Friday, September 2, 2011

#1 -- Blast of Blue Eyes to Kill Intense by Giorgio Armani

These are such a guilty pleasure splurge! Eyes to Kill Intense silk eyeshadows are from Giorgio Armani, retailing at 32$ for 0.14 oz. The first one I'll be reviewing is #1, Blast of Blue.

It's definitely not a lot of product, but the product itself is pretty amazing. I've never tried anything like these eyeshadows before. I appreciate glass packaging for most things, so the weighty glass pot it comes in has just the right amount of heft and feels luxe. The packaging also reminds me of the Benefit cream shadows.

black stopper

If you notice in the photo above, there's a black stopper that's inside. I'm not sure what its exact function is, but my Blast of Blue was broken when it arrived and could have easily fallen out of the pot entirely had I been more careless. What I did was use the black stopper to press the product back together without feeling unsanitary.

ingredient list

I love how this eyeshadow photographs, unused product looks so cool in the pot and swatches have fantastic bokeh. Swatched dry, Blast of Blue has much more dimension in my opinion. You can see flecks of iridescence along with the gold and blue. Used wet, the blue becomes more vibrant and the gold looks like an added sheen. I should point out though, application can vary a bit depending on use since the prominent color in the pot can change over time.

swatches of Blast of Blue: dry (left) and wet (right)
swatches of Blast of Blue: dry (left) and wet (right)
dry swatch (in focus)
wet swatch (in focus)

I had a hard time trying to figure out how to explain the different texture of these eyeshadows compared to others, so I referred to the official description for Eyes to Kill Intense Shadows:
"This innovative hybrid texture, which is not a powder, nor a cream acts like a smooth, lasting color film. Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye. Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour. 
The technology: Color-Fil,  for the first time in an eyeshadow. A new high resistance bi-polymer enables the formula to perfectly fit the color to the eyelid with cushiony suppleness, for a never seen comfortable long wear. 
Twenty four hour color wear, crease proof, flake proof, waterproof and sweat-proof,  Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows slide on, stay on, but wipe off in an instant. Apply wet or dry with fingers or the Armani large eye contour brush."
I think it's a bit embellished to sound super luxurious and technologically advanced, but it's a fairly accurate depiction. Dipping into the pot with my finger, the product feels pillowesque and soft. In application, it's still soft and smooth, almost creamy, but not quite. Wear time is adequate (I wouldn't claim 24 hours), it's decently waterproof, and it doesn't crease on my eyes. I personally prefer to use this eyeshadow wet rather than dry, but I do use it both ways and sometimes as a base.

I apologize for the shoddy eye swatches. Blast of Blue looks smokey and gray on my eyes rather than the blue you saw in prior swatches. I know it's no excuse, but it was nighttime and I'm still working on taking better selcas. Also, my left eye will be forever derp. (>ミ - ミ )>

right eye swatch (used wet)
right eye swatch (used wet) and left eye swatch (used dry)
it looks a lot less cool after being pressed and used

tokki rating
: A-

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