Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is a Golden Opportunity to Shine.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Every year, the holiday season seems to ignite a strong desire to wear gold.  Be it on the lids, the cheeks, the tree, the body–gold seems to be everywhere.  Naturally, when it was time to pick a gold toned eyeshadow, I turned to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold ($34 USD/5g) to fill this brightening position.  The intense yellow gold tone shade easily sets the stage for celebration and all good things to come.  Get ready ladies, this gorgeous shadow will not only leave people intrigued, but it will be the last one standing well after the party is over.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold swatches.

  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is composed of a clear base with warm golden ultra-fine shimmers.  This color applies with the greatest of ease with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  • Another alluring feature is the longevity; just like it comrade, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood (reviewed here), once this beauty sets it does not budge.  I was able to wear this color without any gold shimmer fall-out or creasing for the entire day.  This can be due to the dense cream formula, which is smooth to the touch.
  • 9 Gold proved quite versatile taking on the role of topper shade, stand alone eyeshadow, eyeliner, or mixed with loose eyeshadows to create a unique color.  The below photos show the various ways 9 Gold was utilized.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn on bare lids.

  • For the above photo, 9 Gold was applied, with my finger, as a stand alone color to the entire lid area. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 4 Wood (reviewed here) was used along the lash line and in the crease. This simple eye was not only quick, but a definite stand-out.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in 4 Wood.

  • For this above photo, Giorgio Armani 4 Wood was used heavily in the crease and outer corners with 9 Gold applied directly over the entire lid.  For this look, I prefered to use a synthetic brush, so as to not disturb 4 Wood’s powder consistency.  Another look that took no time, yet appears to have taken forever to have put together.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn over Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wengewood.

  • For this look, 2 Wenge Wood was applied to the entire lid area with my finger.  Using a synthetic brush, 9 Gold was patted lightly all over Wenge Wood, for a gold scattered effect.  This look was one of my favorites; the newly created color transformed Wedge Wood’s gray tone into a complex Khaki–gorgeous!!! This combo was a match made in makeup heaven.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Bare Minerals Sex Kitten.

  • For this final look, 9 Gold was mixed with Bare Minerals Sex Kitten loose eyeshadow on the back of my hand and applied to the lids with a synthetic brush.  This method not gives this color amazing longevity, but incredible depth and dimension.  I tried to add 9 Gold over Sex Kitten and the effect was nowhere near as attractive.
  • This autumnal shimmer shade would suit all eye colors and makes the perfect color to wear for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  Pair this eye look with a killer red lip, and you are sure to turn heads 🙂
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Comparison Gold Shades:
Chanel 817 Apparence, 89 Vision, Giorgio Armnai 9 Gold, and YSL 7 Gold Star.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Comparison Gold Shades at a slightly blurred angle:
Chanel 817 Apparence, 89 Vision, Giorgio Armnai 9 Gold, and YSL 7 Gold Star.

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 817 Apparence is a lovely light gold color that is used primarily as a delicate topper shade.  My prefered method of application, is with a fluffy brush and lightly sweeping the color over any matte base.
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 89 Vision is an intense gold with a slight red undertone (camera was unable to capture this effect).  This is another topper shade that is definitely not subtle.  Although touted as long wearing, Illusion D’Ombre shadows do not hold their composure throughout the day.  Due to my deep-set eyes, 89 Vision, tends to migrate into the crease and brow area.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is more yellow and dense than the Chanel shades.  The longevity and versatility are unmatched in my eyes.
  • YSL 7 Gold Star is technically advertised as an eyeliner, but just like Armani, it too is versatile.  This bronze gold is used as a stand alone eyeshadow color, eyeshadow base, eyeliner and inner waterline color.  However, this cannot perform the task of topper shade, due to the saturate base color and lack of shimmer.

**Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale and giorgioarmnaibeauty-usa.**

THE VERDICT:  If  Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is one of the most versatile products you can own.  Is this a must-have?  Oh yes, especially if you value shimmer, sparkle and attention.   🙂  What is your favorite look and more importantly, how will you wear your 9 Gold?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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bareMinerals Lash Domination review, photos and comparisons.

bareMinerals "Your Perfect Picks" kit with Lash Domination.

bareMinerals “Your Perfect Picks” kit with Lash Domination.

bareMinerals Lash Domination.

bareMinerals Lash Domination.

One of the most difficult natural cosmetics to find (and like) is mascara.  I have been on the hunt for a more wholesome formula (sans parabens) for the longest time.  I tried natural formulations from Physician’s Formula Organic Wear, Tarte, Benefit, Josie Maran, to other bareMineral mascaras.  They were not able to lengthen, volumize and sustain the promise of being flake-free.  Recently, while on the bareescentuals site, I decided to purchase bareMinerals Lash Domination ($18 US/) part of the “Your Perfect Picks” Eye Kit ($39 US) with the high hopes that this mascara maybe “the one”.  According to the Bareescentual website Lash Domination is a 10-1 mascara that:

  • Volumizes
  • Lengthens
  • Thickens
  • Separates
  • Lifts
  • All-day wear
  • Mineral fortified
  • Resists clumps
  • Fights flakes
  • Smudge-resistant
Lashes before Bare Minerals Lash Domination.

Lashes before bareMinerals Lash Domination.

Lashes after Bare Minerals Lash Domination.

Lashes after bareMinerals Lash Domination (2 coats).

bareMinerals Lash Domination.

bareMinerals Lash Domination.

 The Pros of bareMinerals Lash Domination:

  1. Formulated without parabens.
  2. The wand is spiral, rubberized and large.  Designed to catch and coat every lash evenly and efficiently.
  3. The formula is dry and very black.
  4. Lash Domination lengthens beautifully while providing volume (more so than Mary Kay Lash Love).
  5. LD lasted well throughout the day with minimal flaking by the tenth hour.
  6. My lashes did not feel stiff or look clumpy.
  7. The wand separates and lifts the lashes with each additional coat.
  8. Layers nicely and does not give the dreaded spidery look.
  9. Easily removable at night without any harsh tugging of the lashes.
  10. Lash Domination Mascara is offered in kits (for a better value) on the bareesscentuals website.
bareMinerals Lash Domination brush.

bareMinerals Lash Domination brush.

Brush Head Comparisions:   Clinique Mascara, Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara, bareMinerals Lash Domination.

Brush Head Comparisions:
Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara, bareMinerals Lash Domination.

The Cons of bareMinerals Lash Domination:

  1. The formula did seem to coagulate after one week’s use.  It has since regulated itself and returned to its original consistency.
  2. The wand maybe too big for someone with hooded eyes or shorter lashes.
  3. The silver packaging does not look elegant or worthy of an $18 price tag (sorry..I like what I like).
  4. Slight flaking by the brow bone by the tenth hour of wear (if your lashes are shorter, this may not be an issue).
  5. Slight smudging if a heavier moisturizer or creamy concealer is used on the under eye area.
bareMinerals Lash Domination Ingredient List.

bareMinerals Lash Domination Ingredient List.

The rest of the items in the kit were absolutely stellar and I will review them separately.  My main reason for obtaining the kit was the mascara, therefore, I wanted to dedicate a post specifically to Lash Domination.  I prefer bareMinerals Lash Domination to Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening (reviewed here) and Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara because of the more natural formula, accessibility, and results.

bareMinerals Lash Domination is sold at Sephora, Nordstrom, bareescentual.com, Macy’s, and etc..

Wearing bareMinerals Lash Domination.

Wearing bareMinerals Lash Domination.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you tell bareminerals Lash Domination is worthy of a repurchase. The more natural formula is quite appealing to my needs.  While in Nordstrom the other day, the sales associate asked, “My goodness what mascara are you wearing?  Your lashes are insanely long.”  When I told her it was Lash Domination, she could not believe the results.  Another customer was so impressed with the results on me, she bought a tube on the spot.  Good deed done!  What is your favorite mascara?  Better yet, will you be trying Lash Domination?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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