Gloss d'Armani ($28) shades looked luscious, so I gave three a try. I love them as lip glosses. More on that below.
For sheer coverage, the Skin Lacquers Collection captures a nude
chromatic palette to enhance the lips and cheeks. An innovative approach to
soft color fuses a shiny varnish with lip tone pigments bringing "natural color to perfection," inspired by the lacquered perfection of a flawless porcelain doll.
Exceptionally fine pearl particles, blended in a translucent base, wrap
the lips in a smooth, supple enamel with high-shine reflecting pearls
in suspension. The natural lip tone is enhanced and perfected with the
dewy color of the gloss. So far, so good.
You know I adore Giorgio Armani Beauty - everything. I have an incredible collection of Armani makeup - everything Giorgio Armani touches works for me. Giorgio Armani Beauty says this gloss can also be used on the eyelids to create a transparent, wet
eye lacquer. "Try a pale baby pink layered over a black cut taupy beige,
as seen on the Armani Privé fashion show this season." Well, you could, but I guarantee you'll end up with sticky eyelids. That may be a neat trick for a runway (temporary glamour), but it's not cool in real life. In my life, lip gloss on my eyes or cheeks attracts everything, including cat fur, and it feels sticky. I think the marketing geniuses slipped with that suggestion.
To enhance soft, porcelain skin tones, try:
• Gloss d’Armani #517 in Hot,
• Gloss d’Armani #515 in Vintage,
• Gloss d’Armani #516 in Coral.
To enhance summer tanned skin, try:
• Gloss d’Armani #518 in Rosewood,
• Gloss d’Armani #513 in Roseperla,
• Gloss d’Armani #514 in Petal.
I saw the display at the store, but I ordered online. Many of the other shades are lovely neutral or brown shades. I'd love to have more of them...for my lips.
As lip glosses, these are extremely pretty. As eye shadows? Forget about it. I had visions of my upper and lower eyelids sticking together. If you are game for that, have at it. I didn't find it comfortable. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly will achieve the same effect for a whole lot less money. Given the recommendation to use them on the eyelids, I also tried them on my cheekbones. I ended up with a sticky face. On my lips, the glosses don't feel sticky. They feel like lip glosses.
You can find the collection at Giorgio Armani Beauty counters and, of course, at Giorgio Armani Beauty online.
Photo at top courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty; other photos by Best Things in Beauty