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.
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