Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Giorgio Armani Jacquard Eye Palette #2


Giorgio Armani's Jacquard Collection this fall is among the most beautiful and unique for the intricate embossed woven texture of the palettes. I ordered Eye Palette #2 ($59) after seeing it featured on Front Row Beauty. The palette has a unique trio of shimmery greys combined with a deep matte warm brown with a tinge of auburn. This fall the compacts are magnetized instead of having the snap-click closure. The top comes with painted with the Armani logo in a high gloss black finish.


At first glance when I received this, I was a bit concerned the frost might look too washed out on my skin. The silvery greys are indeed frosty. At the top you have a frosty pale grey-white, in the middle you have two variations of silver: one is more of a pale grey shimmer, the other is a pale mauve grey shimmer. The colors do have a contrast with my medium-tan skintone, but there is a lovely shimmer quality that gives the colors depth even though they are fairly pale.




In direct sunlight you can see the sparkle:

Swatches in different lighting:


Comparisons to a few other shades:



This morning I applied this quad over MAC Groundwork Paint Pot. I'll report later on the lasting power. I find this palette a bit hard to wear. 3 of the 4 shades are so similar they all end up looking the same on the eye. It took quite a bit of blending and I had to mix the dark auburn shade with a matte black (both applied damp) to get a non-reddish smokey line. After blending and layering though I've achieved a subtle smokey eye and I love it. I'll have to experiment more with this palette for application ideas.

In addition to #2, there is a green palette Eye Palette #1 (greens) and a Face Palette (pinks, beiges and dark pink). The items are all beautiful but Eye Palette #2 was the only one that intrigued me. I don't typically wear greens on larger portions of the eyes and I found the face palette too frosty. For the lips, cheeks and new mascara, I haven't caved on anything yet. There are some lovely lipsticks but I've overindulged on Chanel and Guerlain lately. Front Row Beauty reviewed all three palettes. Best Things in Beauty also has all three palettes reviewed plus some other items as well.

Have you seen the Armani Jacquard collection yet? Thoughts? Any loves?

12 comments:

  1. Really beautiful! Instead of the Eye Palettes, I went for the LE Face Palette, and I love it!

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  2. I went to Nordstrom yesterday to look at the green palette. On the back of my hand the shadows had little of the sheen or shimmer that appear in photos; they looked rather matte instead. Like the palette you’ve reviewed, the two center colors, in this case the greens, looked very similar to one another though they look very distinct in the photos. I like green and purple together, but I already own a purple that suits my skin tone better, and I could probably find other green shadows that suit me better than those in this GA palette. So I passed on it. I may try to combine Chanel Epatant with one of the purples I have.

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  3. What is the difference between Armani and Armani Maestro eye shadows?

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  4. The product looks gorgeous in the pan, but I agree, the first 3 colors do look quite similar. =/

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  5. Thanks for your honest review, and gorgeous pictures, as usual.

    The colors are so beautiful, but I am going to pass because of the glitter. I get so disappointed when gorgeous neutral colors are tarted up with bling. I am also not crazy about the bottom auburn color, which is completely unwearable by me. Having one or two shades I will never wear is the primary reason I so rarely buy palettes. I'd love a living room done up in this color scheme, though.

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  6. The design is indeed very pretty for an eye palette. I passed on all 3 because they're frosty but it was tough walking away at first. I'm loving Armani #3 from your swatches! It reminds me of Chanel Taupe Stylo Yeux but in an eyeshadow form.

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  7. this collection just didn't grab me, I found the colours of this eye palette a bit strange, i don't like green eye shadow and similarly to you the face palette too frosty.

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  8. THIS is so pretty, and I love your nail poilish!

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  9. Great review and beautiful pictures as usual! I also feel this palette is hard to wear as the 3 shades look very similar when blended and can look too frosty on me. I like your tip, I am going to use an eye color base to bring out the mauvey/taupey tone of the 2 grey shades in the middle :-)
    Thanks once again for the link!!

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  10. I think the green jacquard palette is beautiful, and I don't think I own an army green shadow quite like it (all of mine lean more towards a golden-olive shade). But I don't plan on picking up any of the palettes...although the design is beautiful, I don't think the colors are unique enough to warrant a purchase.

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  11. This "quad" is certainly impeccably packaged. I love the glossy black and the woven textures. The inclusion of the warm red bronze with the cooler frosty tones is unexpected. I think these unexpected combinations highlight what luxury brands can offer. It's too bad the first three look so similar when worn; they all look really nice when swatched!

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  12. I ordered the silvery-taupe palette but got the green one. I think the mixture of green and violet is quite nice, but the colours didn't come out nicely, until I tried them on my freind. She has very fair skin with slight pink undertones and the palette rocks for her.

    However the quality of this LEs didn't strike me so much and now the complete LE is sold out. If the colours of your palette weren#t that similar I would have loved to get that one, too.

    I got Chanel Prelude instead:-)

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