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Giorgio Armani Brick Red (45) Neo Nude Melting Color Balm

Brick Red (45)

Giorgio Armani Brick Red (45) Neo Nude Melting Color BalmGiorgio Armani Brick Red (45) Neo Nude Melting Color Balm ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, coppery orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was more orange-leaning than red-leaning both in the pan as well as swatched/applied. It had nearly opaque pigmentation applied with a fingertip and more medium to semi-opaque coverage applied with a brush, so it was not as buildable as marketed–you’ll need to use a lighter touch to achieve true, buildable coverage.

The texture was smooth, more of a velvety feel that was drier, like a clay, with some spring/give when pressed and pushed around in the pan. The formula felt velvety initially but turned to a more powder-like finish as soon as it came into contact with my skin. It wore well for eight hours on my cheeks and six hours on my eyes.

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Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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Formula Overview

$38.00/0.12 oz. – $316.67 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “buildable” coverage that is “lightweight, natural” and “blends seamlessly into skin.” It is primarily listed as a cream blush, but it can also be used on “eyes for a wash of color.”

The pigmentation ranged from medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but they were more pigmented than they were sheerer or “wash-like,” so you’ll want to use a lighter-hand or more feathery brushes to get more of a wash of color. As one might expect, they are more intense when applied with a fingertip than with a brush.

The consistency was like a drier cream-powder–it had a bit of springiness, and once I really swirled my finger in the pan, I could feel more of a velvety glide that had some slip and creaminess to it, but it was quick to turn powder-like on my skin. It set to a transfer-resistant finish that was flexible, slightly blendable along the edges, but it had enough of a set and did so fast enough that I’d recommend working one area at a time.

I was able to apply the product over bare skin as well as on top of foundation without the formula being prone to lifting up base products, though it definitely played better with less emollient complexion products. On cheeks/face, the products tended to last eight hours or so, while on my eyes, they lasted six hours or so.

Browse all of our Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Melting Color Balm swatches.

Ingredients

MICA • DIMETHICONE • DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • PHENYL TRIMETHICONE • HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE • CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • SILICA • LAUROYL LYSINE • 1,2-HEXANEDIOL • GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE • ISOCETETH-10 • METHICONE • TOCOPHEROL

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