Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Compact

Foundations come in different form these days, and I have always a soft spot for cream compact foundations because I find them portable and easy to use. The sponge provided along with the foundation would be great for me as I love to bring compact foundations whenever I travel, and I do not have the habit to bring my brushes with me.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Compact in Shade 3. The shade number does NOT correspond with the same shade with the liquid version.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Compact in Shade 3. 

When Giorgio Armani launched Maestro (liquid version), I was happy to snag some samples to find out that I love it. Once I have used them up and wanted to purchase the original size, this compact version was introduced right on time, last year. I HAD TO GET IT, and my lust got the better of me. The cream compact was described in Armani’s webpage as:

“An ultra-fine foundation that perfects and evens skin as it glows in comfort and care compact.  Easy to apply, provides buildable coverage and sun protection SPF 29.  Inspired by Mr. Armani’s discovery of super organza, the world’s finest fabric, a fabric originally used to create exquisite Japanese kimonos.  The patent fusion technology moves like organza fabric on the skin.  Argan oil and vitamin E provides comfort and care.  The signature brush on applicator allows for easy, flawless application.”

The shade here does NOT correspond with the shade for its liquid version.

The shade here does NOT correspond with the shade for its liquid version.

With my heart skipping with excitement, I immediately put it to “good” use the following day. I WAS BUMMED. I looked at the mirror, and I saw a very confused, disappointed face that reflected how my heart would be if it had a face! GA Maestro Cream Compact, to me, is drying yet liquid-y. You don’t get it, do you? Me either! On my dehydrated skin, this not only accentuate all my pores, dry patches AND lines, but its liquid-y texture also has much slip in it that makes this foundation NOT last. At all. This compact foundation is nothing like I had experienced with the original release of its liquid version!

Shade No. 3 in cream compact foundation

Shade No. 3 in cream compact foundation

Perhaps it was the “Intelligent Melting Complex” technology that consists of blend of oils and waxes did not work for my skin. Honestly, I have very high hopes in Maestro, and when this compact foundation that comes along with Argan Oil, Vitamin E and SPF29 sun protection was released, I thought this would have a higher coverage than the liquid version. Unfortunately, my experience with this foundation has led me to disagree. No matter how I try to work this cream compact foundation with, be it a primer from Guerlain, Clarins, M.A.C., Laura Mercier, Paul & Joe or without primer (applied after sunblock), I got the same results! Some of my friends and colleagues even asked if I was using a tinted sunblock that had melted on my skin!!!!!!! Aaaarrrgggghhhhh!!!!!

If only it is as beautiful as its packaging

If only it is as beautiful as its packaging

Okay, *trying to calm down* while the formula has some flaws, the packaging is beautiful. You get to see an elegant yet minimalist compact that holds the cream foundation, and this compact offers a brush which is placed under the cream foundation. I have been trying to apply this cream foundation with my fingers, the brush that came along with this foundation, and my Bobbi Brown’s foundation brush to find out the one that works best without leaving much streaks and unevenness would be that GA brush.

For SGD99 for the compact and refill-able cream foundation, I know it will never be a repurchase. Still, I will diligently use it during my lazy days where I can save my favourite BB cream (reviewed here) to use this foundation up, so that I can proudly purchase the liquid version with no regrets. I hope someone could provide me ideas on how to make this cream compact foundation work. I have read positive reviews where this photographs beautifully, leaves the skin poreless, and provide high coverage without looking cakey, but I just did not experience any of that, even once! If you have ideas or the right tools, do share; you will be doing some real good deed here.

Have you tried this and are liking/hating it? Have you tried any foundations if your life that leave you feeling all guttered and depressed?

With love,

LY

My Very 1st Two Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill (ETK) Intense Eye Shadows

My 1st Two Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill (ETK) Intense Eye Shadows

My 1st Two Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill (ETK) Intense Eye Shadows

Most blog that I have read and followed would have AT LEAST one entry of these highly raved cream eye shadows from Giorgio Armani. I finally gave in last year, even before I purchased Scarab Violetta (no.33) in Singapore (review here). I intended to purchase Blast of Blue (no.1), Lust Red (no.2), and Khaki Pulse (no.6) at that time but after swatching them over and over again, I wasn’t sure of the colours, so I only went home with Purpura (no.3) and Pulp Fiction (no.4) instead.

No. 3 Purpura

No. 3 Purpura

No. 3 Purpura

No. 3 Purpura

No. 4 Pulp Fiction

No. 4 Pulp Fiction

No. 4 Pulp Fiction

No. 4 Pulp Fiction

Purpura has purple and grey taupe with gold shimmer while Pulp Fiction is a grey taupe with some burgundy in it. Below is the description of these ETK cream eye shadows:

                 “This innovative hybrid texture, which is not a powder, nor a cream acts like a smooth, lasting color film. Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye. Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.

                  The technology: Color-FilTM,  for the first time in an eyeshadow. A new high resistance bi-polymer enables the formula to perfectly fit the color to the eyelid with cushiony suppleness, for a never seen comfortable long wear. 24 hour color wear, crease proof, flake proof, waterproof and sweat-proof,  Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows slide on, stay on, but wipe off in an instant. Apply wet or dry with fingers or the Armani large eye contour brush.”

