Giorgio Armani Écailles Collection: Gloss D’Armani; Classic Edition Eye Palette Review, Pics, Swatches

By Emma | June 27 2012 | 10 Comments

Giorgio Armani Écailles Collection

Bucking the trend for pretty pastels or warm beachy shades, the Giorgio Armani summer collection is a breath of fresh air. Called ‘Écailles’ – which translates literally to scales – this is a cool-toned, elegant edit inspired by the depths of the ocean – perfect for channelling this year’s aquatic trend, so.

Giorgio Armani Écailles Collection

Two oceanic eye palettes form the core of the collection –  a luxury version, which looks like a stunning piece of kit,  inlaid with black mother-of-pearl (see top), and a classic palette, which is what I’m showing you today.

Four satiny shades of silver, grey, navy and white are housed in this sleek black compact, complete with built-in mirror. The texture is lovely – apart from the lightest shade, which is a tad grainier, these are smooth, creamy and really finely milled.

Giorgio Armani Écailles Classic Eye Palette and Swatches

Pigmentation’s a bit sheerer than I was expecting, but that’s actually a plus – the colours work together perfectly and blend seamlessly for a polished, understated look.

Apparently that’s down to some high-end technology that’s at play here, resulting in exceptional depth of colour, a featherweight texture and outstanding layering properties. If you’re thinking that doesn’t come cheap, you’re right  – the classic palette is €65, and the luxury version is €110.

Giorgio Armani Écailles Gloss d'Armani Red Andradite and Swatches

There are four glosses in the collection, all soft, sophisticated, berry tones that should flatter most skintones. They’re all named for semi precious stones – I’ve got Red Andradite, called after a type of garnet,  and the others are Pink Quartz, Rose Crocoite (which is a limited edition) and Raspberry Zincite.

They’re €25, and they’re lovely – smooth, creamy and nicely balmy on the lips. Mine hangs around a respectable amount of time, too, and I love that the GA logo clicks nicely into place when I close the tube. It makes me happy – it’s the little things, folks…

The collection also includes four gorgeous looking Eyes To Kill shadows (in Obsidian Black, Obsidian Grey, Écailles and Madre Perla, all €26) and a face and cheeks duo palette in seashell pink/white foam, which is €59.50.

Interested? It’s all on counter now.


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10 Replies to "Giorgio Armani Écailles Collection: Gloss D’Armani; Classic Edition Eye Palette Review, Pics, Swatches"

  • LauraLou says:

    whats the luxury one?

  • It’s in the top picture Laura Lou, with the inlaid black mother of pearl compact.

  • Aisling says:

    Nobody does it like Armani – the palettes are so beautiful

  • LauraLou says:

    ahhhh sorry im still asleep. Wouldnt ever pay 110 for eyeshadows! Love the lipglosses

  • Babodpower says:

    The colours of the shadows in the palettes don’t really do it for me(neither does the price!!!) but I like the colour of the gloss,I think it’s the only thing I would consider spending my hard earned cash on…

  • mummypupper says:

    Even at the height of the boom I wouldn’t have spent 110 euro on an eyeshadow palette.Oh who am I kidding,of course I would have!!The fact that I don’t like the colours lessens my pain though.The lipgloss looks fab and Aisling you are right,who doesn’t love a lipgloss that snaps closed.My one and only designer bag is a Lulu Guinness that snaps shut so loudly,strangers turn to have a look,I can’t pretend that I don’t love it!!

  • LynnieDoll says:

    Bit out of my price range, I would justify spending that on a foundation alright but not on eye shadows. If the base is right anything sits on top properly.

  • Littlesis says:

    I don’t think I could justify these, especially seeing as they’re colours I wouldn’t wear much. They are very pretty though!

  • The colours are right up my street! I love grays and navys and these are so lovely to use. Loving the gloss too xo

  • le smurf says:

    Is Giorgio having a laugh perchance?? Pallet might be lovely to look at but there’s feck all product in them. It’s a skip from me!

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