Friday, November 9, 2012

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Palettes 02 Terra Sienna and 06 Boudoir


Giorgio Armani has reformulated and repackaged their eyeshadow quads into eight new color options. The new Eyes to Kill Eye Palettes ($59 each) come with a double tiered black lacquered compact. The top layer has four eyeshadows, underneath there are two sponge-tipped applicators. At the Armani counter it was hard to not to fall in love with them all. I decided to try two safety neutrals first: 02 Terra Sienna and 06 Boudoir. The packaging below:


Both shades I picked turned out to be fairly similar. They are both neutrals with two shimmery light shades and two darker matte shades. Those who have been long time Armani fans will be pleased to learn that the latest eyeshadow formulation is a significant improvement in pigment and texture over the past quads. Over the years it seems Armani has reformulated almost all their color products. I noticed many of the Maestro singles are no longer for sale - I asked the Armani rep if they were being reformulated too and at this time he wasn't sure but said it wouldn't surprise him if they did.

Terra Sienna is the cooler-neutral option with a light cool champagne frost, a lovely warm taupe shimmer, a matte brown and a matte dark brown. The texture is soft and well pigmented and easy to blend and layer. The matte shades did feel a bit dryer in texture but still applied beautifully. This is a great neutral for everyday.

Boudoir is another beautiful neutral but warmer. It has a soft peachy shimmer, a soft seashell shimmer, a warm terracotta matte, and a warm dark matte brown. I normally wouldn't have looked at this in the past because of the terracotta shade, but I found that layering it brings warmth and depth to the eye. It's quite lovely.



Close ups and swatches:



The shades I picked are similar to the Neo Brown Eye and Face Palette from fall. Here they are side by side for reference:



I've tested these for a few weeks now and can report that these are amazing in pigment and texture for a natural soft eye. The look is natural but not too natural and the shades are easy to layer. I've been applying with brushes rather than the sponges but they are nice to have for touch ups. If you're looking for something even more basic and neutral, check out the 04 Effeto Nudo - I thought it was too basic for me but the formula of these palettes is really nice so I might go back to check it out. I didn't pull any palettes or eyeshadows to compare or dupe. Given the fact that these are neutrals I'm fairly certain there are close dupes out there, but I like the convenience and texture of these. Plus Armani always releases the most amazing neutral shimmers I couldn't resist.

A few other reviews I highly recommend you check out:
So many brands are releasing new quads this time of year - Armani, Chanel, Burberry and Edward Bess. Have you checked them out yet? What were your thoughts about Armani's?

19 comments:

  1. I'm a huge fan of your blog. Your swatches always make me want to buy them! :D (I don't know if that is necessarily a good thing.. my poor wallet)

    Kate from
    http://lovepassionmakeup.blogspot.com/

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  2. I always over buy neutral shadows. After looking at this post, I want more!!! lol Makeup in an addiction!! I just finished shopping the Sephora VIB..sigh.

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  3. These look beautiful! I have the Neo Brown palette, so will probably skip Terra Sienna but I'm still tempted, as it looks gorgeous :) Thanks for the review and swatches! I am intrigued by the new Burberry quads but haven't had a chance to see them in person yet.

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  4. They look lovely! Neutrals always caught my eyes. I tested some of the palettes at the counter, telling myself "not another neutral quad". Those two seems a bit warm for my taste. Plus I'm waiting for Edward Bess' to come out.

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  5. So pretty, these look fabulous! I got Effeto Nudo and I love it, taupe/gray/neutral yet "there", perfect for work. I too found the matte eyeshadows a bit hard in texture, but the trade-off is they do last all day, no smudges or fading. Love!

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  6. Thanks for the review, I was curious about these (and the new glosses)

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  7. The top two colors of Boudoir are waaaaay too similar...

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  8. WOW these are so pretty !!! Just the packaging is amazing and practical ! Love your blog, it is very instructive, I always consult before making a purchase <3
    www.lapizofluxury.com

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  9. These look fabulous. I think I'm going to have to make a trip to Nordstrom to see all the options, but I like the ones you picked very much.

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  10. Boudoir really looks great and suitable for both evening and day time wear. And I think for a fair or fair to medium lady, it might be the quad that will help create all the classic make up looks.
    I hope they brought it to Turkey too, that might be my first Armani eye shadow palette if I see it worth the money :)

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing my post too! These two look amazing as well!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing my review as well! This two palettes are GORGEOUS!

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  13. Beautiful pictures as always but I just find this whole series of palettes very generic, boring and too similar to each other.

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  14. I've found that midtone terracotta red-brown shades like the one in Boudoir can look surprisingly natural and gorgeous for "minimal makeup" looks. This one does look like it leans very red though. Thanks for the swatches, so helpful :)

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  15. They really are quite similar--gorgeous though. LOOK at that pigmentation! And I can just imagine how silky smooth they feel. If I had to choose one, I'd probably go Terra Sienna. I like the terracotta shade actually, but I feel like Terra Sienna has a little more variation in the lighter, shimmery shades

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  16. Both of these palette are just gorgeous. Love the smokey shades. And such cool packaging, right?
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

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  17. Ooh Oooh Terra Sienna is amazing!! :D Must pick that one up when I'm in the US

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  18. I just got Effeto Nudo and it's a great option for lighter skin tones. The effect is very natural and easy. Looks great with red lips.

    I love the new formula and colors so much I just caved for the Terra Sienna palette last night from the Armani sale. I've been on an anti-palette kick for years, so for me to get 2 within a month or two is a big deal!

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  19. These are great everyday colors. I love that they did two different tones.

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