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!

The Glossover

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product

#24

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

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

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

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

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

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $32.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

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.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Burberry Golden Trench Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Baked Eyeliner.

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50 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kimberly Kimberly Nguyen

    So pretty. When I look closely, I can see little specks of blue in the pot too

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brittany bulletwitch93

    Finally an eyeshadow that looks like it might be worth such an expensive price point! Its gorgeous and complex and having a fabulous formula makes this one look like it worth having! 

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Absolutely GORGEOUS colour and it looks even better swatched and applied on your eye.  Now, re the “dupe” issue, since GA is not readily available where I am (it’s 1+ hours away to get my mitts on this) AND since I already have Darkhorse, I can console myself a bit with not being able to get this shadow. That’s what makes dupes so nice….

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    Gorgeous…

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Anita 360anita

    This totally reminded me of Mac Gilt by Association! Except prettier… but more expensive :c

    • jeanthony

       @360anita I have Gilt by Association and I thought the same thing when I saw the swatches… very similar, but it looks like Armani’s might be a little more nuanced.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Diana queen_frostine

    Wow, that swatched nothing like I would have guessed from the pot!  The copper flecks look so dominant, I would have guessed it’d turn out to be warmer.

  7. Miss J

    MINE! Must have. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie! Gorgeous.

  8. This new collection just sets my heart a-flutter. I’m definitely going to have to go back and get this one. 

  9. This one is beautiful on you! I still don’t own any of these, and I didn’t eally want to..until I saw #27. Now I’m thinking I should try #24 too :P

  10. Jennifer

    This looks gorgeous!  How would you compare it to MAC Hocus Pocus e/s?
     

  11. Perfect shadow for a simple eye with a gorgeous wash of a few colours!  It’s like hazel eyes..changes colour depending on what is around it.  

  12. Beth

    Interesting! When I swatched these, I was comparing 24 and 25 and ended up with 25 since appeared more khaki greenish, and 24 looked more brown. But in your pics it looks really green! I hope you bought them all so I can see comparison pics . . . :)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christina Christina

      I was just thinking the same thing!  25 was definitely more khaki to me and 24 was a very dark black/copper–no hint of green at all.  It’s interesting that it takes on a different hue based on the skin’s undertone.  I’m really fair, so this color was way too dark on me, as much as I loved it–and 25. :(

      • When I was cropping photos, I thought it WAS the swatch for #25, but what I have for #25 is definitely green :)  I double-checked when I was getting photos ready and again before I wrote the review, LOL!

  13. Jadoretoi

    I want to purchase this really bad now!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cathy Angelcat47

    Funny that you mention about the moisture factor,Christine as I read a review of a shade of this same product  on another blog and the blogger listed it as a cream shadow.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    It’s funny, based on what it looks like in the pot, I wouldn’t have given this a second look, as it looks far to warm for my tastes; the actual swatch, however, tells a different story. I have Darkhorse & Cobra, so I’ll probably be skipping this, as I don’t use those very often, but it’s definitely *gorgeous*.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

      @xamyx And I was so excited by the color in the pot and not so much on the lid! But this is good because I seriously wasn’t feeling the price point :,)

  16. halfpastsunday

    Why, Christine, why?! I love the look you did and now I must have this.

  17. Angie Bliss

    NARS has Night Clubbing that looks hella similar. It’s cheaper, too.

  18. Rashonda Wisner

    Gotta have this!!

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Etaoin baby in a corner

    This only wear for around 4 hours on me! I must have the oiliest eyelids ever! I still love the colours though.

  20. yellowlantern

    Intriguing color. I don’t think I would get enough use out of such a dark color to justify the $32 price, but I’m glad they made it.
     
    I already own Darkhorse and only use it once in blue moon because it’s rather stark looking on me unless I’m very careful with application. 

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alison Alison Cole

    I’ll KILL them for making this Limited Edition! This is my favourite shade they’ve ever released, it really is so beautiful! 

  22. I hesitated forever between this one and 25 (the SA had to walk over with a worried face and ask:” could I help you?” Sure, how about giving me a buy-one-get-one-free deal? LOL). Ended up going with 25, but now I think I have to go back for this!
     
    I’ve been testing the formula out in Taipei wet as a thick, winged liner. It holds up for about 8 hours with no primer before some fading happens. Over a primer it’s intact for about twice as long! Oh boy I need more shades for sure!

  23. Sigh. Yet another person posting about superior staying power. These do not even stay on my lids 2 hours without primer and barely 5 with. What am I doing wrong?

