Giorgio Armani

Crema Nera Reviving Eye Compact

0.53 fl. oz. for $ 155.00
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This product is a silicone-enriched eye cream packaged in a jar, so right away we’re not off to a good start because a jar won’t keep the beneficial ingredients stable. There’s a mirror on the bottom that swings out, presumably so you can apply this on-the-go, perhaps before touching up your concealer. The formula isn’t much for moisture, but its soft, spackle-like texture (a fair amount of wax is included) helps temporarily fill in superficial lines around the eye. Very few intriguing ingredients are included, and the truly beneficial ones are barely present. Instead, you’re asked to believe that the company’s mineral complex is going to bestow anti-aging benefits “specific to the eye area.” The whole notion of minerals (whether from volcanic sources or not) being the key to younger skin is silly. Minerals are too large to penetrate skin, and there is no research anywhere proving they’re helpful for wrinkles or any other eye-area issue. Essentially, you’re paying big bucks for silicones and wax, which aren’t worth pennies. Last, this eye balm contains the irritating menthol derivative menthoxypropanediol, and irritation makes wrinkles worse not better, which only makes this overpriced, overhyped product more of an insult.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

A complete anti-aging treatment for the eye with all the powers of Cema Nera. This unique formula is an association of Obsidian Mineral Complex with key anti-aging ingredients specific to the eye area. The innovative packaging of a mirrored compact is perfect for daily touch ups.

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Paraffin, Polyglyceryl-4, Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Silica, Methylsilanol, Perlite, Nylon-12, Polyethylene, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Lactate, Potassium PCA, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Ferrous Gluconate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Caproyl Salicylate, Titanium Dioxide, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Menthoxypropanediol, Adenosine, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Pentasodium Pentetate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

Giorgio Armani At-A-Glance

Strengths: Outstanding foundations; superb powder textures; a brilliant shimmer fluid; perfect bronzers; some excellent lip color options; a neutral palette makes this line a must-see.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare is underwhelming, especially given the cost (though the claims sound good!); some of the SPF-rated products do not supply adequate broad spectrum protection; most of the mascaras aren't as impressive as they should be.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line)presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaraseven pencilsthe makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpricedafterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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