Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer has earned cult-classic favorite status and for good reason: This illuminating liquid beautifully highlights skin in a wide range of glistening shades that can be used in various ways. Whether worn under, over, or mixed in with foundation, the lightweight, fluid consistency is easy to blend and adds a pop of radiance to accentuate your best features.
Fluid Sheer comes in an array of shades that can be used as sheer blush, bronzer, or highlighter. Beyond that, it also blends well with foundation or moisturizer for a youthful, dewy appearance. While the amount of shimmer varies by shade, it can be sheered out for a more natural look if you find it too much upon initial application.
As for whom Fluid Sheer works best for, the consistency stays in place on all but the oiliest skin, and the formula shouldn't be a problem for those prone to breakouts. The small amount of fragrance extracts are present in low enough concentration not to raise a red flag—however, if you have very sensitive skin (such as those with rosacea or eczema), this is could be a potential drawback.
We must also point out that although alcohol denatured is the fifth ingredient, the concentration is likely low enough to not be of concern for irritation given the ingredients that precede it (water, silicone, etc.).
In the end, Fluid Sheer earns our praise as a gorgeous skin illuminator that can be used by most skin types in a multitude of ways. It's on the pricey side, but since a little goes a long way the cost is almost justified given you won't need to replace it often.
- Illuminating liquid beautifully highlights skin.
- Can be strategically applied as sheer blush, bronzer, or highlighter depending on the shade you choose.
- Lightweight, fluid consistency also mixes well with foundation or moisturizer for a dewy glow.
- A little goes a long way (which helps justify the price sort of).
- Contains a small amount of fragrance extracts and alcohol, which may be an issue for sensitive skin.
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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