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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Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer is a High-Octane Showstopper.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer ($20 USD/ .2 fl.oz.) has held me captive for the past three weeks.  This rich dark shimmering polish has extinguished any desire to wear another shade.  The refined complex shimmers, impeccable application, and exquisite finish has solidified this color as one of my favorites.  IMCT is completely smitten and truthfully speaking, the mere mention of Armani Beauty makes my knees buckle and my heart pound–in other words, I’m in love–at least until the next GA purchase 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer brush head.

Black Petrol is a black based nail color loaded with the most refined green and blue shimmers.  Despite the abundance of shimmer, the finish is smooth and the application is seamless.  The formula on Armani polishes is a bit thicker than normal, this makes color placement relatively easy.  This polish adheres to the widened brush perfectly and spreads out evenly on the nail.

Black Petrol 3-free formula’s dry time is impressive as well; my manicure was finished before it even began. Due to the ultra-refined shimmers used, removal is as effortless as with any other polish, sans staining.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer indoor lighting.

Indoor lighting does not reveal the gorgeous shimmers as brilliantly as when the color is exposed to the sun.  However, the color still manages to look spectacular in any lighting situation.  The “Petrol” look is definitely noticeable in the above photo; who would have thought the image of gasoline on wet pavement would look so striking on the nails?  I know who…my man Giorgio 🙂

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer in full sunlight.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Twilight Edward Cullens

Twilight Edward Cullen sparkles in the presence of sunlight. (photo courtesy of robattack.wordpress.com)

Just like Edward Cullen, Black Petrol truly “shines” in the presence of sunlight.  The gorgeous green shimmers seem to dominate and come out in full force.  This color looks particularly striking when paired with gold jewelry.  Unlike, 701 Bleu D’Armani Nail Lacquer (reviewed here), Black Petrol requires two coats.  The abundance of shimmer in the polish makes the first coat slightly uneven to my eye.  However, if you tend to be light handed in your application, you might be able to get away with using only one coat. This polish also lasts well on my overworked nails, with slight chipping evident by the fifth day.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol Nail Lacquer.

One more shot of GA 705 Black Petrol clutching my lip combo for the week.  Just in case you are wondering (because I would), the below photo shows this combo in action.

Lip Combo: Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Black Tie topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue.

Lip Combo:
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Black Tie topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue.

Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol is sold at Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 705 Black Petrol is another hit in my growing Armani collection. With 21 colors to choose from, which shade tickles your fancy?  Personally, 502 Scarletto has expressed a very strong interest in becoming my next object of affection 🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow is Perfect in Every-Way.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

By now, most of you have realized I cannot go a week without the mere mention of one of my favorite cosmetics lines: Giorgio Armani.  If I had my choice of creating a matte eyeshadow formula, most assuredly I would hijack the Armani recipe.  The pigmentation, longevity, blendability and versatility are incredibly impressive.  Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/ 1.5 g) is another wonderful color that is sure to be a staple in anyone’s collection.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow swatches.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow swatches.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood’s color description is exactly as the name implies, the matte bark-like cool tone brown makes the perfect crease color, eyeliner color and a fantastic brow color (for those with dark hair). This particular shade may not seem like anything special, but it has proven to be quite versatile in my routine for the past week. The next set of photos will demonstrate all the ways you can use this remarkable color.

**For all the following looks, Nars Eyeshadow Primer was used as a base along with Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner on the upper waterline .

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner.

For the above photo, #4 Wood was applied along the upper lash line using my dampened Meme Angled brush (reviewed here).  A thin line of black liquid liner was used close to the lash line to create more dimension.  In addition, MUFE Artist Shadow M-600 was used in the crease, M-510 on the brow bone and I-524 on the inner corner.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used thickly along the lash line as an eyeshadow.

For the above photo, #4 Wood was applied thickly along the upper lash line using my finger and blended with my Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here).  L’Oreal Infallible Gel-Pencil liner was used directly on top of Wood, focusing the color closest to the lash line.  MUFE M-600 was mixed with #4 Wood through the crease, along with M-510 on the brow bone.  I am quite partial to this technique, as it flatters my eye shape the best.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the brows and outer corners.

For the above photo, #4 Wood was applied to the outer corner, lightly in the crease and through the brows. A small amount was also applied close to the outer half of the lower lash line with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer applied directly on top.  Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner was used on the lower waterline and extended outwardly underneath the winged liner.  MUFE Artist Shadow ME-512 is the golden shade on the lid.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used along the lash line, outer counters and in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For the above photos, #4 Wood was used in the same manner as the previous look, but with a little more depth.  A full detailed tutorial will be coming soon on this look.  I like to call it, The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Makeup Look.  Can you tell I’ve been catching up on “my stories” as of late?  🙂

My only criticism lies with the packaging. However, sturdy and cute the compact may appear, storing all of my Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows has been challenging. The oddly shaped compacts cannot be stacked, or even placed on their sides; the only option is to lay them flat with their labels showing.

