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After I purchased and reviewed the Tom Ford Cheek Color in Narcissist (here) the last few remaining at Neiman Marcus were picked up by elated readers. However, while many of you did the happy dance with Narcissist-clad cheeks-- there were more of you who sent me sad emails wondering if there were any left to be found. I check with my favorite Tom Ford Sales Associate, Michelle Weinstein (at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills) and to no avail they really were gone. Short of a repromotion in some future collection, Narcissist has become ever more elusive. That said, the new Armani Cheek Fabric Blush in #509 is the closest dupe to Narcissist that I have ever seen. In fact, they are nearly indistinguishable from one another. So those of who missed out on Narcissist can rejoice.
While at the Armani counter, it occurred to me that #507 was quite close to NARS Gaiety (reviewed here). Gaiety is a slightly cooler blue-based pink than is Armani #507, but they are close enough. The texture of the new Armani Cheek Fabric Blushes is nothing short of extraordinary, and are truly worth your consideration. Therefore, rather than mourning Narcissist any longer you might want to pick up #509 instead. As for #507 versus Gaiety, well they are both lovely but you will swoon over the soft creamy texture of #507.
While the new Giorgio Armani blushes boast superb opaque coverage, they can be sheered-out as is evidenced by the swatch below.
These vivid new shades are nothing short of bewitchingly beautiful!
Overall assessment: The new Armani Cheek Fabric Blushes are simply extraordinary, and well worth trying. #509 is precisely what those mourning Tom Ford Narcissist are looking for, and trust me-- you will not be in the least bit disappointment. #507 is the type of blue-based pink that NARS Gaiety enthusiasts will love, but it is a touch softer in its approach to a cool blue-based pink-- making it inherently more wearable to a larger variety of skin tones.
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