I really do have a soft spot for Giorgio Armani as a brand, as they frequently release products which are connected to Mr Armani’s loves, which I like as it’s such a personal touch. The Giorgio Armani Si Rose Signature fragrance was inspired by Mr Armani’s mother and her love for roses, and the Giorgio Armani Urban Gorilla Lipstick was created as Mr Armani has his very own red resin gorilla in his lounge which was a gift from a movie set. The Giorgio Armani Cat Eye Collection is another collection inspired by Mr Armani, and his love for cats with his own gorgeous cat called Angel and has been quoted as saying “They’re great couch companions for relaxing evenings”. I always find winged liner to be a real confidence booster, so this collection is right up my street. As far as collections go, it’s a relatively small collection with two main products; the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Proliner and the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints as well as their existing range of mascaras to complement them.
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint £28
“This innovative formula transforms from liquid to solid, instantly adhering to the eyelid while providing 16 hours of smudge- and crease-proof wear. Formulated with a hold booster, a creamy polymer with glycerine that allows pure color pigments to blend together seamlessly and stay on lids, this tint is infused with a color vibrancy booster, which is enriched with natural pigments and pearls. This unique complex works together to evenly disperse high-density color. This eye tint features dynamic runway-inspired shades that can be used as an eye shadow or eyeliner, or layer them together for natural to glamorous looks..”
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know how much I love a cream eyeshadow so I couldn’t wait to try one of the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints. The packaging is really sleek with a clear plastic tube and silver lid, complete with a doefoot applicator. For a cream eyeshadow, the Eye Tint contains a generous 10ml of product which is really quite impressive as cream eyeshadows tend to contain considerably less such as the BareMinerals 5 in 1 Cream Shadows which contain 3ml and the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Paints contains 7ml. It would appear there are sixteen shades to choose from, but I believe five of those shades are limited edition; Midnight Cruise, Navy Lights, Sunset, Italian Riviera and Armani Cruise, and are part of the “Life is a Cruise” Summer collection.
I have the shade Senso which is number 10, and one of the prettiest cream eyeshadows I’ve ever used. I always try and be more adventurous with my eye makeup, but I can’t resist an neutral eye and Senso is a neutral lover’s dream shade. The formula is quite unique as it has almost a mousse-like consistency which I apply to the back of my hand and then apply to my lid with my fingertip and it’s amazingly easy to blend; you don’t even need to use a brush to blend the edges. Senso is a beautiful warm chocolate brown with golden shimmer particles which somehow manages to make my eyes look as if I’ve used multiple shades and shadows. It’s very intensely pigmented and doesn’t sheer out when on the lids, and offers crease-proof and smudge-proof colour which doesn’t fade throughout the day. This is the first Giorgio Armani Eye Tint I’ve tried and I’ll certainly be trying more as they’re pigmented enough to be used as an eyeshadow and a liner.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Proliner £27
“High precision, intense colour , long hold & matte finish: the new EYES TO KILL PROLINER is the liquid eyeliner that has it all. This new “art liner” provides a clean, precise, intense and smudge-free line with our refined applicator. Our water-based formula is comfortable to wear and fast drying, with exceptional 12-hour stay. Impeccable results from the very first stroke.”
The Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Proliner is packaged within a black plastic tube, with a super flexible rounded nib and is available in three shades; Obsidian Black, Navy Lights and Armani Cruise. I have the Obsidian Black which is a very intense, matte black which is always my favourite eyeliner shade as it complements any eyeshadow look. The eyeliner tube contains a small ball bearing, and must be thoroughly shaken before use. If you don’t shake the tube well enough prior to application, the nib isn’t evenly coated in liner. I can’t quite make out the material of the nib as it looks and bends like it’s plastic, but it’s very soft and malleable like a foam applicator but it’s clear so perhaps it’s a combination of the two. My swatches aren’t very straight as I have shaky hands, but when applying liner I always steady my elbow but I think the flexibility of the nib makes it easier to apply than a firm and rigid nib.
When applying liquid liner, I hate it when they take ages to dry and smudge the minute you blink but this liner dries in only a couple of seconds and is fully opaque in just one stroke providing you’ve thoroughly shaken the tube before use. When on the lids it doesn’t crumble or transfer, and is really effective for doing winged liner like the ‘Giorgio Armani Cat Eye Collection’ name would imply. I particularly like that because the nib is so flexible, it bends with the natural curve of the eyelid and it has become my go-to eyeliner ever since I tried it.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints? What’s your favourite type of eyeliner?