Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stellar


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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.

  1. Eclipse (#3) is a smoky, blackened olive.
  2. Stardust (#4) is a golden bronze.
  3. Halo (#2) is a light taupe.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Medium Deep

My shade range is close to Mac’s NC45. I’ve tried multiple powders claiming to be translucent and none of them are true. They all leave me looking ashy. I’ve tried “translucent” setting powders and oil control translucent primers from IT Cosmetics to Tarte, Fyrinnae and Meow Cosmetics to no avail. To set my undereye concealer, I had been mixing my loose powder foundation with one of my translucent powders, but I found it too heavy. When I saw this product on Sephora’s website I was very excited.  Unfortunately, the powder is too dark for my undereye area. The center of my face is a bit lighter than NC45. I’ve resorted to mixing this product with the powders in my translucent graveyard. This has been working well, but hopefully more color options will be available after I finish this jar. What’s great is you get a lot of product, but it isn’t cheap (29g for $39). If you think this will work for you, take full advantage of a Sephora sale.

Sydney Grace Eyeshadow


This is a new brand for me. I’ve heard some good things about the quality of the eye shadows, specifically, the consistent quality. Great quality at such a low cost is rare. The company offers a range of finishes and types from matte, shimmer, pressed and loose pigments, loose glitter and cream eye shadows. There are also some palettes available. I love that the price per pan shadow is $5 or $6 depending on the finish.

The mattes blend very well. I always wear a primer on my lids because they are naturally oily. I experienced minor creasing at the end of the day using the pressed pigments. I didn’t have this issue with the shimmer shades. (To be honest, I’ve noticed this lately with a number of brands, so it may be a personal problem.) The matte shades are more loosely packed as compared to a Mac shadow, but not as bad as an Anastasia shadow. The shimmers and pressed pigments are very pigmented and I experienced little to no fallout. Unless you’re buying a pre-made palette, you’ll need your own empty palette to store these as they are sold by the pan.

There are some shades listed here as discontinued. However, the site lists some as “discontinuing” and may be still available for purchase until the shade sells out. One thing that annoys me is that this brand isn’t great at keeping a full stock of their shades. On several occasions, several shades I wanted were unavailable. Swatches of the shadows I’ve picked up over the past several months is are below. Individual pictures of the pans is at the end of the post.

These shades can be purchased at

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  1. The Greatest Gift (pressed pigment) is described as a light pink with a green shift.
  2. Dive (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green with a strong gold shift.
  3. Lucky Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a peach with a gold undertone.
  4. Somber (shimmer) is described as a medium brown with a strong gray/silver undertone.
  5. Golden Strawberry (shimmer) is described as a medium pink with brown undertone and a slight sheen.
  6. Redeemer (shimmer) is described as a medium purple with a strong blue and lavender shift.
  7. Golden Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a deep peach with golden shift.
  8. Rover (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe with a mauve undertone.
  9. Indiana Love (matte) is described as a deep blue.
  10. Underworld (shimmer) is described as a red brown with sparkle.
  11. Caramel Apple (matte, discontinued) is described as a deep red brown.
  12. Chocolate Raspberry Fudge (matte) is described as a chocolate brown with red undertones.
  13. Hot Chocolate (matte) is described as a medium deep chocolate brown.
  14. General (matte) is described as a deep army green that leans brown.
  15. Tiara (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe.
  16. Defiance (pressed pigment) is described as a deep brown with a strong green undertone.
  17. Tattle Tale (pressed pigment) is described as a burgundy with blue sparkle. If the shade is applied wet, it will leave a strong blue overlay on top of the shadow.
  18. Promenade (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green shade.
  19. Laura’s Memory (pressed pigment) is described as a copper with an orange undertone.
  20. Slayed (pressed pigment) is described as a steel blue.
  21. Deep Waters (shimmer) is described as a deep navy blue with a satin finish; however, it seems matte to me.
  22. Redeemed (matte) is described as a medium deep plum matte.
  23. Eastern Rise (matte) is described as a medium deep matte with a slight purple undertone.


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