Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2011: #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new and limited edition holiday compact that includes a “beige pearl, metallic gold, [and] light green pearl.” You can use this on the face or on the eyes–it’s more like a highlighter for the face, and then the eyeshadows can be used to create a soft look.

The compact first includes a small portion of a pale, muted beige with gold shimmer. It has a soft, smooth texture and applies with good color payoff. It’s a little less peach compared to Urban Decay Booty Call. MAC Baby It’s Cold is similar, perhaps a touch lighter. Shades like Urban Decay Skimp, MAC Butternutty, and Bare Escentuals Serendipitous are a few more that look similar.

In the middle, which is the largest section, is a warm, yellow gold with a frosted finish. The color payoff is a bit sheer, but the texture is fairly soft. There is a lot of similarity in this hue to shades like theBalm Snobby, Chanel Blazing Gold, Urban Decay Eldorado, and Urban Decay Blunt.

The bottom shade, also a small portion (same size as the top shade), is a muted, almost antique-like, gold with a more metallic finish. Like the middle shade, this is a little on the sheer side but still feels smooth and soft. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy has a hue that’s a bit lighter. I think MAC Retrospeck comes rather close, perhaps a little darker.

Applied as a highlighter, it results in a muted champagne-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s more gold than not, but it’s not yellow or orange–it has more of a hint of antique gold without being too dark. It works as a highlighter, but it did emphasize my skin’s texture just slightly. The wear was good, though, with the highlighter mostly intact after eight hours.  I swirled over the entire compact, but you could swirl more towards the upper or lower half to get a lighter or darker golden shade–the middle color will dominate, just because of how large its surface is. Whether you look at it as a highlighter or eyeshadow palette, it comes with a good amount of product.

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Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I like it but don't love it; of all the holiday highlighters we've seen, this one isn't the best on the market, so if that's your aim, you might consider this season's other releases. I think it performs better as a highlighter than as a set of eyeshadows, just because the underlying sheerness gives it more of a faded look when applied. If you have really fair skin, it might work, but light-medium and deeper may find this doesn't show up as well.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette to highlight cheeks (and used on eyes) over Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $59.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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3 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Farah Farah

    It’s subtle but has a really gorgeous effect! Looks beautiful on you!

  2. This definitely doesn’t look as great as some of the other highlighters this season. I think I’ll pass!

  3. liz

    bought the mother of pearl topped saks exclusive as an xmas present to myself. haven’t opened it yet (busy with finals and now just relaxing at home) but can’t wait to bust it out when i go on vacation next week.