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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Eye Tint in Cold Copper, Emeraude & Obsidian

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Giorgio Armani Beauty, the pioneer in light-as-air makeup, has recently released Eye Tint – 12 eyeshadow liquid eyeshadow shades (permanent, CAN $39.00 each), in a texture that ‘combines the purity of powder, the staying power of an ink, and the feel of a cream in an original water/pigment suspension formula that evenly disperses the product for a ‘no make-up feel‘.

The 12 Eye Tint shades draw their inspiration from the Armani textile universe, and reflect this passion in the layering effect and finishes that can be created with them, ranging from iridescent, satiny, metallic or even matte. The transparent casing/tube displays the colour for clear & easy reference, while the cap has been given a new silver tone complete with the ‘GA’ logo. The foam applicator is flattened and angled to help dispense the product quickly and effortlessly, while the tip is slightly bevelled to aid in more precision application.

The three shades I was sent to test all display an impossibly complex shimmer that adds a gorgeous dimension to each colour; applied densely, the shimmer seems somewhat toned down and almost absorbed into the hue, while blending and sheering them out makes every facet stand out. There’s a unique cool-to-the-skin feel upon first application (which quickly dissipates) while the overall sensation is one of absolutely weightless colour. The fluidity of Eye Tint is something you need to experience; it literally glides along the skin, melding seamlessly in. With regards to blending these shades out, you only have a few scant minutes to work on them; once they set, however, they are there for the duration and nothing short of prayer (or a dual-phase makeup remover) will be able to make these colours budge. Staying power is phenomenal (the claim is 16 hour wear, although I refuse to wear makeup that long); I have oily lids and need to prime (regardless of a product’s claim to be long-wearing/lasting) and these Eye Tints are the first liquid/cream based eyeshadows I can wear without applying primer first and where I experience zero creasing, fading, or flaking.

It should be noted, that a little goes a long way with these Eye Tints; always start with a tiny bit and layer if needed, as these are all intensely pigmented and colour saturated.

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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Eye Tints in Emeraude 4, Obsidian 1, Cold Copper 9


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GA Cold Copper Eye Tint

Cold Copper 9 | More of a taupe than copper, there are plenty of both cool and warm undertones in the base to render this a universally flattering shade for all skin tones. Sheered out for a light wash of colour, turns this into the perfect daytime shade as well as as an easy ‘swipe-and-go’ kind of colour. With layering, Cold Copper takes on a much cooler vibe, as well as giving off some serious brilliance.


GA Emeraude Eye Tint

Emeraude 4 | A blackened teal that has strong emerald glints in the base. Relatively cool toned, Emeraude can be made to work on warmer complexions equally well, especially by sheering it out to bring forth all the complex shimmery bits. Applied layered, the impact is intense and quite dramatic (and absolutely, heart-stoppingly gorgeous).

GA Obsidian Eye Tint

Obsidian 1 | The mix of pink and blue iridescent shimmers in the base, keep Obsidian from looking flat or like an ordinary black shade. The easiest smokey eye you can create with an eyeshadow product, one swipe smudged out provides the perfect base to layer on, while a subsequent application helps to intensify strategic areas. A truly rich obsidian-looking hue.


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Eye Tint swatches (natural light)

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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Eye Tint swatches (natural light, blended out)


There is a new revolution in beauty, and it involves textures that were impossible to even dream about just a few short years ago. Giorgio Armani Beauty basically started it all with the Maestro Fusion foundation and has been building (and improving) on that innovation ever since, creating gossamer-light products that provide pigment without any heavy feel – the new Eye Tints are exactly that, as well as on the verge of changing the way you look at liquid/cream eyeshadows. What these Eye Tints can help you achieve almost borders on the magical but they are not without their learning curve, as they do require a light and quick hand in application. But believe me: once you get the hang of them, there’s no going back.

Available now at Holt Renfrew and select Hudson Bay and Sephora stores (Canada). Find more information via the website.


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Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration

Giorgio Armani Beauty | Lip Maestro #634 Burgundy

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The release of the Giorgio Armani Beauty Orient Excess 2014 Holiday Collection also included two new shades in the Lip Maestro formula, #414 Blood Red and #634 Burgundy, shown in this post (previous reviews of this collection can be found here and here). Said to impart ‘intensely matte “couture” lips’, I would have to say that this is more of a liquid lipstick formula that has serious staying power along with unbelievable colour saturation – but definitely not matte, by my definition. Did I mention that it’s also damn, damn sexy?

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GA Lip Maestro #634 Burgundy

Lip Maestro #634 Burgundy (CAN $38.00) | While every brand – from high end to mass market – have released some type of their own version of liquid lip formula (I hesitate to call this group a gloss, but neither does it fall in the traditional lipstick category – so liquid lip, it is), I confess that Giorgio Armani Beauty was not only one of the first (if not THE first) to introduce this format to the world, but went on to perfect it as well. And let’s face it: no one – but NO ONE – does red lips as divinely as this brand.

The Lip Maestro format is one that is incredibly pigmented yet completely lightweight in feel, as the gel formula bears no “white” in the base, leaving nothing but pure colour on the lips, without any waxy or sticky feel. The angled and slightly tapered sponge-tip applicator has been uniquely designed to deposit the right amount of product per stroke, while the tip works beautifully on more detailed areas of the lips (cupid’s bow, corners), allowing for more precision work. There is a very, very light & slightly floral scent that I detect (but only by bringing the applicator right up to my nose) that seems to dissipate rather quickly upon application. The tube is clear which is a huge plus, as you can monitor the amount of product remaining – so much easier than having to guess whether you’re running out or not.

