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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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette
Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette ($88.00 for 0.27 oz.) is an illuminating blush palette consisting of four shades: tangerine orange, coral-pink, lavender-pink, and iridescent white. Initially, it has a layer of gold shimmer, but it’s just an overspray and underneath, the colors are much darker and richer. It is also a lot less shimmery. Swirled together, the blush palette creates a hue of light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a pale golden sheen. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Chanel Inspiration (64) (P, $38.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, less pink. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and to that point, it can get a little powdery. It doesn’t look powdery or caky when applied, and it is extremely easy to blend and diffuse on the skin. It didn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. The color payoff was good, and even on my medium complexion, there was plenty of visible color.  Eccentrico wore well for eight hours, and then looked slightly faded after nine hours of wear.  I only wish they hadn’t bothered with the overspray, since it doesn’t go all the way through and drastically different from the way the palette looks when you actually use it!

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Collection for Holiday 2013
Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Collection for Holiday 2013

The Eccentrico Limited Edition collection was inspired by the Giorgio Armani Eccentrico touring exhibition – Milan 2012, Hong Kong 2013 and Rome June 2013. Mr. Armani showcased some of his most memorable and lavish couture designs throughout his career – a fusion of art, fashion and design, restrained by a bizarre play of colors and a display of wild fantasy. The Giorgio Armani woman is multi-faceted and has an eccentric side that he wants to express.

The Eccentrico Palette ($88.00) (Limited Edition)

A 4-in-1 multi illuminator with poppy blush colors for a healthy, radiant complexion. A light dusting of silver pearls on top of the compacted blush powder creates the ultimate glow. 

Lip Maestro ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 302 Clash
  • 303 Dazzling
  • 505 Eccentrico

Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 302 Clash
  • 303 Dazzling
  • 505 Eccentrico

Availability: Now @ Giorgio Armani Beauty, Nordstrom

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in neutral shades that range from light to dark, frost to matte.  The brand touts their newer eyeshadow formula has richly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof.  All four shades had good or better pigmentation, with the two matte shades falling a little short of full pigmentation–they did perform better with a soft, fluffy makeup brush when applied to the lid than merely swatched on the arm.  All four shades wore well, though, and lasted almost nine hours without any fading or creasing (no primer).  The texture of the last matte shade was a bit dry so it wasn’t as easy to blend as the other shades.

Terra Sienna #1 is a lightly silvered champagne beige with a frosted finish. The texture felt like butter and silk; incredibly dense and smooth with excellent color payoff. This shade worked well for brightening the eye as well as a highlighter (but I liked to mix it with a matte beige to tone down the finish). MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 is warmer. Urban Decay Missionary is a bit darker. MAC Snow Season is pinker. MAC Star Crystal is also slightly pinker. Urban Decay Verve is darker. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #2 is a light-medium brown with a very subtle gray tinge to it. The finish is fairly frosted and shimmery, and there is a slight warmth to the undertone but it is almost neutral. It had great pigmentation, and the texture felt so soft and smooth when applied to the skin. LORAC Pewter is darker, less frosted. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker. Chanel Gri-Gri is similar but less frosted. MAC Vintage Selection is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #3 is a medium-dark, lightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and it was definitely a shade that is best applied with a soft, fluffy brush, as it catches and applies the most pigment. The texture was quite soft, and it was easy to blend out on the lid. bareMinerals Get Ahead is lighter. Kat Von D Wolf is a bit darker. Inglot #360 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #4 is a dark, neutral-warm brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but the texture was slightly dry so it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the palette. Tom Ford She Wolf #1 is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Boardroom is similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Giorgio Armani #701 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #701 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #701 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark bluish-gray base with multi-colored shimmer and pearl (predominantly aqua, blue, and violet). On lips, this translates into a smoky, plummy purple tint to the lip color, plus an array of violet and blue shimmer. MAC Karin is less gray, less multi-color in shimmer. MAC Boys Go Crazy is purpler. Giorgio Armani #604 has a similar tint to lips but no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

If you tend to get intrigued by unusual colors, this is a very cool gloss. And as a result of it being semi-opaque, it can really add a versatile tool to your arsenal for layering. It will instantly add drama to any lip color, plus dazzling shimmer that looks like water when the sun hits it. The consistency is lightweight, comfortable to wear with a cushy, gel-like texture that is very lightly tacky but not full-on sticky. The shine lasts longer than the average gloss–three to four hours–and the shimmer and color linger for another hour or so. I had a total wear time of five hours with this shade, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. The biggest downside is that the sheer, darker color does settle into lip lines, though I think the amount of shimmer helped to camouflage some of it, and it was not too noticeable from afar (but you’ll definitely see it in the close-ups). I didn’t detect any scent or taste with the formula.

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The color does settle into lip lines, and though the amount of shimmer disguises some of it, it was an issue with this particular shade. It's more unique than not, and it can be a great way to change-up your lip color on the fly.

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