Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

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Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Taupe Smoke (19)
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Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
72%
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Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown & #601 Plum Vinyl Ecstasy Lacquers

Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It darkens quite a bit on lips and appears pinker as well. It had semi-opaque coverage which went on evenly, and it was somewhat buildable (it’s supposed to be buildable). The color wore for six hours and left behind a strong stain. MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Nahema Smack (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (DC, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is warmer (80% similar). Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani Uptown (501) Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #501 Uptown
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. MAC Flash Drive (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is lighter (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Push Some Buttons (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Forever Darling (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Special Force (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Always and Forever (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #402 Red to Go
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Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
92%

Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. Anastasia Socialite (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Stolen Cherry (P, $52.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Apple Crisp (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Le Palace (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #400 Four Hundred
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Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
91%

Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and very fine pearl. Anastasia Bordeaux (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Dzhari (608) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Anastasia Vamp (P) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Courting Chic (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #200 Night Berry
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%