Mineral Cleansing Balm is an emollient cleanser that begins as a balm but transforms to a slick, oily feel once massaged onto your skin. It removes all kinds of makeup easily, but the price is outrageous for what amounts to thickener, water, glycerin, alcohol, and some minerals (very common ones—you’d think that for this much money they could find at least one exotic mineral). This does not rinse well without the aid of a washcloth, and is recommended only for those with normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts, and who also have money to burn and desire everything Armani. Mineral Cleansing Balm does contain fragrance.
A rich balm that transforms into a cleansing oil to effectively dissolve makeup on the surface of the skin. Mixed with water, the cleansing balm renders a milky texture that allows makeup to be easily rinsed off. After use, skin is noticeably softer and more radiant.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Water, Glycerin, Beheneth-10, Alcohol, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Linalool, Ferrous Gluconate, Potassium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Fragrance
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.