|Above: The streamlined Giorgio Armani blush and bronzer compacts...endlessly beautiful and decidedly not resistant to smudges.|
In college, Giorgio Armani was one of the first high end cosmetic lines that I pursued. The sleek packaging, innovative formulas and opportunity to own something from a designer that would otherwise be out of reach if it was a garment, rather than a foundation, collectively made Giorgio Armani Beauty a thrilling quest.
|Above: Sheer Bronzer #1 is the quintessential bronze for all skin tones.|
With the debut of the new Armani Beauty bronzers and blushes for Spring 2014 came the deflating announcement that two of my long-time favorites, the Sheer Bronzer #1 and Sheer Blush #10 would be discontinued. This inexplicable reality came as quite a surprise as these formulas are impeccable and have topped many a beauty blogger's "best" list for over a decade. Resolute with the intention to be proactive, I hurriedly ordered backups of both shades (fortunately, there is still a decent amount of stock at most Armani Beauty retailers) and have decided to pay tribute to these lovely shades in this post.
Kindly scroll on for details, images and the Bottom Line...
|Above: Sheer Bronzer #1...a true brown without the slightest bit of orange; this makes for the most believable contour and tan effect.|
The Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1 is exquisite. Pigmented, buildable, this authentic brown powder melds with the skin, adding instant bone structure and warmth. It has a satin finish that lends a subtle glow to the skin without ever looking shimmery or oxidizing to an unflattering orange tone. Sophisticated and chic, this bronzer lasts for hours and looks good on everyone...the fact that it lacks fragrance and plays well with sensitive skin furthers its priceless nature. In my opinion, it is the original contouring product since the neutral brown tan creates immediate depth along the cheekbones...add a bit more and the bronzer effect becomes more apparent. I beseech you to get it while you still can.
One of the most mysterious qualities of the Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 is its ability to go from appearing like a conventional pale pink in the pan to the most stunningly believable flush on the cheeks; I am always bemused by the transformation. With just the slightest bit of radiance, I must use a light hand with this pigmented wonder. One sweep across the apples of my cheeks and I am left with a fresh, "just pinched" look that delicately brightens the face. My mom and I just had a conversation about the prowess of this shade...she said, "Rachel, this blush looks like it would do very little on the skin but once I put it on, I am floored by how it gives me natural-looking rosy cheeks!" She speaks the truth. I am in earnest when I say that this blush must be tried in order to be believed...it is that good.
|Above: Swatches of #10 and #1 in direct sunlight. The blush is a stunning peachy pink that can even pull mauve on some skin tones and the bronzer speaks for itself...brown with the most magnificent warm undertone.|
|Above: Sheer Blush #10 and Bronzer #1, resplendent in the sunshine.|
Below: Images of Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1 (as a contour) and Sheer Blush #10 (for a subtle pop of color) on the cheeks...
|Above: In addition to the Armani Sheer Bronzer #1 and Sheer Blush #10, I am wearing one of my favorite Surratt Beauty Lipsticks in the world...Fee Soie.|
Bottom Line: Beauty lovers intuitively understand the anguish that occurs when a favorite product is discontinued...it is for this reason that I lament the loss of two Giorgio Armani Beauty classics (and just may place yet another backup order!). Sheer Bronzer #1 and Sheer Blush #10, you shall be duly missed.
Good things ahead on the blog this week including my recap of The Makeup Show LA, new Chantecaille lip color for spring, the recently-released Jouer Anti-Aging Primer, fresh foundation swatches, By Terry Spring 2014 closeups, additional recent beauty event coverage and, dare I say it, a video or two ; )
xoxo and happy Monday,
--The Beauty Professor
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