Sunday, April 29, 2012

Giorgio Armani Summer 2012: Écailles Collection Swatches

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.

Giorgio Armani Summer Écailles Collection is already available on and


  1. The blush in the face palette is gorgeous! Understated, but still stunning... And now you've created a lemming for it... -_-'

  2. I would love to see that bottom gloss shade on you, I do hope you buy it :)

  3. I like the colours from Eye Palette 1 a lot (the pigmentation looks ok to me here (?). The colour od ETK 22 Ecailles is even prettier than I thought and I think this will be mine! don't have any shade like this and I am pretty sure I will wear it a lot!

  4. I'm so going to lay my hands on some of that Eyes to Kill soon! I just found it's actually NOT outrageously expensive here (though it's really not cheap either)!

  5. I picked up the 512 gloss. So pretty. Not as sheer as I expected, it makes my lips look healthy yet not too vivid.

  6. I swatched the collection yesterday too! Personally I thought the face palette was the surprise hit! The blush has a gorgeous sheen and the highlighter is very sophisticated as well.

  7. dani- hehe <3

    caise- right?! they're so pretty!

    emmabovary- I'm considering, but so far don't feel moved enough to purchase. I'll decide after trying it on the lips :P

    Claire- It's okay, but not stellar, if you know what I mean. There's definitely better Armani palettes issued in the past. If you like the color definitely go for it :) though ETK 22 joins the permanent line so less worries about that!

    Sunny- yay! It's not cheap here too :P

    stephanie- Ooh! Sounds good.

    productdoctor- ack! temptress

  8. HAHA Guerilla Swatching! I love that!!
    This happens to me to when I swatch-I end up going meh about stuff I thought for sure I'd love.

  9. I have to agree with you Xiao that the glosses are kind of what stand out to me in this collection! I do like the look of the ETK shade Ecailles, but otherwise those glosses look so delicious! I'm also lemming the one of the bottom, it looks sort of like a smoky brown-plum-pink - yum!

  10. Do you think the eye palette #1 is too bright? From your swatches it does not look too bright.

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