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.

The Glossover

LE
product

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

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

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

Giorgio Armani #25 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #25, Le Metier de Beaute Nutmeg (12 hours of wear)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $32.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

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.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani #25 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Le Metier de Beaute Nutmeg Eyeshadow.

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23 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani #25 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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

    It looks so pretty and complex and I love the look you did with it!

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

    Ooh~! Pretty

  3. ms

    unrelated question, since tarte is on sale rt now, i m wondering, when does Nars ever go on sale?  just at sephora when they have sale twice a yr?  but sephora doesn’t carry taj mahal.  see the thing is i m not really into blushes, not really and not into bright blushes specially cos i’d rather wear a bright lipstick than a bright blush.  but since i just bought 2 tarte blushes that were on my list, i m thinking that i will buy those nars blushes (taj mahal and the red one) on sale only.  thanks!

  4. I’m waffling over this one and I could have swore it was #24 when I first looked at the product in packaging..  I see it is actually significantly different.. I do like its dark murkiness, but I’ll probably skip..I think…

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

    You are TORTURING ME, Christine!!!  Though I have to say, if I could only have one, it would be that beauty you featured the other day (24? I can’t recall but it’s the one that most of us fainting from its gorgeousness).  Very stunning shadow.

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

    GA has so many ETK that are similar in colour – I swatched about 5 different ones on my arm yesterday and they were very similar. Probably not exact dupes but you would be hard pressed to justify them all I think!

  7. I’m pained trying to decide between this one and #24… Or, rather, I’m trying to justify buying them both because they both look so lovely.

    • Kate MacDonald I’m kicking myself for not picking up both.  I’ve got #24 on order.  This one looks great for a super glam look and how about that LMDB colour too!!!

  8. I like it a lot. Dark but with plenty of bling, love it :-)

  9. Wow–that still looks pretty dark and intense to me! :P I don’t really like this one as much as other ones I’ve seen…still considering going for #27 too–that one is GORGEOUS!

  10. Whoa. Intense, dark, and full of sparkle. Really interesting — seems like it would be a special occasion kind of eye shadow. I’ll pass because of the price tag, but I like it on you and would love to see how other people use this! 

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Chrissy ChrissyKim

    Oh my gosh! I’m a little disappointed that it didn’t receive a high grade like the other colors, but I absolutely love this color!! I think I may have to get this. I have three of them and I love, love, love them! I’m still sad that I couldn’t get #14. I cry myself to sleep because I missed out lol. 

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ester elewis429

    Looks gorgeous wet, but I have similar colors, won’t be purchasing.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth bethie m

    I just LOVE this and I think your look is gorgeous, Christine. Soo beautiful!!! Thanks for the post. xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ana Ana G

    Lovely!!!!

  15. Jen

    This is gorgeous!  I was worried when you said “green” because greens make me look deathly ill, but on my screen it looks like a deep, shimmery, smoky graphite!  :D  Since it’s so complex it seems like you could make it pull away from the green aspects and into so many directions!  I’d love to pair it with a purple when I get it.  Your eye look is amazing Christine!  Thank you for a great review, I can’t wait to read the other three as they come out!  I swear I don’t know what I would do without temptalia!

  16. hheartme

    Blend, blend, blend! Gorgeous color though.

    • hheartme This was just testing the wear – I don’t want the two colors to be blended much at all, because I want to be able to test and visually see the wear of the individual color, not the two together.

      • Christine-Temptalia LoL Christine..imagine!  I’m giggling thinking of you attending some beauty related shindig with that look..  I think I’ve seen worse on the runway though :)

  17. Oh no!!  I came back for a second look!

  18. HelenKempler

    Christine – Do you often wear your eye shadow wet? Is it because it makes the colour more intense? I never try, but may have to soon :)

    • HelenKempler It depends on the product – some eyeshadows are better wet than dry, while others can’t be used wet, or they might be the same either way.  With Giorgio Armani’s ETK, I almost always use them wet!