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

By Emma | 27 June, 2012 | 10 Comments | Edit

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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