Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner

An Intense Black Eyeliner That Lasts All Day

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner ($28.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, deep black. If you want an intense, no-bones-about-it kind of black, that’s exactly what this. It joins the likes of MAC Black Black and Urban Decay Perversion when it comes to richness.

The formula is soft and creamy–almost too creamy, because I worried about the wear of the product as I applied it–that it glides on like silk and melts against the lash line like butter, filling in any minuscule gaps. It sets after about a minute, and after testing it twice, it held up quite nicely for a full eight hours without migrating or smudging. It still looked 90% after twelve hours.  It doesn’t wear for a full eight hours on the water line, but it does look pretty good. From afar, the water line still looks mostly lined, though up-close you can see some gaps and areas where it has worn away. There isn’t a whole lot of information on this formula online, so I didn’t actually see whether this was water line safe or whether it was intended to be used there (so the assumption is that it is not water line safe).

It’s supposed to be water-resistant and long-lasting with a soft, creamy texture. All true: water-resistant to a point, such that water won’t make it smudge or smear, unless you go rubbing your eyes, then you will get subtle smudging, but sweat, steam, and a little “rain” (well, I closed my eyes and sprayed water on my eyes) don’t cause the eyeliner to fade, smudge, or smear.

Too bad this is limited edition! Why do brands put out limited edition products like this? It’s not like it’s an electric blue eyeliner that maybe won’t do so well. It’s black–it’s such a basic, staple item!  Boo!

Update:  The version I have will be released in October for the holidays. The pencil will be permanent and will come with a smudge-tip on the end when it launches in October. This information has come from Giorgio Armani.

The Glossover

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product

Black (01)

A+
Rich, intense black color with a creamy, glide-on formula that wears for eight hours easily (I wore it for twelve hours no problem). Just wish it wasn't limited edition!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
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Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner

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Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner (8 Hours of Wear) (thicker Line)

Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner (8 Hours of Wear) (Thinner Line)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $28.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

It joins the likes of MAC Black Black and Urban Decay Perversion when it comes to richness.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: L'Oreal Infallibles in Iced Latte, Amber Rush, and Bottomless Java; Burbery Trench Eyeshadow, Giorgio Armani #1 Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. Second look -- On eyes: Chanel Rives Eyeshadow Quad, Giorgio Armani #1 Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara.

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61 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. helen

    I was introduced to these eye pencils a few seasons ago. I was warned by the SA that i should purchase a few because they were a limited edition (why oh, why???) and that i would regret it. I thought her approach was a bit pushy (being Canadian, we politely “suggest”) but she was absolutely right! I LoVeD that product and continued to hound my local GA counter for more.
    I WILL be bulking up (even though they are a bit pricey) and hope that GA makes them permanent.

  2. Drat! Why is this LE? I could definitely use a new black liner for my pro kit. They never make the good ones permanent. *scowls at GA*

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ann Marie annie

    Do you like this better than Milani’s $8 black Liquif’Eye eyeliner? I know it’s not waterproof but I had pretty darn long staying power with it.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of virginie virginie

    Hi, so which one do you recommend between the Urban Decay or this one for 10 dollars less????

  5. How well do you feel that the wear time last on this compared to Urban Decay Perversion?

  6. Oh I so want this! I don’t like this kind of tip, though. I just can’t sharpen them properly. I’m pretty sure it’s me, though, so do you have any tips on how to sharpen pencils with a tip like this?

  7. I LOVE eyeliners that come with that kind of smudge-tip end. It’s my favorite to work with. This looks really nice- and so black!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LeeAnn moena

    I also tested this at the counter and thought it was incredible. Good to see that that opinion is shared!

  9. Jennifer

    Can I get a round of applause for Christine, the amazing beauty blogger who is so dedicated to quality reviews that she actually sprayed her eyes with water for us?! Did you actually do that for the waterproof ETK shadows too?! Amazing!

