If you’ve visited my site for any length of the time over the past few years you won’t be surprised at this entry. Next up in my Collection Confections series is a very treasured portion of my makeup arsenal- my Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadows. Expensive? Totally. Worth it? Absolutely. Every. Single. One.
I’ve picked up quite a few of these magical pots of sparkling goodness since their release (in 2011 I believe). They haven’t launched any new shades for some time, but when they do you can rest assured I will be watching and waiting with anticipation.
(also, you will note the sneak peek at my next entry situated to the left of the Eyes to Kill shades :))
Swatches L-R: #3 Purpura, #4 Pulp Fiction, #6 Khaki Pulse, #8 Champagne, #9 Rock Sand, #14 Gold Spirit (LE), #15 Copper/Black Grey, #18 Gold (LE), #19 Gold/Silver (LE)
If you are unfamiliar with these shadows, they are a cream, cream-to-powder formula. They are incredibly sparkly (though I experience little to no fall out) and dimensional shadows that stay put all day on me, even without primer. They retail for $33/each and can be found on the Giorgio Armani website as well as online and in store at Nordstrom. Nordstrom does not carry the entire permanent range on their website, at least not as of the writing of this post. The counters seem to carry most of the range. The Giorgio Armani website (here) carries shades #1-#16 which seems to be the permanent color selection. I have a number of shades that were limited edition, unfortunately, but you may still be able to find them at select counters. The drugstore equivalent is Loreal’s Infallible shadows. I have a post comparing some of the shades here.
Swatches L-R: #20 Obsidian Black (LE), #21 Obsidian Grey (LE), #22 Ecailles (LE), #23 Madre Perla (LE), #24 Smokey Copper (LE), #25 Rusted Gold (LE), #26 Carat Gold (LE), #27 Oxidised Silver (LE), #28 Red Platine(LE)
Now, some of these I have listed as limited edition, but I’m not entirely sure that they are. #24-#28 are still showing as available on the Giorgio Armani and Nordstrom websites but they are not listed within the permanent range and I don’t think they are available at the counters. It’s good to know some of them are still available even a year after being released! As a side note, the shade #22 Ecailles is still showing as available on the Giorgio Armani site only.
The color range is superb, the quality of the shadows is unrivaled in terms of their reflective properties and staying power (at least on my lids). I prefer these to Chanel’s offering of cream shadows. I have several shades that have noticeable dips in the pots because of how much I use them. My favorites: #9 Rock Sand, #14 Gold Spirit, #19 Gold/Silver, #26 Carat Gold. Although I think I’d be happy owning every shade they offer.