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Top 5: Shimmery Navy Blue Eyeshadows

Here are the top five navy blue eyeshadows that I’ve tried and tested–they happen to be more shimmery than not–so perhaps next time around, I’ll start adding finish into the mix 🙂

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (A+)
  2. Make Up For Ever I220 (A)
  3. ColourPop Etiquette (A)
  4. Giorgio Armani Minuit (A)
  5. MAC Lunar (A-)

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5 Faves: Emerald Eyeshadows

Long-time readers will know that emerald-hued eyeshadow is a favorite of mine, but it is hard to find high-performing ones, and the last couple of years have brought us some really great shades, like:

  1. BUXOM Pre-nup — a brightened, medium emerald green
  2. Kat Von D Iggy — a bright, true emerald green
  3. Make Up For Ever ME304 — a medium-dark emerald green
  4. Sugarpill Midori — a warmer emerald green
  5. Giorgio Armani Emeraude — a blackened emerald green

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Giorgio Armani Zenith, Sunrise, & Sunset Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Zenith (13) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Zenith (13) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Zenith (13) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, sunshine yellow gold with lighter gold flecks of sparkle. This is one of the more glittery shades that I have tried, and it definitely didn’t apply as nicely as others as the glittery bits would bunch up and “thicken” on the lid rather than go on smoothly. It was semi-opaque to fully opaque (two layers) and lasted for twelve hours with some noticeable fall out over time. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sun Blonde (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Remix (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with orange-red undertones and fine gold and pink pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, though it can sheer out a lot if desired (use a smidgen to avoid over-applying!), and it smoothed out nicely without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture as it dried down. The color wore well for fourteen hours before creasing on me. Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #5 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Cindi (P) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Adore (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sunset (15) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a darkened eggplant purple with lighter purple and violet pearl. It looks brighter and lighter in the tube and while drying down, but it is a deeper, richer shade when it dries down on the lid. It applied with opaque coverage, dried down evenly, and it lasted for fourteen hours before I noticed subtle creasing. The only issue I had with it was that it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like once dry, so it was harder to diffuse the edge. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fingerpaint Art (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Plum (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #4 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Smolder (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Plumluxe #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formula that has an almost water-like consistency that is cool and thin but dries down to a more powder-like finish and really sets in place. As it doesn’t dry down and cling, it feels very comfortable on the lid and typically looks forgiving, but some shades are sheerer or difficult to apply evenly. I’m not a fan of the doe-foot applicator and find using a flat, synthetic brush is best. The formula wears between twelve and fourteen hours on me (not quite the sixteen promised but certainly long-wearing). They have a slight learning curve, though.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Zenith (13)
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Sunrise (14)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Sunset (15)
Sunset (15)
Sunset (15)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 18 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery red with lighter gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which gives the skin a tint of color and a dewy sheen. A little went a long way, so you can achieve a stronger tint if desired. The sparkle in this shade made it harder to blend over foundation, as it seemed prone to disturbing anything underneath it, but it worked without issue on bare skin. I noticed a few bits of sparkle migrated over night as well, which isn’t a problem I’ve had with other shades in the range. The color itself wore for nine hours. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more muted, more pigmented. NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is darker, more pigmented. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 18
No. 18
No. 18
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 17 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and soft shimmer in hues of pink and gold. The texture felt lightweight and was thin but not as thin as the average shade is in this range. It had sheer coverage that produced a very light hint of color but primarily sheen on my medium skin tone, though layered two or three times gives more noticeable color. It blended out well and looked even applied. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Charlotte Tilbury Formentera (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. bareMinerals Golden Gate Radiance (LE, $19.00) is cooler. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 17
No. 17
No. 17
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a coppery bronze with lighter gold shimmer. It had finer shimmer, but it had a lot of shimmer, so the overall effect was dewy and frosted on the skin. The sheerer nature of the coverage made it less prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture, but if you build up the color, it can emphasize pores. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and blendable on the skin without disturbing base products but also could be worn alone. It may be a little too shimmery for some if mixed in with a base product, but it will add a general warmth, sheen, and shimmer when mixed. On me, this shade wore for ten hours before fading slightly. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Avalon (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 14
No. 14
No. 14
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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