Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Let the Moonlight Bathe You in Beige

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette ($88.00 for 0.41 oz.) consists of a highlighter, two eyeshadows, and lip wax housed in a glossy black compact with a mirror and two sponge-tipped applicators. Giorgio Armani describes the shades as, “Beige shimmer powder joins taupe eyeshadows that intensify gradually, along with Beige lip wax for sheer, natural elegance.”

The highlighter is a pale white-beige with a silver-ish sparkle. There is definitely an overlay of silver glitter that dusts away within the first use (and likely, for the better, since the glitter particles are large). I removed this overlay before I swatched and applied the product. It has a shimmer-sheen finish where a little bit of shimmer is detectable, but it creates mostly a glow-y sheen on the skin. The texture was soft and finely-milled, so it blended easily and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the natural texture. NARS Albatross has more of a golden sheen. MAC Lightscapade is similar but has a stronger sheen. MAC Truth & Light is a touch warmer. MAC Too Chic is frostier.

The first eyeshadow is a soft taupe that leans gray. It has a satin-like finish, and the color payoff is good. Chane Variation is grayer, darker. NARS Vent Glace is warmer, browner. bareMinerals Suspense is darker, grayer. Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha is darker.

The second eyeshadow is a subdued medium-dark brown with just a hint of gray. It has a mostly matte finish with a touch of satiny sheen. The color payoff seemed so-so, but on the lid, it was better–good overall. MAC Omega is lighter. Chanel Premier Regard is a smidgen darker and grayer. MAC Camo is lighter.

The lip wax is sheer, as described; it is a warm peach-beige with a soft, frosted sheen. When applied, it really just lightened my natural lip color and added a soft, frosted sheen. As far as dupes go, any sheer beige lipstick will get you close, assuming you have a natural lip color similar to mine. It had more color than MAC Tropical Mist. RevlonC reme Brulee is comparable in color, though it is a bit more pigmented.  I didn’t love the formula of this, as it is very unforgiving on the lips, since the texture is on the drier side.

The eyeshadows wore for eight hours without fading or creasing (without a primer).  They were incredibly easy to apply and blended out beautifully.  The highlighter lasted for eight hours with minor fading along the edges.  The lip wax lasted two hours on me from what I could tell–something as sheer as this harder to determine!

Overall, I like the palette, but I’m not in love.  The price point is heart-wrenching, and so I need to be in love with the entire palette to get excited about it.  The eyeshadows performed better when I was applying them, and as they’re finely-milled and very, very soft, they can become sheer if blended out enough (which is what happened when I swatched them).  The whole look this palette creates is soft and natural; very work-friendly and nearly foolproof to create.

The Glossover

palette

Moonlight Beige

B+
The whole look this palette creates is soft and natural; very work-friendly and nearly foolproof to create.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $88.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette, Laura Mercier Black Gold Eyeliner, DiorShow Mascara. On face: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation (#5.5 and #7 mixed), Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette, Illamasqua Zygomatic Cream Blush.

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24 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Karen Kendo

    Christine, you are beautiful! Though I’m not going to cough up $88 for a palette that literally looks like *nothing* on my face.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carie Carie

    Wow that is underwhelming for $88!

  3. Hmmno, not my colors, I’m not excited enough about it either.

  4. katie

    Really pretty look on you! Looks very natural and fresh.

  5. Irene

    Love that you now add the “how-to” pictures of your final look :)

  6. Liz

    You look very fresh in the full face photo. You also have the most amazing brows, which makes me jealous. I don’t think the makeup is something that will suit me though.

  7. I love the eye look you did – very subtle and pretty!

  8. It does certainly give you a beautiful, fresh Spring-like glow, but I don’t know that it quite lives up to the price. I’m more curious about the other palette or, even more, about the permanent shadow palettes they’ve introduced.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    Very pretty, nice cohesion, but I’ll have to pass. I have far too many similar shadows, and the lip color is useless (I love a nice pale lip color, but I can get the same effect with a tinted lip balm). The face powder is lovely, but it’s not $88 lovely.

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Christine, I know you’ve said that price isn’t an issue you take into account with your rating system but the price of this palette (which will be pretty close to $100 in Canada) is certainly an issue for me. While I want value even in a 5 dollar purchase, I want something extraordinary when a product carries a price ticket like this palette. And for me (and others, I would venture), this is just too expensive for what it is, which is fairly ordinary and dupe-able. As someone else said, the highlighter looks lovely but not “$88 worth of lovely” (or however she phrased it).

  11. Hm…on one hand, I’m super disappointed that this palette wasn’t everything I had imagined it to be but on the other hand, a little relieved because it was SO darn expensive :P I had seen swatches on someone elses blog and I thought the shadows were much more rich and pigmented and the highlighter, not as sparkly and more shimmery. The highlighter was what I was most excited for but after seeing your swatches, I’ll pass. I’ll probably go for the Kevyn Aucoin Candelight highlighter instead

  12. sherye

    i dont see ANYTHING…

  13. Boone

    I’m not particularly interested in this palette, but I’d like to be the eleventy-billionth person to say “I love the tutorials!” Please keep them up for those of us who aren’t gifted at makeup application! :)

  14. YellowLantern

    I wasn’t excited about this when these palettes were announced and I’m even less excited seeing them swatched.

    The eyeshadows look so sheer in the swatches and usually your swatches are quite rich (usually richer than they look applied with my brushes) so I’m sure this would look like a whole lotta nothing on my eyes.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    I really don’t see much or anything. Looked at the photos first and scrolled back up to see the grade and was kind of surprised that it got a B+. And for the price, definitely nothing I’m interested in at all.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abigail abigailOD

    Christine, even though the palette isn’t to die for… that last frame on inspiration and step-by-step pictures, love it! So nice to see Temptalia continue to evolve, inspire and best of all, teach! Thank you! I especially need that last frame since eye make-up is not in my comfort zone!

    Will you be doing that consistently moving forward?

    • It will really just depend on time :) The step-by-step adds about an hour of time for each one (to do it/photograph it, then to edit), so we’ll just have to see how it goes!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abigail abigailOD

        I know, I could only imagine the amount of time you put in for Each product post. Either way, you go girl! Thanks for what you do!

  17. L

    The makeup you did here looks really pretty on you Christine! But that palette is crazy expensive for such soft light colours. If you didn’t want to spend that much on this palette, what would you substitue the colours with?