The Armani Beauty Bronze Color Collection for Summer 2012 has caused me quite a lot of stress. Why you may ask? Well it involves my inability to make a decision on items to purchase from the collection. There were so many beautiful items released that caught my eye that day after day I would be putting them in my Neiman Marcus online shopping cart then taking some back out again. Then all out, then all back in, then...well you get the idea. I managed, somehow, on my first order to only order the Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow #20 Madra Perla. This is the one item I knew I had to have and it did not disappoint.
I mean look at that!
The gorgeous pale green and pink shimmer has been notoriously hard for us bloggers to catch on camera. I have heard so many reviews speaking of it's beauty being hard to represent and I agree. I am so happy I know how to trust my fellow beauty addicts. I tried my best to capture Madra Perla's complex and breathtaking beauty but alas I don't think I faired too well. In person it made my heart skip a beat as soon as I swatched it. I was so relieved it lived up to my expectations. My naked eye was busy admiring the sparkly, multi-faceted dimension of the shade while through the camera lens I was seeing only a mere shadow of it's true self. Hopefully the following pics will give you at least a hint of what to expect.
I swatched both wet and dry. I made a bit of a mess of my wet swatch using too much water but it will give you an idea. I actually don't think I will find it necessary to use it wet. I found it wasn't near as sheer as I expected and I think I prefer the effect of it dry. Wet I found it came off more as a mirrored white sheen as opposed to the dimensional shimmer of the dry product. Not to say you don't see that effect with wet use but I preferred how it came across dry.
A blurry shot to capture the shimmer a little better on camera.
I have since ordered almost the rest of the Armani summer collection. Part of me feels sick over the disturbing amount of money I spent and the other part of me is relieved that I can stop obsessing about the decision! Ahh the struggles of a beauty addict.