Regardless of how much it will pain my soul, depotting these shadows might be my only option. Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog has a great tutorial (here) on how to depot eyeshadows without heat.  Her method also conveniently ensures the compacts stay intact should you ever feel the need to reuse them for travel. Bravo Olivia!!!

Giorgio Armani Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, amazon.com, Bloomingdale, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow is one color I would not want to be without.  The amazingly smooth texture and phenomenal wear more than justifies the purchase of any of these amazing shadows.  Have you indulged in any of the Eyes to Kill Solo shades?  If not, what the heck are you waiting for? 🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood review and photos.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.

Lately, Giorgio Armani has been making quite an impression here at IMCT.  My HG Sheer Blush 10 Beige, my beloved Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows (reviewed here, here and here) and my one lone nail lacquer (reviewed here), have been on constant rotation in my routine.  Naturally, when Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood ($34 USD/ 5g.) began making the rounds on the blogging circuit, I somehow knew this product would be another success.  Did I need to buy another brow product?  No, but this is not about need, this is a case of, I want, therefore, I shall have.  Sounds a little scary…yup, I can sometimes get that way.  I’m just so happy this impulsive purchase worked out for the best 🙂

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood swatches as an eyeliner, eyeshadow and brow color.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood after a 30 minute workout and under warm running water for 5 minutes.

The Pro to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood:

  1. Gorgeous cool gray/brown with a hint of violet pearl.  According to Armani’s lead makeup artist, Laura Cantello, the addition of the violet pearl keeps the color from appearing too dull and flat against hair’s natural lustre.
  2. Delicate violet pearl is completely unnoticeable once applied to the brows.
  3. Can be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow, and brow color.
  4. Fingers work beautifully to apply and blend out the color for eyeshadow use.
  5. Soft buildable texture dries down within a minute, giving you plenty of time to make any necessary corrections.
  6. Once the formula sets, it does not budge.
  7. Can be applied lightly or heavily depending on one’s desired effect.
  8. Synthetic brushes work best to apply the color to the brows and the upper lash line.
  9. Lasts for 12 hours+ and stays put even during a workout.
  10. Removes easily at night without tugging or pulling the skin around the delicate eye area.
  11. 2 Wenge Wood is perfect for those with dark-brown and black eyebrows.
  12. Housed in a sturdy glass jar to ensure product does not dry out easily.
  13. Substantial amount of product, will last a lot longer than Stila Brow Pen or Suqqu Eyebrow Pen (seen here).
  14. Formulated without parabens.
  15. Comes in nine shades–although 9 Gold is strictly for eyeshadow use.
  16. Made in France.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood:

  1. Not as quick and convenient as a brow pencil or pen.
  2. Color tends to remove easily if not given the chance to set.  Give the product a minute before using a spooly brush to blend out the color.
  3. Can be easily overdone if one is not careful when applying the color to the brows.
  4. Beautiful subtle violet pearl does not show-up when applied as an eyeshadow.  The color translates into a slate gray.
  5. Contains paraffin (aka: mineral oil) and loads of silicones.

**Nars Eyeshadow Primer is the base for all the eye looks along with Inglot #90 AMC Liner on the upper waterline.  **Apologies for the lighting variation.  As you may already know, I take my photographs in front of my oversized window, therefore, I am very dependant on sunlight…however, pesky clouds occasionally insist on crashing my party.  

Before: Eye and brow without any makeup.

Before:
Eye and brow without any makeup.

giorgio armani eye and brow maestro

After:
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an eyeliner.

For the above photo, Wenge Wood was applied to the brows and upper lash line using my MEME Angled Brush (reviewed here).  I paired this look with MUFE M-600 in the crease and M-510 on the brow bone–all the while, keeping the lid free from all other colors.  YSL 7 Gold Star was used on the waterline with MUFE ME-654 on the lower lash line.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an all over lid eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an all over lid eyeshadow.

For the above photo, Wenge Wood was used to define the brows and applied as an eyeshadow (with my ring finger) on the lids using 2 light coats.  MUFE M-600 was softly applied in the crease along with M-510 on the brow bone.  Milani Eyeliner was used on the upper lash line with MUFE ME-654 on the lower lash line.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an eyeliner/eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an eyeliner/eyeshadow.

