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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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Falling in Love Once More with Eyes to Kill Intense

Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a blackened olive with olive gold and soft copper shimmer. It kind of looks green at certain angles. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more olive. Inglot #419 is greener, less brown. Bobbi Brown Black Gold is browner, cooler-toned, with no green. Urban Decay Cobra is less intense and less shimmery. Urban Decay Darkhorse is browner but seemed the closest overall. If you want to compare this against other shades of Eyes to Kill Intense, check out this gallery. It was like a darker, blackened version of #14 to me.

The first time I tried this formula, I was beyond impressed. I fell in love! While there are lots of products I love and like, I don’t fall head-over-heels-in-love with formulas all. the. time. I’m one of those people who find it hard to pick favorites! Anyway, huge fan of the formula, love lots of shades, but a few of the more recent released shades have left me a little cold. Not that they were awful, they just weren’t as excellent.

Ahh, but #24 kicks off the new set of six Eyes to Kill Intense shades with a bang! It’s decidedly complex with a delicious mix of khaki, olive, green, brown, copper, and brown. It’s a shade that will change based on what you pair it with; pair it with strong greens, it’ll pull out the green tones, but pair it with a bronze, and you’ll see the copper shimmer surface.  I was thrilled that I was finally seeing a more nuanced shade.  I think the formula is fantastic, but the price point is painful, so the more original the color, the softer that blow to the wallet is.

I tested #24 for sixteen hours, and it was pristine. I wore a few of these in Vegas, in 110-115 degree heat, walking around, no primer, and they were still immaculate–no fading, creasing, fallout, or the like. This particular shade has excellent color payoff wet and really good pigmentation dry; it takes on a more metallic finish and looks more green than brown when it is used damp/wet.  The texture is soft, finely milled, but buttery and dense. It’s tightly compacted loose powder that almost feels like it still has some moisture in it.  For those who haven’t seen past posts, the texture and feel are similar to L’Oreal Infallibles (L’Oreal also owns Giorgio Armani, FYI!) – the color ranges have seemed to be more different than the same, which is great if you love the formula – more shades to have!

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#24

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I was thrilled that I was finally seeing a more nuanced shade. I think the formula is fantastic, but the price point is painful, so the more original the color, the softer that blow to the wallet is.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012


Giorgio Armani Fall 2012 Collection

This fall, Giorgio Armani reinvents texture; his unique vision of color and shapes play a masculine aesthetic against elegant femininity. Perfectly harmonized shades are revisited in a neo-classic way to add a sultry decadence to eyes.

Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00)

  • 111
  • 408
  • 526

Yeux Teint Face & Eye Palette ($88.00)

  • Neo Black Ideal for creating a highly sophisticated look. The easy to wear, sheer, beige blush illuminates the complexion for a naturally highlighted, incandescent complexion any time of day. Includes three, coordinating eyeshadows.
  • Neo Brown For a glamorous look that plays on nature’s palette of autumnal tones. The sheer rose blush is ideal for shaping the complexion with a luminous veil of rosy pink. Includes three coordinating eyeshadows.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Collection

Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

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  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29

Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

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Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Steel Black

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Giorgio Armani

What was the first Giorgio Armani product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Giorgio Armani product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I think the first Giorgio Armani product I really fell in love with was the Rouge d’Armani lipsticks. They are fantastic, and I still love them today. There are definitely products that I loved when I initially reviewed them, but as the years have gone by, I’ve discovered the “error” of my ways – because I’ve tried more and more products. I’m also a huge fan of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows!

Share your first time experiences with Giorgio Armani in the comments! :)

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


Giorgio Armani Skin Lacquers Collection

For sheer coverage. The Skin Lacquers collection captures a nude chromatic palette to enhance lips and cheeks. An innovative approach to soft color that fuses a shine varnish with lip tone pigments bringing natural color to perfection. Inspired by the lacquered perfection of a flawless porcelain doll.

Gloss d’Armani ($28.00)

  • 514 Petal
  • 513 Roseperla
  • 515 Vintage
  • 516 Coral
  • 517 Hot
  • 518 Rosewood

Rouge d’Armani Sheers ($30.00)

  • 200 Terra
  • 201 Boudoir
  • 202 Dolce
  • 503 Blush
  • 504 Cult
  • 505 Dewy

Availability: Now @ Giorgio Armani Beauty

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pastel-hued palette that contains four shades described as, “pearl violet,” “jade green,” “sheer gold,” and “greige.” The palette is designed to add luminosity to the eye.

The first shade is a light-medium lilac purple with a white frosted finish. It has good color payoff, and the texture is fairly soft, though a wee bit powdery. OCC Datura is lighter and more iridescent. theBalm Curtain Call is very similar. MAC Light Violet is also similar, but it has a very different finish.

Below, there is a very, very pale mint green with subtle golden shimmer-sheen–this shade looks more white than it does green on me. This shade was a little sheer and powdery. Lancome Fashion Forward is very, very similar, but it is a little more green and has a smoother, finer texture.

The third shade is a medium-dark gold with strong orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly smoothly. MAC Barefoot is less metallic and a smidgen darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter, yellower. Dior Couture Gold is less orange. Inglot #404 is darker, more molten gold. Milani Drenched in Gold is a touch lighter.

The very last shade is a soft, taupe brown with a subtle golden sheen. It’s almost pewter-like, but I think it lacks some of the gold/warmth of pewter. MAC Modern Pewter is darker and more golden. Dior Garden Roses is darker. MAC Palladium is similar but more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker, more golden.

On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost.  I think nearly all the shades could stand to be a little softer, finer–Giorgio Armani typically has some incredibly soft eyeshadows, but these were a bit dry and powdery.  I’m always taken aback by how little each palette contains (only 0.06 oz.–and most full-sized single eyeshadows are 0.05 oz.!), even though the wells seem large. One of these days, I’m going to have to go digging so I can see how deep each pan goes.

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palette

#1 Spring 2012

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On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost. If you like soft, subtle colors and have a lighter skin tone, you might enjoy the overall softness, but I think the texture is still somewhat problematic.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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