This post features product shots, swatches and first impressions of the new Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill 4 Color Eyeshadow Palettes. For more information about them and the technology behind these eyeshadows, please refer to this post.
There are a total of 8 palettes and in Part 1, I will be showcasing palettes 01 to 04. All swatches taken under natural sun light without flash, on dry arm – without primer (swatched once).
Hope this entry helps.
01 – Maestro: Gradation from radiant mineral sprinkles to high-powered rock colors.
Like mineral stratum equilibrium, the legendary glowing Armani greige, secret formulation between grey and beige turns into radiant mica stone. An asphalt matte grey echo to Giorgio Armani’s Pantelleria imposing rocks is easily strengthened by a powerful matte obsidian lava black giving strength to the eye.
02 – Terra siena: Gradation from sunlight-infused sand to strong earth Italian brown.
A dewy beige for a pure mineral light perfectly blends with a shiny bright taupe that brings a touch of bronzed light. Like following the sunset, earth tone turns into a shaded hot brown and ends with a powerful matte earth brown liner, perfectly balanced between darkness and lightness.
03 – Pantelleria: Gradation from light infused faded to deep brown- greens: sun influence on colors.
King of half-tone neutrals, Giorgio Armani introduces the vreige, halfway between green tenderness and Armani’s beige glow. The new greige. It transforms and turns in to a dewy celadon, as a slight echo to Nature’s exuberance. A bright sage green brings light with silver and gold reflections and ends with an intense matte khaki liner, like Mediterranean meadow grass at the end of summer.
04 – Effeto nudo: The Giorgio Armani contemporary interpretation of the legendary Italian “Claroscuro”.
A neutral bright beige highlights the lid with a stray of light while the light matte and sandy taupe designs the eye with Italian attitude. Specially designed for shaping the eye with shadows, the darker matte taupe warms up the finish with a touch of Mediterranean light. A rich tierra tone signs the magical painting.
Each palette comes in irregular black polished double-decked oval compact featuring a mirror and two sponge applicators. The size and shape is easy to hold but may not be space savvy when it comes to storing. The compact features a magnetic closure which is convenient.
I like the sleek and modern casing. And I like the idea of having the applicators in a separate compartment.
This set of palettes are more “me” if that makes sense. I find the colour combination of each of these four palettes very wearable – for both work and play.
At least a matte shade is included in each of the palettes and I think that is extremely interesting and helpful. I like palettes with matte shades because pairing shimmery, frosty textures with mattes are simply gorgeous. Shades found in each palette works well together and I guess they are great for travels or generally touching up on-the-go.
I find 01 – Maestro classic and elegant. And my personal favourite from this set is 04 – Effeto nudo. I have a look featuring this quad coming right up.
Texture of these quads are rather unusual – in a good way. They are not creamy nor powdery – they actually feel very much like satin. They are smooth to touch and leave very little or no powder residue at all. The pigments are very finely milled and I experienced no fall outs when using them.
Because the pigments are so fine and texture is so silky, these eyeshadows create a lustrous veil over the lids – making my lids appear smooth and luxe. The satiny matte shades don’t enhance fine lines.
I would say these eyeshadows have good colour payoff – they are not extremely pigmented but good enough to show their true colours on the lids. And I guess my swatches provide a more accurate statement as colour payoff can be quite subjective.
I experienced no creasing nor fading throughout the day with these eyeshadows (without a base).
The NEW Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quads will be available exclusively at DFS Galleria Scottswalk from end December 2012. Retails at S$80 each.
Thank you for looking.