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Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, darkened bronze-shimmered reddish-brown. It sheers out to a burnt sienna kind of color with a faint red and bronze shimmer that’s very, very fine so it’s hard to see on the skin (and gives off more of a sheen overall). MAC Stylish Me is similar when this is applied sheer. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, not as warm-toned. MAC Stratus is more plum, less brown. See comparison swatches.

The Fluid Sheer formula can be worn however you want; it’s a face product, but it could easily be used as a body product, too–highlighter, bronzer, blusher, all-over.  With the intensity of No. 12, it most obviously works as a blush and bronzer, but with just a little amount mixed into foundation or moisturizer can give a slightly sunkissed look all over the face without being too much (but very fair complexions may find it is too strong).  This is a shade that will be exceptional on medium-dark and deeper skin tones.  The consistency is thin, very fluid, and sheers out readily, but a little goes a long way, so be very gentle and slow when pumping out product.   I was able to control the pump enough to get just a drop out a time, but one full pump is likely far more than you’ll need for any small area.  The resulting texture, as it dried down, was slightly dewy, part glowy, that didn’t emphasize my pores and looked like a natural finish.  This shade lasted nine hours on me when I wore it as a blush.

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Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 12
No. 12
No. 12
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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Chanel French Toffee & Friandise Aqualumiere Glosses

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss
Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered, golden beige. The base color really doesn’t do much–at best, adds a little warmth–but it does have a noticeable amount of very fine beige and gold shimmers, plus a very glossy shine. MAC Soft Serenade is warmer. Revlon Peach is slightly darker. MAC Sublime Shine is similar. MAC Satin Slip is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Friandise (82) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, strawberry pink with multi-colored shimmer and sparkle. This had more semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a noticeable base color that brightened and tinted my natural lip color and a good dosage of shimmer and sparkle. MAC Fever Isle is less shimmery, brighter. Dior Paradise is warmer, less pink. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is less shimmery. Burberry Cameo Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

If you aren’t familiar with the Aqualumiere Gloss formula, it’s a high-shine, sheer gloss (in fact, Chanel describes it as a “sheer wash of colour”) that gives the illusion of fuller lips (because of all the shine).  The texture is smooth, non-sticky, and not too thick or too thin.  They’re very comfortable on, and they’re lightly moisturizing.  The downside is really that these don’t wear very long on me, with French Toffee disappearing after less than two hours and Friandise barely making it to three.  They have a brush-type applicator, and I didn’t detect any scent or flavor when I tried these two.

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss French Toffee (83)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss Friandise (82)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Fyrinnae Hitched & Unicorn Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright, metallic satiny warm red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-toned red with a subtle, satiny sheen. I applied it dry and then applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for comparison. I found it entirely unnecessary to use it over Pixie Epoxy, though, as it looks very much the same either way (but certainly no harm using the base with this). It’s incredibly rich in color with a single pass yielding full, opaque color coverage, but despite this richness, it’s still easy to blend and apply. It doesn’t stick unduly, so I had no trouble blending and softening the edges to meet with other products. This shade did stain when worn without a base, and then mildly over Pixie Epoxy, but I didn’t have any signs of creasing or fading after nearly nine hours of wear (no primer). Illamasqua Daemon is more matte. Sugarpill Love+ is brighter, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned, matte. Inglot #366 is lighter, matte. See comparison swatches.

Unicorn Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lavender filled with multi-color sparkle.” It’s an icy, cool-toned lavender with an iridescent sheen. I applied it alone (dry), and it had good color payoff, and then applied over Pixie Epoxy, the sheen came out slightly more but the pigmentation was buildable to full opacity.  This shade wore well for over eight hours–no creasing or fading–without a base as well as just applied over Pixie EpoxyUrban Decay Aura #2 is lighter. MAC Amethyst is more sparkly. MAC Ready to the Party is more metallic. OCC Datura is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Hitched
Hitched
Hitched
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Unicorn
Unicorn
Unicorn
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Essie Naughty Nautical & More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark green-teal with soft, white sparkle. MAC Ocean Dip is darker, no shimmer. Illamaqua Venous is more muted, no shimmer. Zoya Zuza is more shimmery. See comparison swatches. The formula was good; the color was mostly opaque after two coats with the barest bit of the nail line coming through when there was a lot of light in the room. It dried down to a glossy shine, and the sparkles are still somewhat visible even at a distance. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying even layers of the polish. I normally get seven days of wear with minor tip wear with Essie’s formula.

More the Merrier Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a cream finish. L’Oreal New Money is more muted. Illamasqua Radium is greener. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Def Defying is darker, greener. See comparison swatches. Though there seemed to be good pigmentation, the formula was off, which resulted in a streaky, uneven application. Even the consistency was a little thick, so the polish pooled towards the edges of the nail.

Essie Nail Lacquer Naughty Nautical
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer More the Merrier
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total

Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy finish (with no shimmer). I couldn’t think of too many shades that might compare with this one, and the closest was MAC Star Quality which is a bit lighter and not as pigmented. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is noticeably lighter. See comparison swatches.

It has a very juicy, watermelon-like coloring and feel to me, and it looks like summer. It had rich color and applied with full color coverage. The finish is high-shine with a glossiness that makes lips look fuller. The texture of the Flash Lip Lacquer formula is very interesting, because it feels gel-like and almost like a silicone-based primer (but slicker). It’s not too thick, but it’s not a thin gloss, though it doesn’t feel heavy (or goopy or anything like that) on. It’s very smooth and slightly velvety with a slight bit of tackiness but not enough to describe it as sticky. What’s really great is how long the shine lasts along with the color, as often pigmented glosses lose their shine as they wear on, even if the color persists. I didn’t notice any scent or flavor, and it lasted five hours on me–and was hydrating to boot!

Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer #519
#519
#519
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm, medium golden bronze with a very fine shimmer–reads more as a sheen than a shimmer. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more pigmented, warmer. Burberry Copper Glow is darker, browner, matte. MAC Gold Deposit is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Blazing Haute is lighter, more orange. All of the possible dupes I came up with are blushes/bronzers, so they were all more pigmented. If your coloring is medium or deeper and you’re looking for a bronzer, you might want to consider one of the dupes, as this is designed to be sheer and is very much so. For something more similar in type of product, MAC Golden Elixir, which is more bronze, and MAC Sun Rush, which is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I think the finish is spectacular; it’s beautifully glowy on the skin while adding a golden warmth, and it never looked shimmery–just slightly dewy with a natural sheen. With my medium complexion, I can mix this with my foundation to use all over or even just pat this onto bare skin. The consistency is thin, so it ends up being rather sheer and spreads out easily. It also mixes readily with liquid foundation and moisturizer. It lasted well both mixed with foundation as well as patted on cheeks alone; gradual fading started just after eight hours of wear, and my foundation didn’t wear away any sooner than it normally would with this mixed in. For any warmer-toned complexion looking for a golden glow, No. 10 is worth checking out to see if it’s a good match for your skin tone.

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.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 10
No. 10
No. 10
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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