For the above photo, Wenge Wood was applied with my Meme Angled Brush thickly along the upper lash line and blended mid-way on the lid with my Billy B #12 Brush.  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner Pencil was used along the upper lash line, with MUFE M-600 in the crease and M-510 on the brow bone.  Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmire was combined with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer for the lower lash line color, along with ME-512 on the inner corner and YSL 7 Gold Star on the lower waterline.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro is found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, certain Sephora locations and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood on the brows and GA Eyes to Kil Solo 5 Vulcano on the eyes and GA Sheer Blush 10 Beige on the cheeks.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood is worth your time and money.  This fantastic product not only delivers on the longevity claim, but the color and texture proved incredibly versatile.  Which shade do you plan on getting?  I hear the gold shade calling my name 🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is an Explosion of Color.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano ($32 USD/ 1.5 g) is one of those colors that immediately captures your attention.  The darkened aubergine/brown is so versatile, it will instantly be a staple in any collection.  As far as the name is concerned, was Signore Armani inspired by the island of Vulcano or the 3.8 million dollar Icona Supercar?  My husband contends it was the car (typical), but I envision Giorgio’s softer artist character moved by the intense, breathtaking colors of Vulcano’s terrain and raw scenic beauty.  Regardless of his inspiration, both images are smoking HOT, just like this color 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

Vulcano, Italy. (photo courtesy of volcano.oregonstate.edu.)  Photo by Chuck Wood.

Vulcano, Italy.
(photo courtesy of volcano.oregonstate.edu.) Photo by Chuck Wood.

Icona Vulcano Supercar. (photo courtesy of motor authority.com)

Icona Vulcano Supercar.
(photo courtesy of motorauthority.com)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

Vulcano is an intense brown with a strong warm aubergine undertone.  This color looks particularly striking against brown eyes.  As with my other Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows (reviewed here and here), Vulcano’s formula adheres to the skin instantly without any fallout and blends beautifully.  The matte texture also ensures the color will not fade throughout the day.

IMHO, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo are the best matte shadows I have encountered.  Unlike matte eyeshadows of lesser quality, Vulcano’s color intensity lasts well over 12 hours with a primer.  This is the ideal shadow for those with demanding jobs and require their eye makeup to last perfectly all day. However, despite Vulcano’s excellent longevity, it is easily removable at night with any makeup remover of your choice.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

For the above photos, I applied Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano at the lash line with my Meme Angled Brush (reviewed here) and blended the color mid-way on the lid with my Billy B #8 Brush (reviewed here).  Using my Meme Eyeshadow Brush, Vulcano was also added to the outer “v”.  Personally, stopping mid-way on the lid as opposed to applying the color all over the lids, keeps this intense hue subdued, yet dramatic.  If used in excess, the warm aubergine undertones can drain a perfectly healthy complexion and can morph from chic to shrill in a matter of seconds.  This is the type of color that requires a light touch and a healthy dose of moderation 🙂  **BTW, a detailed tutorial on the look will be up next week.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

For the above photos, #5 Vulcano was applied with a dry angled brush and used as an eyeliner. Using my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Vulcano was also applied to the outer corners for added depth.  Should you feel the need for more intensity in your day, Vulcano applies like a dream with a dampened angled brush.  Not only will the velvety looking liner last as well as any gel liner, but the warm aubergine tones become more prominent when used in a dampened state.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

For the above photos, #5 Vulcano was applied to the outer corners and slightly in the crease on top of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo in #9 Tadzio.  This is the perfect accent color to pair with any taupe or mauve based eyeshadow in your collection.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcamo Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is sure to ignite inspiration in anyone.  This deeply pigmented beauty is so versatile and long-lasting, I dare you not to fall in-love at first sight.  This is one Italian Stallion you will not be able to resist 🙂   Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani review and photos.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D'Armani.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D'Armani.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani ($20 6ml. 2fl. oz.) has been on my must-buy list for some time now.  The promise of a long-lasting color, a specially designed flat-widen brush, exceptional application and shine was too enticing to resist.  Will this dark navy midnight delight be everything Armani claims, or will this be another overpriced designer dud?  You’ll see 🙂

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D'Armani (without flash).

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani (without flash using one coat).

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D'Armani (with flash).

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani (with flash using one coat).

