2016 marks the Year of the Monkey. As a Monkey, I wanted to collect some pieces. This is the first time I’ve been interested in makeup during my year. When I mentioned I was considering the Giorgio Armani Chinese New Year Highlighting Palette Limited Edition, someone was kind enough to offer it up for a trade. I almost declined her trade, because she was way too generous (wanting mostly samples and items I paid very little for). After sweetening it (literally) with some chocolate only sold in Vegas and getting her assurance she was more interested in my trade items than this highlighter, I agreed. The palette itself is stunning. It is glitter heavy, which is why it went up for trade. If you do not like glitter, avoid this!
This is available at most department stores, so I would purchase it from whichever has the best deal when you’re ready to purchase (if this article does not change your decision to purchase it). I adore the red, black, and gold packaging. It is perfect to represent the Chinese New Year.
It is 0.3oz and retails for $88. That makes it a whopping $293.33 per ounce. I have a few eyeshadow palettes that are more expensive per ounce than that, two in this article alone. Generally, I avoid items this expensive per ounce, so I think about them for a long time before pulling the trigger.
There is a beautiful mirror inside the palette.
The powder below the mirror has an adorable monkey embossed into it. On the one hand, this is gorgeous. Using anything this beautiful is always difficult though. As you use it, you will see less of the monkey. If you use it a lot, the monkey will eventually fade away completely. There are no other signs of the monkey anywhere on the package.
I almost wish there was a monkey on the bottom to keep the striking, sleek look they were obviously going for on the top of the package.
The powder securely fits into the mirror to reveal the brush underneath. This means the powder is not as thick as it seems, but it also means you get a decent brush included in the price. It is not the best brush I’ve seen by any stretch of the imagination, but it is softer and nicer than most brushes that come inside palettes like this one.
The bad news, for me at least, is the powder blends in perfectly with my skin. That means this is not a suitable highlighter for light skin with yellow undertones that is always pink. As you can see in the no flash picture above and the flash picture below, the only thing that really shows up is the glitter.
The glitter is evident in the highlighter but not obnoxiously so. If you wanted to, you can apply this with a very light hand. It makes the highlight subtle, but it subdues the glitter. I applied it below to the normal places you’d highlight and was pleased with the overall result (even though I do wish it has less glitter, so I could wear this a little more bold). Because it is so close to my natural skin color, there is no guarantee wearing this heavy would even produce the bold highlight I want.
The monkey is probably safe. After testing this, I will probably only use it to add glitter to my face. The events that call for glitter are infrequent, so I have a beautiful piece that will rarely be used. If your skin is fair, medium, or dark, you probably have a better chance of this looking like a highlighter.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.