The theme of the spring collection is the transition from winter to spring — the quality of the light at this time of year, the way plants begin to break through the ice and frost, and colors begin to emerge. Armani made up a word to encapsulate this idea: Transluminence. And I’m not opposed to their word creation; if you search for “transluminence” you will only find Armani results.
You may also see this collection called “la femme bleue” — that name was the concept behind the Armani Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show, where these products first debuted.
The Transluminence eyeshadow quad is $58, and includes a blue-purple satin/low-shimmer, a teal shimmer, a soft, sheer-ish, (almost blued) white lustre (“frozen silver,” says makeup artist Linda Cantello), and a dark taupe satin. Good lord, it’s sexy. The word “taupe” comes from the Latin name of the European mole, and this shade is literally the color of his fur.
As pretty as the quad is, the biggest reason you should be jumping up and down over this collection is the Transluminence eye pencils.
Last year for spring, Armani released a limited edition pencil called White Contrast. It was a medical miracle. A scientific breakthrough. It came in just one shade (black), and it was SO black. (They named it white contrast because your eyes looked so bright in comparison.) Though it was an ordinary pencil, it was the softest thing imaginable. It melted onto your skin — it literally went on like liquid. You had a short amount of time in which you could smudge it, and then in a few seconds, it dried down matte. And once dry, it did not move. You could wear it on your waterline, you could use it to tightline, you could use it on your lashline… it was incredible. Â Last year, my counter sold out in two days — they were already out by the time I was there to swatch the collection.
This year, that pencil is back, and he brought friends! The 01 Transluminence eye pencil is the same black as last year. Â 02 is cool brown; 03 is forest green (and it reminds me a lot of Laura Mercier’s old Emerald Cake Liner). Â These are $27 each, and I would strongly recommend you jump on them as soon as possible.
There are three Rouge d’Armani lipsticks for spring, but only one shade is new. 518 reminds me of Chanel Boy. It’s a pretty, sheer, blue-pink. I didn’t reswatch 503 and 508, but they are also repromoted with this collection. Rouge d’Armani lipsticks are $30 each.
There’s a new, limited edition powder blush for spring ($49). It’s very similar in color to the 518 lipstick. It’s a chilly, matte, blued pink, like spring just edging out from under winter’s thumb.
There’s also a new, limited edition shade of Micro-Fil Loose Powder ($49). It’s the mostly finely milled powder you can imagine, and it contains these superfine pink sparkles. Applied correctly, the white powder will be invisible — I was just trying to make sure you could see the sparkles in my photo.