Giorgio Armani. Now this is a brand to make me think of luxe, high end beauty. I met with Nikki to talk about the new Eye and Brow Maestro range last week and had a mini makeover whilst I was there. The Eye and Brow Maestros are such pretty colours and have the most amazing formulation that buffs into the skin so well.
From looking in the pots, the density of the colours and the shimmer is a little intimidating but it was obvious in swatching these products that they are really buildable. The picture above shows the Eye and Brow Maestros heavily built up using my fingers so that you can see the richness of the colours and their shimmer.
These little pots are really versatile as Nikki was keen to show me, with five uses:
- Eyeshadow – Nikki used Auburn 05 as an eyeshadow all over the eyelid, blended out with a little of Wenge Wood 02 to create a smokey effect. The shimmer really lifted my eye area as the colour was built up in layers and buffed into the eyelid and blended out and up.
- Eyeliner – we used Wenge Wood 02 as eyeliner and layered it up to make it more intense.
- Brow pomade – Wenge Wood 02 to fill in my brows using the Giorgio Armani eyebrow brush. The shimmer was not detectable when this was brushed over my brows, which I thought might have been down to Nikki’s skills, but I tried it myself and I am pleased to report no disco brows.
- Contour – Auburn 05 was buffed in as contour below my cheekbones. Once again, as this was used so sparsely and buffed in really light layers, the shimmer was not detectable.
- Root touch-up to cover natural grey hair – not demonstrated.
So for £26.50, a pot of the Eye and Brow Maestro offers a lot!
I found Armani makeup is really lightweight and layers very well (down to their Micro-fil™ technology if you didn’t know – I didn’t). There is no danger of cakiness or bobbling when working the Armani formulas together from the foundation, through to the Eye and Brow Maestro, and the Cheek Fabric blushers. Even though Nikki had applied a full face of makeup on me, I felt as if I had nothing on my skin yet the Eye and Brow Maestro is waterproof so doesn’t move, but doesn’t have a stiff, set feeling on the skin either. In short – utterly brilliant. Here is the finished look:
The slap on my face, all by Giorgio Armani:
- Regenessence Serum £88
- Light Master Primer £35.50
- Fluid Sheer (2) £35.50
- Luminous Silk Foundation (5.5) £34.50
- Eye and Brow Maestro (Auburn 05 and Wenge Wood 02) £26.50
- Cheek Fabric (302) £34
- Black Excess Mascara – to be released in October 2014
- Rouge d’Armani Lipstick (102)
If you would like to book in for a Giorgio Armani masterclass there is a choice between a 1-2-1 lesson where you can get to grips with techniques and (£45 redeemable) or a makeover for an event (£30 redeemable). Just call your nearest counter for an appointment.
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