Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Intensity Maximized with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

There are some high-stakes claims, too — Giorgio Armani says to expect, “Twenty four hour color wear, crease proof, flake proof, waterproof and sweat-proof, Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows slide on, stay on, but wipe off in an instant.”  It hits every single one of these claims and does it with effortless grace.  I’ve been beauty blogging for five years this October, and I’ve been a beauty addict connoisseur for even longer (has it really been seven years?), but I was incredibly impressed by the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow line.

I hold my highest rating closely guarded, because it should be something given to truly remarkable products.  Let’s just say I went out and bought all of the ones I didn’t have, because I thought they were that fantastic.  The quality of Khaki Pulse is out-of-this-world-crazy-in-love good–rich, dense, silky smooth, and blendable to boot.  It even looks cool in its pot o’ glass–like crushed up space rocks.  In particular, Khaki Pulse looks as good wet as it does dry (you tell me if you can tell which is which!).  The color itself is a rich bronze with a soft gold and bronze metallic sheen and multi-colored micro-shimmer, and it is only slightly warm.

I wore it alone as an eyeshadow (with nothing underneath or on top), just blended past the crease, and it looked the same nine hours later.  No creasing, fading, or smudging.  And even better?  No fall out.  The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look).

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

The Glossover



It's an eyeshadow you can wear alone, as a base, or on a base, because it's budge-proof, crease-proof, and wears all day long. The pigmentation is rich, and the texture is luxuriously soft and smooth.











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Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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75 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Amanda Blyskal

    Hi Christine!

    Could you by any chance show us the other colors you got in this line. I’d appreciate it. Thanks!


  2. Jazz

    Looks odd but I like it !

  3. i am IN LOVE. now lets see the price when it hits aus… ouch my wallet will hurt

    • Donna

      I live in Perth where high end cosmetic prices are completely outrageous so I NEVER buy cosmetics here (or in Australia generally).

      The WWW is your friend and doing some research will save you a small (or large) fortune.

      There are tons of 3rd party cosmetic companies that post high end cosmetics to Australia.

  4. WOW! That is a beautiful color!

  5. amazing! I was able to swatch several of them (but didn’t buy any back then) and might need to get some colors as well since everyone raves about their pigmentation and staying power.

  6. Lulee

    Oooh this has me getting all excited!

  7. Joyce

    Wow, its really pretty. I’m really intrigued about an A+ product. Will you be reviewing any other colors in the eyes to kill intense line?

  8. Devon

    *Lusting* Are the other colors just as excellent?

  9. Wow I loved the color, but I have a question Christine: what brush would be the best for applying these kind of eyeshadows? Thanks for the review!

  10. A+?!? These must be worth checking out. And no parabens!!!!! I can use them!

  11. Nichole

    Will you do a review of the rest of the shades? If not, please describe the colors. The swatches on GA’s website isn’t that great. Thanks!

  12. Ahh, I’m so excited for an A+ review! I’ve had my eye on these ever since I first saw the press release. I just wish these were more in line with my budget and more easily accessible!

  13. Beautiful! It looks like a little desert in the pot. It’s art and makeup in one!

  14. Karin

    looks perfect for a summer day at the beach! love love love love. this is incredible!

  15. kfm

    I absolutely agree with you on how awesome these are. i picked up red lust and i couldn’t believe how well it wore and the fact that it stayed rich and sparkly all night, without getting anything over my face. at the end of the night, my makeup looked like it was ready to carry on ’til dawn, even if i felt like i needed sleep. i’m absolutely going back for more shades. i love the fact that you can actually get elements of the different colours in the pot when you see the final shade. my favourite new product of the year (so far).

  16. In the pot it’s really ugly, it kind of looks like some kind of toxic waste! But it swatches very pretty.

  17. androgynes

    the look a lot like the l’oreal infallible eyeshadows

  18. Rae

    These sound amazing – I see why you just bought ten more! 😛 Not sure where I can find Armani cosmetics in my city, but I will definitely be hunting these down. They sound incredible!

  19. zombiilove

    Woah…..did I need to say more?

  20. Nicole

    I am so excited to try these out!

  21. Sarah

    Is it the left one applied wet? :)
    This eyeshadow really looks hot!

  22. They sure named the line appropriately! It is just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the others swatched.

  23. It looks kind of weird in the pot but the colour pay-off looks amazing! An A+ makes me want to hunt this one down.

  24. THANK YOU a million times for this review! i have been looking at these for a month but only on-line so i hadn’t decided if i was going to take the plunge yet or not. i wanted to pick up at least two of them… maybe three! i have a credit at barney’s from a return that i have yet to spend (i’ve now found what i’m going to be spending it on hehehe)

    • Well, GA sent 3 and then I bought the other 10 on GA’s website, so if that tells you anything…..

      • Haha! That does say something! I’m really eager to try out “Lust Red,” “Airy Jade” and any of the silver/grey shadows. So happy to read how cool this things are :)

  25. Lisette

    I just received mine in Pulp Fiction, and it is breathtakingly gorgeous. The shade is unbelievable and feels sort of multi-dimensional, and the quality is amazing. I’m so glad I made the purchase!

  26. Michelle

    Why do amazing products have to be expensive? :( haha maybe I’ll treat myself one day.

