Monday, April 30th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) has just launched four new and limited edition shades for summer.  I bought these shortly after they became available, and I’ve been testing them out over the past week.  I’m a big fan of this formula, so I’m always eager to see how new shades perform and compare to existing shades.  I will admit that I haven’t been overly wowed by some of the newer shades, though they’re not by any means awful! Just… less impressive, but on the whole, still good.

#20 Obsidian Black is a blackened navy blue with teal-green and navy blue shimmer. It’s not nearly as black or as intense as Giorgio Armani #13. Giorgio Armani #1 is also lighter, grayer, and generally doesn’t look much like this. I do think you could mix the two and come fairly close, though. #20 works best wet; when it’s used dry, the color payoff wasn’t there (and it usually is with this formula). More of the shimmer comes through, as the base color looks mostly like a faded black, when it is applied dry–and it does apply with a little more oomph to the lid with a brush. Some of the complexity gets lost when it’s applied to the lid–it’s very subtle and more noticeable in-person than it is in a still photo (which isn’t completely unexpected given the nature of shimmer and how it plays with the light). Oddly enough, it actually reminded me of Revlon Neptune Star in color and shimmer. It also reminded me of Urban Decay Loaded, which is a little bluer. (9, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 4.5, 4; A-)

#21 Obsidian Grey is a medium-dark gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. It has decent color payoff dry but still works best applied damp.  This shade read more dupeable to me; it doesn’t have as much dimension to it compared to some of the other shades in the range.  That’s not something that affects the overall rating, but it’s a point worth considering if you can’t (or don’t want to) grab all four.  MAC Warm Thunder is similar, perhaps a little less gray. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is slightly darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk has a purple tint to it.  This shade applied the smoothest out of the four on the lid. (9.5, 9.5, 10, 10, 5, 4; A)

#22 Ecailles is a pale bluish silver with a metallic finish. It applied about the same both dry and wet, which is decent but not great. I did find it applied better to the lid when I used a brush to do so–more like good pigmentation there. Bare Escentuals Mingle is bluer and a bit darker. MAC Water & Ice is cooler-toned. Lancome Style Section is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm is a bit darker. It is a bit similar to Giorgio Armani #12, which is brighter, lighter. (9, 8, 9, 10, 4.5, 4; B+)

#23 Madre Perla is a pale, iridescent warm white with a frosted metallic finish. It has flashes of blue, green, pink, and purple. It applies better wet than dry with more color payoff and a smoother texture. This one was a little chunky in texture; it wasn’t as smooth as the other shades. It felt like this was more designed to layer over other shades. Illamasqua Beguile is very similar. MAC If It Sparkles… is almost the same as well.  This is the most wearable shade on its own (Ecailles would the the runner-up).  (9, 9, 9, 10, 4.5, 4; A-)

I’ve only tested one shade within the range for a full twenty-four hours, but I have tested several others for twelve to sixteen hours. I did a look using all four of the limited edition shades and wore it for sixteen hours. These wear and wear and wear. No creasing, fading, or fallout during wear, not even after sixteen hours. Because these have an interesting texture and consistency–they are much like a loose powder product that has been compacted by the accompanying plastic insert–it can be easy to use more than you really need and end up with some minor fall out.  The fall out I’m concerned and dock points for is major fall out or fall out that occurs while you wear it (aka during the day); and there isn’t any of that with these.

I think Eyes to Kill Intense is an excellent formula, but it’s not necessary to own every single one of them either. There are some unique and transformative shades, but there are a few that are more basic or end up looking similar to another shade.  These four create a beautiful gradient effect when used together, though Madre Perla is the most versatile of the bunch.  I think it can work as a wash, inner corner highlighter, or as a layering shade that will change-up whatever is underneath it.  The one that is most visually stunning at first is Obsidian Black, but like a lot of ultra dark shades, some of that loveliness gets swallowed up once applied.

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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #20, 21, 22, 23 Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think Eyes to Kill Intense is an excellent formula, but it's not necessary to own every single one of them either. There are some unique and transformative shades, but there are a few that are more basic or end up looking similar to another shade. These four create a beautiful gradient effect when used together, though Madre Perla is the most versatile of the bunch.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012


Giorgio Armani Bronze Color Collection for Summer 2012

Face Palette ($59.00)

  • Seashell Pink/White Foam Cheeks are warmed with a sun-kissed flush

Eye Palette ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Ecailles Black Pearl A harmonious blend of deep sea blue, algae, lagoon turquoise and shimmering, crest-of-a-wave white, colours to awaken eyes with a splash of natural radiance

Eye Designing Palette ($59.00)

