Monday, January 26th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a “fluid eyeshadow” that is supposed to be a long-wearing (“16-hour staying power)’ with “deep and intense color.” When they work, they work well, but there is a definite learning curve with the formula. I noticed that sometimes when I pulled the doe-foot applicator out of the tube for a few shades, the consistency was thinner and more watery, and other times, it was almost clumpy with product, though it never felt genuinely thick. If it is more watery than not, it can apply somewhat sheer, but if it is normal (because a more watery pull was more infrequent), it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage (which was what happened most of the time with most shades). It is imperative to spread out the product with a smooth, even layer, or else it can add a textured (read: wrinkled, scaly, etc.) look to the lid.

They dry down in fifteen to twenty seconds, and it doesn’t stay really wet for long, but it remains blendable for almost a minute. I didn’t feel too rushed, but I’d probably do one eye at a time. If you press and rub your finger gently against the lid, there will be transfer, which is why the formula is still blendable even after it dries down. The formula doesn’t feel heavy on, and it feels and looks more like a powder after it dries down. It is also a buildable formula, if you prefer to apply in layers, but it can be trickier to get a really thin, even layer. I used a flat, synthetic brush to apply and then a synthetic crease brush to blend the edges for this formula. They wear an impressive length of time (though not quite 16 hours) and tend to fade more than crease on my normal-to-dry lids (no primer). Once you get the hang of using them, they’re really lovely to use. If you prefer a sheerer look, it’s very easy to use less and blend out more. They seem overpriced (I would have expected $32-34), but at least they come with a fair amount of product (other high-end cream eyeshadows tend to contain an average of 0.14 oz.), which is slightly mitigated by the tube packaging (harder to get every last bit out of it).

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, tarnished gold with a hint of pewter. I want to call it a mix of gold, olive, and pewter. It had a more metallic finish with a hint of gold sparkle. The pigmentation on this often varied; one time it would be very opaque (see it applied to the eye–that was a single layer), the next a little watery and thus semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The color wore well for fourteen hours before fading, but there was some minor fall out after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is powder, warmer. Kat Von D Division (LE) is powder. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, powder. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is warmer, powder. NARS Taiga #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a warm, olive bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth consistency that never seemed watery. The color blended out easily, whether you wanted an opaque all-over lid color with diffused edges or a wash of color. This shade wore well for fourteen and a half hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter, powder. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, powder. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is greener, powder. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder (kind of). MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener, powder. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is browner, powder. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is powder. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is powder. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bold, deepened emerald green with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied smoothly with even color coverage. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours before fading. It’s hard to find a shade like this, as cooler-toned emerald greens are surprisingly rare! Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is warmer, powder. Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a new product for spring. The formula is available in twelve shades that range from shimmery neutrals to deeper blue and green. It’s described as a “fluid eyeshadow” with “deep and intense color” that dries down quickly with “no sticky feel or residue” and lasts for sixteen hours. We shall see about sixteen hours! For now, here’s a preview of eight of the twelve shades :)

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Beauty radically changes the rules of eye make-up with Eye Tint, the new fluid eye shadow with vibrant and playful colors that can be layered endlessly. Eye Tint’s deep and intense color invigorates the eyes with captivating and enticing strength and triggers an instant metamorphosis. The eyes become more luminous and more expressive. Eye Tint customizes any makeup look, with a touch of sophisticated glamour or a translucent, natural effect. Giorgio Armani Beauty’s makeup philosophy is based on the belief that “you cannot have the right color without the right texture.” Its dual-transformation texture goes from liquid to solid in an instant, leaving an extremely thin, even layer. With no sticky feel or residue, Eye Tint remains consistently flawless. The texture adheres perfectly to the shape of the eyelid and does not budge. Its pure and intense color guarantees 16-hour staying power. Eye Tint adjusts its colors to be used as a liner or to create a beautiful smoky eye. The light texture can easily be spread over eyelids for a fresh, barely-there feel. Eye Tint is an innovative makeup that combines the purity of a powder, the staying power of an ink and the feel of a cream.

Eye Tint ($38.00) (New, Permanent)

  • 01 Obsidian
  • 02 Minuit
  • 03 Jade
  • 04 Emeraude
  • 05 Onyx
  • 06 Green Iron
  • 07 Shadow
  • 08 Flannel
  • 09 Cold Copper
  • 10 Senso
  • 11 Rose Ashes
  • 12 Gold Ashes

Availability: Giorgio Armani, Nordstrom

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo
Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a dark taupe brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. It looked a lot more shimmery in the pan than it did when it swatched! The consistency was silky but powdery, so it didn’t apply as evenly or with as much intensity as desired. I don’t notice the shortcomings as much when I applied it into the crease with a fluffier brush, but for lid application, it is more noticeable. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Brown (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #6 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Persuade (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Defy (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, grayer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Tide Pool (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is similar. Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is similar. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #14 Aurore Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned,, rosy mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery but very finely-milled. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $36.00) is a crema product. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter, brighter. MAC Strawberry Patch (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #15 Parma Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium purple with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a very soft, silky, and finely-milled texture–that did kick up excess when used–which applied easily. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro
Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro

EYE & BROW MAESTRO is the first Giorgio Armani Beauty eye shadow cream. Inspired by backstage makeup and developed using cutting-edge technology, Eye & Brow Maestro can be used as an eye liner, eyeshadow or eyebrow pencil. It can even sculpt the face or be used to color the hair line.

A new way of seeing makeup, Eye & Brow Maestro is an innovative, multi-use product that changes the rules of makeup. Linda Cantello and Giorgio Armani Beauty laboratories drew their inspiration from hairdressers and colorists. Colored glass and mica pearls, used as pigments, and translucent pearlizers are modeled after the glossy shine and translucency from hair coloring.

“It’s the colors and texture that make this genuinely multi-usage product special. All shades can be used on eyebrows, hair, and Eye &Brow Maestro shade 5 as contouring,” explains Linda Cantello.

The results are amazing and incredibly innovative. There are nine shades that look like something out of a hair salon – subtle, slightly iridescent tones of blond, dark blond, light brown, brown and even auburn. A gorgeous gold shade was also added for evening sophistication.

At last, women have an all-in-one makeup product that amplifies the natural beauty of their eyelids and their eyebrows, is easy to work with and has real staying power with a waterproof formula lasting 20 hours. Eye & Brow Maestro reinforces the natural beauty of the eyes in one gesture. Expression is enhanced, emotion is stronger and presence is magnified.

Eye & Brow Maestro ($34.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Black (01)
  • Dark Brown (02)
  • Red (03)
  • Medium Brown (04)
  • Light Brown (05)
  • Medium Blonde (06)
  • Light Blonde (07)
  • Grey (08)
  • Gold (09)

Eye & Brow Maestro Brush ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

Giorgio Armani Beauty laboratories have designed the ideal partner for Eye & Brow Maestro: an original makeup accessory inspired by professional application techniques. One end features an eyebrow brush to shape the eyebrows. The other is a flat angled brush used for precise makeup application along the lash line or on the eyelid for buildable coverage. Anyone can work like a makeup artist and create a personalized makeup.

Availability: Now at Giorgio Armani, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner
Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that features four shades (three of which I have to share with you). The formula is supposed to “offer buildable intensity” with long-wear. They had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and the brush holds enough product to get a clean, crisp, opaque line across the lash line. It’s less “buildable” as it is able to be sheered out if desired. All three lasted around seven and half hours on my lower lash line before fading. This formula doesn’t flake away as some liquid eyeliners do, and they are slightly smudgeable even after they dry down. I love how unique the shades are, and I think they have a lot of depth in-person (less so in photos), but I wish they wore longer.

A quick note… I received these from Giorgio Armani, but the names on the boxes didn’t line up with the names provided in the press release or as listed on Giorgio Armani’s website (they may have changed names, or the boxes have an English translation). Per boxes, they are listed as Quarzo (2), Ametista (3), and Oro Oscuro (6). The names in the post reflect the names/numbering as they are listed on retailers’ websites and in the press release.

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a metallic, mauve-taupe that sometimes is so reflective that it looks like a warm bronze and other times like a mushroom-y gray. It was a total pain-in-the-behind to photograph due to its seriously reflective finish. Guerlain Amber Silver (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, pencil. MAC Catch My Eye (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Ametista (3) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, bluish-purple wit gray and multi-colored shimmer (primarily teal). It also has a more metallic sheen that reflects a good bit of light back, which gives it a lighter appearance applied. I looked, but nothing that I’ve reviewed before seems to come close to the color of this eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Oro Oscuro (6) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery, pencil. Urban Decay Stash (P, $19.00) is much darker, pencil. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, pencil. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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