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

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).

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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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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Hi Christine!

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

-Amanda

I’m looking forward to it! These look a little pricey but I’d spring for a color I could wear alone pretty often. My go-to eyeshadow when I was younger was this Clinique stuff that came in a tube and you just smudged it on with a finger.

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.

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.

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?

I have two others, and I like them both a lot – #02 doesn’t work as well dry as it does wet, but #13 does.

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!
xoxo

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!

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!

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).

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!

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)

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 🙂

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!

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.

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!

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.”

Retailers like Nordstrom may have them – I know there is a GA counter at mine, but perhaps not all have it.

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!!!

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…

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.

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!

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

ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION!!!
This is important. The SAME (really), SAME product can be found also at Lancome http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ah_-MXtElLw/TTWC6dRS1vI/AAAAAAAABiM/rWKNvVpGTrM/s1600/OMBRE+MAGN%25C3%2589TIQUE+-+10B+ULTRA+LAVANDE.jpg and at L’oreal http://www.loreal-paris.it/make-up/occhi/infaillible/06-all-night-blue.aspx (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.

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 🙂

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!

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

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!

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