Left to Right: No. 4 (dry), No. 4 (wet), No. 3 (dry), & No. 3 (wet)

Left to Right: No. 4 (dry), No. 4 (wet), No. 3 (dry), & No. 3 (wet)

These incredible ETK intense eye shadows can be used wet or dry, and they last all day once applied with no primer needed on the eyes. The colours may look somewhat common at first glance, but no, they are different as they have shimmers that add to the multidimensional eye look. Using my fingers, I only need one swipe for a wash of colour that stays on until I wipe it away. I notice the darker the shade number, the more intense the pigmentation. The shimmer and pigmentation may scare a makeup newbie in the beginning, but I always find cream eye shadows very easy to work with! I have been reaching the ETK intense eye shadows more frequently than I thought I would, and this is the easiest way I wear it:

I love using them dry as it is pigmented enough for an average day.

I love using them dry as it is pigmented enough for an average day.

Purpura is to line my eyes, so I used this wet with a brush whereas Pulp Fiction is on my entire lid, and I just used my fingers to swipe it on!

I would like to have a bigger collection of these ETKs, but it is really unfortunate that Giorgio Armani cosmetics are unavailable in Malaysia. I either need to purchase them online at Strawberry.net or at DFS Galleria in Singapore. Also, as much as I love the multidimensional colours of ETKs, I am uncertain if I would ever finish using them if I were to purchase more. Now this is a very rare occasion that I am not greedy, so don’t you try to change that! LOL!

If you have not tried any make up item from Giorgio Armani and are interested to, these ETK Intense Eye Shadows are the ones to go for. They are really worth the price as a little goes a long way. I bought them at SGD43 each at DFS Galleria, Scotts Road.

With Love,

LY

Cream eye shadows, anyone?

Are you aware of cream eye shadows out there? I love ‘em. VERY. MUCH. INDEED.

I love the fact that I could play with the pigmentation, I adore the idea that cream eye shadows usually have shimmery finish, and I like how easy they are to be applied! Cream eye shadows will always have a place in my makeup pouch whenever I travel. I prefer not carrying powder eye shadows (except Guerlain’s Liu palette) when I travel as I would be worried that my powder eye shadows would break.

I have a few cream eye shadows in my stash now, and despite having only a pair of eyes, cream eye shadows will always be on my radar. The very moment a brand released its range of cream formulas, I would definitely not miss it. For this Holiday, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill (ETK) and Lancome have 4 brand new, limited-edition colours. Being too excited about the news, I headed to Singapore to get my hands on some of the colours, but I had totally forgotten to take pictures of all the colours (Sorry!). I swatches all the 8 limited edition colours at their respective counters but only came home with two!

GA ETK No. 33; Lancome DR 214

GA ETK No. 33; Lancome DR 214

I got myself Emeraude Eternelle (emerald green) from Lancome and No. 33 Scarab Violetta (lavender) from Giorgio Armani. The green one from Lancome was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT when I saw the colour online, and it turned into PURE LOVE when I laid one of my fingers on the cream eye shadow to swatch it! My heart stopped beating for a second when I touched how bouncy it was!

Emerald

Emerald

It comes with a tiny brush for lining the eyes!

It comes with a tiny brush for lining the eyes!

The shimmering mousse eye shadow has a unique springy touch in it, and I had never used one cream eye shadow with so much softness and bounce. That green colour and its springy texture simply and effortlessly melt my heart! I have been waiting for this emerald green with gold flecks for a long, long time! I have always loved this colour being paired with a classic red lipstick! Yes, it looks very “Christmassy”, and that makes me happy! Also, I got myself another back up for this particular shade already! Crazy, I know. I will be wearing this colour during New Year, Summer, all year long – I don’t care!

See the beautiful gold flecks! Left: 3x, Right:1x

See the beautiful gold flecks! Left: 3x, Right:1x

GA ETK No.33 Scarab Violetta

GA ETK No.33 Scarab Violetta

Similarly, Scarab Violetta is utterly breathtaking. One swatch on the hand, and I got a cool lilac colour. Initially, I did not see FALL or HOLIDAY in that colour because I usually regard makeup items for Fall and Holiday collection as mysterious, dreamy, dark, and vampy. This lavender shade prepares me for Spring, but I could then also think ICY. If I pair this shade with silver, navy blue and taupe, I get Ice Queen! As usual, the longevity and the amount of shimmer in this never disappoint. There is LITTLE TO NO fallout when I use this.

Above: Twice;  Below: Once

Above: Twice;
Below: Once

Have you check these cream eye shadows out?  The limited shades from Lancome is now available in Malaysia for RM80 per jar of 5grams, but the Eyes to Kill No.33 from Giorgio Armani was purchased in DFS Galleria, Singapore for approximately 43-45 SGD (my bad for not keeping track of the price).

I was wondering if I should also get No. 32 (Gold Hercule) from Giorgio Armani. Should I, or shouldn’t I?

With Love,

LY