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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #20, 21, 22, 23 Review, Photos, Swatches

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) has just launched four new and limited edition shades for summer.  I bought these shortly after they became available, and I’ve been testing them out over the past week.  I’m a big fan of this formula, so I’m always eager to see how new shades perform and compare to existing shades.  I will admit that I haven’t been overly wowed by some of the newer shades, though they’re not by any means awful! Just… less impressive, but on the whole, still good.

#20 Obsidian Black is a blackened navy blue with teal-green and navy blue shimmer. It’s not nearly as black or as intense as Giorgio Armani #13. Giorgio Armani #1 is also lighter, grayer, and generally doesn’t look much like this. I do think you could mix the two and come fairly close, though. #20 works best wet; when it’s used dry, the color payoff wasn’t there (and it usually is with this formula). More of the shimmer comes through, as the base color looks mostly like a faded black, when it is applied dry–and it does apply with a little more oomph to the lid with a brush. Some of the complexity gets lost when it’s applied to the lid–it’s very subtle and more noticeable in-person than it is in a still photo (which isn’t completely unexpected given the nature of shimmer and how it plays with the light). Oddly enough, it actually reminded me of Revlon Neptune Star in color and shimmer. It also reminded me of Urban Decay Loaded, which is a little bluer. (9, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 4.5, 4; A-)

#21 Obsidian Grey is a medium-dark gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. It has decent color payoff dry but still works best applied damp.  This shade read more dupeable to me; it doesn’t have as much dimension to it compared to some of the other shades in the range.  That’s not something that affects the overall rating, but it’s a point worth considering if you can’t (or don’t want to) grab all four.  MAC Warm Thunder is similar, perhaps a little less gray. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is slightly darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk has a purple tint to it.  This shade applied the smoothest out of the four on the lid. (9.5, 9.5, 10, 10, 5, 4; A)

#22 Ecailles is a pale bluish silver with a metallic finish. It applied about the same both dry and wet, which is decent but not great. I did find it applied better to the lid when I used a brush to do so–more like good pigmentation there. Bare Escentuals Mingle is bluer and a bit darker. MAC Water & Ice is cooler-toned. Lancome Style Section is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm is a bit darker. It is a bit similar to Giorgio Armani #12, which is brighter, lighter. (9, 8, 9, 10, 4.5, 4; B+)

#23 Madre Perla is a pale, iridescent warm white with a frosted metallic finish. It has flashes of blue, green, pink, and purple. It applies better wet than dry with more color payoff and a smoother texture. This one was a little chunky in texture; it wasn’t as smooth as the other shades. It felt like this was more designed to layer over other shades. Illamasqua Beguile is very similar. MAC If It Sparkles… is almost the same as well.  This is the most wearable shade on its own (Ecailles would the the runner-up).  (9, 9, 9, 10, 4.5, 4; A-)

I’ve only tested one shade within the range for a full twenty-four hours, but I have tested several others for twelve to sixteen hours. I did a look using all four of the limited edition shades and wore it for sixteen hours. These wear and wear and wear. No creasing, fading, or fallout during wear, not even after sixteen hours. Because these have an interesting texture and consistency–they are much like a loose powder product that has been compacted by the accompanying plastic insert–it can be easy to use more than you really need and end up with some minor fall out.  The fall out I’m concerned and dock points for is major fall out or fall out that occurs while you wear it (aka during the day); and there isn’t any of that with these.

I think Eyes to Kill Intense is an excellent formula, but it’s not necessary to own every single one of them either. There are some unique and transformative shades, but there are a few that are more basic or end up looking similar to another shade.  These four create a beautiful gradient effect when used together, though Madre Perla is the most versatile of the bunch.  I think it can work as a wash, inner corner highlighter, or as a layering shade that will change-up whatever is underneath it.  The one that is most visually stunning at first is Obsidian Black, but like a lot of ultra dark shades, some of that loveliness gets swallowed up once applied.

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Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow (Diffused Flash)

Giorgio Armani #20 Obsidian Black Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow  (Studio Lighting)

Giorgio Armani #21 Obsidian Grey Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #21 Obsidian Grey Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #21 Obsidian Grey Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #21 Obsidian Grey Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #21 Obsidian Grey Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow (Diffused Flash)

Giorgio Armani #21 Obsidian Grey Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow  (Studio Lighting)

Giorgio Armani #22 Ecailles Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #22 Ecailles Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #22 Ecailles Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #22 Ecailles Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #22 Ecailles Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow (Diffused Flash)

Giorgio Armani #22 Ecailles Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow  (Studio Lighting)

Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow (Diffused Flash)

Giorgio Armani #23 Madre Perla Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow (Studio Lighting)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

#23 on inner tearduct, #22 on inner third of lid, #23 on outer third of lid, #20 in the crease

#23 on inner tearduct, #22 on inner third of lid, #23 on outer third of lid, #20 in the crease

#23 on inner tearduct, #22 on inner third of lid, #23 on outer third of lid, #20 in the crease (16 hours later)

#23 on inner tearduct, #22 on inner third of lid, #23 on outer third of lid, #20 in the crease

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These are all of the shades of Giorgio Armani’s Eye to Kill Intense Eyeshadows that I have.  There is one missing (14), which came out with 13, 15, and 16 for holiday in 2010–unfortunately, it was already unavailable when I started to review these shades earlier this year.  You can view all 15 in their full glory in the Swatch Gallery.

