I hope you all having a great weekend. Today the shops are open until midnight in Stuttgart so we are taking our time at home, running some errands and eating Sushi. Afterwards we will go to the city center and see what is going on in there. I know at some parts of the world, this is nothing special but here it happens only two times a year. That means there are lots of special offers, party, free drinks to enjoy.
When I was ordering By Terry Palettes from Sephora France, I noticed that some items from Giorgio Armani Maharajah Collection were also available. The collection is also available at their US website and they have more products available. I picked up one of the nail polishes called Nail Lacquer #604 Garçonne Fatale and the base coat. I also purchased two of the lipsticks, Rouge Ecstasy #604 Garçonne Fatale, Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah.
|Giorgio Armani Maharajah Collection Rouge Ecstasy #604 Garçonne Fatale, Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah|
I don't see this item at Armani Website, which only has three of their sheer lipsticks. I can assure you though this one is everything else than sheer. Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah is a lovely fuchsia which is not too cool. It has a neutral pink base and cooler toned fuchsia shimmer. It literally glows, in a good way. My only concern with this one was that the bullet was not homogenous. You can see from the close up below that it looks that the base shade and pearly shade are not properly mixed. When I put it on though, i don't have any issues, so I decided to keep it. Lately I also had a similar problem with a MAC lipstick. I don't know what happened to the quality checks!
|Swatch: Giorgio Armani Maharajah Collection Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah|
I know some of you like me wearing brighter lippies, so here you go. That is me wearing By Terry Smoky Nude (reviewed here) on the eyes, Burberry Spring/Summer Runway Blush Palette (reviewed here) on the cheeks and Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah on the lips. Maharajah lasted all day on me, like even after eating. It was amazing. Bright pink lovers, don't miss this one and check out the bullet all the way to the bottom before you splurge!
|FOTD: Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah|
Berry lippies have to all be mine, so I decided on Rouge Ecstasy #604 Garçonne Fatale as my second pick from the collection. If you are a regular reader, you might have noticed that I am on such a berry kick lately. It has just enough of purple to make my heart skip a beat. I love Rouge Ecstasy formula, it is light weight and hydrating and this one is no exception. My only complaint is that I purchased it sight unseen and it happened to be very close to Rouge Ecstasy #634 which I purchased from Armani's Holiday Collection, together with the matching nail polish. #604 is a little more purple (great!) and deeper than #634, which is a little muted, more wearable. I like them both but probably too close to justify owning both for many people. So be warned if you are eyeing #604 and have #634 already. I believe #604 is also close to their permanent shade #602 Night Viber.
|Swatch: Giorgio Armani Maharajah Collection Rouge Ecstasy #604 Garçonne Fatale|
I combined Rouge Ecstasy #604 Garçonne Fatale with Burberry Wet&Dry Glow #002 Nude on the eyes (review coming up soon), Tom Ford Cheek Color Frantic Pink on the cheeks. And then I tapped a tiny amount of Suqqu Lighting Liquid (shown here, review coming up soon) on the top of the cheek bones. Holy cheek bones! Look at this. I am in love with that product would be an understatement.
|FOTD: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy #604 Garçonne Fatale|
There is also an interesting concept of nail polish ritual, which comes with this collection. There is a pearly white base coat and a sheer glossy nail polish. You can see below one coat of Fuchsia Maharajah Base and two coats of Nail Lacquer #604 Garçonne Fatale. It glows in such a pretty way and my hubby said wow what do you have on your nails. But once you come really close, it is a little streaky and hard to apply. So if you have a steady hand and you think that you have the patience, it is a lovely combination. I am wearing it right now when I type these lines and I really like it. If I will take the time to apply it again in the near future? Only time will show.
|Giorgio Armani Maharajah Collection Nail Lacquer #604 Garçonne Fatale and Base|
Final thoughts: Apart from a quality issue which only effects the "visual" side of Rouge d'Armani #513 Maharajah, I really enjoy both of the lipsticks I have picked. If you have Rouge Ecstasy #613 from last holiday collection, #604 Garçonne Fatale might be too similar to warrant a purchase. Nail polish idea is nice and has a very pretty glow but you need a very steady hand and patience to avoid streakiness.
Does anything catches your eye? Have you seen this concept of pearly white base and sheer glossy nail polish concept before?
Disclaimer: The products in this post were purchased by me