Fluid Sheer

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Fluid Sheer is, true to the name, quite lightweight and has the consistency of a fluid lotion. Designed to “sculpt” and “illuminate” the complexion, most will find these an excellent option to add a touch of radiant shine or to softly highlight or shadow your features.

You may find these best for evening use, but the shimmer is subtle enough to be sheered down and even worn under foundation for a more natural appearance during the daytime. The Fluid Sheers blend well with foundation or moisturizer, and truly “shine” when placed strategically on the high cheekbone, inner corner of the eye and brow bone. With careful application, the result is a youthful, dewy appearance.

The shade range presents potential options for blush, contour, or bronzing—and, of course, highlighting. Best of all, the shine effect doesn’t flake and stays in place on all but the oiliest skin. These are also fine option for those who are acne prone.

Note: This does contain a small amount of fragrance extracts, but the amount present shouldn’t be a problem for most—however, if you have very sensitive skin (such as those with rosacea or eczema), this is something to consider as a potential drawback.

  • Sheer formula mixes well with foundation or moisturizer (as well as spot application).
  • The shimmer isn’t garish or obvious, and looks natural.
  • Doesn't flake, and works for most skin types.
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance extracts, which may be an issue for those with very sensitive skin.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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  1. Kelly
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
    Fluid sheer is fabulous!
    • I have been using Giorgio Armani fluid sheer for a few years now. I absolutely would recommend this product. I have used it many ways - as a bronzer/blush, for contouring and I add it to my foundation in the Summer time to enhance the look of a tan. I use Fluid Sheer #11. It stays on and looks great all day. This product brings a healthy glow to the skin that looks very natural. I would never go without Fluid Sheer and Luminous Silk Foundation. Both winners!!!

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