Giorgio Armani Sepia Collection + New Beauty and Style Finds

Paradoxically, the past week felt both super long and like a flash.  Late spring marks some major transitions, namely, the impending end of my teaching semester while also signaling the release of a host of new products and collections!  Change is in the air, indeed, and I am excited to share a thorough overview of the gorgeous LE Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Sepia Collection as well as a round of skincare, beauty and style finds that have been punctuating my May.  Grab a coffee or tea and a snack and prepare to scroll…this story covers much ground!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line…
The LE Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Sepia Collection (also available at Giorgio Armani Beauty) features a spectrum of neutral tones that subtly flatter the complexion while remaining completely effortless.  

The *Sepia Highlighting Palette (also available at Giorgio Armani Beauty) is a unique take on the contouring/highlighting trend.  Executed with the impeccable taste and restraint we’ve come to expect from the Armani Beauty line, this compact features a soft beige powder (perfect on the high points of the face) interlaced with a bronze brown shade to warm the complexion.  Applied individually or swirled together for a wash of muted color, these finely-milled shades work well to add dimension and perfect the complexion.  
After applying foundation, I like to sweep a mixture of the shades along the hollows of my cheeks and the perimeters of my face and then use a smaller brush to concentrate just the cream shade along my upper cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose.  It adds polish to the face in seconds! 

Close up.
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Argentina, Sepia and Far Away.
The *Sepia Collection Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick  (also available at Giorgio Armani Beauty) is hydrating, pigmented and slightly shiny and comes in three shades: 
  • #203 Sepia: A lush pinky beige taupe that works best on fair to medium skin tones (worn in the images that follow)
  • #204 Far Away: A rust brown nude, lovely for medium-tan complexions seeking a neutral option
  • #604 Argentina: A rich burgundy wine with major color payoff…I envision this being flattering on all skin tones
From L-R: #203, #204 + #604.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The following images reflect the Sepia Collection in action along with some key springtime skincare, beauty and style finds…

Eye look by *Sisley and *By Terry (specifics + swatches later in this post).

// STYLE //

The temperate weather has me consistently gravitating towards relaxed pieces that feel classic yet modern:
  • This James Perse Tee has a rounded neck and super soft finish that holds up well, even after multiple washings.  I have this particular version in many shades.  Shopbop also has a vast array of options! 
  • I purchased the Teva Universal Flatform online, both for my mom (in black) and me (in gold) and couldn’t be more pleased with this impulse buy.  Let me stress that these sandals are EXTREMELY comfortable–cushiony, even–and the platform instantly takes this traditionally “outdoorsy” sandal up a few notches.  I am generally a size 7-7 1/2 and found that the size 7 fits perfectly (with a little room to spare).  I know I’ll be wearing these shoes constantly this summer and cannot recommend them enough.

These TEVAS have straps that fasten with velcro for a customizable fit. 
The platform sole is extremely comfortable…like walking on air.

The full look.
In the preceding look, I used the following products (in addition to the Armani Sepia Highlighter and Rouge d’Armani Sheer in Sepia):
Skin saviors.

