Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

A Dark, Somber Fall Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a glossy black compact that features a light face powder to illuminate skin “with the signature ‘Armani Glow'” and three eyeshadows–two matte shades with “intense hues” and a satin-finished illuminator. This is one of two palettes released for fall; the second one seems to be a little warmer (from the descriptions, as I haven’t seen it).

The face powder is described as “ultra-fine, “transparent,” and listed as “sheer beige.” After reading the official description, it made a lot more sense to me–and I’m glad that the brand described the product as it actually was. It is a pale, neutral-cool beige with a very subtle satiny sheen. It will best suit light to medium complexions, but it is very finely-milled and sheer that it could be used on a variety of skin tones. The base color isn’t ashy or chalky, so even darker complexions can use it as a setting powder or the like. The finely-milled texture allows this to sit beautifully on the skin–very naturally–as it melts against the complexion. MAC Baby Don’t Go is pinker.

The first eyeshadow is supposed to be the “satinized illuminator,” which Armani describes as “soft beige.” It’s a warm, golden champagne with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really as described, which is decent to good, but it illuminates as it is supposed to. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies very smoothly. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is very similar, a smidgen lighter. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar, a bit cooler-toned. MAC Femme-Fi is close.

The second eyeshadow is a medium-dark warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish, but there is a smatternig of fine golden shimmer strewn throughout–you don’t really notice when it is applied. It had a slightly stiff texture, though certainly finely-milled, which resulted in so-so pigmentation. Dior Golden Savannah is similar but more pigmented, so it appears a bit darker. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, richer.

The third eyeshadow is a deep, dark matte black. There are a few bits of shimmer, but like a lot of other shades in this family, the shimmer isn’t noticeable on. The texture was soft and smooth, with rich color payoff. It similar to shades like Le Metier de Beaute Fin, Urban Decay Blackout, and Milani Pitch Black.

The double-decker palette is sleek and convenient to use, and the four shades in the palette coordinate and complement each other well.  I would have loved to see the bottom compartment feature only eyeshadow, rather than two tiny sponge-tipped applicators, though.  It would make the palette a better value.  Overall, the quality of the products included is good–the only shade that fell short was the brown eyeshadow, which could have been a little denser, more buttery, or else more pigmented.  When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore for eight hours without creasing or fading (with or without a primer), and the face powder lasted eight hours and helped reduce late afternoon shine.

The Glossover


#1 Fall Collection 2012

It's a basic but travel-friendly palette of colors. If you have a larger stash already, you likely have shades similar enough not to merit picking this palette up.











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Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette (eyeshadows)

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette (cheeks)

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For the full face photo - On eyes (your left): Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette, Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On eyes (your right): Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette, Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyelliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Giorgio Armani #1 Face & Eye Palette, Guerlain Perles du Dragon Meteorites. On lips: OCC Marion Lip Tar.

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43 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. liz

    I have eyeshadows and blushes similar to all of these colors in some form or another but I still want this! I think I have an Armani addiction.

  2. Mariella

    Love the shadows but not so much the blush (I need colour and I need pink or red or berry type shades). But those shadows – gimme, gimme!

  3. GUSnail

    Huh, generally speaking, I don’t like pallettes (in theory, yes-in practice, no) but this one looks very practical.

  4. Mariella

    Oh – I see now that it’s a face powder and not a blush so disregard that part of my earlier comment. Christine, this eye look is fabulous. I do wish you’d do tutorials again so folks (well, okay, so that I) could see just how you got that fabulous look in the closeup photo. You always do an amazing job of blending without “blending away” or ending up with a muddy finished eye.

  5. blueraccoon

    I like the idea of the palette but I think I”m more interested in the other one, since the colors on this are not really my style.

  6. roslynd

    I have never really been interested in anything highend, but wow I love this little thing. My wallet is screaming at me for even thinking about it but I may just pick it up!

    Do you know of any good places with a gift with purchase lol

  7. Dana

    Do you think the face powder is translucent enough to work all over on super pale skin (with a fluffy brush)? I love that this palette is just essentials, though I agree that the applicators are unnecessary,

  8. My husband talked me into buying this and it’s probably the best makeup suggestion I’ve ever received. I was concerned that the blush would look warm/ brown on me, but it actually works really well- it makes my cheekbones stand out a lot more and generally makes me “glowy”.

    I went on a 3-day business trip and this was all I brought with me for eyes and face. It was perfect. Now I wish I’d been able to grab the brown palette as well… (It looks really amazing with the #408 lipstick that came out with this collection, too.)

