There are two new face and eye palettes offered with Giorgio Armani's fall 2012 collection, Easy Chic. Armani's description:
Neo Black Ideal for creating a highly sophisticated look. The easy to wear, sheer, beige blush illuminates the complexion for a naturally highlighted, incandescent complexion any time of day. Includes three, coordinating eyeshadows.
Neo Brown For a glamorous look that plays on nature’s palette of autumnal tones. The sheer rose blush is ideal for shaping the complexion with a luminous veil of rosy pink. Includes three coordinating eyeshadows.I purchased just one, Neo Brown (#2) as I thought the shades would better suit my skin tone. The shiny black compact has a magnetic closure, and a kind of interesting and unique geometric shape. Both palettes contain an upper tier with a full-size blush/face powder and a lower tier with three eyeshadows and sponge applicators. These palettes are quite a departure from those of last year's fall collection Jacquard Woven, which some of you may recall.
The sales associate who helped me was wearing the shadows in the Neo Black (#1) palette, which contains a soft beige, a matte black, and an olive shade. The upper tier in the Neo Black palette has also been described as a face powder rather than a blush. On lighter skin tones I think it could work as a contour shade. For a look at the Neo Black palette visit Makeup4All, Glitter Geek, and Beautezine.
Other products included in the collection, but not featured here, are:
- Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00), 111 Vintage Pine, 408 Purpleheart, and 526 Rosewood
- Giorgio Armani Acqua Collection: Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00) (Limited Edition) 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29
- Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner ($28.00) (Limited Edition): Granite Black and Earthen Brown
- Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara ($30.00) (Limited Edition): Steel Black
The palette is fairly sleek at about three-quarters of an inch in height and would be useful for taking along in your purse or for travel.
The blush is a beautiful rosy peach with subtle shimmer throughout. To give you a better idea of the color, I've compared it below with some popular MAC blush shades.
In the swatch above the color was applied heavily (also keep in mind, my skin is pretty darn light, so the contrast makes the color look more intense). Below you can see how it looks on the face when applied more moderately. For those of you who dislike shimmery blushes -- no worries, as the shimmer is not apparent on the face. The box describes this as a "sheer" blush. The color is soft at first but does build up with multiple layers. Overall, it's a very nice, brightening shade!
Since many of you are familiar with the neutral shades in Urban Decay's NAKED palette, I thought it might give you a good point of reference.
Went heavier on the blush than I normally would, but wanted to be sure the color showed up on camera!
Neo Brown Palette:
Left shade (shimmery beige): lid, inner corners, and above crease to diffuse darker shade
Middle shade (dark matte taupe): crease
Right shade (matte espresso brown): used as liner, and on outer half of lid
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara #1
Blush from the Neo Brown Palette
Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation in Warm Sand 2.5
Trish McEvoy Bare lip liner
MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Supreme Style
I hope this is helpful to any of you who are considering buying this palette. It is lovely, but I would say it is not a must-have unless you are an Armani aficionado or like the idea of having shadows and blush all in one convenient package, which is what drew me most to this one. Otherwise, I think the shades can be closely duplicated with less expensive products.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you all have a great week!