Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Earlier today, I featured Giorgio Armani Beauty's Jacquard Woven Eye Color Palette in #2 for Fall 2011. Here's #1, a stunning "sister palette" that's equally elegant. Both are $59. Palette #1 combines my favorite green shades with rich purple, and the results of blending these shades may surprise you.
I swatched each shade individually, using a sponge-tipped applicator, and I took my photos in sunlight (which added a little extra shimmer). The shade at the top of this palette and near my wrist is a very light beige. It's a beautiful base shade, but can also be used as a highlighter. I am amazed that it picks up an ever-so-slight green hue when paired with one of the greens. I swatched clockwise. The shade at the right side if the palette is an interesting Army men's dress uniform green, but it has an element of forest green that makes it even more interesting (it's like PANTONE 19-5513 TPX or maybe 003300). I'm having trouble finding the right descriptor for the hue. Whatever color it is, it's stunning. Mint green, in a shade that coordinates perfectly with the darker green, owns the left side of the palette. The color strip at the bottom is purple, a rich, red-leaning purple.
As with palette #2, the shades in the #1 palette are gorgeous. The purple liner is exquisite when paired with the green shades. I've always loved the combination of purple and green in fashion, so Armani's pairing was a natural for me. Look at the sage green shade I created, shown at the bottom of my arm photo, by blending the two green shades! I think it's totally gorgeous.
Want to lighten up the darker green even more? Blend it with the beige at the top of the palette. Want a pretty blue-toned lavender rather than the rich purple? Blend the mint green with the purple shade. The results are surprising and delightful.
I'll go out on a limb and say you need one of the new Giorgio Armani palettes for fall. My regular readers know I seldom talk about my makeup loves in terms of need (after all, we do have to prioritize our expenses). You've seen the face and eye palettes here now (check out the Woven Face Color Palette if you didn't see it). Will you be shopping?
The new Armani Fall 2011 Collection is available at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria and Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase. That much I know for sure. That should mean your favorite Armani counter - at any store - will have it soon if it's not already on display. I know they are available on the West Coast, and they probably landed in Europe before they arrived here. The Armani Beauty USA Web site has not posted the palettes yet, but they will.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty