Here are the Armani Bronzing Powders that I own. I believe all have either been limited edition or discontinued except for 1, 2, and 5. Nordstrom.com & Neimanmarcus.com still have #8 (which I do not own). Often times counters will still have stock of discontinued colors.
Every summer, Armani releases a collection they call “bronze mania” many times the collection will include a two tiered palette with eyeshadows or highlighter on top and bronzer on the bottom. Here are a few previously released limited edition palettes compared to the individual shades.
* Please note that this collection is not comprehensive of all products that have been released, only the ones I own.
Some more bronzer posts and comparisons can be seen HERE.
The summer Bronze Mania collection for Giorgio Armani was recently released early May 2009 which features “sun-splashed, explosive mineral face colors and radiant Mediterranean eyeshades.” Here is their summer look plus the breakdown:
The collection released in the US includes:
* Sienna Minerals Bronzing Palette ($65) – limited edition, features vivid earth shades of the sienna landscape in an explosion of vibrant mineral colors to bronze and sculpt the face *Mediterranean Palette ($85) – limited edition eye and face palette, features colors inspired by the Mediterranean sea *Body Tints Bronzer ($75) – unique, weightless, pigment free formula blends into skin, impeccably enhancing the skin with a sun-kissed glow *Bronze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($26) – a touch of sparkling bronze top coat adds golden hues to the tips of your lashes *Smooth Silk Eye Pencil ($26) – features #14 (navy) and #15 (teal-green) *Lip Shimmers ($26) – #56 (golden apricot), #57 (sparkling nude taupe), #58 (shimmery bronze) *Lip Wax ($26) – #8 described as a sandy brown
There is also a summer collection feature in the June 2009 issue of Biteki Magazine that includes a few items that weren’t released in the US.
The Lip Wax #8 (which goes on a soft brown with a hint of pink) + Mineral Bronzer:
Two of the new Lip Shimmers #56 and #57 compared with #1 and #16 (not featured in the summer collection):
The mineral bronzer in this collection is my favorite item. The new lipshimmers are pretty, but not must haves. I’m usually a huge Armani fan, but their bronze mania collections seem to be a little too similar year to year. I’d like to see a bit more creativity and variety with the same “bronze mania” theme. The model look for Summer 2009 looks like the exact same photo as last year for Summer 2008. It appears they simply photoshopped the different colors onto her face, since the post and facial expression is identical.