Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, sheer yellow with a subtle, luminous shimmer and sheen. As a highlighter, the effect is similar to Chanel Or or bareMinerals The Shining Moment to a subtler degree (see comparison swatches here).

Fluid Sheer is described as “an illuminating veil of radiance” that can be used as a base, corrector, or “radiance [booster]” applied alone, over, mixed with, or under foundation, as well as applied as a more traditional blush, bronzer, or highlighter (depending on the shade and your skin tone/color). No. 04 make look intimidating in the bottle, and when initially pumped out, it’s definitely yellow, but it sheers out beautifully to a soft, yellowy shimmer that will work really well on warmer complexions to add a golden warmth and sheen. I like it mixed with moisturizer or foundation (depending on what I’m doing), as well as patted along the high planes of the face as a highlighter.  When mixed with foundation, the wear seems to be the same as whatever I normally get with that particular foundation (but there’s no breakdown of the foundation because of this), and when worn just as a highlighter (as I am in the photo below), it wears seven hours well, and then starts to fade away.

It’s definitely a very versatile, nearly error-proof formula, because it’s spreadable, blendable, and can be worn over/under liquids as well as powders. Some liquid products don’t react well to powder and end up looking patchy or start flaking away, but this worked nicely even layered on top of setting and finishing powders as a last minute addition.  One bottle will last you quite awhile, because a little goes a long way (be careful when pumping out the product if you only want to use it as a spot highlighter/blush).

P.S. — I recommend watching Dustin Hunter’s video on the Fluid Sheers, because his video is what made me NEED this.

P.P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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It's definitely a very versatile, nearly error-proof formula, because it's spreadable, blendable, and can be worn over/under liquids as well as powders. Some liquid products don't react well to powder and end up looking patchy or start flaking away, but this worked nicely even layered on top of setting and finishing powders as a last minute addition.

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a is a bold, bright red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy shine. (I expect this to look cooler-toned on cooler complexions, as it comes off more neutral against my warmer tones.) NARS Norma is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Driven By Love is darker, more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing is less pigmented. MAC Russian Red is similar. Dior Ceremony Red is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Chanel Fatale is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through but very subtly. It has a high-shine, glossy finish that wears and lasts well, plus the color wears even beyond that. When I tested it, the glossiness lasted four and a half hours, and then it was a duller shine (but not totally matte) that continued on for another two hours (six hours total of good wear). The consistency is medium-weight, has a gel-like feel so it molds and clings to lips but not in a bad way, and has a light tackiness. It’s very comfortable to wear and nicely hydrating.  At a very, very close range, there is some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

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What's really nice about #400 is how it wears well without bleeding or feathering, plus it has nice color coverage, long-wear, and is hydrating!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a muted, pink-plum with a glossy finish and subtle, warm undertones. Urban Decay Wallflower is more beige. NARS Oasis is more shimmery. MAC Curvaceous is lighter. MAC Deelight is darker. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani’s recently released Flash Lip Lacquer formula is supposed to provide “the highest reflection ever achieved, even after blotting lips” with a “pure pop of color.” It has a medium-weight, gel-like consistency with a light tackiness (I wouldn’t call it sticky), and no noticeable scent or taste. It almost feels like your lips but smoother, softer, plumper–like a second skin but not clingy. It’s incredibly comfortable to wear, because it really does hold and molds to your lips but in the best, most comfortable way (because all those things make me think of clingy, drying lipsticks). On me, this is probably not-so-exciting to see swatched, because it’s really just a better take on my natural lip color, so it gives my lips a more even appearance and coloring. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color but a fair amount of translucency, so the natural lip color will come through.  #524 lasted four and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn.

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It's incredibly comfortable to wear, because it really does hold and molds to your lips but in the best, most comfortable way (because all those things make me think of clingy, drying lipsticks)

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette
Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette ($59.00 for 0.0.21 oz.) consists of four shades is part of the Shimmer palette series.  The quad is supposed to contain “iridescent, eye-catching colors with electric shine and shimmer.”  Something I’ve noticed with Giorgio Armani palette is that they always come together better on the lid and applied than they initially seem just swatched.  The texture has something to do with that, I imagine, as they’re very soft and velvety–easy to blend and work well together. When I wore the palette together, the shades lasted well for eight hours but had slight fading that was noticeable after nine hours.