The Pros to Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani:

  1. Beautiful deep navy color with a cream finish.
  2. Opacity is reached using ONE coat!!!
  3. Thicker formula applies smoothly and settles evenly.
  4. One bottle is sure to last as long as any standard size polish that utilizes 2-3 coats.
  5. Wide flat brush makes application fast and easy.
  6. Manicure lasted well for 6 days without any chipping, with a fresh top coat added on the fourth day.
  7. Removes easily with my Zoya Polish Remover.
  8. Slimmer bottle design makes for convenient storage.
  9. Although not advertised as 3-free, Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP are not listed among the ingredients.
  10. 30 professional and sophisticated colors to choose from–no hexagon glitter polishes here.
  11. Made in Spain.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani:

  1. Amount given .2 fl.oz. is well below the standard .5 fl. oz. polishes…but the quality is far superior.
  2. Two coats will result in a thicker application that could easily chip.
  3. Not all GA counters carry the nail lacquer collection.
  4. In two major department stores, the GA polish displays were hidden.  I found the polish testers in a drawer beneath the GA blushes and bronzers.  One sales associate swore GA did not make nail polishes…What?
Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D'Armani (natural indoor daylight).

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani (natural indoor daylight).

Giorgio Armani 701 Bleu D’ Armani rich hue pairs beautifully with any outfit and can be worn for any occasion.   This deep navy really does look so refined, even my mother (neutral lover) was taken by how striking it appeared.

Size Comparisons: Dior, Laura Mercier, Lancome, Giorgio Armani,  Estee Lauder, Chanel, and Deborah Lippmann.

Size Comparisons L-R:
Dior, Laura Mercier, Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Estee Lauder, Chanel, and Deborah Lippmann.

As you can tell by the above photo, Bleu D’Amani is housed in the slimmest bottle, but is the only polish out of the bunch that applies completely opaque using only one coat.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani 701 Bleu D’Armani:

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D'Armani.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquers can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer 701 Bleu D’Armani is a gorgeous color that will not disappoint.  The one coat formula, long-wear feature, beautiful navy blue coloring and amazing brush have sold me on this polish.  Will I be getting any more colors?  In a heartbeat ♥  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow review and photos.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Navy blue is a great alternative to black and seems to possess a warmth that is lacking in its gloomy cousin.  So it would only seem natural for a makeup connoisseur, such as myself, to seek out the perfect navy eyeshadow.  My search lead me to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/1.5 g).  Seemingly common in appearance to many other “blues,” this uniquely colored dark horse is assuredly the best in texture, finish and pigment.  There–I said it, now you be the judge 🙂

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

The Pros to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Beautiful true matte navy blue color.
  2. Smooth silky texture binds to skin immediately resulting in zero fallout.
  3. Highly pigmented formula has a distinctly navy blue tone..does not appear black from afar.
  4. Can be used dry or wet..although wetting the color deepens the tone.
  5. Makes an outstanding eyeliner when used with a dampened angle brush.
  6. Can be layered seamlessly over cream/gel eyeshadows.
  7. When 2 Armani Navy is layered, the beautiful blue tone takes on a velvet appearance.
  8. Amazing longevity 10 hours+ over a primer.
  9. Sophisticated blue is very grown-up and office appropriate.
  10. Can be paired with a neutral or darker lip color.
  11. Packaging contains a mirror and handy sponge tip applicator.
  12. Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows come in 20 shades.
  13. Formulated without parabens.
  14. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. When applied wet, 2 Armani Navy’s matte formula does not blend as effortlessly as 9 Tadzio.
  2. Hooded eyes may encounter color transfer to the crease area if too much product is applied.
  3. For some reason this shade contains less product (1.5 g) than 9 Tadzio (1.75 g).  Come now Armani, for $32 you could have spared the extra .25 g.
  4. Although cute, the packaging is a bit bulky and awkward to store with other Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows.
  5. Ingredient list differs dramatically from 9 Tadzio.
  6. Formulated with Paraffin (aka: mineral oil).  For the price, I would have preferred a more natural ingredient.

Look 1:  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy with a neutral lip and golden liner.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For the above photos, I used my dampened Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush to line the upper lash line with 2 Armani Navy. My dry Billy B #12 Brush was used to pick up more color and go over the wet line, to blend the color upwards and intensify the blue tones of the eyeshdaow.  Fingers work just as well to pack on color and give the eyeshadow a more velvety appearance.  Bobbi Brown 2 Bone was used on the rest of the mobile lid to blend out any harsh edges.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer was used in the crease and BB 2 Bone was used to highlight the brow bone area.  YSL #7 Gold Star was used to line the inner waterline (this stuff does not budge throughout the day).  As usual, a combination of Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and Cargo Waterproof Bronzer was use on the lower lash line.  Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) was used, with a dry brush, to highlight the inner corner of the eye.

