I turn up to Brown Thomas on a Thursday afternoon and one of the very kind girls at the Armani counter hands me a glass of sparkling juice. I perch on the edge of a seat and, then, magic happens. Right before my eyes. Face designer, Thoa Tran, is showcasing Armani's new cosmetic launches for the season.
Among these is the latest addition to the Les Eaux collection for Armani Privé, Pivoine Suzhou. Normally, these scents are inspired by Mediterranean gardens but, in this case, the starting point came from Asian gardens. In fact, it is the ancient tree peonies of China that the fragrance attempts to emulate. With notes of peony alongside, raspberry, tangerine and patchouli, pink pepper and musk, the scent is feminine, opulent and fresh. It is sold exclusively at Brown Thomas in Ireland and retails for €115 for 100ml.
Also launched is the Armani Runway Palette with a translucent powder and a trio of eyeshadows beneath in taupe, golden beige and silver. A very pretty but highly luxurious product, it's another BT exclusive and retails at €130.
However, the launch that most impressed me was the Eye Tints. Created backstage at the Armani shows, these products apply as a liquid but dry into a solid and work well as both shadows and liners. They blend beautifully and are highly pigmented, true shades - what you see in the bottle is what you get on the eyelids. They come in twelve shades from blue and green to natural and nude tones and retail at €32 each.
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