Giorgio Armani Beauty Spotlight: Tim Quinn + Crema Nuda Swatches

crema nuda swatches
Above: Introducing the freshly-debuted Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda…a fusion of skincare and base.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting famed and esteemed Giorgio Armani National Makeup Artist Tim Quinn at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.  His unmitigated talent and passion for beauty are contagious and speaking with him was pure delight!  I was thrilled that this visit was also marked by the debut of the Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda…the latest foundation formula in the venerable Armani Beauty line. Consequently, this post is devoted to both my intial experiences with Crema Nuda (with swatches aplenty!), and a comprehensive Giorgio Armani Beauty look.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of Crema Nuda in action as well as the Bottom Line…
Above: The venerable Tim Quinn (Giorgio Armani Beauty National Makeup Artist) + BP at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.
Above: The Giorgio Armani + Tim Quinn event at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.
Onto the foundation…
crema nuda swatches
Above: 4 of the 6 shades of Crema Nuda; the formula has a plush, hydrating texture that instantly melds with the skin.
Designed as a skincare-foundation hybrid, the Crema Nuda is unlike any base product currently in my collection.   Housed in a heavy glass jar, the rich and emollient formula may look like a rich dessert but on the skin, it feels like absolutely nothing!  I was stunned by how masterfully it became one with my skin, smoothing away fine lines and pores while lending a veil of color that evened my skintone in seconds.  An additional dab over more trepedatious areas of the face and the skin looks almost airbrushed in appearance…it may apply sheerly but can be built to nearly full coverage.
In my initial experience, I deem Crema Nuda to have:
  • A immensely hydrating feel
  • An instantly absorbed texture
  • Sheer to medium-full buildable coverage
  • A natural, satin-matte finish 
  • Significant lasting power…I experienced an average of 6-7 touchup-free hours in my first trials with the formula last week

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

The new generation of tinted cream: the first premium care complexion perfector with performance power that surpasses BB and CC Creams.

A true multitasker: it treats, corrects and blurs the complexion. Infused with the Reviscentalis Resurrection plant, the specially blended formula helps improve skin radiance and reveal younger looking skin.

Available in six shades.

50 mL/ 1.7 fl. oz.

crema nuda swatches
Above: Swatches of 4/6 shades of Crema Nuda in indoor lighting.
crema nuda swatches
Above: I was able to procure 4/6 shades of the Crema Nuda for swatching purposes.  
The Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda comes in six shades:
  • 01 Greige: Neutral alabaster beige for fair skin (@N/NC/NW 10-15)
  • 02 Porcelain (not pictured)
  • 03 Rosy Glow: Light-medium beige for light-medium skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 23-27).  **This matches my NC 25 skin perfectly…don’t let the “rosy” moniker mislead you!
  • 04 Soft Glow: Warm medium beige for medium skin with golden undertones (@N/NC/NW 30-35)
  • 05 Mediterranea: True tan for medium-dark skin (@N/NC/NW 40-42)
  • 06 Caramel (not pictured)

crema nuda swatches
Above: Crema Nuda swatches in direct sunlight with a flash.
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Above: Crema Nuda swatches in direct sunlight (no flash).
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Above: Crema Nuda swatches in outdoor shade.
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Above: Giorgio Armani Beauty, resplendent in the sunshine.
To showcase the Crema Nuda formula, I decided to harmonize it with some other favorite Giorgio Armani products for a relaxed, warm-weather look heavy on soft corals and neutrals.  Can summer please hurry up and get here?
Giorgio Armani Products (used in the look below):
crema nuda swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
The following images reflects the products in action in various lighting situations…

Above: Outdoor shade.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Direct sunlght with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda (also available at Nordstorm) is a gorgeous base product splurge for those seeking the perfect marriage of skincare and foundation and I am so thankful to have been introduced to it by the kind and radiant Tim Quinn.  I cannot wait to continue to experimenting with this lavish formula in different weather situations (e.g., intense humidity and dryness) to so I can properly calibrate its lasting power in respect to other foundations in my rotation.  In the meanwhile, I am very impressed with its buildable coverage and beautiful satin-matte finish!  
Have YOU tried Crema Nuda?  hat are some of YOUR favorite Giorgio Armani Beauty products?
Good things ahead, including even more foundation, my picks from the Tom Ford Summer ’15 Collection (also available at Nordstrom), a skincare update, an April Favorites video, some fresh By Terry and a FOTD/Style hybrid post!
Hope your week is going well thus far…xx,
–The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Comments (20)

  • Tequila Mockingbird Reply

    Oooh… is the Crema Nuda intended to replace the Armani Designer Shaping Cream? I've had my eye on the latter for a while but now the former seems like a more appropriate option, given the lasting power, satin-matte finish you mentioned, and Designer Shaping Cream disappearing from various web retailers.

