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    Armani Discussion

    I figured I would start a thread for this, since I hadn't seen one and because I've recently become such a huge Armani fan. I'm adoring the new "Eyes to Kill" shadows with their mysterious cream/ powder texture, I've been really impressed with the Rouge d'Armani lipsticks I've tried.

    I'm thinking of really taking the plunge and experimenting with one of their foundations (this is a big commitment for me), although I'm not sure which one to choose.

    I'm also curious about this new gloss formula I saw advertised :

    http://www.conseillere-de-beaute.fr/culturebeaute/1285-armani-nous-presente-un-nouveau-gloss-le-laque-cinema.html

    The claim is that the gloss gives great pigmentation, high shine and lasts up to 8 hours. Too good to be true? Well, maybe. There is technology involved, as there seems to be with many Armani products. They call it "Color-Fill", which imparts colour and shine to the lips. They also promise that the applicator will make the product effortless to apply. (Does applying lip gloss normally require a lot of effort?) It will be available in 18 shades, including a gloss version of their signature #400 Rouge d'Armani lipstick.

    So... What are other people's experiences with Armani? Love? Hate? Indifferent? Curious?
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    I'm definitely in the 'curious' camp! I've seen Temptalia's reviews of the Eyes to kill shadows and they look really good. I'm really interested to see what the texture is like. I've also heard really good things about Armani foundation, specifically the face fabric one.

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    I have all of the Eyes To Kill shadows and I can testify that they are TOTALLY worth the hype. They really do last... and the formula stays dry (so it doesn't crease) and the colors are totally buildable.

    The Rouge d' Armani lipsticks are the only ones I know that actually wear for 8 hours and do not come off with regular cleanser and water (I had to take mine off with makeup remover wipes).

    My favorite Armani foundation is the Luminous Silk version. Best coverage for the money. The Designer Cream foundation is way too heavy for me.

    Eyes to Kill mascara (the original) remains among the best on the market, with the exception of Lancome's Hypnose Drama. Those two rule the mascara world right now.

    I haven't tried the lipglosses, but it looks like I now have the perfect excuse to do so! Thanks for the heads up Katred!
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    Ingenue, I'm incredibly jealous that you have all of the ETK! I have Lust Red and Moonlight (#12- I think that's the name) and I absolutely love them. I'm planning on getting more. Thanks for the tip on foundation. I definitely don't want anything too heavy, since those tend to make me break out.
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    totally agree Ingenue.. I do so love the Armani ls.. I have a few and love them all... the Italians do it so well. lol.

    The ETK es are superb.. and anyone who wants to compare this technology to MACs should do so with one of the ETK es... no comparision.

    I like the foundation, but feel I need a bit more coverage for my spots.. so I am always using it and not feeling it quite right on me.. but that's just me cause I am an old bag.

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    Lol you guys, I went to the Armani counter and lost all rational thought! Seriously. I was SO BROKE ($500+) afterwards but it was totally worth it! There are two new colors (royal blue and royal purple) coming out in the fall. They were supposed to come out with this launch, but Armani wasn't sure the shadows would sell.

    They actually trump all versions of 'creaseless' shadows... including my former favorite: Make Up For Ever. The only thing that MUFE has on Armani is the color range... it's much wider. But in terms of application (you can use a brush or your fingers... can't use a brush with MUFE), buildability, color purity and lasting power... they are unmatched.

    Chanel will do something similar for Autumn/Winter 2011... they have a lot to live up to because Armani is KILLING the game with the shadows, the mascara, and those lipsticks. No one can touch them.
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    I swear by their Luminous Silk Foundation. It's pricey but it made my skin look healthier (vs covered in makeup). I have yet to try their other stuff because I'm scared of the price . I think I will try ETK next!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutemiauw View Post
    I swear by their Luminous Silk Foundation. It's pricey but it made my skin look healthier (vs covered in makeup). I have yet to try their other stuff because I'm scared of the price . I think I will try ETK next!
    I tried out the Face Fabric at my counter, which felt very nice. The only problem was that the lightest shade- #1- was well too dark for me. I'm not sure I could even make it work during the summer, when I can look almost healthy at times...

