Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Giorgio Armani Mediterranean Eye Palette Summer 2011

I'm an eyeshadow junkie, I will probably never hit pan on any of my eyeshadows because I have too much on rotation. I especially love eyeshadows that come in palettes. I wanted the Giorgio Armani Mediterranean Eye Palette for Summer 2011 ever since I laid eyes on it on the internet. For the first time, I left my number to a sales associate so that he can let me know as soon the collection hits the counter. There is only one Armani counter in the city where I live and I know that they only get few pieces from each collection. I was afraid that I will miss out, I had this crazy idea that everybody wanted the palette :).

I got the palette a couple of months ago and it did not disappoint. This is a neutral-lover's (that's me) palette. It comes in the usual Armani packaging of sleek black compact, except that this one has a gold lid with the GA logo (this is a limited edition). It also comes with a little card with instructions on how to use the different shades for different looks.

The palette consist of four neutral shades called brown (bronze shade), rose sand (champagne shade), amber (gold shade) and beige (cream shade). All shades are shimmery but subtle. They are made of finely milled powder which gives a rich creamy texture. The colors are pigmented and easy to blend. With Two Faced Shadow  Insurance as  primer, these eyeshadows last the whole day on my lids.

From top to bottom: Brown, Rose Sand, Amber, Beige

Swatches of the palette  without a base

I love this eyeshadow palette. I would recommend it to somebody who likes neutral colors. Armani is one of my favorite line, I own another one of their palettes, the #2 Floral which is part of their permanent line. I want to get atleast two more, the #3 Earth and #4 Stone. The price of this Armani palettes are pretty steep but I think they're worth it.

all products and photos are  from my own collection

Monday, July 25, 2011

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

These are swatches of my MAC eyeshadows. I currently have 2 full 15-pan palettes and a 3rd one that contains only Club and Carbon. All are from the permanent line except for Time and Space (Limited Edition from Neo Sci-Fi Collection I think) and Bold and Brazen (from Starflash Collection).

L-R: Vanilla, Arena, All That Glitters, Time and Space, Texture, Patina, Satin Taupe, Sable
Vanilla and Arena are barely visible on my skin but, they work very well for me as highlighter under my brow area. I prefer subtle shimmer on my highlighters.
L-R: Naked Lunch, Paradisco, Mythology, Bold and Brazen, Expensive Pink, Starviolet, Cranberry, Sketch, Coppering
Naked Lunch does not show on my arms but it does on my lids. I like to apply it on my lids paired with copperplate on the crease. Paradisco is my first 'fail', it looks nice in the pan but has very poor color pay-off even if I dig in the shadow with my brush.
L-R: Ricepaper, Goldmine, Amber Lights, Steamy, Humid, Sumptuous Olive, Club, Carbon
Amber Lights is my very first MAC eyeshadow. I love this color, it can be paired with just about everything. Steamy and Humid are both beautiful but, I can't make them work for me :(. I got Club just beacuse people are always raving about it on makeupalley. Well, I was disappoointed, I don't see anything special about it and it turns muddy brown on my lids. As for carbon, I'm wondering if I got a dud. The reviews are saying that it's the blackest of  black but, the one I got has very poor color pay-off as you can see from the swatch pics.
MAC was the first brand I got into and for this reason it has a sentimental value to me. I've since  moved and now love other brands but I still use and love a lot of stuff from MAC.

all products and photos are from my own collection

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Swatches

Since people are going ga-ga over Inglot, I thought I'll open my blog with swatches of my Freedom System Palettes. Swatch photos from blogs are always helpful whenever I'm trying to research a product, I want to return the favor by posting swatches of my own. They probably are not the best but, I hope to improve as I continue to post more.

In the Inglot Freedom System, you choose the colors to fill the palette. Inglot has a vast color selection to choose from. The palettes come as 3-pans (trio), 4-pans (quads), 5-pans (quint) and 10 pans. You can also choose between square pans or round pans. I have two 10 square pan eyeshadow palettes.

The Palette:


This is my very first Inglot palette. My favorites in this palette are Pearl 399 and Pearl 420. I would describe Pearl 399 as an old rose pink and Pearl 420 as light silvery purple.

Browns Palette:


I filled my second palette with brown eyeshadows because these are the colors that I use on a regular basis. My fave on this palette is Pearl 402, just because it is taupe ( I love me some taupe ). It is lighter but similar to Satin Taupe by MAC.

All the eyeshadows are pigmented, smooth, with buttery texture and blend really well. They are shimmery but not over the top. They come in a variety of finish, Pearl is my favorite. They last up to 10 hours on me without creasing but I always use a primer (Too-faced shadow insurance). After 10 hours I usually start to notice creasing but I don't mind, I think it's too much to ask an eyeshadow not to crease after 10 hours of wear.

The buzz around Inglot is generated mostly by their eyeshadows and I totally get why. I have other products from their line but their freedom system eyeshadows are the ones that stand out for me.

all photos and products are from my own collection
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