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.

Eyes To Kill Intense: Lust Red

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Here is my first look using the new Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense shadows (ETK).  It was interesting using my fingers to apply this potted shadow.  The only time I use my fingers for eye makeup application is smoothing on primer.  I found it challenging to maintain control like I can with a brush.  Next time I try these shades out I will put on the ETK shades first then my crease colors to blend out.

I really like this red color.  I hadn’t planned on buying this shade because I haven’t had much luck with red on black colors.  (Evil eye glare at Mac’s Beauty Marked and Fyrinnae’s Monarch Butterfly.)  This is the first time a shade like this appears nicely on my skin versus a dull pointless black.  Unfortunately, Lust Red looks somewhat brown on my eyes in the pictures.  To the naked eye, you can see the soft black with a strong red shimmer. Click here for a swatch of Lust Red; here for Sweet Fire.

UPDATE:  I tried out Lust Red again using a damp small concealer brush (synthetic).  The revised look isn’t a carbon copy of the original post.  I didn’t use Sweet Fire, but used a pale Inglot pink (#29) to blend out.  The Inglot shade was also applied to my inner corner.  I applying this shade with a brush helps the red shine through a little more.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – SpikedMaybelline Great Lash – Clear (brow gel)
Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Highlighter: Mac Girlie (not pictured*)
Crease: Mac Swiss Chocolate (not pictured*)
Lid: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 2
Inner Corner: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 7
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Lower Lashline: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 2 & 7
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Asphyxia
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Tan
* You can run a search to find swatches of these shades in earlier posts.

Get this look:

Even though a base is not supposed to be necessary, I used on anyway because I needed a base for the crease and brow colors.  I used a Mac 217 to put Swiss Chocolate in my crease.  This shade is a little darker than my skin tone, but has a red undertone.  I used a flat shader brush to apply my highlight shade and to blend it down to my crease color.

ETK No 2 color (Lust Red) was concentrated on my lid and blended up.  It was virtually impossible to get a nice edge to my outer corner (sharp or rounded) using my fingers.  I used a piece of paper to create an angle for the outer edge.  I took Sweet Fire (ETK No 7) and put it in my inner corner and along the edges of Lust Red to help with the fade.  I also lightly patted a shimmery white shade to the tear duct area to help it stand out more.

I took a short shader brush and attempted to apply No 2 and 7 on my lower lash line.  These shadows are immune to brushes, but I haven’t given up.