More Unique: Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4)

Good Alone: Pulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9),

Less Unique:  Gold Blitz (5), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9), White Punch (11)

Temptalia’s Favorites:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2)), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13)

Best Quality:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Gold Blitz (5), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13), Copper/Black Grey (15)

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #11 and #12

These two palettes have been released a few months ago but they just arrived here in Switzerland. I was really interested in the taupe #11 Mystery and when I saw the purple, #12 Fatal, and swatched it at the counter I really fell in love with these fresh and luminous shades.

This is what Armani says :

Giorgio Armani introduces four new Eyes to Kill Quad Shimmers featuring iridescent, eye-catching colors with electric shine. Real innovation in the formulation of a powder eyeshadow: an intense formula that melds perfectly with a satin, pearly veil producing amplified light effects. Irresistible with its extremely soft, sensorial appeal, the eyeshadow arms the eyes with a flawless weapon all day long.

Hmmmm…

  • Irresistible ? yes. They are gorgeous wearable shades, nice satin or pearly finish depending on the shades, perfect for any occasion (work, evening).
  • Innovation ?? I don’t see innovation here because once I started using them I realized I had very similar shades in my collection, it’s actually intriguing how close these are to the Chanel quads below. Is there any link with their creative director ? Otherwise I just don’t get it but it seems like they have been copied.
  • Lasting “all day long” ?? definitely not on my eyes, even with a primer. I noticed that after 3 hours the application fades and it barely shows anymore. I apply my makeup at around 6h40 in the morning, if I was relying on these palettes to keep me looking fresh and prepped all day long they would miserably fail.  I am not saying that I necessarily have the Russel Howard’s effect at 10:03 but I know that if I want to look like I still have makeup on at 10:03, I definitely need to add some other item to help, for example a more intense lipstick paired with them.

If  you look at the Chanel quads  (Prelude and Vanités) you can see what I mean.  The formula and finish is different but the shades are so incredibly similar !

Armani Mystery vs Chanel Prelude (US) 

I love both palettes and when you love taupe shades these two will appear absolutely irresistible.

Just keep in mind that there is a Chanel US version with square pans and a Chanel EU with round pans. Here I am talking about the US formula.

  • The lightest shade is more obvious and shimmery on the Armani (but gorgeous), the Chanel it’s just luminous (less shimmery) and can be worn as an all over base. The Armani is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but for more ageing lids like mine the Chanel is more appropriate.
  • The light taupe shade is a bit lighter and has less shimmer on the Prelude, it makes the Prelude more wearable for day time.
  • The medium brown taupe shade is very similar on both palettes, the Chanel is a bit more interesting, has a more luminous finish without being shimmery. The Chanel lasts more than the Armani.
  • The darkest shade is more intense on the Chanel, more blendable, the Armani is not powdery but compared to the Chanel, the Chanel has a more silky finish. Again the Chanel lasts more than the Armani.

You may already know how much I love the Prelude quad, I have a little review here with some pictures, this quad is often in my favorites  coming with me everywhere I go.

I prefer square pans in compacts rather than thin pans where it’s more difficult to use brushes without accidentally touching the side pan. Here I have tried to swatch the Armani shades on the left with the equivalent Chanel shades on the right.

Armani Fatal vs Chanel Vanités

The Armani Fatal is a more wearable palette for daytime, more discrete than the Chanel but I prefer the Chanel Vanités (so Chanel wins again…). It’s just so suspicious how these are similar shades !

  • The lightest shade has more lavender pink in the Armani but it just disappears quite quickly, I prefer the color of the Armani which is more unique but the Chanel lasts longer.
  • The next pink lavender shade is more beautiful on the Armani but again, it just disappears and I cannot manage to layer the color properly to give it a decent lasting power.
  • The gold purple shadow doesn’t have a great texture on the Chanel, it’s volatile and not very easy to layer and blend but the color is more unique. The problem is that the Armani, again, easily disappears after 3 hours wear. Once applied (with a bit of work) the Chanel lasts for quite a while and the gold is really sitting beautifully on top of the burgundy purple.
  • The dark purple on the Chanel doesn’t have an extraordinary texture but it’s more interesting than the one on the Armani, the Armani after 1 hour loses absolutely all interest, it’s still there but it just faded way too much to look like it has been placed there deliberately.

The new Armani compacts have a second compartment where they store the applicators but since I find that useless, I removed the bottom part and stored my setting powder there.

It came out in one piece :

You could put more shadows or a blush, but you will have to stick them with double side tape or something similar but it’s handy if you want to keep a few things in the same place…

The quality is better than the old Armani palettes, it has been improved for sure but there is still room for more upgrade.

Shame the lasting power is that terrible on my eyes, otherwise they would be just fantastic. If you have them, did you find a way to make them last a decent amount of time ?  I saw a few reviews but nobody is mentioning the lasting power, I’ll be glad if you could share 🙂

thanks !

PS : sorry for the terrible pics… works at home make the process of taking pictures quite tricky at the moment…

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #11 and #12 was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Sonia G. Armani MysteryChanel VanitesFatalPrelude

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