Eyes to Kill Intense: Sweet Fire

This is my ‘last’ look featuring Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadows (ETK).  It is a very neutral pretty look.  I used Sweet Fire (ETK No. 7) with a damp brush (Sigma SS194), but that was because I wanted the intensity for the photos.  I would suggest using your fingers for a more subtle appearance.  Click here for a swatch of Sweet Fire (ETK No. 7).

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Gel
Base: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Crease: Makeup Forever #137
Lid: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 7
Lid: Mac Cranberry
Inner Corner: Mac Shroom
Outer V: Mac Embark
Upper Lashline: NARS Coconut Grove Eye Shadow
Lower Lashline: NARS Coconut Grove Eye Shadow
Lower Waterline: Mac I Get No Kick
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan
Blush: Tarte – Flush
Cheek Highlight: NARS Albatross

Get this look:

I tried out Eyes to Kill on top of a cream base instead of a primer.  I used a Mac Paint Pot all over the lid and up to the brow.  I then applied ETK No. 7 on the lid and up to the crease with a dampened concealer brush.  I used the back of my nail to get some of the product on the back of the stopper that comes with the product.  I don’t think using this base would’ve been a good choice had I worn this over the course of a day.  Mainly because my oil lids need a primer, but combining two cream-based products plus having to pack on ETK to get the intensity for the pictures was not a good idea.  In the short run, that combination accentuated my crease line too much.

With a Mac 217 brush, I blended out the edges of the ETK using Makeup Forever #137 and into the crease, which is a mauve shade.  This shade has ever so slight sheen, but matte lovers can appreciate it.  With a Laura Mercier eye crease brush (fantastic brush by the way) I used Mac’s Embark to form my Outer V.  Embark is a shade Mac lovers love to hate.  It is a matte, which isn’t the brands best product.  I use it often in the crease, but I have to swirl a crease brush in the shade at least eight times.  This will not be a repurchase item for me.  If you’re debating on this shade, get Handwritten (matte2 finish). 

I used Cranberry to help the transition between Handwritten and ETK No. 7.  I applied my inner corner highlight shade (Shroom) using a pencil brush.  I chose Mac Vanilla as my brow highlight because it isn’t as shimmery as Shroom. 

For a softer look, I used a shadow as a liner versus using an eyeliner.  I chose Nars Coconut Grove shadow.  Unfortunately this was a limited edition shade, which should be made permanent.  Nars isn’t a line known for its eye shadows because they are so ‘hit or miss’.  This is the darkest, most pigmented matte brown known to man and the finish is so buttery smooth.  It is on the cool side, which isn’t good for me because I can’t use it full on.  It turns too ashy.  I knew it was a cool-toned shade when I bought it was too fantastic to turn my back on it.  I actually did a pink and brown look with an Inglot shade and this color in the crease, but it didn’t look good.  I used a short dense shader brush to apply the shade as an eyeliner to the upper and lower lash line.

MAC Peacocky featuring Paparazz-She and Centre Stage

This look uses more of my Megal Metal shadows by MAC.  I’ll back off of them for a while (because I have new and exciting things to replace them)!!!!

I love looks using gold, copper/orange and red shades.  It can create a fantastically neutral but spicy eye.  It can also be glammed-up for spring / summer.  One of my first posts features this color combo.  I knew I’d do this combo again, but I didn’t think it would be so soon.  I blame Mac.  🙂

On warm brown skin, Paparazz-She is a particularly fantastic shade as most oranges are.  I was most disappointed in Tweet Me.  It is a pretty pale peach shade with gold shimmer.  On a neutral base, the shade is a simple pale gold.  To get the peach tone to come out, I’ve had to use a coral paint pot, which I didn’t do in this post.  I find this typical for most of the light peach shadows I own.

