Eyes To Kill Intense: Purpura

Purpura is a lovely, but moody red-based purple.  This is the forth attempt at posting a look using this product.  Forth!!  It took me that long to figure out what the issue was.  Purpura does not get along well with Paint Pots.  It turned this color into a murky, grayish purple mess.  Using the product wet on top of the Paint Pot didn’t help either.  The base isn’t necessary for this product, but I need it for the other shadows I’m using.  I ended up using my go to, favorite Nars primer.

This shadow is also interesting in that it doesn’t look good on its own if you wanted to use it as a wash, at least with my skin tone.  It is very pretty, but definitely needs some help to carry it along.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Gel
Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Lid: Giorgio Armani Purpura*
Inner Corner: Urban Decay  Midnight 15*
Urban Decay Junkshow*
Outer Corner: Urban Decay Half Truth*
Lashline: Urban Decay Blackout*
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Liner – 0L
Waterline: Mac Powerpoint Gilded White
Mascara: Clinique High Definition Lashes
Mac Prep and Prime – Lash
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan 
Get This Look:

After applying my Nars primer (best primer ever, but more on that later), I smoothed Purpura on with my finger.  I left the inner corner bare and applied Purpura a bit past my crease and to the outer corner.  With a Mac 239 brush, I darkened the outer corner using Urban Decay’s Half Truth and lightly blended this shade into my crease.  I layered Midnight 15 and Junkshow for the inner corner color because Midnight 15 was too light for what I wanted and Junkshow was too pink.

I used a skin tone shade (Mac’s Soft Brown) to blend the colors at the upper edge.  Using a Mac 228 brush, I applied Blackout to my lashline and angled it up at the outer corner.  I still used a black pencil liner by MUFE on my upper and lower lash line.  I smudged to liner (at least tried to) using what was left on my 228 brush.  I put Midnight 15 on my tear duct area using a short shader brush.

* See the Giorgio Armani and Urban Decay Anniversary Palette post for swatches.

Eyes To Kill Intense: Blast of Blue

This is a simple look using Giorgio Armani’s Blast of Blue shadow.  I attempted to apply this shadow with a flat synthetic concealer brush by gathering some of the color onto the back of the little stopper, but it didn’t work out as well as some of the other Eyes To Kill shades.  This color was a bit more crumblier than the others I’ve purchased, which gave me a lot of fallout problems.  So I ended up using my index finger, which is what Armani wants, I just don’t want to for sanitary reasons.  This is a real nice and interesting shade.  It isn’t a blue with gold shimmer, the gold is infused with the blue.  The shade is prettier on my eye than when swatched.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Gel
Base: Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Crease: Mac Haux
Lid: Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue
Inner Corner: INGLOT #429*
Upper Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Lower Lashline: Mac Pearlglide – Petrol Blue
Mascara: Clinique High Definition Lashes
Mac Prep and Prime – Lash
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan
Get This Look: 

I started off by applying Soft Ochre Paint Pot to my lid.  (A base isn’t necessary for these shades, but it is for the other shadows used.)  I dampened my lid with water and applied Blast of Blue all over my lid and a bit past my crease.  I then put the light blue INGLOT shade onto my inner corner.  To blend out the edge of Blast of Blue, I used Mac’s Haux with a Louise Young LY38 brush.  I also used a skin tone shade (Mac’s Soft Brown) to blend out Haux and tone down the paint pot.

After applying my highlight shade, I lined my upper lash line and waterline with Urban Decay’s Perversion.  I used Mac’s Petrol Blue on my lower lash line and smudged it out with a short shader brush.  Petrol Blue is a darker blue than the lid shade, which I didn’t like for this look.  So, I took a bit of the INGLOT shade and lightly applied it on top of the blue liner.

* See INGLOT Has Arrived article and The Swatch Bin for swatches.

GIORGIO ARMANI EYES TO KILL – INTENSIVE (Part 2)

Giorgio Armani has come out with two more Eyes to Kill Intense eye shadows (#1 and #3).  The new colors came out a little over a month ago.  The moment I found out I went on the hunt for them, but the shades weren’t available at my local Armani counter.  Of course it’s available online, but I didn’t feel like waiting for mail.  So, I talked myself out of buying them.

Then Armani had a Friends and Family sale (with free shipping) and that was all it took.  Thanks Armani!  Too kind.  Now Blast of Blue (#1) and Purpura (#3) are mine.   I know I have an addiction, I’m working on it.

Blast of Blue is a deep blue with intense gold shimmer, while Purpura is a deep red-purple with gold and silver shimmer.  The swatches of these colors were done over Urban Decay Primer Potion.  These shadows are more intense when used wet, which I will do in an upcoming look.

I’ve updated The Swatch Bin with these shades and a comparison of other colors I own.  Truthfully, I own nothing that comes close.  These colors are in a class by themselves.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

See this post for more information on Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense shadows.