Jun 042014
 

Armani Liquid Summer1I’ve been enjoying Giorgio Armani’s Liquid Summer Bronzer ($64) since I purchased it several weeks ago. To digress a bit, I was shopping in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I saw this as a new item on a Nordstrom counter. Because my time was short, I didn’t want to do a full-on discussion with a makeup artist. Which is too bad, because typically Armani artists are really well informed, and I tend to get the most use out of the products when I get that type of advice. So, I dashed a bit onto my cheeks and chin, and lightly across my forehead hairline. After about 60 seconds, I had my debit card out and ready, waiting impatiently for the sales associate that I had been so assiduously trying to avoid. I had to have it–it made my skin look beautifully, natural and far better than it really has a right to.

Armani Liquid Summer2

I’m sure you are familiar with the Armani Maestro formula (if not, see this post). It’s remarkably lightweight–it seems that Armani formulators have developed a way to suspend pigment in a highly-controllable, almost-nothing-there base that allows for intelligent and beautiful application. If you’ve never tried a liquid bronzer, you should know how absolutely natural then can look. Unlike powders, they work beautifully with liquid foundations too. They can be mixed with liquid foundations, worn under them for more subtlety, or layered over in a way that sort of melds the two together. Now, take that and add the fact that this is an extremely fine serum formulation of a liquid bronzer and whew–it’s really amazing. It blows the older bronzers out of the water (no, I’m not giving up my Guerlain 4 Seasons, but hopefully you get the idea).

Armani Liquid Summer3

Armani Liquid Summer can be layered, mixed, and despite the appearance of fine sparkle in the formula, provides a very skin-like natural look. I did my best with my swatches, here, but I’m still on the road and my bronzer stash and photography conditions are sub-optimal at present.

Armani Liquid Summer4a

Overall, I love this product (which is, sadly, limited edition).  There are some products that make me think that I could live with only Armani in my life. Now that the line is reformulating its eyeshadows, and combined with products like this one, I could be right about that.

Armani Liquid Summer Bronzer is available at Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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May 042011
 

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Ebene ($29/ #10) is an automatic, twist up liner that does not require sharpening.  Because I lack patience, I love this style eyeliner.  Twist and go.  Sadly, the other end does not have a built-in smudger.  I always miss those when they’re not there.

Ebene’s texture is soft and creamy, giving you just a few moments to smudge the line.  Then it sets into a waterproof, budge-proof line.  This liner really does last until you take it off.  Numerous reviews on Makeupalley confirm that this is the weapon choice for the waterline.  I must admit that it did not last more than four hours on mine, but no liner ever has.  It did give me all-day wear on my upper lashline.

Ebene’s color is a soft near-black with a subtle blue pearl.  It shows as a deep, deep cool dark gray (a bit like a black pearl), rather than a straight black.  Love it lightly touched under the eye.

Here is a comparison with Ebene on the left (swatched light and heavy), compared to another standard black pencil that I have in my stash–Armani’s standard black pencil in Smooth Silk #4 (by the way, this is a great standard black pencil).

Really, one of my favorite black pencils right now.  Highly recommended.  I love it.

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