Giorgio Armani released a small collection of vivid colors for Holiday 2013. I was immediately enamored by the edgy design and packaging of the Eccentrico Face Palette and and ordered one as soon as it was available at Nordstrom. I picked it up without glancing at the price and was shocked when I realized I had paid $88 + tax, which is the standard pricing for Armani palettes containing one blush with three eyeshadows. I feel a justified price would have been around $65 since Armani's eyeshadow quads are $59. Despite my mixed feelings about the price, I have fallen in love with the color and quality. Check out more details after the jump!
From the GA site: Giorgio Armani presents a 4-in-1 multicolor illuminator palette of blushing colors for this Holiday 2013 season. The palette opens to reveal an illuminating, asymmetrical pattern of light purple, pink, white, and orange. The compacted blush powder is dressed in Armani's signature pocketbook palette in sleek, lacquered Eccentrico red with a powder blender blush. This all-over highlighter makes a statement to light up the holidays with surrealism and festive colors. The unexpected play of oranges, pinks and iridescent white is a display of wild fantasy.
The clamshell compact features a second tier with a small flat face brush hidden underneath. I initially wrote off the black half-moon brush and figured I would throw it out. Turns out, it is moderately soft and picks up the powder well. I would definitely use it while traveling instead of packing a full-sized brush, but the quality and build definitely does not justify the extra $23 to $29 dollars.
I absolutely loved the champagne overspray, but the highly reflective glitter did not run all the way through the powder. Giorgio Armani tends to use a heavy hand when it comes to oversprays, which disguises the true nature of the products. Once swept away, however, the richness of the hot pink, tangerine-orange, lavender-pink, and iridescent white come to life. I shot the photo below at Nordstrom using the all the Holiday 2013 testers.
I wear all the colors swirled together, which creates a light-medium pink that leans ever-so-slightly warm. I am very particular with blush since I have redness on my cheeks and reoccurring blemishes, but I love this "safe" color. The only shade I would use individually is the pearly white. It should be used sparingly, but it is perfect for adding a bit of highlight to the bridge of the nose for added height. The texture of this blush is finely milled and super soft so it blends into the skin beautifully, but that means I end up wiping the powder dust off the compact with every use to keep things tidy.
I had several heavy-duty extractions done a few days ago, so I haven't worn makeup at all since and will not for another couple days. I apologize for not being able to provide full-face swatches as I usually do, but I will wear this in a video soon. It looks true to color on my face as it does in the swatch to the right below. The left is a swatch with some of the overspray before I removed it completely.. what a difference it made! Color payoff is excellent and wear is vibrant, equally as good as my beloved Tom Ford blushes. For those curious, Flush is much more watermelon and Frantic Pink is lighter and warmer.
Giorgio Armani designed this Face Palette to highlight your face for a flawless glow, and they achieved just that. It is sold out on Armani's website, but Nordstrom still has it in stock and is currently offering a Gift With Purchase (four beauty samples with your $125 Armani purchase).
Bottom Line: This subtly warm pink blush with a champagne sheen is now my Holy Grail even if it is overpriced, so I am contemplating a back-up purchase!