Giorgio Armani Summer 2011 Mediterranean Quad: Heat Palette - Eye Quatuor - Swatches and Review

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After reading some glowing reviews on other blogs about the Armani Summer Mediterranean palette I was anxious to get my hands on it. I had heard the quality of the Giorgio Armani eye shadows had improved and I had yet to try any of them. I thought this was a perfect palette to try out as the colours seemed ideal for me. After ordering, in the long interim of waiting for it to arrive in the mail, I started to question my excitement. The shades, after all, were a bit on the ordinary side. Even after starting to apply the quad the first time I immediately had the idea of getting rid of it on my mind. They didn't seem as pigmented as I usually like and the colours weren't totally unique. I just wasn't wowed at first. But after completing the look I had to admit they applied so smoothly and blended together beautifully. There is a luminosity they have that creates a stunning effect. I ended up wearing this quad 2 days in a row which is pretty unheard of for me! In the end after a weekend of playing with this palette it is love and I have no intention of letting it go.

From the Giorgio Armani Beauty website:

As seen on the show - the Armani bronze smoky eye in one signature amber palette. Four shimmering shades of desert eye dust. Shadows are created with unprecedented color technology, jet-milled and fine to the touch.

This extremely fine film of vibrant eye color blends perfectly to produce made to measure incandescent color without creasing or a dull powdery finish.

I also had this on (as you will see in an upcoming FOTD post) over Too Faced Shadow Insurance and MAC Painterly Paint Pot and I got dunked completely underwater about 5 times. Everyone was commenting on how perfect my makeup looked. Especially my mascara and eye shadow. At the end of the day I was shocked to see this quad held up well enough that I'd feel comfortable running out somewhere without even touching it up.