  24. Oooh, I like it a lot! *adds to the wish list!*
    It’s very different, very unique. I would have liked it even more if it was even darker, I think. Too bad that’s it’s so expensive :-(

  25. Jen

    This may sound strange, but I have a questioning about purchasing through the affiliate link–if we go through the link and buy more than one color, would you be be commissioned for all of them or just for the one shade?  Since I want to get all of these and a few other products that you have reviewed, I’m wondering if I need to click each link one by one or if they’ll do it automatically.  Thank you so much, Christine!  You’re reviews are amazing and I want to support the site!!!!  :D  
     
    Also, I love this eye look and love what you did with the shine under your eye–it looks so perfect and brightening combined with the shimmer and matte combo of your eye look!  Was there a specific product you were able to achieve this with?  And the hot pink in the outer corner is a nice touch!  :)
     

    • Hi Jen!
       
      I would get a commission off whatever you purchased, whether it was one item or ten items :)  
       
      The lower eyeliner is Urban Decay Baked, and the outer corner was remnants of glitter – I was putting it on and hated how it was looking (pretty over the liner, but it wasn’t working with the green, LOL).

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alison Alison Cole

         @Christine (Temptalia) That’s awesome, Temptalia! When I go to the States I’ll make my first big Sephora purchase through one of your links. :) 

      • Lil_A11

        @Christine (Temptalia) Hi Christine! I was looking for UD Baked eyeliner and couldnt find any except for the Baked Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, was this the one you used for this look? Hope you can reply. Thanks!

        •  @Lil_A11  Apparently, they discontinued Baked (I forgot) – they released in their 15th anniversary set recently. If you snoop around, you can still find it on random etailers (I saw some seller on Amazon had them for about retail).

  26. Gorgeous, but will wait for the L`oreal “dupe” ;-D

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel

    Christine, I was just wondering how do you apply liner to your lash line? Do you line under the lashes or do you line over them? I’ve been trying to line my lash line a lot lately and it ends up a big gloppy mess with liner all over my lashes (not in a good way) and mascara seems to just make it look worse.  Any advice would be much appreciated!

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nicole nicoleg

    Will you be reviewing the other shades in the Acqua collection?  I am very eager for your reviews of #27 and #28.  
     
    Incidentally, I think it is interesting that there seems to be such a high demand and interest in shade dupes, as evidenced by the list of dupes you give in your reviews and comments to the effect of “this is too expensive, I’ll buy the cheaper dupe of a similar color.”  Not that there’s anything wrong with that at all; I remark on this because I am probably the odd one in my thinking.  While hue/color is a general factor in my beauty purchases (for instance, making sure something goes with my skin tone and is work appropriate), I am much more interested in quality and longevity of a product than I am of duping a specific shade.  In other words, I fall much more in love with a product based on high quality and longevity than I would fall in love with a product because of its specific shade/hue.  I would not want to buy a product that is inferior in quality just to get a specific shade.
     
    Perhaps my observation seems to contradict my first question?  But #27 and #28 look the prettiest to me, and I am very interested to try this formula because of your stellar reviews of its quality and longevity.

    • Joan

       @nicoleg Hi nicoleg,
       
      People have different price points at which they are able or willing to spend on makeup, so Christine’s list of dupes is very helpful. Also, some may not have the featured products available in their area, while some may already have similar colors in their stash and want to use what they have instead to achieve the same look. A primer can be used to improve the vibrancy and longevity of an eyeshadow that isn’t so stellar in quality or as nuanced in color but can be obtained at a more affordable price point.
       
      That being said, the Eyes to Kill eyeshadows are definitely of excellent quality. I own eight of the shades and wouldn’t mind adding #24 and #25 to my collection. I think the wear could be improved, though. Worn without primer, they don’t last that long on my oily lids — only about four hours and then they start to crease.

  29. sunshines

    I love this color on you!! It makes such a fresh look. This actually looks on your skin tone as your kind of “taupe”

  30. This is GORGEOUS. jacyhumphries please buy this. It would look SO good on you! 

  31. JennDia

    Thanks so much for the review Christine! I went out and bought this shade after I read your review, I am in love!! <3 Also I wanted to know how does this shade compare to Mac’s mineralized eyeshadow in golden gaze from semiprecious? Thanks bunches! and your reviews are appreciated ;)

  32. Edith

    I too, went out and bought this right after I read your blog, it just looks sooo beautiful on your eyes. But for some reason, it looks more black than brown/taupe…could mine have been a bad batch? I’d love to see your review on #28 as well. Thx!

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alison Alison

    I so wish this was permanent! This one, or 15 or even number 25! I love taupes, I love khakis, I love antique gold, bronze, blackened metallics and this is so right up my alley. None of the permanent shades are quite right on me but this is perfect! The line definitely needs more shades anyway.