22 April 2013

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #9: Review, Pictures, Swatches

Hailed as 'the secret to the Armani glow', I was beyond delighted to be given one of the new shades of the brand's now-iconic Fluid Sheers. These lovelies have been scooping up awards and accolades across the globe including InStyle magazine's 'Best Highlighter' for three years on the trot.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 9
That's the Nails Inc Feather Effect polish on my nails! 
One look at this bottle here will tell you that they're not all highlighters, of course. Depending on the shade, they can be used in a number of ways - as liquid bronzers, highlighters or blushers - but they all share the same translucent, light-reflecting formula.

Swatches Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 9

This one, #9, is a bright berry pink which lends itself perfectly for use as a blusher. I've been wearing it over my foundation, blending a little with a brush upwards from the apples of my cheeks.

You can see from these swatches that, while there's definite shimmer and sparkle here, when you sheer out the product this isn't really visible on the skin. In my book, that's a definite plus point. But the shimmer does catch the light in a subtle way, giving a lovely radiant effect, which is flattering and youthful. 
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 9

The sheer, lightweight texture also makes this incredibly easy to work with and to blend; it gives a really pretty, subtle effect that can easily be built up should you choose. It looks absolutely seamless on the skin - you can't see where it begins or ends, so it's a very natural effect. 

Full Face Swatch Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 9

What am I less keen on? The price - they're €42.69, so it could be a while before I can invest in another (and a golden shade is definitely on my list). However, you do get plenty of product for your money and only need the tiniest amount, so it will be a long time before the bottle runs out.
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