Once a word no one had ever heard of, Griege has been en vogue for a few years now. Since the appearance of CHANEL Particuliere back in 2010 this shade family has multiplied faster than bunnies. I have to admit to owning more than most… and it wasn’t until I was planning this weeks #SundayNails that I realised quite how many.

So what makes Giorgio Armani 104 different? Well I have to say I was taken away with the amazing texture, it’s like a gel fluid. The brush is one of the best I’ve tried recently, this even beats the Balmain experience of a few weeks ago. It apparently contains two types of resin with a crystal shine polymer to give a high shine top coat and gel nail effect finish. I did still finish my manicure off with Seche Vite top coat but you could easily wear alone should you wish.

The finish reminded me of two of my favourite shades from Nails Inc, London which was a freebie shade from a Diet Coke promotion back in 2011 which I have coveted ever since… I still wish Nails Inc would relaunch this shade. They did however gift me with Porchester Square, which is stunning and has recently been launched as a Gel Polish by Nails Inc too.

Recently I purchased OPI Berlin There Done That and had the gorgeous Essie Chinchilly lent to me a few months back and whilst the shades are very similar this in my opinion captures Giorgio Armani’s ability to master makeup in ways other brands are unable to. They are maestros of grey, nudes, taupe and well griege on the catwalk. Their AW13 Couture and Ready to Wear collection was a sea of these gorgeous shades. So this AW13 new addition shade of 104 Griege ticks the box for me.

A few people have been rather disappointed at the size of the Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquers as they are only 6ml which with a £20 price point makes it more than £3.30 a ml. Chanel’s are around £1.40 per ml and Essie just under 60p. But… I have to say that the texture, pigment, ease of application, beautiful 1 sweep application brush and the fact it’s a designer couture inspired shade I personally think it is worth the investment. Plus I imagine it prevents the varnish from getting to that goopy stage. Marvala nail this very well with their small but beautiful bottles.

#SundayNails 9 November 2013
Base coat – Nails Inc Kensington Caviar
Colour – Giorgio Armani 104 Griege
Top coat – Seche Vite Dry Fast

What do you think? What shades does it remind you of?







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  1. […] I have also been itching to try this Gel Polish for awhile. After my experience with Armani 104 I was interested to see how this formula differed. You can read the review of Armani Griege 104 here. […]


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About Tori&TheBear

Outside of my avatar as the Secret Beauty Insider I am a professional Beauty Marketeer and work closely with celebrity make-up artists, beauty journalists and international beauty & fragrance brands and glossy magazines. I have worked in the industry for over 11 years and pride myself on my Highly professional attitude. Throughout my career, I have collaborated with many of the world's top beauty houses on their advertising campaigns and launch strategies including Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Clarins, Creme de la Mer, Urban Decay, Benefit, Givenchy, Guerlain, Lancome, Bobbi Brown etc... My approach to beauty and my signature look is best described as a classic with a girly understated twist. I am addicted to nail varnish and can't leave the house without my key beauty staples (Carmex, Chanel Lip gloss, Nars duo concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in perversion and Chanel Allure) My blogs are filled with hints, tips and product reviews. You can also discover my nail blog at SundayNails.com


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