  • Ecailles Mediterranea A cooler harmony in the black lacquered signature compact, with four shades layering pearly blue and grey with frothy white and inky navy, to intensify lash lines

Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00)

  • 20 Obsidian Black
  • 21 Obsidian Grey
  • 22 Ecailles
  • 23 Madre Perla

Gloss d’Armani ($28.00)

  • 509 Pink Quartz
  • 510 Rose Crocoite
  • 511 Raspberry Zincite
  • 512 Red Andradite

availability: Now @ Giorgio Armani

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as it’s named: “copper.” It’s a muted copper with a gold sheen. The only shade I could think of that was similar was tokidoki Unicorno, which is more like an orange-gold. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is a bit like it, but it is an eyeshadow.  It delivers mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass, which is always a noteworthy feat for an eyeliner.  There’s a metallic sheen, but it’s not too reflective.

Giorgio Armani describes the formula as waterproof/water-resistant (they use both terms, even though they mean different things), soft, creamy, and intense.  The first thing you notice when you use it is how utterly soft and malleable the pencil tip is.  It’s so, so soft that it glides across the lash line with ease–no tugging or skipping.  Despite the creaminess of the formula, it doesn’t smudge throughout the day.  This shade wore better than #4 for me, actually, because it looked 95% as good after eight hours as it did when I first applied it.  I splashed my eye with water and lightly pressed, and I didn’t find that the eyeliner was disturbed, so it should make it through intact if your eyes water a bit.

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If you find that beige and champagne eyeliners don't look quite right, you may try this soft copper to wake up tired eyes. Or maybe as a new way to do so even if you do like a good champagne eyeliner! It's not dark like most copper eyeliners, which is what makes it more unique.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #4 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
Giorgio Armani #4 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #4 Antique Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #4 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “antique gold.” It’s a muted yellow gold with bronze-brown tones, so it appears a little brighter than true antique gold but not extremely brassy either. Surprisingly, it reads differently to these gold eyeliners. This kind of color does an excellent job of bringing out the warmth in eyes, especially if you have green or hazel-hued peepers. The color coverage is fairly opaque in one pass, which is always nice.

This formula is supposed to be waterproof/water-resistant, long-wearing, soft, creamy, and intense. It is insanely soft; don’t keep it in a warm place, because it’s close to pushing the envelope by being too soft! The softness lends itself to great glide and application; it will slide across the lash line like hot butter on a skillet. There’s no tugging, dragging, or skipping with these formula! With all of that creaminess, I was afraid it was going to smudge and migrate all over the place, but in a completely impressive move, it sets after twenty seconds or so, and it stays put quite well. There’s minor but noticeable fading after eight hours of wear, so it’s not the most impressive eyeliner I own, but it holds its own.  I took a shower with this on, and water didn’t cause it to run or smudge.

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Antique (04)

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I'm a total sucker for golds, so it was a must-have for me, but I think it will work well on warmer and more olive-toned complexions. It's also excellent paired with green or hazel eyes, because it will brighten and bring out the warmth of both.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2012


Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 Collection: Luce d’Oro

Inspired by Giorgio Armani’s love of light and its effect on color, gold takes center stage. Soft pastels are instantly updated with a hint of antique gold, in a myriad of ways.

Luce d’Oro Eye Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Eye Palette #1 Pearl violet, jade green, sheer gold, greige
  • Eye Palette #2 Grey, metal fiber, copper pigment, crystal brown

Tourmaline Pink Blush ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #1 Subtle blush softer than the classic formulas where white, beige, and pink replace the classic white powders

Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • #4 Antique gold
  • #5 Copper

Gloss d’Armani Lip Gloss ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Beige (105) Greige d’Armani
  • Brown (201) Caffeine
  • Rouge (405) Wild rose
  • Pink (508) Blush

availability: February 2012 at all Giorgio Armani counters, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d'Armani
Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a soft, sheer pink with lots of white shimmer. It adds a hint of additional rosiness to my natural lip color, but it primarily adds lots of white shimmer and sparkle. It looks like any number of sheer lipglosses, so it’s more of a product you pick up if you don’t have too many sheer glosses already and really love the formula.

One of the reasons I like this shade is because it wears for five to six hours, despite being so sheer. The shimmer doesn’t feel gritty, and it doesn’t migrate over time. The formula is moisturizing, long-wearing (though it doesn’t wear the full eight hours Giorgio Armani says it should), and feels comfortable to wear. It does get sticky over time, and it is touted as a non-sticky gloss. It’s not super tacky, but it’s noticeably sticky within the first half hour of wear. I didn’t detect any scent or taste.

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It's still one of my favorite glosses, even though it doesn't wear for the full eight hours it's supposed to, because it's still long-wearing (five to six hours), moisturizing, and comfortable on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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