As of this writing, many of these shadows are sold out on MAC’s website.  There is still availability at the counters and major department store websites.  Mega Metals are pricier than normal MAC shadows, but the pan is enormous and well worth the extra dollars.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Pencil – Dark Brown
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Base: Mac Paint Pot – Painterly
Highlighter: Mac Sweet Joy
Crease: Mac Swiss Chocolate
Outer V: Mac Brown Down
Outer Third: Mac Centre Stage
Inner Two Third: Mac Paparazz-She
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay Corrupt
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Corrupt and Underground
Lower Waterline: Mac I Get No Kick
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Tan
Contour: Everyday Minerals – Bronzed Tan
Blush: Nars Taj Mahal
Lip: Mac Chestnut lip liner
Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense #13

Get This Look:

The brown shades were used to define my crease and form the Outer V using a stiff dome brush.  The crease color was blended up using my favorite Tete-A-Tint. (Tete-A-Tint has been discontinued in the pan-only form.  It is still available at stores in the full pot.)  The highlight shade was a limited edition color that came out with the Venomous Villains collection.  It is a typical highlight shade, but it has a yellow undertone.  Use what you have and like.

Tweet Me was applied to the inner corner and blended up. Paparazz-She was patted on using a flat shader brush.  Centre Stage was put on the outer third and blended up to the crease.  I used a bit of the red shade ‘Sex-Pectations’ (don’t you love that name!) to blend the orange and brown shades together.


My favorite shadow primer is Nars, but I have a tube of UD Primer Potion to use up so, indulge me.

NARS Taj Mahal blush is a beautiful medium orange with shimmer.  The color itself is fantastic and I highly recommend it for all warm toned people in general, but specifically brown skin.  I don’t give it the love it deserves because of the shimmer and my oily skin.  It’s definitely worth checking out.

MAC Peacocky featuring Odalisque and Dalliance

These are limited edition Mega Metal shades by MAC and one of their better eye shadow collections as far as consistent quality and pigmentation.  Odalisque is a pretty medium teal color (it looks too blue in my photo unfortunately).  Not hard to dupe.  Dalliance is a unique shade and has varying nuances depending on your undertone and skin shade.  On me, Dalliance is a very pale champagne shade approaching silver.  I almost didn’t get it because it is similar to Fyrinnae’s Platinum (featured in my Archmage New Year post).  Platinum has more shimmer and depth.  If you can’t get Dalliance, Platinum is your best bet.

These new Mac Mega Metal shades are very soft, pigmented and can be used wet.  The softness also creates a lot of fallout and I’ve also noticed the shadow will bead up a little in the pan when used wet.


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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Pencil – Dark Brown
Primer: Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Upper Crease: Mac Soft Brown
Crease: MUFE #30
Outer V: Mac Plumage
Outer Third: Mac Odalisque
Inner Two Third: Mac Dalliance
Upper Lashline: Mac Feline
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Underground
Lower Waterline: MAC I Get No Kick
Lash Primer: MAC Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Volume
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
Contour: Everyday Minerals – Bronzed Tan
Blush: Nars Gilda
Highlight: Giella Eye M Glam
Lip: Revlon Color Stay lip liner
Mac Thrills Lipstick
Mac Pret-a-Papier Lipgloss

Get This Look:

Makeup Forever’s #30 is applied to the crease using a stiff dome brush.  This color is blended out using Soft Brown (not pictured).  Soft Brown on me isn’t far off from my skin tone so a face powder can be used.  Vanilla is applied and heavily blended out using a short shader brush under my brow.

Odalisque isn’t a dark enough color for me to use alone on my outer third.  I used Plumage to shape my outer V and add some depth to Odalisque.  Plumage is a very dark teal shade and is an example of a typical bad Mac matte shade.  I used a pencil brush to apply the color and getting the color onto my brush felt like chalk.  The pigmentation is there, but the texture is…blah.

Dalliance is applied to the inner two thirds of my lid.  Odalisque is then applied to my outer third and lightly blended over to Dalliance.  I took a clean blending brush and blended the upper edge of those two colors into my crease.  Odalisque completely covers up Plumage, but if it wasn’t there, you would be able to see the difference.

The liners and cheek color don’t need an explanation.  As far as the lips…I used Revlon’s Colorstay lipliner all over the lip.  Mac Thrills lipstick is a rose / amber color, but is much more amber on my pigmented.  It’s a bit too frosty for me and I don’t reach for it too often.  I lightly applied Mac Pret-a-Papier lipgloss (darker rose color with a hint of amber) to bring out more of the rose color.