Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in #5.5

Giorgio Armani’s newest launch in beauty is the Luminous Silk Compact ($62; shop,nordstrom.com). Its a sheer-medium coverage pressed powder that can be used as a foundation or as a setting powder. The product comes with a sponge applicator that can be used on either side for sheer or heavy application, but I only plan on using this as a setting powder than a foundation, so I’ve been using it with a fluffy powder brush.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches



The texture is extremely finely milled and super smooth to the touch. It feels almost like a cream product until you pick it up with brush, which is when there’a a little bit of fallout, but nothing crazy. As for the shades, I ordered mine online, so I went with 5.5 which seemed like a close match (looked a tad grey and darker in the pan, but goes on just fine) and I really like the way it looks on top light bases like the DiorSkin Nude BB Cream (Medium) and the Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow (Dore). Since I’ve only been using this mostly as a setting powder, I can’t comment on the way it would take care of blemishes or uneven skin tone, but it is a fabulous setting powder, especially on top of BB creams, Tinted Moisturizers and lighter foundations. I just pick up a little bit with a fluffy brush and dust all over or where needed. It can look a little powdery at first, but settles down well to a satin finish that isn’t too matte or too dewy. After a few hours of wear, it can make skin look a teeny bit dewy, so I can’t really vouch for the oil control properties of this one.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches



While the packaging is practical and nice, it does feel a little plasticky, but is sturdy enough without being overly bulky - I could have done without the extra layer that houses the sponge underneath. That apart, the product itself is something I’m absolutely loving. My other go to pressed powder compact is the DiorSkin Nude Compact (Apricot Beige 33), which is a little more natural looking than the Armani, but I’ve been switching between the two and really like them both as a sheer layer on top of my lighter coverage bases!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in 5.5 Review, Photos, Swatches
Wearing the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact 5.5 on top of the Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in Dore; NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Ginger with YSL Touche Eclat 5.5 to conceal blemishes and under the eyes. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

NARS’ new fall Color Collection is beautiful with some new and repromotes, with products focussed mostly on the eyes and lips. I tried out a couple of pieces from the collection, the Dual Intensity Eyesahdow in Telesto ($29; narscosmetics.com), a gorgeous, warm bronzy golden brown with very eye-catching shimmer and the Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan ($29; narscosmetics.com), an almost matte velvet textured navy.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection


The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto is in a color family that I always gravitate towards. It looks beautiful wet or dry and the intensity can be built up by using a flat shader brush. Used dry, it blends really well with hardly any fallout and is a perfect warmer nude without going overboard with the shimmer. The Velvet Shadow stick in Glenan is a navy that works for a quick, smudgy smokey eye. It does need a good primer for longevity and the blendability is great. The color does tend to move around a bit in this humid weather and if you have very oily lids, can smudge quite a bit through the day. I would use it over a good primer or pair it with a powder eyeshadow to set. The ease of use is great and the shimmer hardly shows up, which is nice for a quick smokey eye. Overall, of the two, my pick would be the Teleso Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, in fact, that is one of my favorites from the whole collection. I do like the concept behind the Velvet Shadow sticks, but would reserve them for when the weather isn’t so hot and humid. If you like quick and easy, swipe and go kind of products for the eyes though, they’re both really nice to have!

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto & Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan | NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CHANEL #4 Blush Brush

Chanel redesigned their older blush brush a few years back and came up with a the new #4 Blush Brush ($54; chanel.com), a tapered, slightly fluffy brush made of natural hair. The brush is quite a nice shape and is great for blush, pressed powder and loose powder, especially for a little more precise application for when you don’t need to powder all over.

CHANEL #4 Blush Brush Review, Photos



This brush has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but I personally love the shape and size. It feels well made, the quality is nice and the handle feels sturdy. The bristles are not the softest, but not scratchy. Since it isn’t too soft, it does pick up a decent amount of product, so perfect with sheer blushes, powders or to set things in place. I’ve washed it a number of times and haven’t had much shedding except a hair or two from the first 2-3 washes. The #4 Blush Brush comes with its own velvet pouch for storage and if you do like the more flattened, tapered shape as opposed to the usual all round fluffy blush brushes, it definitely is worth picking up!

CHANEL #4 Blush Brush Review, Photos
CHANEL #4 Blush Brush Review, Photos
CHANEL #4 Blush Brush Review, Photos