Look 2:  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy with a bold lip and pink highlighter.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For this photo, the same was done as Look 1, with the obvious difference being Estee Lauder Crystal Baby was used with a dampened brush for more intensity and YSL #7 Gold Star liner was omitted for the day.  I also paired my blue and pink look with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Private Party…love this color and formula.

Look 3: Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy used as an eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied as a thick eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied as an eyeliner.

For this simple look, a slightly dampened angled eyeliner brush was used to draw a thick line above the lash line.  Then taking the edge of the sponge applicator provided, and dipping it into Armani Navy, I lightly smudged the outer corners to create a smoky effect.

Navy Blue eyeshadow Comparison: Nars China Blue, Bobbi Brown Rich Navy, and Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Navy Blue Eyeshadow Comparison:
Nars China Blue, Bobbi Brown Rich Navy, and Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow (3 layers of each).

  • Nars China Blue appears very similar in the pan to Armani Navy, but when swatched, the purple undertones become quite evident.
  • Bobbi Brown Rich Navy was another color similar in appearance to Armani Navy, however, when swatched, Rich Navy resembled a black eyeshadow more so than a navy blue.
  • Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy is just right 🙂
Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. #9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow amount vs. #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. #9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. 9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is definitely the best in its class.  Although rather expensive, the true navy color and velvety texture make this a must-have for those seeking a quality navy eyeshadow color.  Believe it or not a good navy eyeshadow is very hard to find.  If you don’t believe me, go to your local Nordstrom, or any department store, and test all the navy blue eyeshadows for yourself.  When I did this, the security guard could not tell if he should be suspicious of my actions or pity me for being completely off my rocker…what I do for this blog.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow review and photos.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill line is known and loved for their highly pigmented pressed cream/powder hybrid formula.  Taking the success of that line to another level, the Armani Empire has introduced a new powder eyeshadow formulation that delivers “bold eyeshadows in vibrant colors, inspired by the forces of nature.  Perfect matte thanks to color-fil velvet ™, for a lasting matte finish and instant color payoff. Elegant satin finish with color-fil satin, a transparent base that morphs with every skin tone for a perfect color result every time.”  Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/ 1.75g) was the one color I envision using the most–plus who could resist a great taupe?  Certainly not I, my friends.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

The Pros to Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Gorgeous neutral brown based taupe eyeshadow with a satin/metallic finish.
  2. Can be applied dry or wet.
  3. When 9 Tadzio is applied wet, the resulting “foiled” effect is sophisticated rather than ostentatious.
  4. Amazing color payoff, especially when applied with a dampened brush.
  5. Amazing range of highly pigment and bright colors.
  6. Lasts all day (10 hours +) when worn over an eyeshadow base.
  7. The surface texture of the eyeshadow does not harden when a dampened.
  8. No fallout in sight when used dry or wet.
  9. Creamy texture does not pull or tug on the delicate eyelid area.
  10. Adorable packaging comes with a mirror and sponge tip applicator, baring the GA signature insignia.
  11. Comes in 20 shades 6 mattes 14 satin.
  12. Can be mixed and blended with other eyeshadows from other brands.
  13. Formulated without parabens.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Quite expensive for the amount offered..I used a 20% coupon to reduce the blow of the expense.
  2. Some colors are very bright (#17, 18,19, 20) not recommended for an office environment.
  3. This formula contains petrolatum, hence the creamy texture.  I would have liked to see a more natural alternative (castor oil, argan oil, or avocado oil) used for the price point.
  4. More mature lids may find the satin colors too illuminating; however, the mattes look amazing.
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo after being used with a dampened brush.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow after being used with a dampened brush.

After a damp brush is dipped directly into the eyeshadow pan, the affected area performs beautifully despite its “harden” surface appearance.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow Look 1:

Look 1: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied with a dampened synthetic brush.

Look 1:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied with a dampened synthetic brush across the mobile lids.

Look 1: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied with a dampened synthetic brush.

Look 1:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied with a dampened synthetic brush across the mobile lid.

For this look, 9 Tadzio was applied with a dampened Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush on the entire mobile lid.  The overall effect was refined and fast when paired with a black liner and mascara.  This is a great color to use for a no-brainer look and when time is of the essence.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow Look 2:

Look 2: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied to the upper lash line and crease.

Look 2:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied dry to the upper lash line and crease.

Look 2: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied to the upper lash line and crease.

Look 2:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied dry to the upper lash line and crease.

For this look, more precise color application was required.  I used my Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here) to apply 9 Tadzio along the lash line and blend it upward, in a wedge shape, toward the crease.  I used my Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush (reviewed here) to apply and blend 9 Tadzio in the crease.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow Look 3:

Look 3: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo along the upper lash line mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow.

