Eyes To Kill Intense: Lust Red


Here is my first look using the new Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense shadows (ETK).  It was interesting using my fingers to apply this potted shadow.  The only time I use my fingers for eye makeup application is smoothing on primer.  I found it challenging to maintain control like I can with a brush.  Next time I try these shades out I will put on the ETK shades first then my crease colors to blend out.

I really like this red color.  I hadn’t planned on buying this shade because I haven’t had much luck with red on black colors.  (Evil eye glare at Mac’s Beauty Marked and Fyrinnae’s Monarch Butterfly.)  This is the first time a shade like this appears nicely on my skin versus a dull pointless black.  Unfortunately, Lust Red looks somewhat brown on my eyes in the pictures.  To the naked eye, you can see the soft black with a strong red shimmer. Click here for a swatch of Lust Red; here for Sweet Fire.

UPDATE:  I tried out Lust Red again using a damp small concealer brush (synthetic).  The revised look isn’t a carbon copy of the original post.  I didn’t use Sweet Fire, but used a pale Inglot pink (#29) to blend out.  The Inglot shade was also applied to my inner corner.  I applying this shade with a brush helps the red shine through a little more.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – SpikedMaybelline Great Lash – Clear (brow gel)
Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Highlighter: Mac Girlie (not pictured*)
Crease: Mac Swiss Chocolate (not pictured*)
Lid: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 2
Inner Corner: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 7
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Lower Lashline: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 2 & 7
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Asphyxia
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Tan
* You can run a search to find swatches of these shades in earlier posts.

Get this look:

Even though a base is not supposed to be necessary, I used on anyway because I needed a base for the crease and brow colors.  I used a Mac 217 to put Swiss Chocolate in my crease.  This shade is a little darker than my skin tone, but has a red undertone.  I used a flat shader brush to apply my highlight shade and to blend it down to my crease color.

ETK No 2 color (Lust Red) was concentrated on my lid and blended up.  It was virtually impossible to get a nice edge to my outer corner (sharp or rounded) using my fingers.  I used a piece of paper to create an angle for the outer edge.  I took Sweet Fire (ETK No 7) and put it in my inner corner and along the edges of Lust Red to help with the fade.  I also lightly patted a shimmery white shade to the tear duct area to help it stand out more.

I took a short shader brush and attempted to apply No 2 and 7 on my lower lash line.  These shadows are immune to brushes, but I haven’t given up.

2 comments on “Eyes To Kill Intense: Lust Red

  1. Jamie Richardson says:

    Hi, I was looking at your Armani Eyes to kill swatches and I saw your comment about the brushes and how they don’t work well with these shadows… I felt the same way until I tried using my Mac 252 or 242 with them, and have found great success with those brushes and these shadows. Keep up the great work with your blog!!

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