Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner

An Intense Black Eyeliner That Lasts All Day

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner ($28.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, deep black. If you want an intense, no-bones-about-it kind of black, that’s exactly what this. It joins the likes of MAC Black Black and Urban Decay Perversion when it comes to richness.

The formula is soft and creamy–almost too creamy, because I worried about the wear of the product as I applied it–that it glides on like silk and melts against the lash line like butter, filling in any minuscule gaps. It sets after about a minute, and after testing it twice, it held up quite nicely for a full eight hours without migrating or smudging. It still looked 90% after twelve hours.  It doesn’t wear for a full eight hours on the water line, but it does look pretty good. From afar, the water line still looks mostly lined, though up-close you can see some gaps and areas where it has worn away. There isn’t a whole lot of information on this formula online, so I didn’t actually see whether this was water line safe or whether it was intended to be used there (so the assumption is that it is not water line safe).

It’s supposed to be water-resistant and long-lasting with a soft, creamy texture. All true: water-resistant to a point, such that water won’t make it smudge or smear, unless you go rubbing your eyes, then you will get subtle smudging, but sweat, steam, and a little “rain” (well, I closed my eyes and sprayed water on my eyes) don’t cause the eyeliner to fade, smudge, or smear.

Too bad this is limited edition! Why do brands put out limited edition products like this? It’s not like it’s an electric blue eyeliner that maybe won’t do so well. It’s black–it’s such a basic, staple item!  Boo!

Update:  The version I have will be released in October for the holidays. The pencil will be permanent and will come with a smudge-tip on the end when it launches in October. This information has come from Giorgio Armani.

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A+
Rich, intense black color with a creamy, glide-on formula that wears for eight hours easily (I wore it for twelve hours no problem). Just wish it wasn't limited edition!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #28 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #28 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

#28 is More Dazzling Than It Lets On

Giorgio Armani #28 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is medium-dark, sparkling copper-tinged bronze. MAC Coil has more copper color in it. MAC Havana is darker. Benefit Dandy Brandy is similar but less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #15 is similar in color when sheered out. MAC Roasted Chestnut is a bit darker and more red-toned. MAC Buckwheat is a smidgen darker. Inglot #421 is richer, darker.

This particular shade had larger shimmer particles than a lot of the other Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows have, which results in a greater sparkle effect, though it’s not quite as smooth. When applied dry, it doesn’t bind together as well as I’d like to see, and it comes out looking a little faded compared to the pot color and the way it looks when applied dampened. It takes on a darker brown base color when it is applied wet, though the color will stay looking the same way even when it dries down.

#28 has a drier texture–you can even tell in the pot, as it arrived kind of crumbled along the edges.  You can use the plastic stopper included in the pot to press it back down, but it’s not as well-bound as the other shades.  As a result, the color just doesn’t adhere as well when used dry. It takes some added moisture to make it come together. When I wore it to test the wear, it managed a full eight hours without fading or creasing, and I didn’t see any fall out underneath my eye, despite the sparkly finish.

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#28

B+
The impeccable wear certainly helps keep the overall rating afloat, despite some texture and color payoff problems. This shade really has to be used wet to be worth considering--the performance dry leaves something to be desired.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #26 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #26 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

#26 is More Dazzling Than It Lets On

Giorgio Armani #26 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is muted, golden bronze-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen. It’s warm-toned without reading too orange or too red. Urban Decay Chase is slightly redder. theBalm Seductive is similar, a little lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has less shimmer. MAC Soba is a bit less warm. MAC Tempting is darker, more bronzy.

On the surface, it lacks some of the depth and interplay of colors that makes the formula standout in a sea of eyeshadows. In person, it’s a little different–yeah, the color is dupeable–but the finish is absolutely sparkling with winking shimmer and micro-glitter (it doesn’t even feel or look like glitter).  Very glitzy in a no-fallout kind of way; not sure it’s a must-have, because the color is still more common than uncommon, but it’s something worth swatching if you’re near a counter.

The texture is finely-milled, soft, and smooth.  The color payoff was good both dry and wet, though a little darker and smoother when applied wet.  I tested this shade on the inner half of the lid (with #28 on the outer half of the lid), and the wear was impeccable–no creasing, fading, or fall out over an eight hour period.