    Also, Mr. Quinn looks like a high-fashion cross between Robert Redford's Gatsby from the 1974 film and Bruce Willis's Peter Fallow from the 1990 film adaptation of Bonfire of the Vanities.

    April 29, 2015 at 9:18 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Tequila!

      I don't know if it's intended to replace the Designer Shaping Cream, only because the DSC has more initial coverage than the Crema Nuda. It is, however, a similar finish and the lasting power of the Crema Nuda is actually better than the DSC in my experience!

      Isn't Mr. Quinn dreamy? Love the comparison…you are spot on!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm
  • stellagirl Reply

    I'm an NW20 but prefer a neutral undertone rather than pink. I don't see a shade listed for me. I am presuming it would be porcelain, but that sounds so terribly light. Any thoughts?

    April 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Stella,

      Thanks for the question…I do think you'd be Porcelain…will try to get a swatch up soon!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm
  • Anne Reply

    Thank you for the great review and lovely photos. Do you know the ingredients in Crema Nuda? Thanks.

    April 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure, Ann! I don't have the ingredients list but will see what I can do about tracking it down!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:37 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    How does this compare to By Terry Densiliss?

    April 29, 2015 at 2:18 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      This has a thinner texture and less coverage than Densiliss but a similar finish!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm
  • wefadetogray Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous. I guess I'll be number 2.
    Thanks for the swatches!

    April 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Wefadetogray!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm
  • Sarah Reply

    So beautiful, great review. I'm going to buy, but wait for a swatch of #2 on the internet somewhere! =P

    April 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Many thanks, Sarah…I so wish #2 had been available for swatching…hope you find it online. In the meanwhile, I will work on tracking it down ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm
  • Petunia Reply

    I love going to in store beauty events. I find it is the best way to learn about the brand and which products work best for me. It's time for me to go to a Giorgio Armani event. Your makeup looks flawless. Love this post.

    April 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Petunia,

      Aren't they so fun?! I hope an Armani event comes to your area soon! Thanks for the kind words!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    I used to wear DSC in 9.5 golden brown for my Indian complexion. The #6 is a bit dark and red on me. It looks like a different shade. I have not seen the #4. Do you think it might be more suitable?

    May 4, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Anon,

      Unfortunately, I cannot seem to get my hands on the DSC in the US anymore so I couldn't say for sure but I am guessing that #4 or #5 in this formula could work!

      I hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 6, 2015 at 1:27 am
  • Eolo Reply

    I love this product and your review steered me into buying it, here are the ingredients:

    Water, dimethicone, glycerin, isohexadecane, propanediol, diisosteraryl malate, boron nitride, alcohol denat., Peg-10 dimethicone, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, rhamnose, sodium hyaluronate, acetylated glycol stearate, trehalose, magnesium sulfate, ethylexyl hydroxystearate, trihydroxystearin, triethoxycaprylylsilane, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, silica silylate, salicylic acid, tamarindus indica seed polysaccharide, synthetic fluorphlogopite, mannose, linalooo, benzyl salicylate, benzyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, parfum / fragrance, geraniol, myrothamnus flabellifolia leaf extract, disodium stearoyl glutamate, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, citronellol, aluminum hydroxide, hexyl cinnamal, (may contain, CI 77891 / titanium dioxide, CI 77492, CI 77499 / iron oxides, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / iron oxides, CI A77163 / bismuth oxychloride, mica)

    June 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      So glad to hear that and thanks for sharing the ingredients…so very helpful!


      –The Beauty Professor

      June 16, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Hi love, I just discovered your website and fell in love with it! You've done a review on two of the products that I'm currently considering… Cle De Peau Beaute Cream Foundation and this GA Crema Nuda. I have textured skin and am super oily on my t zone. My ultimate objective is to procure a foundation that provides smooth skin and that can deliver the airbrushed yet "no makeup look". I've been struggling all my life with achieving this goal, so I would appreciate your advice profoundly!

    March 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for the kind words…so glad you found your way here! With regards to your question, I find that the CdPB Cream Foundation provides more coverage than the GA Crema Nude (which is lovely, but more glowy and sheer) and also works well to keep oil at bay. I hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      April 13, 2016 at 1:18 am

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