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Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30), June Beetle (31), Gold Hercule (32) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) include six, limited edition hues. This post features three of them, as I haven’t yet tested the other three for wear yet. The consistency of these seems like a pressed powder initially, but the powder is not fully pressed, so it loosens as you sweep your applicator across it, so it is really a tightly packed loose powder–ultimately, easier to use than a true loose powder. If you apply them with a damp brush, the intensity and color stays throughout the wear, unlike some products that initially go on intensely but fade quickly. These are rated for 24-hour wear, which is beyond my testing limits, but I did wear them for 14 hours with no fading or creasing (both without a primer and with a primer). The texture seemed more finely-milled than past iterations of the ETK Intense formula, and all three were easy to blend and smooth out on the lid. Two of the three were somewhat sheerer when I initially swatched compared to many others I’ve tried (but I had no trouble building to opaque color when I applied to the lid).  Gold Hercule performed the best out of the three.

Rose Popillia (30) is a smoky, plum and gold shimmered mauve. It looked warmer, lighter in the pot, and then swatched, a very smoky, grayish purple base comes out. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color. What made this shade difficult to dupe is really how multi-faceted the shimmer looks. Dior Constellation #5 is warmer, more plum. Clinique Lavish Lilac is more plum. theBalm rem is warmer, more purple. Urban Decay Rapture is more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is more plum. See comparison swatches.

June Beetle (31) is a cool-toned, green-tinged blue over a bluish-violet base. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering. Maybelline Icy Mint is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, cream. MAC Dimensional Blue is less nuanced. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is darker, bluer. Chanel Destination is more muted, cream. See comparison swatches.

Gold Hercule (32) is a golden, medium green with strong yellow undertones and a smoky plum duochrome–you can see around the edges it takes on a plummy coloring. The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is greener, warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mildew is darker. MAC Unsurpassable is slightly darker. MAC Spread the Wealth is somewhat warmer, cream. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Rose Popillia (30)
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow June Beetle (31)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Gold Hercule (32)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Berry Blush

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush
Bobbi Brown Berry Blush

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “muted berry.” It’s a bold, medium-dark berry pink with a nearly matte finish. MAC Keep It Casual is warmer, cream. Chanel Rouge is slightly more shimmery and not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s new, and limited edition, for fall from Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate collection, due out officially this September, but I’m sure we’ll see it popping up sooner rather than later (Nordstrom has it online now but won’t ship until 8/24). Berry is an intensely pigmented shade, and it’s definitely not for anyone looking for subtle, easy-going color! If you’re very, very fair, you’ll want to use an incredibly light and airy hand with a feathery brush. This is going to sing beautifully on deeper complexions. The more the color is blended and buffed into the skin, the pinker and more berry-hued it becomes. I haven’t had the best luck with Bobbi Brown’s blushes recently, but this is a winner–it’s soft, finely-milled (and there’s a teeny, tiny powderiness but it’s likely what keeps this blendable!), and still fairly easy to blend and soften. It wears really well, too, and it lasted nine hours on me without fading.

Bobbi Brown Blush Berry
Berry
Berry
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

Guerlain Madame Batifole, Madame Flirte, Madame Fascine Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Voilette de Madame Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes three limited edition shades. This gloss formula is lightweight, shimmery, non-sticky, and wears an average of three to four hours. According to Guerlain, it comes in “varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity.” All three shades were semi-sheer with slight settling into lip lines, and because they are on the sheerer side, they tended to look more alike applied than not. They have a thin, almost gel-like consistency that has some slip but doesn’t slide around. It has a medium shine, and the formula (and all three of these in particular) is nicely hydrating. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste and comes in a flat, clear tube with a slanted doe-foot applicator.

Madame Batifole (860) is described as an “electric sparkling fuchsia.” It’s a slightly cool-toned fuchsia with violet shimmer. In the tube, it has more of a berry coloring, but on lips, it’s pinker and against my skin tone, almost looks warm sometimes. The coverage is mostly even with very, very slight settling into (some) lip lines–completely unnoticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Revlon Sugar Violet is lighter. Revlon Berry Allure is similar. MAC Dress Kimono is cooler-toned. L’Oreal Dazzle Me is more fuchsia. Chanel Pink Pulsion is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Madame Flirte (861) is described as a “gourmand sparkling red.” It’s a muted, pink-red with lightly warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer. Applied, it seemed to look even pinker (which can be heavily influenced by your natural lip color). It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it did have some light settling into lip lines (noticeable in the close-up but less so from afar). It is more similar than not compared to Madame Batifole. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is similar, less shimmery. Burberry Hibiscus is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Madame Fascine (863) is described as a “sparkling deep purple.” In the tube, it looks like a smoldering, purpled burgundy with violet, fuchsia, and copper shimmer; swatched, it’s a brownish-plum with multi-colored shimmer. Applied, it’s similar to how it appears swatched–a brownish-plum, some shimmer, glossy shine. This seemed even glossier than other shades in the range. It lasted four hours when I tried it. MAC Spice is more opaque, creamier. MAC Get Rich Quick is more sparkly. MAC Looks Like Sin is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Aubergine is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Madame Batifole (860)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Madame Flirte (861)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Madame Fascine (863)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Two Spicy (08) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two Spicy Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “spicy coral” and “ebony brown.” The coral shade is the “luminous veil,” whereas the brown shade is the “pure color shadow,” with the former being somewhat sheer and the latter being intensely pigmented. I was incredibly surprised–happily, though–that despite the amount of sparkle in the coral shade that there was very little fall out during wear. I had some when I initially applied the color to the lid, but little and then maybe one or two flecks were visible eight hours later (and no creasing or fading for either shade to report). The brown applied beautifully and was very easy to blend out on the lid. Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I’m not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

