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Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pastel-hued palette that contains four shades described as, “pearl violet,” “jade green,” “sheer gold,” and “greige.” The palette is designed to add luminosity to the eye.

The first shade is a light-medium lilac purple with a white frosted finish. It has good color payoff, and the texture is fairly soft, though a wee bit powdery. OCC Datura is lighter and more iridescent. theBalm Curtain Call is very similar. MAC Light Violet is also similar, but it has a very different finish.

Below, there is a very, very pale mint green with subtle golden shimmer-sheen–this shade looks more white than it does green on me. This shade was a little sheer and powdery. Lancome Fashion Forward is very, very similar, but it is a little more green and has a smoother, finer texture.

The third shade is a medium-dark gold with strong orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly smoothly. MAC Barefoot is less metallic and a smidgen darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter, yellower. Dior Couture Gold is less orange. Inglot #404 is darker, more molten gold. Milani Drenched in Gold is a touch lighter.

The very last shade is a soft, taupe brown with a subtle golden sheen. It’s almost pewter-like, but I think it lacks some of the gold/warmth of pewter. MAC Modern Pewter is darker and more golden. Dior Garden Roses is darker. MAC Palladium is similar but more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker, more golden.

On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost.  I think nearly all the shades could stand to be a little softer, finer–Giorgio Armani typically has some incredibly soft eyeshadows, but these were a bit dry and powdery.  I’m always taken aback by how little each palette contains (only 0.06 oz.–and most full-sized single eyeshadows are 0.05 oz.!), even though the wells seem large. One of these days, I’m going to have to go digging so I can see how deep each pan goes.

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

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Laura Mercier Fall 2012 Collection — Cinema Noir


Laura Mercier Fall 2012 Collection — Cinema Noir

Laura’s inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For the fall season, Laura was inspired by Hollywood stars in the late 1940’s—the era when black and white film transitioned into colour. This classic period featured intellectual beauties like Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth, and their signature looks in films had a sensual quality—slightly colourized, sexy yet subdued. The overall cinematic feeling is one of vintage charm, strong romanticism and an ultra-feminine appeal.

Makeup is modern and dramatic. Eyes wear muted shades in smoky mixes of teals and chocolates, blended together to create a true sultry appeal. Lashes are long and voluminous tipped in burgundy, defining and enhancing the eyes. Lips have a creamy soft finish in shades of roses and mauves, while cheeks are luminous and glowing. Nails are painted in soft shades of nude and cocoa.

Eye Colour Duet ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Mystere Taupe/Blue
  • Suspense Beige/brown

Tightline Cake Eye Liner ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Deep Teal Teal
  • Ground Espresso Dark brown

Long Lash Mascara ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Burgundy Burgundy

Shimmer Bloc ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Starlet Mosaic Multi-colored highlighter

Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cocoa Suede Brown
  • Organza Beige
  • Nude Silk Medium brown

Creme/Shimmer Lip Colour ($24.00) (Repromote)

  • Passion Fruit Pink
  • Tea Rose Rose
  • Raspberry Sorbet Berry
  • Fresh Brown Brown

Availability: July 2012

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Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, browned garnet with fine ruby shimmer. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is similar but redder, less brown, and it has a cream finish. Dior Apparat is redder. Illamasqua Scarab is very close, though slightly less brown.

This shade applied the best out of the three metallic finished polishes I tried from Tom Ford. It was also fully opaque after two coats.  The consistency was thin but not watery, and the polish flowed fluidly across the nail without bubbling or pooling along the sides.  There were very minimal brush strokes in the end result, too, that were only really noticeable under bright lights.  I didn’t test the wear of this shade specifically, but I did test the wear of Silver Smoke and Burnt Topaz, which have the same finish. Both shades wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn that I don’t generally experience chipping no matter the brand or whether I use a top coat/base coat.

P.S. — My bottle arrived with the corner chipped off of it, but luckily, the glass is thick enough that it didn’t break into the actual well.

Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Burnished Rouge
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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