Per Giorgio Armani’s description, it sounds like a variation on the slightly baked, powder formula that’s been used by brands like Estee Lauder (the Gelees), Laura Mercier (Spellbound), MAC (Extra Dimension), Guerlain (Cruel Gardenia), and so on. The biggest difference I noticed was the powder’s texture felt even softer and more finely-milled in Belladonna than others–it had less of that baked consistency (almost dry). Belladonna has a soft, finely-milled texture that feels almost buttery but very lightweight. It blends easily across the skin, and it definitely yielded a noticeable sheen on the skin. On my skin, it just very slightly emphasized pores, and the powder wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade slightly.
Worth noting, Giorgio Armani’s is one of the most expensive highlighters at $88, but it is worsened by the fact it only contains 0.177 oz. of product–Laura Mercier, MAC, and Guerlain all contained 0.31 oz. or more (Estee Lauder’s contained 0.17 oz. as well).
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
OCC Black Dahlia — is a deep, dark burgundy with a hint of brown that lasts and lasts