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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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows review and swatches.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadoes: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

I have a weakness for cream shadows.  So when  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows ($36 US/ 4 g) launched with the promise of intense pigment, and smooth long-lasting wear, I quickly hoarded the lightest and darkest of the bunch.  The springy gel like formulation were unique in a market filled with long-lasting cream/powder hybrids.  These forms of eyeshadows have proven to be so popular, Dior has recently duplicated this formula and has released their own collection.  My most used shades are Mirifique and Apparence.  Vision is my favorite topper shade; this gleaming golden sparkle looks particularly stunning over a black base.  Fantasme is great as an inner corner highlight or as a topper shade over a reddish-brown shadow.  Oh who am I kidding, I love them all 🙂

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre swatches: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow swatches: Mirifique, Fantasme, Vision, and Apparence.

  • Mirifique (85): Black base with silver and blue sparkles.
  • Fantasme (81): Topper shade..straight-up white/silver sparkle.
  • Vision (89): Topper shade…straight-up yellow gold sparkle with a slight rose undertone.
  • Apparence (817):  Warm golden color with refined shimmer..beautiful on its own or delicately placed over a matte shadow.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirifique (85) with Vision (89) on top.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow Vision (89) on top of Mirifique (85).

The Pros:

  1. Texturally, the formula is silky smooth and creamy to the touch.
  2. Best applied with fingers in thin layers.
  3. Packaging is exquisite. Glass pot is sanitary and quite sturdy.
  4. The 11 colors offered will suit a variety of skin tones and eye shapes.
  5. My selections of topper shades (Fantasme and Vision) transformed matte eyeshadows into sparkling sensations.
  6. Despite the high sparkle content on swatches, the appearance of sparkle on the lid is diminished with Emerveille, Ebloui, Apparence, Illusiore, and Mirifique.
  7. These are permanent in the Chanel line.  Limited-Edition colors are still available.
  8. Emerville, Ebloui, Apparence and Illusiore can be used on their own for a quick, easy and polished look.
  9. Topper shades last all day..sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.
  10. The accompanying brush is cute as well as functional, especially if Mirifique is used as an eyeliner.
  11. Price/amount ratio is an exceptional value considering very little product is needed.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirifique (85) with Vision (89) on top.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirifique (85) with Vision (89) on top.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Vision on top of a brown eyeshadow.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Vision on top of a copper/brown eyeshadow.

The Cons:

  1. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows shrink and pop-out over time if they are not tightly sealed after every use.  I keep each pot in their original box and store them upside-down to ensure they will not dry out.
  2. It took five exchanges to find a pot of Vision that was not dried out.  If the entire eyeshadow falls out in one chunk, then the product is dried out.  Even the sales associates were frustrated with how many pots were unsellable.  Make sure to check to see if the eyeshadow is intact before leaving the store.
  3. Petrolatum is an ingredient.
  4. Creasing will occur if a primer is not applied beforehand.
  5. Eight hour wear with fading towards the outer corners of my eye with Mirifique and Apparence.
  6. Sparkles from the topper shades tend to migrate toward the crease and brow bone as the day progresses.  If used in excess, fall-out is inevitable.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow Apparence (817) on mobile lid with Mirifique  (85) in the outer "V".

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow Apparence (817) on mobile lid with Mirifique (85) lightly in the outer “V”.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow ingredient list.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow ingredient list.

Chanel Cosmetics can be found in any department store.  Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, even Century 21 and Chanel.com.

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

Makeup would tell you if you want to try one of these types of eyeshadows, start with a color that will give you the most mileage.  I usually reach for Apparence when I want a little something extra added to a neutral eye.  I use Mirifique with my finger, on top of a black liner to add some dimension and smokiness to my look.  Vision’s unique golden sparkle will pair beautifully with just about any color.  I prefer to use my ring finger with a patting motion across the lid.  Proper storage for these shadows is crucial if you want your investment to last.  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows are quite lovely, but the longevity could be improved.  In the meantime, Ebloui is calling my name…Do you have any of these, what are your thoughts?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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