Look 3:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow along the upper lash line.

Look 3: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo along the upper lash line mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow.

Look 3:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow along the upper lash line.

For this look, I first applied 9 Tadzio along the lash line, similarly to Look 2, but added Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow (here) on top for a deeper color payoff.  I then layered another dusting of 9 Tadzio for a more glowing effect.  My bronzer was used for a crease color.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com,  etc..

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is one of the most beautiful colors and formulation out on the market.  Of course, some will think this color not unique enough to warrant the expense, but I am of the mind-set, the “everyday” colors are worth the most investment.  Which color(s) will you choose?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush review and photos.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush.

Giorgio Armani does have a wonderful makeup line; in particular the Sheer Blushes have a sophisticated formula and finish.  The micro-shimmers are not overly abundant and the luminosity that is produced is youthful and flattering.  So when Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Blush ($46 USD/ 4g) was introduced as, “vibrant, tactile colors in the thinnest, softest textures to brighten the face and highlight cheekbones for the ultimate glow,” I knew 503 Daybreak would be the color for me.  Would this, could this be a replacement for my broken GA Sheer Blush 10 Beige?  You’ll see.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush.

The Pros of Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush:

  1. Beautiful pink/peach color infused with pink and gold micro-shimmers.
  2. Color closely resembles Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.
  3. Lasts for 4-5 hours when applied dry, 6-8 hours when applied with a dampened brush.
  4. Smooth lightweight formula.
  5. Sheer finish can be built up for more intense color payoff.
  6. Ideal for lighter complexions.
  7. Can be layered over cream blushes or darker powered blushes for added dimension.
  8. Small compact can fit easily in any makeup bag.
  9. Sizable mirror is included.
  10. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil and fragrance-free.

The Cons of Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush:

  1. GA Cheek Fabrics contains less product and cost more (4g/$46) than GA Sheer Blushes (6g/$44).
  2. The shimmers seem to sit on top of the skin, rather than blend-out for a luminous effect.
  3. When applied with a dampened brush, 503 Daybreak does not blend-out as seamlessly as GA Sheer Blushes.
  4. Smaller surface area is not ideal for swirling a larger blush brush.
  5. The shiny packaging attracts finger prints and the snap closure seems less upscale than a magnetic closure.
  6. A dense blush brush must be used with this formula to achieve color payoff, especially on darker complexions.
Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand (for size reference).

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Cheek Fabric’s petite shiny packaging is truly adorable, along with the Giorgio Armani emblem on the snap closure. This is a matter of personal preference, but I must admit, I prefer GA Sheer Blushes’ matte packaging and the name Giorgio Armani written out across the magnetic closure.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric with Tom Ford Cheek Brush.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush with Tom Ford Cheek Brush.

I find it a bit awkward  to swirl my Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here) in this compact; the brush head simply overpowers the blush area.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric dampened swatch, dry swatch  vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige dry swatch and dampened swatch.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush dampened swatch, dry swatch vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige dry swatch and dampened swatch.

As you can tell by the photos, Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush is quite a sheer blush when applied dry; however, when the blush is applied with a dampened brush, the color deepens and the seamlessness is somewhat compromised.  A definite line a demarkation is noticeable and a decent amount of blending is required for acceptable results.  In person, Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric also has more micro-shimmers scattered throughout the formula in comparison to GA Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric 503 Daybreak Blush worn over YSL 11 Prune Impertinente Baby Doll Kiss and Blush.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush worn over YSL 11 Prune Impertinente Baby Doll Kiss and Blush (reviewed here).

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige, oddly enough, has a deeper base color than 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric.  However, 503 Daybreak looks particularly lovely when paired with a cream blush or blended with other deeper toned powder blushes.

Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush can be found at Nordstrom, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, Saks, etc..

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 503 Daybreak Cheek Fabric Blush is a lovely color indeed, especially suited for lighter complexions and those individual that want a no-makeup makeup look.  Even though the formula is ultra-lightweight, the color is beautiful and the packaging is charming, nothing will replace GA Sheer Blush 10 Beige in my eyes.  Go check them out and decide for yourself.  In the meanwhile, Giorgio Armani is having a 20% Friends and Family sale until 6/30/14–spend $75 to receive 20% off on your total purchase.  Guess what I’ll be getting.  I hope you found this helpful.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *This post contain a store affiliate link. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted. 

Wayne Goss Brush 02 review and comparisons!