  27. Whooooa. Can’t wait to see the rest of what you bought. Thanks for the review! <3

  28. My little girl just happened to peep into my notebook and she commented that it looks like some crumbly cake! 😉 I think she meant the texture. But that’s a gorgeous color. Now I have to hunt down GA Beauty in the UK.

  29. Wendy M.

    Gorgeous! :)
    I’m tempted to buy it lol.

  30. Mariella

    Looks so weird in the jar – like some sort of bran breakfast cereal or crunched up dog kibble but it is SO gorgeous on you in that look you did that I really want to get my mitts on this stuff!

  31. looks nasty in the pot, but nice swatched.

  32. Sarah

    This is gorgeous! It’s exactly like my “going out” look that I have to use a million different products to create. Which usually doesn’t even last the whole not! I definitely need to get this. They aren’t limited edition, are they?

    • This one is permanent – I believe most, if not at all, are. I think they launched a couple during the holidays, so those might have been LE, but they just launched their “full range.”

  33. Emily

    Do you know of a store that might carry these where I could see them?

  34. CeeBee

    Beautiful colour!

    It looks very similar texture wise to the L’Oreal Infalliable Color eyeshadows – I’ve got about 4 or 5 of those and the pigmentation and lasting power is amazing. They even have a little black plastic “conserver” lid thing in between the jar lid and the crumbly looking pressed shadow.
    The L’Oreal jar is square though and they only have about 8 or 10 shades in their range but it’d be interesting to see these compared.

    Thanks for the swatch Christine, GA isn’t available in my country but I wish it were!!!

  35. xiao

    Hi Christine, I was wondering if Khaki Pulse is similar to shade #15 (if you’ve tried it)? I have #15 but i love your swatches…

  36. DarkGlamour17

    It’s very pretty but not $32 worthy.

  37. JC

    Could you do swatches of all the other colors???

  38. Nichole

    Do you have any concerns about tbese drying out since the formula is semi-wet?

  39. Jan

    I’m really happy for the formula to get good ratings. I’m looking forward to Lust Red, Pulp Fiction, Champagne, and Rock Sand. If you have them. If you don’t, that’s fine.

  40. Frisco

    Is the right one im guessing is the one applied with water?

  41. Somhrita

    the coveted A+ :P, nice! Which of the other colors would you recommend for nc42/44 with brown eyes.

  42. Anne Marie D.

    i saw that look you did with this and i HAD to buy it! i called my local armani counter, and thank goodness they had one left! :) it’s sooooo pretty! i can’t wait to purchase more of these!

  43. Stephanie Marie

    This is GORGEOUS! I usually hate paying a lot of money for products, but I’m seriously comptemplating saving up for this!

  44. Vale

    This is important. The SAME (really), SAME product can be found also at Lancome and at L’oreal (in fact L’oreal is the owner of all these make-up companies. So the same product is made for different brands… AT DIFFERENT PRICES). Buy the L’oreal one, if you want to have a try!
    Please, Christine, write this where everyone could read it, so they would know there’s a far cheaper option! 😉

    • I haven’t tried either Lancome’s or L’Oreal’s variation (which is not available in the U.S.), so I would not feel comfortable making any announcement that they are, in fact, the same product (or as good). Very often companies will trickle down technology to other brands in the family, but there may be quality, color, or texture differences – without testing, I could not make such a statement, since I have not tried them and cannot truthfully say whether they are the same or not.

    • androgynes

      most times the more expensive brand have a bit more risky shades with even more pigmentation

  45. Vale

    Oh, I was forgetting… on me… it creased! -_-‘

  46. how do these compare to the lancome ombre magnetiques or have you not tried them? they look very similar in texture

  47. Sonia

    Hi Christine, do you know if there is any similarity (not in color, but in texture, quality, lasting) to the Lancome Ombre Magnetiques or if they cannot compare at all ? thanks a lot for all your reviews and your time, you are really helpful to all of us :)

  48. Mavala

    I am curious to see what other products deserved an A+ rating… the tag is missing at the bottom of this post?

  49. Ester

    Sooooo gorgeous, but I would never pay that much.

  50. Devon

    So I picked up the black one of these, LOVE IT… but I’m on the fence about grabbing Khaki Pulse because it seems similar to Illamasqua Ore which I’ve been lusting after (they’re obviously different, but for the price… I’d rather grab just one of them!) Which one do you personally prefer color-wise? Thanks!

  51. kelly

    oh my god this is stunning. i’m so intrigued. can’t wait to get to a counter and try it out for myself!

  52. Alison

    Wow, and I was so sure what I was going to be spending my makeup budget on until I read these Armani posts.

  53. evo

    i bought this over the weekend when i was in the states. i’m in love! i also bought lust red but haven’t had a chance to play with it yet.

    i’m tempted to do what you did, buy them all! but no…must save up for imats in july. LOL

  54. Denise

    I just bought it and I’m so excited :-) Can’t wait to wear it…I also swatchedd other colors and I think No. 3 is the next one I’m going to get…such a pretty color!

  55. divinem (Melissa)

    Nice but nothing comes close to Illamasqua’s Ore, which I stumbled across among your reviews. HAD to have it.