Have you ever frequented a favorite makeup counter so many times that you swear you know the line inside out and positive you didn’t miss a product or color?
That was me at the Giorgio Armani counter at Barneys NY last week. I went to preview the newly launched eye shadow kits and ended up looking at blushes and lip glosses.
One color in particular, Armani blush #4 in sand, caught my eye. What was it about this shade that has me excited enough to blog it?
As I have stated in previous post, looking for the right blush is not only challenging but can also be frustrating. The positive side is once you find the right shade, it can transform your face tone and color and bring the rest of your makeup together. The wrong blush can look clownish, streaky or enhance undertones you are trying to play down i.e. ruddy skin can look burnt and sallow skin can look dirty. Armani’s blush #4 is a lovely hybrid of a bronzer and a blusher with a small hint of shimmer. With this blush color, I don’t need to mix my bronzer/blusher together which eliminates one extra step for me. The shade itself is so natural yet so unique. At first glance, you think its a soft coral toned bronzer with a hint of shimmer. Once applied, you get this gorgeous “within glow” that can only be described as “sunkissed and glowy.”
How did I not see this color before? I have a few of his bronzers and blushes and I never even bothered looking twice at this. As soon as I swatched it on my wrist, I knew I had to have it and that is exactly what I did. I can see this blusher turning different colors on everyone. I have sallow light/medium skin and it looks coral/bronze with a hint of soft brown and gives me an instant “color facelift” which during these transitional months isn’t a bad thing. It looks beautiful with a soft or smokey eye, soft or strong lip color or just as a soft bronzer. Check out the swatches against my skin:
The only skin tones I don’t see it being so flattering on is very fair skin with cool undertones, it could turn orange and look unflattering. Don’t let the shimmer make you nervous, it practically disappears once applied and only prevents color from looking dull and flat. I look forward to using this in the colder months as well to make my “dull sallow skin” look bronzy and healthy.
While at the counter, I also picked up a gorgeous lip shimmer “beige 103”,from the “gloss d’armani gloss” collections, a gorgeous peachy nude color that completed the look with my new blush #4. Again, why did I not see this before? It is exactly what I look for when I shop for a gloss, natural, non sticky and enhances my already pigmented lips without looking overdone. For my olive skin, anything that is too pink or cool toned makes me look overdone and only brings out the yellow in my skin. Glosses like 103 makes my lips look like “I am not trying to hard” and works well if you are sporting a smokey eye and/or bronzy look. I wanted to review the blush and gloss together because they look absolutely natural and super sexy when used together. Here is how the company describes it:
Technology: Color-Fil Shine technology, with a translucent base that traps pigments and pearlescent particles for a hydrated, silky smooth feeling without any stickiness. Comfortable, stay-fast color is like a second skin that remains true for eight hours without fading or migrating.
Silky and luminous are two perfect words used to describe this product. Did it last for 8 hours? No but it did look good the first hour. It isn’t my first time purchasing a color from ‘gloss d’armani gloss’ collection and definitely not my last time. Definitely worth looking into and investing in.
Blush retails for $44 and gloss
Both these items can be purchased at GiorgioArmani.com, Saks and Barneys.