Two Spicy #1 is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and copper and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff. It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream. It looked noticeably frosted and sometimes bunched up on itself on the lid, looking like chunks of sparkle on the lid. Applied with a fluffier brush, you would eliminate this issue but would get more of a wash of color. MAC Hot Paprika is similar but less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is pinker–more coral. See comparison swatches.

Two Spicy #2 is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply–soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is more shimmery. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, lighter. MAC Cross-Cultural is similar. MAC Brown Down is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Two Spicy (08)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick
Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-red with a luminous sheen. It’s a lovely shade, but there are so many similar shades to this from all brands and price points, so whether this one captures your heart is really a matter of how many others have already done so. MAC Tomango is matte. Urban Decay Bang is similar. Maybelline Orange Edge is slightly redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is also slightly redder. Maybelline Electric Orange is less red. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Morange is less red, more orange. Buxom Rogue is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of #300 is lightly creamy, so it doesn’t tug or pull at lips, and the color glides on in a single pass with even, opaque color. There’s a light sheen that makes lips appear smoother and almost fuller. The Rouge d’Armani formula is touted as long-wearing (eight hours) without fading or feathering, hydrating, and comfortable to wear. I found this shade to be nicely hydrating over the six and a half hours it wore (it did not make it to eight for me). The case is exceptional with a magnetic enclosure that closes with a soft click, and the bullet itself is 0.14 oz., which makes it one of the best high-end lipsticks by value per ounce (most lipsticks range between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.). This is the only shade I have to review from the fall set, but there are five other shades available with the collection as well.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick #300
#300
#300
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (02) Review & Photos

Tom Ford Cream Foundation (02) Brush
Tom Ford Cream Foundation (02) Brush

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (02) ($72.00) was created to be used with Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick, but it can easily be used with liquids as well as true creams. The brush is about 6″ long, while the brush head is about 1″ in height and width and is about a 1/2″ thick. It’s made with natural hair, though I haven’t been able to confirm exactly the type of natural hair (likely goat and potentially something else). The brush is made in Japan, and it’s rumored that Hakuhodo manufactures these, but I haven’t seen it confirmed or mentioned in a press release (only that Tom Ford engaged the world’s leading brush maker in Japan to make them to his exact specifications).  The handle is well-balanced, and the brush head is densely-packed and very, very soft. It’s not a small face brush, but it’s not a large one, so it can still maneuver underneath the eye and around the nose without issue.

This brush excels at both cream and liquid foundation application, as it does not take any more product than is necessary to achieve a natural, even finish. It doesn’t soak up the product, which can sometimes result in a heavier application than you really need. Because it’s so densely-packed, it’s not a fluffy brush, but it is soft and holds its shape well and never leaves streaks or brush lines. It’s really as if all you do is apply the foundation, because there’s no need to blend it afterward–it’s already done. It can also be used with cream blush (even powder), but it stands out most for liquid and cream foundations because of the streak-free finish it leaves behind.

I’ve been using this brush for a year and a half, having received in late 2011. Oh, I’m sure you’re wondering why so long, and that’s really because it’s at such a luxury price point that I’ve wanted to not just put it through the paces but incorporate it into my regular routine. I really wanted to see how it held up to consistent, prolonged use. One of the things I was most surprised about was how clean and pristine the brush looks after over a hundred washes (I wash my brushes after each use)–still as white as the day it arrived. I haven’t experienced any shedding or funny smells after washes.  It’s retained its shape well over time, and it really shows no signs of wear.  The ferrule is perfectly in place, bristles aren’t splayed at the edges, and it still looks new and shiny.

The majority of my brushes are MAC, though I do have other brands in there, and my often-used brush for foundation is Hourglass No. 2 Foundation/Blush Brush (which is a nice alternative if you prefer Taklon bristles, rather than natural hair).  Tom Ford’s brush is easier to clean and requires even less attention to get a flawless, even finish in comparison, so between the two, yes, Tom Ford gets my personal vote, though the two are both great brushes.  Tom Ford does, however, easily beat my previous go-to MAC 109 for liquid foundation application.

Tom Ford Beauty   Cream Foundation Brush (02)
0
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0%
Total

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