With regards to application, it really doesn’t get easier than this; one swipe of the brush yields enough product to fully cover the lips, while a second swipe simply intensifies the tone. As stated above, the feel is so lightweight, that if you didn’t know better (which obviously you do, considering the colour ∗duh∗), you’d swear you’re not wearing anything at all. The description calls this a “matte” lip product, but I find that it’s more a plush velvet finish instead – nowhere near the reflective finish of a gloss, and definitely far from the light absorbing properties of a true matte lip shade – the finish here falls somewhere in between, leaving lips drenched in colour, with a radiant sheen. Oddly enough, with a name like #634 Burgundy, I expected something significantly deeper in colour, and yet what I see is more of a true red with just the right combination of orange and blue tones in the base, making this shade workable on a wide variety of complexions, but definitely not burgundy (although I’m not complaining, as I absolutely love this red, regardless of the name). Staying power is impressive, lasting easily 9 hours (even through light eating & drinking, although some reapplication will be needed at this point), and even when some product starts to wear off, I find that a quick press of the lips is all that’s needed to re-distribute and revive the colour. On the bonus side, I experience absolutely no migration or bleeding into surrounding lip lines (although you do need to be aware of any colour getting on your teeth during initial application).


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Lip Maestro #634 Burgundy


GA Lip Maestro #634 Burgundy swatch

Giorgio Armani Beauty | Lip Maestro #634 Burgundy


For years now, I have stayed true to my comfort zone of neutral lip colours, but the past few weeks have seem me leaning more and more towards a brighter, crimson pout. The issues with wearing a red lip, however, is A) finding the right hue to suit your skin tone, and B) finding a product that will not only last, but also avoid leaving that dreaded red “ring” behind upon the lips. This #634 Burgundy Lip Maestro shade manages to accomplish both with ease, while being spot-on with what I’ve been noticing as a return to a more glamorous look – and with a shade as siren-sexy as this, you can certainly count on being noticed. Come-hither looks, optional.

Available now through Giorgio Armani Beauty counters – visit for more brand info.


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette



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The limited edition Orient Excess Palette (CAN $98.00) from the Giorgio Armani Beauty Holiday 2014 Collection, draws its inspiration from the Far East snowy steppes, featuring a blue lacquered compact that holds an evanescent face powder in the upper pan, with a trio of lush eyeshadows on the lower level. Sweetening the deal, this palette also comes with a matching luxurious midnight blue velvet pouch, complete with silver hardware. Clever, Mr. Armani … making it so easy for us ladies to be party-ready.


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette with Velvet Pouch


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Orient Excess Palette face powder, limited edition | With a star constellation pattern embossed on its surface, this luminous face powder is so exquisitely and finely milled, that it almost disappears into the skin. Meant to impart a “Winter glow” (those words make me think of Imperial Russia, palaces, and moonlit carriage rides … so different from the “Winter Windburn” I’ve often experienced here), this porcelain shade actually applies quite translucently and can be easily buffed into the skin as a finishing touch. I detect the slightest hint of pale peach that lends this powder a bit of warmth, making it wearable for fair-medium complexions as well, although darker skinned types might find this shade a touch ashy. While there is no detectable shimmer, there does seem to be the most subtle gleam (but you really need to be angled properly and in the right lighting to actually catch it), which makes this powder ideal for those looking for an understated highlighter. Staying power is hard to judge (as is trying to capture this shade in photos – the swatches below were applied with a very heavy hand) due to its ultra-fine texture, but I experience no oxidation throughout the wearing.


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, face powder


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, face powder


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, face powder swatches


GA Orient Excess Palette

Orient Excess Palette eyeshadows, limited edition | With the face powder drawing inspiration from a snowy landscape, the colours and textures of this trio of eyeshadows are influenced by luxurious animal pelts, namely: mink, chinchilla, and sable. Developed with the “Fur Colour Pearls” technology (laughter at the name aside) – or pearls of various shapes and sizes (almost microscopic, of course), all three shades bear an incredibly soft texture, unbelievable pigmentation, complex shiny/matte/iridescent gleam, and absolutely sublime blendability. Applying these eyeshadows with a damp brush not only yields a deeper look to each shade, but significantly enhances their internal shimmer. I was actually unprepared for how saturated each colour applies, and so I caution you to start with a light hand and add more as needed. There’s such a depth and lush richness of tone to each shade that makes them multi-faceted and almost 3-dimensional, that I totally get the whole wild animal connection – these are fiercely beautiful eye shadows. Staying power on primed lids: perfection, lasting intact until removed.

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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, eyeshadow trio


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, eyeshadow trio


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, eyeshadow trio swatched dry


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Giorgio Armani Beauty | Orient Excess Palette, eyeshadow trio swatched damp


My first thought upon laying eyes on the face powder portion of the Orient Excess Palette, was “how beautiful” followed by “but it’s so white”. That quickly changed to “how beautiful & how wearable” once I began playing around with it – although on my skin tone, I prefer applying this powder mainly to the high planes of my face (tops of cheekbones, forehead, cupid’s bow), as opposed to all over. The eyeshadows of this palette have got to be some of the absolute best powder eyeshadows I’ve ever come across and have colours that definitely transcend the seasons. Seriously, I can’t extoll their virtues enough – they need to be seen & experienced in person. The crowning touch is the stunning little blue velvet pouch with its old-world glamour, perfect for the party/holiday circuit and will guarantee to garner as much attention as the palette itself. In my opinion, this is one of the rare holiday/limited edition gift sets that you should not pass up on – fair warning.

Available now, but limited edition. Find more information by visiting


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