Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #13 and Belladonna Highlighter (Limited Edition) | Effetto Nudo Spring 2014

February 18, 2014

Armani’s spring collection this year is called Effetto Nudo. I saw the items a couple weeks ago at my local Armani counter. My favorite Armani artists called me and kindly set aside some items for me which turned out to be a good thing since items were literally flying off the shelves as soon as they arrived in store. I picked up the new Fluid Sheer #13 ($62 for 30 ml/1 fl oz) and Belladonna Highlighter ($88 for 5g/0.1777 oz).

Fluid Sheer #13 is a pale opalescent cream shimmer. Belladonna is a cream-colored champagne shimmery highlighter in a mirrored compact. Both are very light in color but not overly pale on the skin. They have a transparent luminosity that gives a nude glow effect without washing out the skin.

The Fluid Sheer #13 (limited-edition) is new for spring. True to classic Armani form, this is a beautiful sheer liquid highlighter that you can use mixed in with foundation or on top of the cheekbones for a luminous glow. #13 is a very pale cream with an oyster-shell-like opalescent sheen. It flashes a bit of pink which I think is unique compared to others in the market. Compared to other Fluid Sheers, #13 is significantly sheerer with a softer shimmer. On my skin the color almost disappears when applied over foundation/cheekbones. The shimmer adds a luminous transparent glow to the skin. Although this is sheerish – the pink shimmers show up in a way that makes your face glow. The effect is very subtle with this highlighter but still visible. If you need more color or shimmer, I’d recommend you opt for #2 or #10. If you are one who can never find a suitable highlighter because you find most too shimmery, #13 is the right pick for you.

The fluid sheers come with a sleek black pump:

Comparisons below to Fluid Sheer #2 and #10:

Swatched along with NARS Copacabana Illuminator swatched below, note these are blended and sheered out. These were hard to photograph blended, the effect is better seen in person. I recommend you google for other swatch examples to get a better idea of what these look like:

The Belladonna Highlighter (limited-edition) is a solid cream that comes in a mirrored compact with a brush. It has a beautiful embossed floral design on the compact. It’s described as having a texture that is both dense yet incredibly light. I did not intend on purchasing this when I saw press releases. The $88 price tag had me saying no, but I caved on purchasing this due to the stunning embossed floral design combined with the limited-edition factor. On the skin it gives the perfect halo effect. The brush that comes with the compact is the perfect shape and density for this cream.

The Belladonna highlighter comes with a brush stored in the bottom of the compact:

Comparisons to other previously released limited-edition highlighters: MAC Superb (discontinued, but has made a few comebacks), MAC Whisper of Gilt, Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel, Chanel Mouche de Beaute:

Swatched below, also with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light swatched beside:

One last photo/swatch set:

Both items are limited-edition for spring. They are on the pricey side – if you already have a lot of highlighters that you love, I’d say you can safely skip these. I do really love the Belladonna Highlighting palette – it gives a soft halo effect to the skin, I’m just not in love with the $88 price tag.

The #13 Fluid Sheer is a gorgeous sheer highlighter – one that is different from anything I’ve seen before – it makes the skin glow in a way that makes you look like you glow from within. If you are always finding most highlighters end up looking too frosty, Fluid Sheer #13 is the best shimmery glowy highlighter I’ve tried that is also the most natural and luminous.

You should be able to find these at your Armani counter now, although note they are limited-edition items. My counter sold out of the Belladonna highlighter the first day they arrived instore, but your counters should be able to locate one and have it shipped. The spring collection items are also online at Giorgio Armani Beauty, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Selfridges.

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  • Hi Sabrina,

    Thanks for the review. How would you compare fluid sheer #13 to the Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation illuminator in beige IL01?


    • Hi Daisy, KGD Beige is warmer, darker and more shimmery. Armani FS 13 is lighter in color and more white/cream colored without highly visible shimmer, it's more of a luminous reflecting glowy kind of shimmer.

  • OH MY, those highlighters look beautiful!

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

  • fluid sheer light looks really nice

    Tzeyien89 Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  • Hi Sabrina,

    I love the delicate floral detailing on Armani Belladonna! It seems like a wonderful subtle highlighter it have in one's collection!

    • The floral embossed design totally won me over!

  • I would love that Belladonna highlighter!!

  • Quynh

    It looks pretty similar via your pictures but what are the differences between the Belladonna and Poudre Signee De Chanel in person? I love the Poudre Signee so regardless of the price tag, if it's close I'll have to get it.

    • Chanel Poudre Signee has more of a yellowish golden frost and is also more pigmented. The Armani has more of a beige base with champagne frost making it more cooler-toned.

      They are similar, I prefer the Armani but they are both give a similar effect.

  • I'm probably going to pass on those, but the Belladonna compact is so breathtaking that I'm sure I'll regret it.

  • Ohh! lovely review as always! Thanks for the comparisons with the other fluid highlighters as well! Totally excited to use the Belladonna! πŸ˜€

  • I went to Neiman Marcus looking for these last week. Not only did they not know what I was talking about, they had no idea when they would be arriving. I expected their reps to be a little more knowledgeable about upcoming collections. Still trying to find my place to shop in this Houston market!

  • Thank you so much for the review Sabrina! The watches as always are beautiful. I can safely pass on these two. I love #2 fluid sheer and thought #13 would be a must have, but after your review I can see it doesn't offer enough of that "something special" that I was looking for.

  • Hi Sabrina! I went into the San Diego Neiman Marcus yesterday and was told that Fluid Sheer #13 is actually going to be permanent. I'm not entirely sure if this is true, but I definitely want to believe it, as #13 is so beautiful.

  • I searched high and low for the fluid sheer in 13 , so my guess is it's not permanent . I eventually found it at a store in Alaska that had 3 left . I only picked up one . It's beautiful and perfect for day time wear in a professional setting .