloss, I personally fall in love with two types:  insanely pigmented, nearly opaque colors or glimmering, dazzling, sparkling, and shimmering ones–but they have to be loaded with sparkle (and yet, they can’t feel gritty!).  Over the years, while stickiness isn’t a deal-breaker, I don’t like heavy, thick, goopy kind of glosses.  Reflecting on glosses I’ve tested out this past year, here were the ones I picked for my top ten!

What were your must-have lipglosses from 2013?

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Giorgio Armani Effetto Nudo Collection for Spring 2014
Giorgio Armani Effetto Nudo Collection for Spring 2014

The Giorgio Armani Privé Fall Winter 2013/2014 Paris show marked the return of a central theme in the Maestro’s work: Nude. More than just a shade, the make-up look interpreted by Linda Cantello for “Nudo” is an evanescent color philosophy that goes back to 30s elegance with a touch of Hollywood glamour. After introducing it in fashion and cosmetics, Giorgio Armani now innovates with a “peau d’ange” nude, translucent, luminous, feminine and glamorous, reinvented in modern romanticism.

EFFETTO NUDO unveils this neo-nude by Armani… shimmering with elusive shades. The Maestro alone holds their secret. A subtle balance of undefinable tones between shade and light, cold and warm.

Belladonna Highlighter Palette ($88.00) (Limited Edition)

The emblematic EFFETTO NUDO palette is an unprecedented, universal illuminating powder. Its shade and texture deliver pure, nude, virtually bare light, for an evanescent “peau d’ange” effect of infinite finesse. The powder features micropearl technology, printed in an ultra fine flower pattern. The new gel-based formula is prepared using a cold-cast technique and melds immediately with its case, for a feel between powder and cream. A texture that is both dense and incredibly light. The pattern designed in the powder is inspired by a flower with light, subtle petals, like romantic, feminine, enigmatic tulle fabric. The powder is applied to the face and décolleté or as an eyeshadow. Linda Cantello used it in the “Nudo” show to halo the eyes with soft, velvety light.

Fluid Sheer in Sculpting Light ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

The Giorgio Armani Beauty innovation Fluid Sheer Radiant Pigment, enriched with kaleidoscopic pearls, is used to enhance the complexion on the cheekbones, or to blend with foundation for a warmed and radiant complexion or as an eyeshadow primer. The color effect travels from pink to gold depending on the angle of the light, for a sculpting, luminous effect. The new shade #13 is translucent and universal, bringing to the complexion a soft, delicately pink radiance and a healthy glow.

Smooth Silk Eye Pencil ($29.00)

Like the black feather necklace seen at the Armani Privé show, Smooth Silk Eye Pencils contrasts to magnify the Effetto Nudo. The navy blue (#1), chestnut (#10) and brown (#11) accentuate the NUDO effect by playing on contrasts. Their lines structure this evanescent make-up look.

  • #1 Navy blue (Limited Edition)
  • #10 Chestnut (Limited Edition)
  • #11 Brown (Limited Edition)

Flash Lacquer ($29.00)

  • #314 Coral (Limited Edition)
  • #514 Pink (Limited Edition)
  • #614 Plum (Limited Edition)

Rouge d’Armani Sheer ($32.00)

  • #314 Coral (Limited Edition)
  • #514 Pink (Limited Edition)
  • #614 Plum (Limited Edition)

Availability: January 2014 at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com and Giorgio Armani counters

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Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Reader Rashmi requested a top five of burgundy lipsticks, and I have to say, finding a really lovely burgundy lip color that’s permanent is difficult. It seems to be a favorite hue to go-to for limited edition collections, though.

  1. OCC Black Dahlia — is a deep, dark burgundy with a hint of brown that lasts and lasts
  2. MAC Endless Drama — a deepened, semi-opaque burgundy red with a soft, frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani #408 — is a muted, reddish burgundy with a pearly shimmer
  4. Buxom Menace — a brightened, berry-ish burgundy with a shimmery finish
  5. Laura Mercier Merlot — a lightened, muted berry-burgundy with a natural finish

What’s your favorite burgundy lipstick?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Giorgio Armani #505 Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #505 Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #505 Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an almost neon brightness. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Speak Louder (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Belgravia (LE, $34.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

I really love the Lip Maestro formula for something that’s very comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and really, really pigmented. #505 is fully opaque in a single pass of the doe-foot wand, which is slightly slanted and maneuvers around the lip easily. The consistency is not too thick or too thin, but it smooths over the lip evenly. It feels velvety, creamy, and the formula is unscented. This shade wore well for almost seven hours and left a light stain behind.  It’s an interesting shade to see in a holiday collection–definitely reads and feels like summer galore.

Now, the one thing I’m very confused about is why Giorgio Armani has so much inconsistency with product naming.  Nordstrom lists this as “Pink Poodle,” whereas on Giorgio Armani’s website, it’s listed as “#502 Eccentrico,” yet the press release lists it as “#505 Eccentrico,” and the bottom of the tube corresponds with #505.  “#502 Art Deco” is part of the permanent range and is listed as such on Giorgio Armani’s website.

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