Beautiful Beginnings with Giorgio Armani

Beautiful Beginnings with Giorgio Armani

What was the first Giorgio Armani product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Giorgio Armani product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I think the first Giorgio Armani product I really fell in love with was the Rouge d’Armani lipsticks. They are fantastic, and I still love them today. There are definitely products that I loved when I initially reviewed them, but as the years have gone by, I’ve discovered the “error” of my ways – because I’ve tried more and more products. I’m also a huge fan of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows!

Share your first time experiences with Giorgio Armani in the comments! 🙂

NARS Deep Throat Blush

NARS Deep Throat Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “flirty, sheer peach.” It’s a warm coral with a hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. NARS Amour is darker, more vibrant, and has no shimmer. MAC Fleet Fast is slightly darker, more orange. Tarte Glisten is very comparable, though it has a stronger gold shimmer. NARS Orgasm is a touch lighter and more shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy is like a matte version–the colors are very, very similar.

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NARS Deep Throat Highlighting Blush

NARS Deep Throat Blush

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
93%

NARS Fall 2012 Collection


NARS Fall 2012 Collection

Designed by founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Fall 2012 Color Collection features a blend of bold, modern shades and celestial shimmers. For the campaign, Nars chose to photograph iconic ‘90s supermodel Kristen McMenamy. Having worked with Kristen in the past and for his first book, “X-Ray,” he felt that her beautiful, often otherworldly look completely epitomized the fall collection.

To achieve the makeup look featured in the campaign image, Kristen’s skin was perfected with Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation and set with Snow Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion. Next, the Undress Me Multiple was applied to the hollows of the cheeks and blended toward the temples with fingertips.

Kristen’s top and bottom lashes were thickly lined in Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil. Next, the entire lid was colored in with the pencil in a half moon shape, from the lash line to the base of the brow bone and out towards the temple. The pencil color was then blended with a fingertip to create a smooth base. Next, the iridescent amethyst shade of High Society Trio Eyeshadow was applied to the lid and the color extended to the brow bone and towards the outer corner of the brow. The edge of this shade was blended into the lavender shade of High Society Trio Eyeshadow, then both sides of Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow were combined and applied to the lower lash line atop Black Moon. The eyes were lined with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner and finished with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.

Kristen’s lips were lined and filled in with cinnamon Papua Lip Liner Pencil, blended for a softer effect, and topped with Belize Lip Gloss. Storm Bird Nail Polish on nails completed the look.

Trio Eyeshadow ($45.00)

  • High Society Lavender, matte forest green, iridescent amethyst (Limited Edition)

Multiple ($39.00)

  • Undress Me Nearly nude pink with silver shimmer

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Storm Bird Moody grey (Limited Edition)

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • More Universally flattering auburn

Duo Eyeshadow ($34.00)

  • Vent Glace Platinum / silver smoke

Sheer Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Autumn Leaves Translucent glistening brandy

Blush ($28.00)

  • Outlaw Soft rose with golden shimmer

Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00)

  • Rouge Tribal Metallic burgundy

Pure Matte Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Amsterdam Garnet red

Availability: July 15th @ narscosmetics.com

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NARS Foreplay Palette for Sephora


NARS Foreplay Palette for Sephora

A chic cheek palette featuring four dazzling shades based on the bestselling Orgasm blush.

The gorgeous afterglow of classic Orgasm is reinvented in this quad that combines Orgasm blush plus vivid shades of pink and peach and a shimmering gold to create your own signature glow.

Shades

  • Peach matte blush
  • Gold highlighter blush
  • Orgasm blush
  • Pink matte blush

Availability: $49 @ Sephora

Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color

Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a subtly gold shimmered light-medium pink with yellow undertones. Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00)(95% similar). MAC Rio (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color
Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Frantic Pink
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%

Too Faced Neptune Eyeshadow

Too Faced Neptune Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “aqua.” It’s a green-teal with subtle yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Buxom Saint Bernard is greener. MAC Shimmermoss is similar but has a more frosted finish. Urban Decay Minx is very similar but has a bit of sparkle/glitter. Giorgio Armani Ecailles is similar but less vibrant.

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Too Faced Neptune Eyeshadow

Too Faced Neptune Eyeshadow

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
96%