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

If you are a makeup enthusiast, chances are you frequent YouTube regularly and have stumbled across the British “Honest Abe” of the makeup industry, Wayne Goss.  What sets Wayne apart from other YouTube personalities, is his uncanny ability to review a product thoroughly, respectfully, ethically, and eloquently. His charming little wink at the end of all his videos, only adds to his allure.  A true rarity on YouTube!!!  After many years of Youtube-ing, doing tutorials, giving advice and finding the right manufacturer to produce his brushes, Wayne has finally debuted his brushes on Beautylish.com (sold out immediately on initial release).  Therefore, I will try to emulate Wayne’s style and integrity when reviewing the Wayne Goss Brush 02 ($35 US) for you today.  “Wink”…get it…just like Wayne.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com. Great customer service and care.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Composition:

Beautylish.com states all of Wayne Goss’s brushes are  100% cruelty-free.  The details of the origin of the hairs is nowhere to be found on the website.  According to Sonia from SweetMakeupTemptation the hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are composed of blue squirrel.  The softness and quality of this puppy is exceptional.  The hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are “uncut”, meaning, you will never have brush hairs pricking your face during usage.  When companies “cut” natural hairs during assembly, they are essentially creating a blunt jagged point.  The results are rough and unrefined, similar to the feel of grown-in shaven hair.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 is lightweight and perfectly balanced for such a small brush.  The hairs on this brush are densely packed closest to the ferrule and gradually loosen toward the tip.  This substantial design allows powder products to be picked up easily and buffed into the skin flawlessly; unlike my RMK brush which is too soft and floppy to deposit sufficient color.

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK CheeK Brush.

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK Cheek Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Uses:

The tapered shape and density of the hairs earns this brush the title, “Jack-Of-All-Trades.”  The most obvious use for Brush 02 is highlighter application.  I also use this brush to apply Nars Light Reflecting Powder under my eyes and on my T-zone.  Blush application can easily be achieved by gently pressing the brush on your cheeks to splay the hairs, then use buffing motions to blend out the color.  All over bronzer application is a little more time-consuming, but not impossible, due to the size of this brush.  I prefer a large fluffy brush for this purpose.  However, this little guy is brilliant for applying a contour color to the hollows of the cheekbones.

Brush Comparisons L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Brush Size Comparisons L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Manufacturing:

All of Wayne Goss Brushes are handmade in Japan and manufactured in fixed number of batches.  If you visit Beautylish.com and discover the brushes are sold out, you now know why.  I missed out on the initial release date and had to wait a month before I was able to order Brush 02.  Wayne Goss offers his enter 8 piece collection for a very reasonable $210 US; unheard of for Japanese handmade makeup brushes. However, if you are a brush collector, professional makeup artist, or just getting into makeup and want quality over quantity, then the Wayne Goss Brush Collection is a fantastic value for the quality.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.  Not bad!!

The Wayne Goss Brush 02 has been in my possession for two weeks and it has performed all the tasks indicated above, beautifully. During this time, I have washed Brush 02 twice and can happily report not one hair has shed or dye has run from this brush.

My only criticism is that the silver paint on the lettering has already rubbed off.  I feel as if an extra protective coating was needed.  Seeing the glass ¾ full, the name Wayne Goss and the number 02 are imprinted into the wood, therefore I will still be able to see the name and number after all the silver paint is gone.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 lettering has rubbed off.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 silver paint rubbed off.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

The entire Wayne Goss Brush Collection can be found exclusively at Beautylish.com.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02. Very impressive!

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

Makeup would tell you the Wayne Goss Brush 02 is an absolutely lovely brush.  If you are on a budget and are looking for the ultimate multipurpose brush, then Brush 02 is your guy.  Better yet, the entire Wayne Goss Collection would make a thoughtful gift for the makeup connoisseur in your life.  If they are sold out, which they are, another alternative would be a gift card to Beautylish.com (I swear, I am not affiliated with them whatsoever) so your intended could order them when they restock…Kudos to Wayne for a job well done and to Beautylish for such outstanding customer service.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

**UPDATE:  As of December 5, 2013 (9:30 am New York time) the collection is back in stock.  Happy Shopping!!!

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Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand review and photos.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand.

I must admit, if there is one thing in particular Giorgio Armani Cosmetics does well, it is blushes. Frankly, I never even thought of trying their blushes, until a lovely sales woman at Sephora in the Chelsea Meat Market location (Eve) was kind enough to direct me to this wonderful line.  She claimed that this was her favorite blush and bronzer formula in the whole store (that is saying a lot).  One touch of the silky smooth texture, was enough to convince me to purchase Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand ($44 US/ 6g.).  This was my first Armani Blush followed by 10 Beige (reviewed here).  Did I need another rosy/tan blush?  No, I did not…this was a classic case of I saw, I want, I bought…does it get any more primal than that?