// SKINCARE Etc. //

  • *SK-II Facial Treatment Oil: Ever since hearing of its impending launch, I have been eagerly anticipating this stunning oil.  Infused with famed Pitera, this facial oil drenches skin in immediate hydration and long lasting moisture.  Just a couple of drops are all that is necessary to transform dry skin to a balanced canvas.  A worthy splurge!
  • *La Mer The Perfecting Treatment:  I have been applying this weightless gel after cleansing and toning to refine pores and brighten darker areas; consistent usage promises a more radiant visage and my initial experiences (I’ve been testing for a little over a week) seem to support said claims.  Upon application, I notice that my skin looks velvety and more even while signs of fine lines and visible pores are dramatically reduced.  This is the first La Mer product I’ve tried in many years and I couldn’t be more pleased.
  • *Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle (also reviewed HERE): Akin to summertime in a resplendent glass bottle, this fragrance evokes a sense of warmth and well-being in a single spritz.
  • *Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen: My first experience with Supergoop, I am beyond enchanted with this SPF 50 lip formula.  Worn alone, lips are extra shiny and protected; worn under or over lip pencil or lipstick and the waterproof gloss locks in moisture and color for hours.  I have been using this constantly and know it will continue to be a close companion when summer arrives. 
A new ritual in my life.
Finally, a Pitera-enriched facial oil from SK-II.
// FACE //
  • *Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation #9 (also available at Barney’s NY and reviewed HERE):  My love affair with this foundation has not cooled; buildable medium coverage and a lasting, invisible finish make this a permanent fixture in my handbag.  Due to getting some recent springtime sun, I have bumped up to #9 which is a perfect NC 27-30 shade on me.  The olive undertones of this particular shade are simply spot on for my skin. 
  • Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 Nude: As soon as I was able, I ordered this illuminating set from Sephora and love that it is a part of my current collection.  I have been wearing the Nude powder, which translates as an ethereal iridescent pink, nonstop and am impressed by the dual-ended cream highlighter and clear and gleaming balm for skin that looks dewy and healthy rather than oily or greasy.  The set also comes with an adept stippling brush for flawless application.  See below for comparison swatches of both the Nude and Golden options!
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush: One of my most favorite brushes, this divine, hand-crafted wonder works so well with blush, highlighter and bronzer. 
  • *Laura Geller Double Take Baked Versatile Powder in Medium: A recent release from the superb Laura Geller line, this baked foundation is fantastic for settting make up, as a touch up powder mid-day and also as a complete powder foundation, especially when applied with a damp sponge.  The uncented formula makes skin look like porcelain and does a great job of blurring pores without settling into fine lines.  A delightful discovery!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Face forward.
The Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 also comes with a high-quality stippling brush (crafted in Japan) for precise application.
Swatches of all 3 Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 Nude products in direct sunlight. 
Comparison swatches of the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 in both Nude (an iridescent pink) and Golden (a yellow-based gold). Both powders are swatched heavily to showcase undertone.
All about eyes.
// EYES //
Swatches of By Terry Bubble Glow and Sisley Pearl and Copper in direct sunlight. 
Eye essentials.
Lip trio.
// LIPS //
From Bottom to top: swatches of Supergoop, LORAC Goddess and Armani Sepia in direct sunlight. 
LORAC Lip Liner in Goddess…this creamy mauve is unique and lovely under nude lip color.
Last look.
–Shop the Post–

Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this product-packed post and would love to know what caught YOUR eye!  As aforementioned, the Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Sepia Collection is limited-edition, so if you are in the market for a subtle take on neutrals that works for more than a single season, act sooner rather than later.  
Good things ahead, including a host of fresh product discoveries!
Also, thank you for your patience with regards to my email and comment response-time…please know that I am working to address correspondance as quickly as I can but this time of year is extra complex for me.  I’m doing my best ; )
–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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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Comments (8)

  • Chicago Red Reply

    Thank you for yet another great post! I've been considering La Mer's Perfecting Treatment, but I am using Le Metier de Beaute's Peau Vierge. Have you used both of these products together yet? I like the Peau Vierge, but sometimes I feel like it makes my pores more noticeable.

    May 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Chicago Red! I have used both products together with great results…the La Mer really smoothes the skin and the LMdB PV adds that extra radiance.

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 27, 2016 at 8:14 pm
  • Wendy Reply

    Hi Rachel! I wonder if #203 Sepia is close in color to my "beloved" Chanel's Poistano, long discontinued? I can't believe that my local Armani counter had this collection which I walked by and completely ignored looking at the tester unit! I need to go back….this collection seems "more Wendy" than any others at least, so far! Thanky for posting! You look marvelous, as always! You know how Dansko made a shoe line for nurses? We need a shoe line for teachers! Comfy, but pretty shoes, for work are so hard to find! I like the Teva's but I can't have heel and tootsies out……oooh that Surratt foundation looks divine!! Xoxo to you!!

    May 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks, as always, for your lovely musings! I hope your week is going well, my friend!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  • Yilin Reply

    Hi Rachel! I am currently using Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion in Shade 25. Not sure whether I should go for shade 5 or 9 for the Surrat foundation. Any advice?

    May 16, 2016 at 9:10 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Yilin,

      I would suggest #9 in the Surratt!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi BP! Do you have any thoughts on the Surratt foundation vs the By Terry foundation wand? Thanks!

    May 19, 2016 at 1:10 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply


      I find the Surratt foundation to have more of a skin finish and the By Terry is a velvet matte finish…I love them both in different ways. Oh, and the Surratt is fragrance-free ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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