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#26

A+
Very glitzy in a no-fallout kind of way; not sure it's a must-have, because the color is still more common than uncommon, but it's something worth swatching if you're near a counter.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Giorgio Armani #27 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #27 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Oh, Giorgio! That’s Just Mauve-velous!

Giorgio Armani #27 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a subdued mauve with hints of plum and muted gold shimmer. MAC Universal Appeal is lighter, pinker. MAC Hypnotiznig is grayer, less pink. NARS Lhasa is darker, smokier. NARS Charade has more purple in it, less plum/mauve, and has a matte finish. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is almost the same, slightly less plum. MAC Circa Plum has more purple, less red tones. MAC Tendersmoke is similar but less plum.

Looking at the color overall, I think it’s less nuanced than some other shades by the brand (but more nuanced than some of their least impressive–color-wise–shades, too). It’s somewhere in-between full of depth and more readily duped. It’s a gorgeous shade, but judging by the number of similar shades I was able to pull out, it’s not uncommon.

I love when these types of products apply with full color coverage both dry and wet. It just makes it a much more versatile product. When it’s used dry, it is lighter, less burgundy-tinted. When it’s applied damp, it smooths out a wee bit more, and it takes on a deeper mauve/plum coloring.

The texture is finely-milled, soft, and applies smoothly both wet and dry, though slightly smoother when applied wet as the product pulls together better.  When I tested it out for wear, it lasted a full twelve hours with no fading or creasing.

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#27

A+
Looking at the color overall, I think it's less nuanced than some other shades by the brand (but more nuanced than some of their least impressive--color-wise--shades, too). It's somewhere in-between full of depth and more readily duped. It's a gorgeous shade, but judging by the number of similar shades I was able to pull out, it's not uncommon.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 30th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #25 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #25 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Into the Ashes of Leaves

Giorgio Armani #25 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is smoky, blackened-olive green with lighter olive green and antique gold shimmer. MAC Smutty Green is greener, less olive. MAC Vintage Coin is similar but warmer and lighter. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is browner with more olive and less black in the base color. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is blacker. MAC Greensmoke is a smidgen lighter. MAC Femme Noir is slightly greener but similar to the base color (it has no shimmer). Make Up For Ever #84 comes the closest in color, though it’s a bit less olive-tinted and has a flatter finish.

The color payoff seemed lackluster when applied dry, but it was a little better (decent to good) when applied to the lid with a brush. When applied damp/wet, it’s much better, though–totally opaque, the richness of the blackened base color comes through, and the finish becomes more metallic. When it’s used dry, it has a more muted appearance, because the base color appears more charcoal-like. The color is impressive when used damp or over a primer, and if you only use it dry, you might find it lacking. #25 wore well–a solid twelve hours–with no signs of fading or creasing.

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#25

A-
A good shade--great, even, if you only plan to use it damp--but it could benefit from just a little more payoff during dry application (which is one of the application methods suggested).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 27th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #29 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #29 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

It’s Not True Love with Love Potion #29

Giorgio Armani #29 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle yellow undertones and a white metallic shimmer-sheen. Giorgio Armani #7 is darker, while #11 is much whiter (I think a combination of the two would get you close). MAC Invicible Light is very close in color but less metallic.

I may have raved about this formula last time (with #24), but not all is equal in the range, and there are some less-than-stellar shades. I haven’t come across a really big flop, but this is likely one of the least impressive shades I’ve tried. #29 lacks pigmentation; it has decent color payoff, but it’s not intense, and it’s not fully opaque. It was difficult to apply, which is really where I had trouble–it bunches up! It just does this thing where it gathers over itself rather than smoothing out for an even layer of color. It happened when I used it wet as well as dry, though it was worse when I used it wet.

The wear was decent to good, though it was harder to tell, because it already gathered noticeably and highlighted the creases I have in my inner lid area from the get-go. After twelve hours, it didn’t fade, but the creasing did seem to get a little more noticeable over time and the product seemed to migrate upwards slightly. It’s not what I’d call consistent with past shades I’ve tried at all, and for that, such a let-down.

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#29

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This may be the most disappointing shade I've tried from the Eyes to Kill Intense line-up, where the majority have been good to great but #29 really falls short. It has a tendency to move and bunch up on itself, which gives a very uneven result in color.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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