Apparently, this is my new thing – I go to counters and swatch the entire collection, for both your benefit and mine. I realized that by doing this I effectively eliminate half the things I want to buy, though on the downside (or upside?) I become enamored by things I previously didn't even think of getting. Case in point: before I went to the Giorgio Armani counter, I thought I was only interested in the Eyes To Kill Intense eye shadows, but after my impromptu swatch session, I was completely willing to forsake them for the lip glosses.
Below, my guerrilla swatches of the Giorgio Armani Summer Écailles Collection:
L-R: Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow 23 Madre Perla, 22 Ecailles, 21 Obsidian Grey, 20 Obsidian Black
L-R: Face Palette, Gloss d'Armani (I'm sorry, but I mixed up the numbers so I'm not sure which is which!)
Top-Bottom: Eye Palette 1, Eye Palette 2
I couldn't capture the duochrome shimmer of the ETK Intense Madre Perla. While the photograph above shows a simple white shimmer shade, in real life it actually reflects green/violet! I also didn't do Obsidian Black justice - the seaweed green shimmer is much more pronounced in real life.
The pigmentation from both eye palettes is disappointing, but this seems to be case whenever a company tackles International Klein Blue. The rest of the colors fares better, but they're still not the best Giorgio Armani has ever released.
The face palette was a surprise hit for me. It's a beautiful soft coral pink and a very noticeable white highlighter. I love that the colors don't look flat even though the palette does not contain shimmer.
In my opinion, the glosses are the quiet stars of the collection. It's difficult to make me feel excited over pink glosses, but those are swoon-worthy shades. I'm especially partial to the pink swatch on the most bottom. I really need to find out what color that is.