ARMANI HOLIDAY 2015 ON SARAH GADON – IRL

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Giorgio Armani Luxe is More holiday 2015 collection

Giorgio Armani Luxe is More holiday 2015 collection

Luxe is More is an apt name for the Giorgio Armani holiday 2015 collection. The range consists of a large double-layer compact for eyes and face, three pretty liquid eye shadows and three beautiful lip gloss shades. 

armani luxe is more nude shadows and contouring palette

Although it's pricey, as Armani is, I'm all kinds of taken with the Luxe is More Nude Eyeshadows and Contouring Palette ($160 at Holt Renfrew and $140 at neimanmarcus.com). The 10 eyeshadows, a mix of matte and pearlescent finishes, are variations on nude that include white, pale cream, champagne, sand, plummy taupe, silver, and inky black. Each of these eyeshadow shades is unique to the limited-edition Luxe is More palette; you won't find them as individual shades.

Giorgio Armani Luxe is More palette

Giorgio Armani Luxe is More palette

The second level of the Luxe is More palette contains two cream foundations to even out the skintone as needed, and a luminous pressed powder. Fair and medium skintones should do well with the shades, which can serve as sculpting aids as well as base. There isn't a darker version for deeper skintones (unfortunately). But, for anyone with a fair to medium complexion like mine, I think this is one of the best palettes of the season. The shadows are so wearable, neutral but not boring, and definitely handy for travel. I'd use this palette quite thoroughly – if I could bring myself to touch it (#oy). But as it turns out, I have a model to show you...

meet sarah gadon, face of giorgio armani

Sarah Gadon for Armani, wearing shades from the Luxe is More collection

Sarah Gadon for Armani, wearing shades from the Luxe is More collection

Noted Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, 29, is the face of Giorgio Armani. You may recognize her from a whack of films opposite major co-stars. Her "big Hollywood break" was as Emma Jung, wife to Michael Fassbender's Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method. Films after that include Dream House (Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz), Cosmopolis (Robert Pattinson), The F-Word (Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan; alternate title What If), Enemy (Jake Gyllenhaal), Maps to the Stars (Julianne Moore) -- here's her IMDB profile. She's a busy rising S.T.A.R.

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Fun fact: Sarah's appointment as the face of Giorgio Armani was a case of the Universe taketh something away and the Universe giveth something better instead. Eighteen hours before she had to hit the red carpet at Cannes last year, the actress was told by another prestige label that the dress she'd selected, and had already had fitted, would instead be worn by a more famous actress. Sleep-deprived and bleary-eyed, about to board an early flight after movie-set day that had ended at 4am, a panicked Sarah called her agent in Paris for help. She was told to go straight to the Giorgio Armani boutique when she arrived in Cannes (here she is leaving the shop). "It was wall-to-wall couture – it was unbelieveable. The ladies kept asking, 'How about this? How about this?' All I could say was, thank you, thank you so much!"

In a deep blue lace Armani Privé creation embroidered with Swarovski crystals, Sarah was a standout on the Maps to the Stars red carpet. What she didn't know was that her agents had already submitted her as a possible brand ambassador. Nothing had been decided – until Mr. Armani saw the photos of her in his gown, and BOOM. She was the new face of Giorgio Armani. 

sarah gadon + the armani luxe is more palette

In the Giorgio Armani holiday 2015 campaign image, Sarah is wearing shades from the Luxe is More palette. But you'd much rather see what it looks like without Photoshop, right? See below.

Sarah Gadon, the face of Armani, in shades from the Luxe is More palette plus Ecstacy Lacquer #400

Sarah Gadon, the face of Armani, in shades from the Luxe is More palette plus Ecstacy Lacquer #400

I snapped this shot of Sarah at the Four Seasons in Toronto recently. Just as in the ad image, she's wearing shades from the Armani holiday collection.

"I travel so much; this is perfect because it's like having a kit in a compact," Sarah says of the Luxe is More palette when I start to geek out about it. "You can create a daytime eye look, and evening look, and you have the face makeup underneath it, which a lot of compacts don't have. Really, if you throw this in your bag with a mascara and a lipstick, you're good for touch ups – and for your entire holiday." (Sometimes a celebrity spokesface can seem rehearsed – even clueless! – about a line they're paid to represent. It's not like that with Sarah Gadon and Giorgio Armani, oh no. Girlfriend was geeking out big time about her faves. More on that to come in another post.) 

Extreme closeup: Sarah Gadon in Toronto at The Four Seasons hotel, October 2015. Makeup by Cedric Jolivet for Giorgio Armani Beauty.

Extreme closeup: Sarah Gadon in Toronto at The Four Seasons hotel, October 2015. Makeup by Cedric Jolivet for Giorgio Armani Beauty.

Here, an extreme closeup so you can have a better look at Sarah's eye makeup. Makeup artist Cedric Jolivet used Armani Eye Tint No. 18 Silver Mirage (below, left) as the base, and followed with the beige, taupe and black eye shadows from the Luxe is More palette. On her lips he used Armani Ecstacy Lacquer #400, a classic vibrant red that suits almost every skin tone.

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2015 Luxe is More Eye Tint in Silver Mirage_Hollywood_Rose Platinum

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2015 Luxe is More Eye Tint in Silver Mirage, Hollywood and Rose Platinum. "The eye tints are foolproof," says Sarah. "Just put some on and smudge it and it look like you've had a professional eye-makeup application. I did my best friend's makeup for a wedding this summer and I used the light shades, and it took like three minutes. And she was dewy and fresh and beautiful."

Armani Luxe is More Lip Maestro 507 508 509 new permanent shades

Armani Luxe is More Lip Maestro Lip Lacquer in 507 508 509, new permanent matte shades. "I'm obsessed with the lip lacqers; I have them in every shade," Sarah confesses. "The mattes wear so well. And they can all work like a stain if you just put on one coat."

I am finally ready to get into the Luxe is More palette. It happens tomorrow. For real.

Have you tried the Armani Eye Tints, Lip Lacquers or powder shadows? Do you have a face palette you can't live without? Ever used one up?

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