FOTN: #3, #13 and a Freakshow

Okay… I had this idea to mix the Armani Silk Eyeshadows with Urban Decay Freakshow eyeshadow… toss in a little green.. and pull it together. But I’m not sure that it worked. Next time, I think I want more green. Anyway, here it is:

Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Fatalistic (brows)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #13 (lids)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #3 (inner crease)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Freakshow (outer crease/underwaterline)
Estee Lauder DoubleWear Eye Pencil in Forest (waterline)
 Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Armani Designer Shaping Cream Foundation (9.5)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
MAC Blush in Sur
Armani Gloss d’Armani in Brown 200
**Okay… so my brows are a total mess. And they need to stay that way for like a week (I’m growing them in)… so they’re going to be tragic for a minute. Ignore the bit of fallout under them… that’s what I get for using a black eyeshadow to fill them in without tapping the brush first.**

Full Coverage: Armani Designer Shaping Cream Foundation

It’s taken me a while to get to this one. I have the Luminous Silk, which is excellent… but to date, the only real cream foundation I’ve used on a regular basis is Shu Uemura Face Architect. I tried RMK (hated it) and haven’t really seen a payoff from some of more mainstream brands (Laura Mercier… NO). Shu Uemura has been my standard go-to foundation for normal to dry skin… until now.

This stuff is EXCELLENT. I’ve not heard the best about it; apparently some folks have had a time blending it and were concerned that it was too much coverage. But I have to tell you, as full coverage cream foundations go, Armani is leading the charge.
What I really like about it is that it sets on my very oily skin without much blending at all. I put it on with my fingers, and it merged right in. It kind of makes me wonder if people who’ve had problems have been using TOO MUCH of this foundation. A little goes a very long way. And it’s buildable (as if it needs ANY building… the first layer is quite enough) just in case you think you need even more coverage (you won’t).

I wore this foundation without any setting powder, which is huge for me. I’m much too oily to wear any real cream foundations without setting them. But I wanted to really test its wear. It did not crease at all, and it looked more like my ‘skin’ and less like I was wearing a ton of foundation. After a few hours, my oil production did kick up, and I had to blot. But had I set it, I likely wouldn’t have had that problem. This foundation wears beautifully and stays put. I imagine, that at $65 it would need to do that.

I know that price is a little steep, but considering the ‘amount’ of product that you use, it’s totally worth it. I covered my entire face using just a bit from the spill guard in the jar. 

Put me down as a fan. This is good stuff. This foundation is proof that the folks at Armani decided to do their homework, and come out at the head of the class.