Armani Holiday 2011: Madreperla

Armani, holiday 2011, MadreperlaOne holiday collection I always look forward to: Armani’s. The theme this year is Art Deco, explored through metallic smoky eyes, a radiant complexion, and deep, lacquered lips.

First, Armani has created two limited edition three-color palettes. The first is Madreperla Harmony #1 (for face and eyes). You can use the three shades individually as eyeshadow, or blend them together as a face powder. The eyeshadows are softly shimmery/satin warm white, softly shimmery pale gold, and a satin pale khaki-gold. Together they make a gently shimmery pale gold highlighter (which my Armani sales associate likes, even on her African-American skintone. She focuses her brush on the lower half of the palette, because the “green” turns golden on deeper skintones).

This palette is sold as a regular black compact for $59, OR there’s a really exclusive edition with a mother-of-pearl lid. It’s a Saks exclusive, only 3,000 were made, and it’s $98.

The second palette is Madreperla Harmony #2, and though it’s “just” an eye palette, I wonder why it couldn’t be a face palette too. The eyeshadow shades are softly shimmery white, softly shimmery golden sand taupe, and a satin lavender. Together they make a silvery beige (especially if you stay out of the purple) that’s just barely frostier than the Harmony #1. This palette is only sold in the “classic” edition for $59.
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There are three holiday Eyes to Kill Intense potted eyeshadows ($32). These are “damp powder,” loosely pressed, highly metallic eyeshadow, and they’re actually quite versatile. I swatched them at full volume, but they can be quite subtle when worn sheerly.

#17 is a cool, shimmering, sparkling silver. #18 is a shimmering, sparkling pale gold — and when I swatched it, I thought “this is my favorite”… until I swatched #19, a shimmering, sparkling paler gold, a white gold. It actually looks like 17 and 18 mixed together in the pot, a silver-gold mix.
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And finally, there are four Gloss d’Armani shades ($28 each). Gloss d’Armani lipglosses are fairly sheer (I swatched these “heavily” to show the color, but they’re sheerer than they look here). They go on light and unsticky, then thicken on the lips for longer wear.

Beige 104 (beige?!?) is a russet brown-red. Pink 507 is mauve pink. Plum 603 is rum-raisin red-chocolate-brown. Plum 604 is the sheerest of the group, a blue-violet that my sales associate says is doing really well as a color-altering lipstick-topper.

You could bid on Madreperla palettes 1 and 2 in the BeautyBloggers.org charity auction (Harmony #1, Harmony #2). Or code GAHOLIDAY1 will take 20% off your order at GiorgioArmaniBeauty-USA.comicon.

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8 Responses to “Armani Holiday 2011: Madreperla”

  • shusheshe says:

    If I’m not careful, I might just end up buying ALL of them.

  • Oh gosh… I’m going to need all of it, aren’t I. Maybe I’ll have to put a sneaky bid on something come the 28th :)

  • Victoria says:

    The New Eyes to Kill shades look gorgeous, I especially love 18.

  • Liz says:

    Is the saks exclusive available in stores now, or will it be online? any more information on that? it’s gorgeous and I love armani cosmetics.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    I’m surprised that it’s not on Saks’ website — perhaps because so few were made. If you have a Saks-Armani counter, I’d check with them ASAP. My only Armani counter is in Neimans.

  • Paige says:

    Never tried anything from Armani before but I’ve heard all the raves about the Eyes to Kill potted shadows. The gold one (#18) definitely caught my attention though. Too bad it’s out of stock at the Armani’s website :(

  • Liz says:

    Called my saks and they do have an armani counter (I usually go to Nordstrom). They put one on hold for me until I get paid on Friday lol, thanks!

  • Leslie Babineaux says:

    I know the model is wearing lipstick..not just lip gloss. Any idea what shade it is? I love it!!!

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