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand.

The Pros:

  1. Giorgio Armani 4 Sand has an ultra silky smooth formula.
  2. Sleek black magnetic packaging coupled with a sizable mirror.
  3. Blush 4 Sand is a beautiful rosy/tan color mixed with micro pink shimmers.
  4. Powder is tightly pressed into the compact.
  5. Noticeably soft formula that applies smoothly like a cream.
  6. Pigmented with a sheer texture and tone.
  7. Blends easily to meld with the skin rather than sitting on-top of the skin.
  8. Refined shimmers transform into a beautiful sheen on the skin.
  9. The more the color is buffed into the skin the more luminous the effect.
  10. Color can be layered without settling into pores.
  11. No fragrance or parabens.♥
  12. Lighter skins will find 4 Sand can double as a bronzer and blush.
  13. Darker skins and medium complexions will find the pink sheen quite complementary to their skin tone.
  14. Permanent color in the Armani line.
  15. Armani offers 6 g/$44 as opposed to Chanel blushes which offer 4 g/$43.
  16. Stays put for 8 hours and beyond…(longer if you use Skindinavia Setting Spray).
Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand swatch.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand swatch.

The Cons:

  1. Armani Cosmetics are not readily available everywhere.  Sephora stocks the line, in-store, at two locations in NYC (Chelsea Meat Market and Times Square, but not online).
  2. Absence of a protective cover and/or brush–at this price point, an additional item should have been included.
L-R:  Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand and 10 Beige.

L-R: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand and 10 Beige.

L-R:  Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (blended out and heavy swatch). Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand (heavy swatch and blended out).

L-R: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (blended out and heavy swatch).
Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand (heavy swatch and blended out).

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blushes come in six classic colors.  Giorgio Armani Cosmetics can be found at BloomingdalesSaksNordstrom, and Bergdorf and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

Wearing Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand as a blush.

Wearing Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand as a blush.

Giorgio Armani Sheer  Blush 4 Sand used as a brozner and 10 Beige used as a blush.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand used as a brozner and 10 Beige used as a blush.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 4 Sand is a very versatile color.  Use it as a blush, bronzer and even as an eyeshadow to simply add warmth to any eye look.  Whatever your intended purpose for this lovely basic shade, you will not be disappointed by its performance, color and texture.  If you are in the NYC area and are a VIB (20% off until November 11, 2013) stop by Sephora (Times Square or Chelsea Meat Market locations) to try and perhaps buy, any of the Sheer Blushes from Armani.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.  My sights are set on the Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer in 5 Golden Sand this weekend…20% off will make my purchase even sweeter.   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

This week I was inspired to create a classic eye look using three shadows.  Typically, I wear one color across the lid and call it a day.  I am always a tad reluctant to apply too many colors on my lids.  My ample lid space can quickly become overwhelmed and start to resemble a finger painting gone awry.  The general rule for using three colors, is to pick shades in the same color family with different levels of intensity (light, medium and dark).  Enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Light:  MAC Too Chic Medium: Clarins Auburn. Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week:
Light: MAC Too Chic
Medium: Clarins Auburn.
Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as an eyeshadow base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eye lid from lash line to brow bone (purchase here).
  3. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder used as the first color across the mobile lid (discontinued).
  4. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used as the second color in the crease.
  5. Clarins Dark Chocolate Mineral eyeshadow used as the third color to deepen the crease and outter “v” (purchase here).
  6. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used on the lower lash line (purchase here) with W4 from the Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here).
  7. Merle Norman inner eye liner…a nude shade as opposed to white (check your area locations).
  8. Inglot #90 AMC liner for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Clinique Mascara trying to use this up..smudges on the brow bone at the end of the day (purchase here).
  11. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week.

Makeup of the Week.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (purchase here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer…the tiniest dot on the inner most part of the under eye area and then blended out (purchase here).
  4. Giorgio Armani #10 Beige Sheer blush (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani #4 Sand Sheer Blush used as a bronzer (purchase here).
  6. Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (reviewed here).
  8. Skinidinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer in RD203 (purchase here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (reviewed here).
  4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for finishing powder application (purchase here).
  5. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush for foundation application (purchase here).
  6. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here).
  7. MAC 219 for lower lash-line shadow application (purchase here).
  8. Billy B brushes #8, 12, 11 (reviewed here). ♥
Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you this simple and classic look can be worn anytime and anywhere.   I have worn this look to weddings, school functions, to the park, and recently to see Spiderman on Broadway.  Whatever you decide to do while sporting this chic look, I sincerely hope you will have the time of your life.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-M-

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