  9. Wow!I purchased this palette at my local Saks, and the shadow colors differ very much from your pics and descriptions. My “soft beige” color is more a blend of peach and pearl white, with just a touch of gold; my “greige” is a complex mix of light brown, olive green, grey and beige with a little gold and silver shimmer; and my “black” is a dark brown, ashy-charcoal color with silver shimmers. What a difference! I love these colors for my very fair skin. The face powder is a gorgeous sculpting tool; I use it as I would a highlighter, just along the tops of my cheekbones, temples, etc. and it makes the hollows underneath appear darker!! I think you would like my version better.

    • blueraccoon

      There are two versions of this palette – it sounds like you bought the other one, maybe?

      • No, the other one had reddish toned browns and a rosier,very dupe-able blush. My palette has some very unusual colors in it. Maybe the sample sent to Temptalia was an earlier version than mine?

  10. Sasha

    This would be an awesome travel/on the go touch up compact if the face powder weren’t sheer. If it was just pressed powder that could touch up your makeup, instead of setting it, it would be perfect.

  11. The eye palette is really gorgeous and looks great on you. Whenever I use black shadow, it always turns into one big racoon mess. I guess I need to watch more tutorials. lol.

    • madii

      Notice that she’s actually not even wearing the eye palette. Where it says “what mae up are you wearing”, she is wearing Dior and Tarantino eye make uo, not even the product that’s being reviewed!

      • Hi Madii,

        Did you miss the image of my eye? I’m wearing the palette in the close-up, but for the full face, I am wearing only the face powder – I was testing multiple products and was already testing Dior’s new palettes! I tested the two sections of the palette on different days :)

  12. Michelle

    I feel as if either the pictures don’t do this product justice, or the pigmentation is seriously lacking. The lighter shadow looks like a drugstore product. Though sometimes it seems like the price of the item drastically influences your opinion of something. Wish it were different!

  13. You always have a way of making me want things that I previously decided I was unappealing/unimpressive. 😛 Your swatches makes the colors look so rich and smooth and satiny! I LOVE that brown!

  14. Sam

    Unexpected love for this! I need a face powder like that. I’m mostly neutral in undertones, but if it came down to it I lean a little cool. Almost EVERY bronzer turns orange on me though. I think it’s because of how pale I am. lol I wish this wasn’t LE.

    • I am very fair, and Dior Sunlight is my favorite bronzer right now. It provides just enough color, glow, and contains vitamins which improve your skin’s quality. Bonus:it comes with its own little soft kabuki brush, as well.

  15. Liz

    Those colors look too similar to shades that I already have. I’m definitely going to leave it, especially for that price.

    • xamyx

      I agree, although I do like the face powder (even if I do have several similar products). I didn’t even realize the eye makeup in the “full-face” photo were not only two different palettes, but neither was *this* one…

      • The close-up photo shows me using this one – I was testing other products when I tested the face powder, as I was already testing the new Dior eyeshadow palettes but had room to test a cheek/face product.

        • xamyx

          I got that; my comment was merely pointing out how many palettes are coming out that essentially look the same when applied (it’s not anything related to you, or your skills). I personally wish that companies-all of them- would focus more on what’s in the permanant line already, instead of trying to come up with something “new”, slapping a “Limited Edition” label on it, and having them all look the same!

  16. looks so pretty on you!! ♥

  17. Goldilokks

    Sooo glad you reviewed this! I need a small, luxe palette that works day to night. I want to try both now to see which color fits my fair skin best. Your pics are awesome as always!

  18. I really like the concept of this product. I wouldn’t buy this in particular, but I’m really really appreciative of sleek, compact, multi-use style products. I travel a lot and keep my bags as light as possible – plus most days I’m rushed (like most of us) and have no time to go through a bunch of products. So multiuse and versatile are great for me. I also like the color of the powder and feel like it’s a somewhat unique idea – that it’s sold as a product that can be a blush/slight illuminator or lightly as a powder… while it’s something that lots of us probably do on our own, I haven’t seen a product marketed/sold that way, that I can remember.

  19. Rosie

    The colours are lovely, but the eye shadows are almost identical to an old Boots No7 pallette that I have which cost me about £5 sterling.

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  21. madii

    What the? How come the eye make up you are wearing is not this palette? I thought when you review something you show us a photo of yourself wearing the product, but here you are wearing sth completely different on your eyes!

    • I did! There is a close-up of the eyeshadows as well as the face powder on the face! I’m showing all the products in the palette, but I didn’t test them on the same day! :)

  22. kelli

    I think you should wear all the products you are reviewing in at least one full-face photo (especially since this is a face/eye palette) so that we can see what is achieved by using this full product.

    • I’m wearing all the products, just not on the same day :) Given that the powder is mostly a finishing powder, it doesn’t visually change the look! :)