If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am absolutely obsessed with the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Shadows. I own them in almost two dozen shades. They are gorgeous, shimmery, pigmented and silky. They blend well alone or together and last all day on my lids. Earlier this summer I posted swatches of my entire collection here.
There were 6 new shades released in this collection, but I opted for the three that I thought I would get the most use out of.
#30 Rose Papillon
#32 Gold Hercule
#34 Blue Beetle
The new shades are duo-chromes! All three of the ones I have are shade-shifters depending on what light is hitting them at the time. They are not as intensely shimmery as the regular line so if that’s something that caused you to stay away from these you may want to check the new shades out. They are very soft and easy to apply. They are buildable- you can wear them as a wash of color or make them as intense as you dare to wear. I picked mine up from Nordstrom and they retail for $33.00/each. I’m not saying they are cheap- but they are definitely worth it!
In order to demonstrate how they change their shades I’ve taken several different swatch photos- all of these were taken on the same day with the same camera settings (dry, without primer):
Indoor Light, L-R: Blue Beetle, Rose Papillon, Gold Hercule
Direct Sunlight, L-R: Blue Beetle, Rose Papillon, Gold Hercule
Indirect Sunlight, L-R: Blue Beetle, Rose Papillon, Gold Hercule
As you can see, these shades are complex. Blue Beetle changes from blue to purple. Rose Papillon reminds me of MAC Vex- albeit a much, much more intense version. It has pink and green shimmers that change with the angle and the light. Gold Hercule is that curious green-gold. Sometimes it is much more apparently green and others it’s purely cool gold.
Here are some swatch comparisons with other Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill shades (all of them were done dry, without primer):
Swatches L-R: #20 Obsidian Black, #34 Blue Beetle, #22 Ecailles, #8 Champagne, #9 Rock Sand, #30 Rose Papillon, #28 Red Platine
As you can see above, I don’t have anything like Blue Beetle or Rose Papillon. Blue Beetle is the perfect middle shade to Ecailles and Obsidian Black (and note the purple along the outside of the swatch). Rose Papillon has an amazing duo-chrome quality that my other shades don’t have.
L-R: #24 Smokey Copper, #25 Rusted Gold, #14 Gold Spirit, #32 Gold Hercule, #18 Gold, #26 Carat Gold, #15 Copper/Black Grey
When I first read the description for Gold Hercule I thought it might be something like the limited edition and hard-to-find #14 Gold Spirit. However, upon first view and swatch I noticed it was much lighter- in both the gold and the green components. In Gold Spirit the gold and green don’t appear separately- they blend as one antique looking gold. Gold Hercule changes from green to gold depending on angle and light. It is quite a unique shade indeed and unlike anything I currently own from any brand.
I’d rate these all an ‘A.’ They tick all the boxes for me: unique shades, long-lasting formula and incredibly silky. The price is high and so are my expectations. I would highly recommend you check these out while you can- I hear they are limited edition!