I took advantage a couple of weeks ago of a promotional discount on Giorgio Armani's website and splurged on some of the items from the holiday collection. I didn't purchase any of the lip products, but included in this collection are five Gloss d'Armani's: Pink (Iridescent Rosewood), Red (Velvety Amaranth Red), Brown (Sienna), and Purple (Amethyst). There is a third ETK Intense Silk shadow in #17 Silver which I did not purchase, and also available, but not shown here is a special luxe version of the Face and Eye palette enclosed in a beautiful mother-of-pearl compact (there is one of these gems up for auction at BeautyBloggers.org). All of the items in this collection are limited editions.
The Madreperla Harmony 1 Palette can be used as a highlighter, an all-over face powder, and also as eye shadow. I haven't tried it yet on my eyes but did like the subtle gold shimmer it gave to my cheeks. It includes a pale champagne gold, a warm light sandy-gold, and a pale taupe. It is not glittery or overly metallic.
To give you an idea of how these colors look applied, below is a look using the Madreperla Harmony 2 Eye Palette. I started with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and applied the pearly white on inner corner and browbone, used the silvery taupe all over the lid and outer crease, and added some of the lavender right above the crease. I used an aubergine gel liner (Smashbox Midnight Purple) and applied a dark plum shadow (Make Up For Ever #79) to soften the liner. Mascara is Giorgio Armani's Eyes to Kill in Steel Black. This is a lot more pale than what I usually go for, but I think it's fun for an icy winter look.
My real favorite among these three is the silvery mushroom-taupe shade. It's a great all-over color and has just the right amount of shimmer, without any glitter or sparkles. The lavender is sheer and pretty enough, but not extraordinary. The pearly-white is the most opaque and pigmented of the three. It is a tad frosty but has a nice, smooth texture that is easily blended into a diffused bright pearl shimmer. I love Armani's sleek and minimalistic compact design and the magnetized closure is a nice touch. You also get a good amount of product, particularly of the center shade. Because there is not a great deal of variation in tones, when used all on its own the look produced by this palette is very soft and subtle. If you prefer dramatic color or more of a metallic shimmer then this may not be the right fit. This palette would be especially useful as a complement to any other darker shades you may have on hand.
Below is another view of these shades in sunlight. This is a slightly different and, as you can see, a more natural look than the one above. Here I also used all three shades but the colors appear sheer as I did not use any base or primer. I also used less of the pearly-white shade. I did apply the colors heavily, but against my skin tone they just don't show up well. I hope this is helpful nevertheless!
If you are familiar with Armani's Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eye Shadows, then you know that these have a texture similar to that of a pressed pigment, have a high metallic shimmer, and are long lasting. #19 is a really beautiful blend of cool silver and gold and #18 is a perfect pale gold for the holidays.
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