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    ^^ Argh, that sucks! But the color is the most important one... and I definitely do not want to change my skin color just to fit in a certain foundation range. If they don't have it, then it's their loss!
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    Temptalia posted the launch info on the Armani glosses in English here:

    http://www.temptalia.com/giorgio-armani-gloss-darmani

    I seriously think I want all of the last five in the group photo along with several others... I'm very curious that they're using the same "colour fast" ingredients that they have in their Rouge d'Armani lipsticks. Those buggers last forever. Could this really be a long-lasting gloss?
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    ^^ Oh yes.... I was drooling over the pictures too! Their descriptions sound so great! Could it be a more sophisticated and better version of MAC's Kissable Lipcolor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutemiauw View Post
    ^^ Oh yes.... I was drooling over the pictures too! Their descriptions sound so great! Could it be a more sophisticated and better version of MAC's Kissable Lipcolor?
    I was thinking along the same lines- somewhere between a gloss and a liquid lipstick. Some of those colours are just beautiful...
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    Ahh I love Armani make up so far!! I have the powder SPF foundation (sorry not sure of the exact name) and I LOVE it, covers well, isn't cakey, and I just got the Eyes to Kill Excess mascara and I love it! REALLY volumizing after two coats and really black, just amazing I hope to try liquid foundations, eye shadows and lipsticks next!

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    I've the khaki ETK shadow and - well, we don't get along so well. I've applied it without or over a base (UDPP/Paint Pot) and I've yet to find to work. After a few hours, it starts to crease slightly, but what's worse is that it looses all of its pretty shimmer and I'm left with the base colour, which is a dark green, so I look like I've been punched in the eye. Not pretty!

    Any help? I've applied it with my fingers or with a brush, and the result is the same. Maybe I should try to use it wet?

    Btw, over here L'Oreal has a new line of e/s out. They're called color infaillible/indefectible and they bare an uncanny resemblance to the Armani ETK, texturewise and down to the black stopper. Well, I googled and as it seems, L'Oreal owns Armani... I bought one of the L'Oreal ones as well and of course, there's a big price difference, while the shadows perform similarly.

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    Anneri -- Wow, really? Thanks for the info! Then I must check out the L'Oreal line. Or maybe wait until Rossmann has the 25% off then get it .

    Hmm... I haven't tried the ETK but so far it's a mixed review I heard, some swears by it and some didn't like it at all...
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    thanks for that info Anneri.. will look forward to spotting the new L'oreal stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anneri View Post
    I've the khaki ETK shadow and - well, we don't get along so well. I've applied it without or over a base (UDPP/Paint Pot) and I've yet to find to work. After a few hours, it starts to crease slightly, but what's worse is that it looses all of its pretty shimmer and I'm left with the base colour, which is a dark green, so I look like I've been punched in the eye. Not pretty!

    Any help? I've applied it with my fingers or with a brush, and the result is the same. Maybe I should try to use it wet?

    Btw, over here L'Oreal has a new line of e/s out. They're called color infaillible/indefectible and they bare an uncanny resemblance to the Armani ETK, texturewise and down to the black stopper. Well, I googled and as it seems, L'Oreal owns Armani... I bought one of the L'Oreal ones as well and of course, there's a big price difference, while the shadows perform similarly.
    If you're having issues with fallout, I would definitely try it wet. When I wear mine, I find that there's a bit of fall-out when I first apply, but then they stay put. Sorry to hear that you're not having a positive experience. I've generally been using a brush (a lip brush, weirdly enough) and building up the coverage fairly slowly and things stay put. Good luck!

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    Katred, I've not so much issues with fallout but with fading. After a few hours there's nothing left of the sparkling vibrancy the e/s has in the pot or swatch. The ETK though work for you, don't they? Could you tell me how you apply them? Over a base?


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    Wow, I've had no fallout or fading with any of my ETK's. They pack on quickly an easily, with fingers or a small shadow brush. How in the world are you guys getting fallout with a cream formula. Granted, it's a 'dry' cream... but it still behaves like one with application.

