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

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Hi, you are absolutely gorgeous!
    CAN i ask you The brand of your lipstick il The first picture please?
    Many thanks

  2. One of the big miracles: why did Armani discontinue Sheer Blush #10?

    Thank you so much Maria Pia for posting this review and comparing the two.

    I recently tried Rose Glacier/Chanel and must say it was not bad at all!
    Different than Sheer Blush #10 but still a very nice blush.

    It is probably too risky to order Daybreak online, without ever having tried it IRL.

    Have you tried Rose Glacier? It might look lovely on your skin, it compliments dark hair really well.

    kind regards,
    Paula

  3. (Catherine) says:

    Thank you for this lovely review of Giorgio Armani blushers. I loved sheer blush 10 beige as well. Daybreak is similar too. Xx

  4. I see what you mean about the gold micro-shimmers, but I agree, the color is so beautiful. Thank you for your insight and advise!

  5. I never thought of applying blush with a “dampened brush.” Do you wet the brush before you dip it into the blush? Great pictures and review.

    • Hello Dianna,
      Applying powder blushes with a dampened brush creates a “cream-like” consistency, thus giving longer-lasting results. I prefer to dip my dry brush into the blush and then lightly spray my brush with water. This method ensures a hard surface crust does not develop on the blush itself. I’m glad you enjoyed the review.
      -Maria

  6. Fabiana says:

    Just like you, I’m on the fence about these blushes.  I swatched 503 Cheek Fabric and thought it had more shimmer compared to the Sheer Blushes.  Glad to know I was not imagining that.

    • Hello Fabiana,
      You are definitely not imagining it. I love this color, but the shimmer is not as refined/contained as in the Sheer Blushes.
      -Maria

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