I will start off by saying I am not really a blue eyeshadow kind of gal. I feel like it has to be the *exact* right shade in order for me to like it and wear it. I think it’s because certain shades of blue remind me of Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. Every once in awhile, though, a blue enters my life that can receive plenty of love. Case in point: the Giorgio Armani écailles luxury eye palette just released from their summer 2012 collection:
A thing of beauty, no? The palette is called a luxury edition for a reason. The compact itself is adorned with genuine Mother of Pearl and is absolutely stunning. The price tag is hefty- $95 and it’s limited edition. My, oh my does Giorgio Armani know how to tug at my heart strings.
The word écailles means scales, and appropriately so for a palette that looks reminiscent of the scales on the tail of a mermaid. The four shades all work well together and all but one have a lovely texture. The white shade is a bit more fussy- it’s almost glittery- but not quite.
Swatches in direct sunlight
If you prefer your shadows with BAM-POW pigment these probably aren’t for you. There was a time when I shunned shadows that didn’t have massive/epic pigmentation. Late last year I changed my tune, though. Buildable shades are much easier to work with for me, particularly when I’m in a rush. I think of it this way now- it’s easier to add to the color then it is to take away from it. My two favorite shades are the teal leaning ones (of course). It terms of pigment and texture they are the best two of the palette.
I am loving how the shades worked together! I haven’t yet tried them with the Eyes to Kill Silk Shadows that were released in the collection (see here and here), but I plan to soon. These last all day on my eyes without creasing and I only experience a bit of fall out from the white shade
Whether you want eyes that have the feel of seven seas or butterfly wings, this palette has you covered. It’s stunning in every way (including the price tag), but if you are looking to add a beautiful luxury item to your arsenal this summer, this is a great way to do it. Available now from Giorgio Armani.