    I don't use an eyeshadow base (don't believe in 'em) and the ETK's don't budge until I take them off. I've got very oily skin. What I love about them is that they come in contact with my oily lids and SET just like that.
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    I have oily skin and now I'm starting to question if I should try out one of the ETK. The new color #1 Blast of Blue looks gorgeous though.

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    I have blast of blue and it's gorgeous!There's no other color like it.
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    I really want to try the ETK shadows... any suggestions on where to start?

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    I just saw Temptalia's reviews of the two newest shades... I need both...

    Quote Originally Posted by DILLIGAF View Post
    I really want to try the ETK shadows... any suggestions on where to start?
    Well... It's all about personal preference, but I will say that I love Lust Red for a nice dark, dramatic look all on its own. Too often with dark colours, I find they just look like a sooty almost black on the eyes. This one actually retained its purple/ red shimmer long after I applied it.

    On the other hand, #6- Khaki Pulse- is the sort of rich, antique gold that I think suits everyone and has a lot of different uses.
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    Are these available at Saks or Neiman's? I just want to swatch before I buy.

    EDIT: They are available at both. So I guess a trip to Bal Harbour Mall is in order this weekend.
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    Has anyone tried the Face Fabric Foundation SPF 12? I read somewhere that it's very lightweight and great for the summer. I have my everyday foundations but I'm going to the Middle East this summer and humidity is going to make everything fall off my face haha. Any opinions?
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    I'm in the ETK fan club too!! LOVE them! I wish I had them all, but I have 5. I must check out the lipsticks and the new glosses........and I'll have to try to get a sample of the FF foundation next weekend.

    I just received the summer quad the other day - have yet to use it, but it looks like a fabulous go-to for the summer!

    I'm also looking forward to getting the (what I call) bulls-eye palette in (I think) #12 in July when it returns.......
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    anyone have the new summer eye quad yet? What do you think of it?

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    I finally saw the GA summer collection on display at my counter yesterday, although there were only parts and, to my distress... no quad. I tried the Face Fabric blush and then spent 20 minutes trying to buff it out... Warning: lovely, lovely colours and very, very pigmented. I actually think that if you were, say, being careful about what you were doing, it would be a lovely flush of colour. I didn't use a lot but it was apparently well more than was required.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shypo View Post
    I'm in the ETK fan club too!! LOVE them! I wish I had them all, but I have 5. I must check out the lipsticks and the new glosses........and I'll have to try to get a sample of the FF foundation next weekend.

    I just received the summer quad the other day - have yet to use it, but it looks like a fabulous go-to for the summer!

    I'm also looking forward to getting the (what I call) bulls-eye palette in (I think) #12 in July when it returns.......
    5? I'm so jealous. I saw the two new shades- Blast of Blue and the purple-based one- on Temptalia and I need them both. I almost picked up #5 yesterday, but it reminded me a little too much of Mac's Rose Gold pigment, which I have. I seem to remember that there was a better "dirty gold" shade I wanted, but their tester was missing and they seemed to be in the middle of doing seasonal inventory... I also had to kick myself because, up until this week, they had the gorgeous orange lipstick that was part of their holiday collection still available, but they'd sold out of it that week. I'll be off in the corner kicking myself if anyone needs me.
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    I swatched the new glosses today - many of the colors are gorgeous! However, I found that the majority of them (maybe all but 2 or 3) are really not that pigmented, and I found them to be very sticky to the point of needing to get them off my lips. I was so disappointed! But I guess it's money saved....there was a gorgeous deep purplish-pink there that reminded me of one of the MAC Dare to Wear lipglasses (in Gimme That! but darker) that had a fair amount of pigment, and there was a light taupe color that I loved, but I think these are going to be a skip for me.

    I also swatched the new aqua blue ETKI, and it is REALLY pretty! I don't think it was Blast of Blue (I haven't checked out T's site yet to see the 2 colors). They did not have the 2nd one, and the counter manager wasn't familiar with it.....so I guess I'm going to have to wait on that one.
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    thanks Shypo! I saw some swatches of the Armani glosses on Best Things in Beauty and they definitely looked a lot more sheer than I'd hoped. I'll check a couple of the darker shades, but if I can save money, I'm not going to complain.


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