Giorgio Armani Obsidian & Senso Eye Tints Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a deepened black with cool undertones and multi-colored fine shimmer that creates a satin finish. It was semi-opaque and was buildable to opaque color if desired with two layers. The consistency was thin, lightweight, blendable, and easily spread on the skin. It wore well for fourteen hours before creasing slightly. LORAC Caviar (LE)is warmer. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Anna Sui Diamond Blue (LE) is lighter. Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a rich, bronzy brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied beautifully with smooth, even color that spread and blended well on the skin. I also tried experimenting a bit more with this particular shade–I tested it on its own first, but then I tried mixing it with Onyx to lighten, and that worked surprisingly well. On its own, the color stayed on well for fourteen hours before fading slightly. Chanel RΓͺve d’Orient #1 (LE) is less red. Dior Cuir Cannage #1 (P) is more muted. LORAC Maroon (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is similar. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Illicit (LE, $42.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Senso (10) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Onyx, Senso (mixed with Onyx), Obsidian, Green Iron (lash line)

Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) Eye Tint
Onyx, Senso (mixed with Onyx), Obsidian, Green Iron (lash line)

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Giorgio Armani Eye Tint $39.00/0.22 OZ.
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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Hi Andrea,

As I mentioned in the post, I mixed Senso with Onyx, so that is on the outer half of the lid, with Obsidian in the crease πŸ™‚ When I tested for wear, I just wore Senso by itself but didn’t take photos.

I’d love Obsidian as a base for bright sparkly eyeshadows, but I don’t want to pay $38. I have a black Maybelline Color Tattoo so I’ll stick with that… or maybe NYX has a black cream/liquid shadow.

I saw the swatches and said WOW! I like how you mixed the 2 shades and got a grayish taupe. Can Obsidian be applied more sheerly, so it’s more of a dark gray?

Wow that’s a cool idea to mix different shades together! Thanks to your in depth reviews, I’ll probably skip Obsidian and Menuit…but I’ll probably be getting the rest! Yikes…my poor wallet lol. That’s 6 out of 12 shades I have now. My next must-have shades will probably be Senso and Cold Copper xP

I’ve found that it’s much easier using these eye tints than my usual powder eyeshadows…it helps me save a lot of time in the morning lol

I wasn’t sure that Senso was going to work quite so well paired with Obsidian (since it is so cool-toned), and I thought, “Maybe that’s something to try anyway…”

Have you been using just one at a time or do you have a pairing you like, Jenny?

I really love pairing Emeraude with Onyx (green-based look) and Shadow with Flannel (purple-grey look). The first pairing has been my go-to eye look every day this week…that’s how much I love it! When I first heard about these Armani eye tints and it formula, I thought maybe they would be a hit or miss…but personally I think they’re a huge hit! So far, my fav new product of 2015 =)

I’m loving these! Shame about the price. How is the applicator? Does it leave too much product on the wand, or not enough? Is it easy to work with? Sorry about all the questions but I wouldn’t want to spend that kind of money on something that I wouldn’t end up making use of. πŸ™‚

Geesh..I am really loving these. I wish Giorgio Armani would offer a half -size for half-price. Actually, I wish all high end cosmetics would do that!So pricey! There are at least 4 that I love with a reviews!

I’m sorry for another comment/question..are you using your finger or brushes to apply these? If brushes,what are you finding works best. I’m sure my mind will overtake my will enough to make my wallet mad at me eventually,lol..That sounded completely CRAZY ,huh? No, I am not drinking. But, they do have me on some crazy meds these days.UGH..I love these..I maybe could get one. But what would I do with one?But I have two favorite(Emeraude and Minuit….then I am dropping close $100 on two shadows!That seems crazy!

Does it make me a terrible person that I was kind of like *shrug* with these two? They seem reasonable, but I’m all about the more colourful ones in the collection! >_< Green Iron is still the standout, LOL!

That being said, Obsidian does look like a nice opaque black in the swatch.

Not these colors, though Obsisian would be a great base, but I think this formulation is fabulous! Eyes To Kill Intense still has my heart as well!

Sorry to beat a dead horse (ew), but you really got that entire eye look (not including lower lashline) with Senso and Obsidian only? The shadows are so dark I’m confused how you got the beautiful iridescent taupe out of them. Did it just get lighter the more you blended it out and you used very little, or is that the actual color that mixing the two cream shadows on a palette gave you? I didn’t get the same result… but then again, I know you’re a tiny bit more experienced with cosmetics!

Hi Mary!

If you read the caption, right underneath the photo, it lists: Onyx, Senso (mixed with Onyx), Obsidian, Green Iron (lash line). Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

Not really… what I am asking is if you had any other shadow on your lid that you blended the mix of Onyx and Senso into… I mean, it actually looks like you are wearing Tom Ford Platinum on your eyelids! When I mixed Onyx and Senso, I got the dark color that is in your outer corner, NOT the beautiful light taupe all over your eyelids. (I always read your descriptions before I ask, but this time I tried twice and can’t get your results, so I just wondered if there was a shadow shade missing…)

Thanks, anyway. I guess I’ll give up and use Platinum. It’s very nice of you to answer every comment, by the way. You’re the only high-volume blogger who does that!

–Emily

Hey Emily!

Sorry to hear πŸ™ I figure the best I can do is to try to explain how I applied, since it could be a proportions/order:

So I applied Onyx about 1/3 of the way on the lid, then Senso in the middle/outer lid, then Onyx patted and pulled over Senso to blend and lighten, then
Obsidian in the outer crease/blended down to the outer corner. But definitely just the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints here (I try to test like with like).

It worked!! Thank you, thank you for giving me the exact details of how you applied it! I really appreciate the impromptu tutorial. I love the look, and I’m excited to be able to recreate it at will now!

Thanks for the replies,
Emily

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