Monday, August 5, 2013

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Face & Eye Palette in Venemous Green for Fall 2013

I purchased Giorgio Armani Beauty's Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Face & Eye Palette in Venemous Green (#2, $88) for Fall 2013, and I have fallen in love. I purchased it at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase after I was alerted this week that it had arrived. I knew it would be my favorite of the two new palettes, and it is - by a long shot.

Giorgio Armani Beauty's Fall 2013 Kaleidoscope Collection is stunning. The collection is called a play of light, nuances, and reflections. "Feminine/masculine duality. Multifaceted cool tones on the eyes, contrasted by berry-toned lips. Subtle femininity softens the garçonne look for autumn."

I started my love affair with the chic magnetic case, which conceals two tiers - one for the face and one for the eyes. Then, the love grew as I studied the pink face powder, The shade is sprinkled with pearls for a very subtle shimmer. The jazzy eye shadow harmonies of green tones, like a scarab beetle, are unique and perfect for a fall glow. Venemous Green is the full package.

I took photos yesterday in full sunshine. The photo directly below is the face palette - a gorgeous and sheer pink - in the top tier.

The eye shadows are shown directly below. Like a kaleidoscope, the center shade morphs with use and the light. You'll see below.

The eye colors are, left to right, Copper Wood, Iridescent Jade, and Sea Green. Copper Wood is a chameleon - brown with a touch of green and a touch of charcoal. I don't see copper anywhere. It is accompanied by Iridescent Jade, an iridescent light green, and Sea Green, which is turquoise blue to my eyes. As usual, the gorgeous colors are accompanied by relatively useless sponge-tipped applicators that take up space, but you'd only use them in a pinch. I'd rather have more eye shadow.

Copper Wood and Sea Green are not matte, as Armani's publicity described. Both shades offer a subtle shimmer. You can see it in my palette photos. Armani has provided both day and evening look directions with the palette. Basically, if you want to wear the colors during the day, keep them below the crease. My shimmering secret!

I took swatch photos in full, mid-afternoon sun, starting at the top of my arm with Copper Wood, followed by Iridescent Green, See Green, and the beautiful sheer face powder/blush.

There are two things you should note in my swatch photos. Copper Wood is very hard to photograph. Even though it has a teeny tiny hint of green in it, I can't see it in my photos. I applied all of the shadows relatively heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator. I applied the pink face powder/blush almost normally. I wanted you to see how it will look on your face. It is not very sparkly, so even if you find sparkle unnatural during the day, give it a try. You may find it to be as lovely as I do.

Eileen mentioned that the center, illuminating shade, morphs as you use it. I wanted to show you how. Check out my photo below of the shade after its first use.

I can't wait to see how it looks on my next application! As I peel back the layers, I'll be thinking about that beetle's iridescent colors.

I think Venemous Green is drop-dead gorgeous. I'm so pleased to have it, and I know I'll turn to it often as summer wanes and hints of fall can be seen in nature.

Giorgio Armani's Fall 2013 Collection should be available at all Giorgio Armani Beauty counters soon, if not now. In the DC area, it has arrived at both Saks and Neiman Marcus. It is available online at the Giorgio Armani Beauty Web site. It's the best $88 palette I've purchased in months.

Photo at top courtesy of Giorgio Aramani Beauty; scarab beetle photo courtesy of tattoopins.com; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

25 comments:

Kylee @ Lifting in Lipstick said...

This is lovely! I gravitate towards green palettes...there's never enough of them...and the center shade is just magnificent.

Eileen said...

I love your picture of the beetle below that of Venemous Green. If we're ever in doubt about how to combine colors, all we have to do is look to nature for some spectacular inspiration.

Although emerald is Pantone's color of the year, it can be de trop when it comes to makeup and so I've been thrilled that many of the brands I love have not taken it literally. ( We can leave that to Sephora and Pantone :-) ) Armani has come up with a beautiful interpretation of the green trend and that brown will ground the colors perfectly. With all the advancements in pigments, I love how an undertone can be incorporated into a shade without overwhelming it. It's subtle as in the case of Copper Wood, but when it is combined with the other colors in the palette, it is reinforced and adds depth to the overall effect. Each of the colors subtly reinforcing each other is my idea of perfection. This is just so Armani!

Makeup Remastered said...

Great swatches- The Armani and Tom Ford are my most anticipated fall collections. The powder looks quite light , perhaps can use as face powder??

Anonymous said...

This is a great palette, thank you for the swatches!!
-Sara

LoveSugarBabyDoll said...

"It's the best $88 palette I've purchased in months."

This is why I love your blog.

Nemo said...

Thanks to you, Cg, the quintessential enabler, I just ordered my own Venemous Green palette from Millie @ Saks! I knew you'd post the swatches as soon as you could, and I wanted to wait for them. Wow! Lovely, and so is your description of them!

angusmum1 said...

I LOVE this palette. It seems difficult to pick up in Canada, at least in my rural area! Planning a trip to Ottawa, the nations capital, think I may find it there at Holt Renfrew or maybe Sephora?? Do they carry it I have only shopped online? It is really stunning

MoonRae said...

I LOVE anything green! thanks for sharing

Sharon

Anonymous said...

Such lovely colors, I think I need to check this one out! Denise at aeiokid at comcast dot net

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Kylee,

I love greens too. :)

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Eileen,

"So Armani" is a great conclusion. Indeed!

Charleston Girl said...

Thanks, Makeup Remastered! I think you can use it sparingly as a face powder. It will depend on your complexion. Mine is so light, I'll make myself pink. :)

Charleston Girl said...

Thanks, Sara!

Charleston Girl said...

Hi LSBD,

Hope you got a good chuckle. :)

Charleston Girl said...

Ahh, Nemo, you will love it. :)

Charleston Girl said...

Hi angusmum,

I know that Sephoras in different countries carry different brands. You wouldn't find it here at Sephora. Have you seen Armani anywhere in Canada?

Charleston Girl said...

Hi MoonRae,

Unique, huh?

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Denise,

Enjoy shopping!

Erin B said...

Do you know if the changing shade of the center eye shadow is an overspray, or does this "morphing" continue throughout?

Eileen said...

Hi Erin,

The Armani MA at our local counter said the iridescent emerald is the color throughout the middle pan. The lighter color is just an overspray.

Melanie said...

@ angusmum: Holt's does carry Giorgio Armani. According to their site, Ottawa has the line, so you should be in luck. If you are ever in a pinch, they will ship to your door (± $12.00 courier fee). Just call the counter directly. I often order from Bloor and the customer service is outstanding.

Claire said...

Wow, the shadows almost look duo-chrome, very decadent Armani collection thus far!!

Erin B said...

Thanks Eileen! It appears Armani must have used the overspray in a few palettes this season then, very interesting.

Charleston Girl said...

Eileen,

You saved me the time to call my favorite Armani rep in Las Vegas. I had no idea. I'm not a big fan of oversprays when they are a totally different color. I want this one to last, though.

Isla said...

Wow...that green is amazing! If only I looked good in greens...I guess if it's the color of the year, I should try to find a shade that works for me...