Fatal #1 is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, but it could have been a bit more pigmented for really true-to-pan intensity. theBalm Just This Once Jamie is a little lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog is browner. MAC Universal Appeal is more plum. MAC Daylight is lighter. Chanel Raffinement #1 is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #2 is a pale, cool-toned pink-tinted white with a pearled finish. It was semi-sheer and slightly powdery. There is no shortage of similar shades to this. Shades like Tom Ford Enchanted #1, MAC Fresh & Mint #2, MAC Fresh Ice, Dior Garden Pastels #3 are all slightly cooler-toned, more lavender than pink. Then shades like NARS Douce France #1 (matte), MAC Stratus (darker), MAC Let’s Skate (cream), MAC Seedy Pearl, MAC Radial Pink (lighter), MAC Maribu (more frosted), and Dior Aurora #3 are all close. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #3 is a soft, medium-dark lavender purple with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly to the lid. This almost appears warm-toned, which isn’t common to see in a lavender. Urban Decay Tainted is pinker. Urban Decay Grifter is more frosted. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2013 #1 is lighter, cooler-toned. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #4 is a dark, cool-toned purple with a nearly matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was a bit powdery. The shade blended out easily, though, as a result. theBalm Lavish Latoya is more frosted, less purple. Urban Decay Gravity is more shimmery. NARS High Society #3 isn’t as cool-toned. MAC Dynamic Duo #4 #12 is darker, less purple.  MAC Drawn to Drama is cooler-toned. MAC Ron Ron Run is slightly darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 isn’t as cool-toned. See comparison swatches here.

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Something I've noticed with Giorgio Armani palette is that they always come together better on the lid and applied than they initially seem just swatched. The texture has something to do with that, I imagine, as they're very soft and velvety--easy to blend and work well together.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, orange-toned red with a semi-matte finish. Guerlain Genna has a satin finish. Hourglass Raven is matte and a bit brighter. MAC Ruffian Red isn’t as orange. Clarins Red Prodige is sheerer. MAC Strut Your Stuff is slightly shimmery. OCC Stalker is a touch darker.

I love Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro; it’s so comfortable but incredibly long-wearing. The texture is a mix of gel and velvet, and it definitely feels like there are silicones in it (and there are), so it sits well on the lips without settling, and the lip color applies evenly and smoothly. It’s fully opaque in color, and it takes very little product to get there. This shade lasted eight hours on me, and it did leave a light stain behind. Even over an eight hour period, my lips never felt dry and at the end, they felt lightly hydrated still. It has a light, natural sheen initially, but it fades after an hour and settles into a matte finish that’s modern.

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Lip Maestro's one of my favorite long-wearing products, because it isn't drying, lasts a long time, and is so comfortable to wear. #402 is perfection in red!

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette
Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette ($88.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains a bronzer on the top level, and then three eyeshadows on the lower level, which are all housed inside a black compact with a full-sized mirror underneath the lid.

Summer 2013 Bronzer a medium-tan with warm, golden orange undertones and a faint golden shimmer bronzer on the top level. It is soft, finely-milled, and incredibly blendable. It sits beautifully on the skin while adding a glowing sheen but not emphasizing pores. Much of the shimmer/metallic finish seen is an overspray, while the underlying bronzer is much subtler.  It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and after nine and half, there was very slight fading. MAC Double Definition is darker, browner, more frosted. Guerlain Terra Nerolia is slightly darker. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is more matte. Burberry Summer Glow is browner.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #1 is a warm, golden white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff but was very soft and smooth, and when I applied it to the lid, it was more buildable to opaque color (two layers). There is no shortage of similar shades, as it is a more basic color (versatile, lovely in many ways, but dupable), including: Tarte Bellini, which is slightly yellower; bareMinerals Carte Blanche, which is white; Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is more frosted; and Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic #2 is very comparable (from last fall).

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #2 is a peachy orange with a pearly finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled (but a touch powdery). It blended out well on the lid and sat well on the skin. bareMinerals Peace is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Moonflower is warmer, browner. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, more orange.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. The texture was soft and smooth, and it applied and blended easily on the lid. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is very similar. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a smidgen lighter. Dior Godlen Savannah #2 is a touch darker.

This summer’s palette delivers on texture in a supremely divine fashion–every shade is blendable, melts against skin, and works together.  The downside is really that this palette is dupable, so you may have something similar.  It makes for a great basic, warm, bronzy palette if you have need for one.  If you’re not interested in the bronzer, but you like the warmer look of the eyeshadows, you might consider Giorgio Armani’s #10 Eyes to Kill Palette which will deliver a similar look but only contains eyeshadow (so it costs $59, rather than $88).   The eyeshadows lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, without a primer, which was a happy surprise.

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If you have nothing like this and are looking for a warmer palette, it's one I'd recommend, but it is rather dupable so it may be hard to justify in that instance.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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