One of my favorite eyeshadows in my collection are the Armani Eyes to Kill hybrid shadows. They were first released about five or six years ago. There was a cool range of shades from blackened teal and blackened bronze to a fabulously rich deep gold to an icy silvery mauve pink. All gorgeous and very pigmented. A few months ago, to my dismay, I learned they were discontinued. When I saw they were replaced with these, I thought I give them a try. I’m not impressed. The original Eyes to Kill had intricate complexity, but there was some fall out during application. Armani updated that formula and made it creamier, but the complexity remained. These are basic flat colors with shimmer. Armani’s description of the product is somewhat accurate. It is a gel texture with a bouncy feel and it is shimmery. However, I don’t find it “ultra-pigmented” that is buildable as Armani states. If you scoop product out, you’ll get decent pigmentation, but that is silly. Using a brush or a finger will yield sheer coverage that is not that buildable on my skin tone. This product is okay for layering, which is how I’ve been using it. There is no fallout given the gel-like consistency, which is good given the level of shimmer. I certainly miss the old Eyes to Kill. The packaging is similar to the old glass pots. What Armani improved on was color coordinating the color with the back label. These are available where Armani products are sold and retails for $35.
- Eclipse (#3) is a smoky, blackened olive.
- Stardust (#4) is a golden bronze.
- Halo (#2) is a light taupe.