Giorgio Armani has some fabulous new products lined up for October 2012 (have you heard about Maestro?), including these stunning Eyes To Kill 4 Color Eyeshadow Palettes ($64 CAD). These quads introduce two brand new eyeshadow formulations from the luxury brand, the ‘perfect matte‘ and ‘perfect satin‘.
Each palette contains four harmonious shades that work together beautifully. They are meant to make makeup simple, elegant and effortless. The eyeshadows use the new ColorFil technology for instant intensity of pigment (even with matte eyeshadows). The two middle shades contain twice as much product as the smaller shades on the ends, so keep that in mind when looking through the palettes.
The mattes are actually incredibly brilliant and pigmented (the texture reminds me somewhat of the bareMinerals Ready eyeshadows). The satin eyeshadows are beautifully luminous, and I love how they simply glow instead of shimmer (I think these would be excellent for mature eyes). They each have a gorgeous sculpted palette design, with a hidden compartment for the sponge-tip applicators (two double-ended ones). I really wish the applicators were a little more luxurious to match the brand, perhaps like a mini double-ended brush or something similar.
Eight different palettes will be introduced, but I have three of them to show you. Each quad is self-sufficient and can produce a range of looks from a subtle office look to a dramatic smoky eye. The palettes I have been playing with are:
- 01 Maestro: This is by far my favorite quad because it is simply a must-have for smoky eyes. If you love bold, dramatic looks- you’re going to love this one. The quality is incredible, and I think there is a great balance between the satin and matte shades, and the slightest hint of blue in the deep matte shades creates a really nice effect.
- 04 Effeto Nudo: This is “the” neutral palette. If you’re a neutral fiend like I am, you’re going to want to check this one out. This beige highlight is stunning and really opens the eyes! The brown and taupe matte shades are great for contouring the eye socket for a little definition, however I do wish that one of the two mid-tone shades was satin. Since there are three matte colors, all fairly similar in depth, it would be nice to change the texture of one. Still, a fabulous quad for everyday use.
- 07 Saharan Blush: If you like color, you’re going to love this one! The mixture of shades is pretty to look at, but also work together really nicely. This palette is on the other end of the spectrum from Effeto Nudo, where three of the shades are satin and only one matte shade is present- making this one a little more difficult to build up for a dramatic look, but the matte brown works beautifully with each the eggshell, peach and pink shades (so you get much more variety from this palette).
The other palettes you can look forward to include a few more neutral combinations as well as blues and greens. I love the concept of these palettes almost as much as I love the way they look- I highly recommend checking them out and perhaps investing in one. Look for a mixture of mattes and satins in a ratio that you find would suit your look best.
Also- I’m going to be doing a “Look Book” post using one of the these palettes- which one should I use? Let me know in the comments!
Look Book: Maestro
- Price: $64 CAD for 2 x 2g and 2x 1g
- Availability: Holt Renfrew (October 2012)
- Selection: Eight quads will be launching in this line
- Overall: These palettes are absolutely fabulous, I wish they weren’t so expensive so that more people could experience them. Giorgio Armani has truly found a beautiful formula for both mattes and satins, that simply glow and blend with such ease. Some palettes have more mattes than satins (and vice versa), so keep that in mind when looking for one for yourself. I do wish the included applicators were a little more luxurious than just sponge tips.
- Rating: A