Oh, boy. I’ve been procrastinating for the past 45 minutes. I don’t even know how it’s 6:45 right now. It’s like, I took these goofy-@ss pictures, watched 15 minutes of Flowers in the Attic on Netflix (so bad it’s good), played with the new MAC Masterclass Brushes for a second, did some swatching, and now it’s almost 7, and I have absolutely nothing written except for a bunch of crazy talk.
Whatever. We’ll just call this phase of the blog, “The ramblings of a crazy cat lady,” or “The eccentric ramblings, and occasional blush reviews, of a formerly somewhat sane woman with a penchant for felines.”
Anyway. This palette. Giorgio Armani. Holiday. “Eccentrico.”
I feel like that’s a metaphor for my life right now.
I walk around looking relatively normal…
But I feel like this inside…
This looks like a pretty standard peachy pink highlighter when you open it. I expected something, I dunno, more like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, or a warm rosy gold like the new BECCA highlighter.
But then I brushed off the top layer, a very pretty golden overspray with a warm golden sheen finish, and all hell broke loose.
Which reminds me, I watched four episodes of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding yesterday, and the words “bling” or “bling-tastic” were spoken at least 15 times. I loved it. And those cray-cray dresses, OMG!
But enough about that. Back to the pan…
When I brushed off the overspray, I actually went, “SHUT UP!” Things got really, really interesting.
Was it $88 interesting? I don’t know, but stuff was hiding under that overspray — beautiful sections of bright, beautiful hot pink, white, orange and lavender, like totally frickin’ rad street art or something.
Well, I’ll be damned… I actually left bite marks on the palette. Crap. Anyway, there’s a pretty decent brush under the pan, not the usual throwaway kind. Good enough to do your cheeks in a pinch. Just swirl it around the pan, swish it on your cheeks and that’s that. I guess you could use something with a smaller brush head instead to grab the individual colors, but really, who’s got time for that?
I like Eccentrico because I think it’s beautiful, but I don’t know if it’s $88 beautiful. I mean, if I got it in my Christmas stocking one year, I would absolutely FLIP-THE-EFF-OUT. With that red lacquer packaging (unlike Armani’s standard black) and the product itself, it’s way sassy and cool. The pan starts off looking like a basic highlighter, but then you remove that top layer and get a crazy-looking pan of hot pink, lavender, orange and white.
And surprise! — they’re actually pretty wearable. No clown cheeks at all.
With this, it looks like you’re layering multiple products, but it’s actually just one. If I were trying to get a similarly glowing, very natural-looking effect without this, I’d probably start with a layer of highlighter and add a matte on top, to have some of the highlighter peek through the matte. Here, you get that same look from a single product. Easier.
But it’s $88. Sh*t is expensive. Really, you could find something similar, or otherwise improvise this look for less, but then you wouldn’t get the red lacquered cheese wheel.
Available now at Giorgio Armani counters and online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,