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.

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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.


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.

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