    • Usually with anything as long-wearing at the ETK, I take a shower since then I get steam, humidity, and inadvertent water splashes :)

    • Jennifer

      Oh and not to mention this product looks amazing. I have backups upon backups of UD Perversion but this looks too good to pass up. Perhaps those backups will be included in a friend’s bday gift and replaced in my stash with backups of this product, haha. Over to nordstrom.com go…I have an addiction, lol!

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

      agree, i find that so cute(the spraying for the review). :D

  10. It’s crazy to me when brands make staples like black eyeliner or foundation shades LE. Just crazy! It looks wonderful.

  11. blueraccoon

    I feel like I have enough black eyeliners but I kind of really want this one, it’s so rich and dark and the wear is great.

  12. This looks really rich and pigmented, but I don’t see the appeal in paying more for a rich black eyeliner that you could get for $19 :/

  13. bunny

    Limited edition? *runs*
    Thank you!

  14. That’s BLACK! Looks like a really good quality product, but I am stymied by the ‘limited’ edition? I’m not going to rush out to buy a limited edition pencil..not!

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    It is kind of weird to make a black eyeliner, a staple of a make-up collection, a LE item. It looks lovely.

  16. Mrs Crna Gora

    Ok I’m confused. I bought this at my counter and it doesn’t have the smudger. So I clicked your link and the one that came up on Nordies doesn’t have one either. Re they still the same?

    • Mine is a press sample, so maybe mine is different? :( I see the same thing you mentioned when I go to the link! Given that you bought yours, I think it’s safe to assume there is no smudger :(

      • Ingher

        Christine: I think you might need to change the name of the post, because the one you got isn’t the eyes to kill eyeliner, is the smooth silk eye pencil. I looked very closely at your photos and in one of them it does say smooth silk eye pencil. Also go check out GA’s beauty website, u’ll see the difference

        Mrs. Crna Gora: don’t worry you got the right one, the eyes to kill eyeliner is not suppose to have the smudger.

        • It’s the same thing :) You can even google to see other people who purchased the eyeliner – theirs will say the same thing (some retailers list it as it that, too – not as the Eyes to Kill, which is the collection name), just without the smudger.

          I confirmed with Giorgio Armani today – the one I have is for holiday, which will be released in October, but it’s the same pencil. It is permanent going forward :) I updated the post about an hour ago, so you can also read it there in case you missed it!

  17. sonia

    I bought the Giorgio Armani Black Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner and now i swear by it, i dont even need to do anything else with my eyes..loveeeee it!!! <3

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

    The most I have ever paid for an eyeliner is for the Lancome liquid pen liner. I don’t know why GA as a company doesn’t entice me..this will sound strange but his visage has always frightened me and so I have a hard time associating the brand with beauty. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I am quirky. That being said, I adore a great black liner that doesnt need a ton of work to fill in the gaps- I just bought the oddball Too Faced one. If that doesn’t appease me, I may actually consider this. Ditto on the ridiculousness of it not being permanent.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amanda Amanda Finlaw

    I’d love to see a swatch of this right next to UD Perversion to compare “blackness.”

  20. Kathleen

    I got this in the Nordstrom Anniversary Set, and loved it so much I bought it in 02, dark brown! I can’t believe I wasn’t told they are LE, twice!

  21. Zoey

    How dark is this compared to Mac Feline? I am addicted to Feline but if this is better then I’m going for it!

    • I didn’t have any problems with it smudging after I wore it all day. If you want to smudge it,t hen you’d have to do it when you first apply!

  22. Georgia

    Hi Christine, I don’t know if you’re still monitoring/responding to comments on this thread as I’m posting well over a month since this came out, but if you are, has Armani provided any further information about whether or not this is safe for use on the waterline?

  23. mamarie

    Hi Temptalia! Thanks for this review! Did GA make this eyeliner permanent? I heard they did, but I can’t find anything online that states that. Did they possibly give it another name?

    • I haven’t heard anything to the contrary – the info I got came straight from Giorgio Armani corporate. I know it’s still available on their website at present!