Giorgio Armani |Luxe Is More Palette & 508 Pearly Nude Lip Maestro, Holiday 2015

 

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Inspired by the flawless 30s & 40s Hollywood glamour of legendary screen icons such as Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow, Giorgio Armani introduces the Luxe Is More Collection for Holiday 2015 (all limited edition) and I have the Eyes & Face Palette as well as one (of three) new Lip Maestro shades to show you. While sparkle & shimmer may be dominating many holiday beauty collections this year, so Mr. Armani has opted to focus on what he does best: produce a holiday collection underscored by his trademark understated, yet totally luxurious glamorous style.

 

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Marlene Dietrich (credit)

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Jean Harlow (credit)

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, Holiday 2015

 

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, Holiday 2015

 

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Luxe Is More Palette, Limited Edition/eyeshadows (CAN $160.00) | Housed in a protective velvet sleeve, this is a two-tiered pale gold lacquered compact printed with Giorgio Armani’s signature on the cover and a full-sized mirror on the inner lid, bearing ten eyeshadows on the upper level + 2 accompanying sponge-tipped applicators (held in place on the sleeve), and three face products + 2 black flat sponges on the bottom level. The eyeshadow shades range in tones of pale to dark, in a [mostly] pearlescent finish:

Top row:

  • bone (matte)
  • nude (pearlescent)
  • pale apricot (pearlescent)
  • champagne (pearlescent)

Middle row:

  • black (satin matte)
  • silver (metallic)

Bottom row:

  • white frost (metallic)
  • fawn (pearlescent)
  • taupe (pearlescent)
  • mauve brown (pearlescent)

The 10 shades all display a silky and extremely easy to blend texture, with barely any powdery kickback upon swirling my brushes through them, and even the size of each hue makes it easy to reach without worry about cross-contamination of colours. The neutral range of this palette lends itself to a variety of looks (and for basically all skin tones across the board), from effortless daytime to more impact for evening (the black shade will play a key role in this capacity to help create a perfect smokey eye or applied damp and worn as a liner, while the metallic silver applied on the mobile lid becomes an instant attention-getter). Excellent wear time on all, especially when worn over a primer.

All eyeshadow swatches shown in direct sunlight (left) and alternate light (right).

 

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, Holiday 2015

 

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, eyeshadows top row

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, eyeshadows top row (swatches)

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, eyeshadows centre row

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, eyeshadows centre row (swatches)

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, eyeshadows bottom row

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, eyeshadows bottom row (swatches)

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Luxe Is More Palette, Limited Edition/face | The bottom tier of the compact holds the face portion, with a generously sized face powder at the top in a neutral hue and ultra finely-milled velvety texture, with two cream foundation shades at the bottom, one paler and more suitable for those with cooler complexions, and the other a few degrees darker and perfect for warmer skin tones.

 

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Luxe Is More Palette/face powder | Neutral-hued bearing a good mix of both cool and warm tones (those with very pale complexions may find this too dark to use as a face powder, and I suspect this colour might come off as too ashy on those with the darkest skin tones). The texture is dense and so finely milled, that I experience hardly any powdery kickback when swirling my brush through the pan (which of itself is a good size, making it very easy to use) – applying the powder with the sponge, will provide more opaque coverage. Also makes an excellent setting powder when worn over foundation.

 

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Luxe Is More Palette/cream foundations | With regards to using either of these two shades in a foundation capacity may be a bit of a stretch; first of all, the size of each section is much too small for that, although it’s still doable in a pinch. I’ve found that both colours actually make for awesome concealers, whether worn individually or combined for a customized hue. Ultra creamy in texture, I experience no separation or oxidation with either. Easy to apply, easy to blend, and long wearing without creasing.

 

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette, face powder & cream foundations (swatches)

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Giorgio Armani | Luxe Is More Palette & 508 Pearly Nude Lip Maestro, Holiday 2015

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508 Pearly Nude Lip Maestro (CAN $39.00) | I have one of the three new shades released with the Luxe Is More Collection, 508 Pearly Nude which is a lush pink-nude colour with incredibly fine pearlized particles and which comes to a radiant/matte finish, in a shade that should compliment all skin tones. Made with a “‘Fire Spectral’ pearl-enriched formula, iridescent pearl particles have been added to the classic format, enhancing the original matte finish with a new luminosity“. The plush sponge applicator pulls out enough product to provide full coverage at one swipe, although you will need a few more swipes for a fully opaque finish. The texture is unbelievable; gliding across the lips and like a cross between velvet & buttery — very balm-like, in fact. Lips continue to feel moisturized throughout the wearing and even after all colour has faded (unlike other matte lip shades that can become quite drying), and while wear time with a light hue like this will be obviously shorter than a darker colour, I did manage to get a solid 3.5 hours before I needed to reapply (which includes drinking & eating).

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Giorgio Armani | 508 Pearly Nude Lip Maestro, Luxe Is More Collection Holiday 2015

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Giorgio Armani | 508 Pearly Nude Lip Maestro (swatch, natural light)

 

Let’s face it; Giorgio Armani ANYTHING does not come cheap, but I’ve always been a firm believe in the saying “you get what you pay for” and even though $160.00 does sound steep, when you consider the fact that you’re getting 13 products in one compact – and all extremely useable shades at that, then it doesn’t seem to be such a hard pill to swallow after all. And while Giorgio Armani Beauty has produced other compact collections before, the oversized nature of the Luxe Is More Palette is a first for the brand, as well as one of their most wearable I’ve seen to date. I’m always on the lookout for that perfect nude shade, one that will provide a hint of colour but will still manage to stay neutral … and I think I may have just found it with 508 Pearly Nude (Bonus: no mirror needed for application). Perfect for travel as well (seriously, I can’t even begin to tell you how often I’ve been reaching for this palette lately) and with the holidays around the corner, it will also make the absolutely perfect gift for any beauty lover. If you can part with it, that is.

Available at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom stores across Canada, find more information via giorgioarmanibeauty.com

 

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Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

2 Responses to Giorgio Armani |Luxe Is More Palette & 508 Pearly Nude Lip Maestro, Holiday 2015

  1. Gusone Sophie says:

    Hi Eugenia,

    This collection looks so amazing !! I love Armani makeup products…
    Can you add here or send me pictures of their ingredient list please ?

    XXX
    Sophie

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