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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Giorgio Armani #30 Rose Popillia Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013, Swatches and Review


It's all Sara's fault. I blame her entirely. See, I've been trying not to spend as much money lately and I made a list of everything I wanted to get from the fall collections. Giorgio Armani wasn't on it. (Yes, I know I'm an idiot). But after seeing her posts on the Face & Eye Palettes, I was intrigued, but still resisted. Then I saw her post on the ETK Eyeshadows--and I about died. It left me speechless. I pulled the trigger. I was a good girl though--I only got one, #30 Rose Popillia.



Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting

For the Fall 2013 Kaleidoscope Collection, Armani released six, new Limited Edition shades of it's bestselling Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow ($33 for .14oz/4g). These long lasting eyeshadows come in a small, glass pot with a twist off-lid. and have another one of those hard to define textures like the new Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows. ETKs texture is pliable and dense--almost like wet sand without the grit. It's not so much a cream, as it is a very smooth and blendable powder. So smooth and blendable--that it just feels creamy.


Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK Ingredients, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK, Kaleidoscope Collection, Fall 2013 in indoor lighting

The Fall Kaleidoscope Collection ETKs are certainly a break from the traditional Fall look and range in color from a chartreuse green and a bright teal to an electric blue and sparkling silver. All of the shades in the collection have a duochrome color shift, though some shift more than others. Rose Popillia #30 is a silvery pink with gold and mauve shimmer. Depending on the light it can read either warmer or cooler, pinker or greyer.


Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow Swatches Dry (top)/Wet (bottom) in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK Swatches Dry (top)/Wet (bottom) in indoor lighting

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow Swatches Dry (top)/Wet (bottom) in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK Swatches Dry (top)/Wet (bottom) in indoor lighting

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia #30 Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow Swatches Dry (top)/Wet (bottom) in indoor lighting
Armani Rose Popillia ETK Swatches Dry (top)/Wet (bottom) in indoor lighting

The above swatches show Rose Popillia swatched dry on the top and wet on the bottom. When used dry, Rose Popillia is fairly sheer, even after two or three layers. When used wet, the color intensifies remarkably. It is such an unusual color--for an eyeshadow. I can think of a few nail polishes I have that are like this, but not any eyeshadows. It was an impossible shade to photograph (and trust me, the perfectionist in me tried). My swatches make it appear more metallic and frosty than it is. In real life, it has more of a soft, glistening radiance.

I was surprised to find that this didn't last all that long on me--when I wore it on my eyes or when I did my arm swatches. I found that I was able to rub most of the color away. And it washed away fairly easily with just water, also. I can't be the norm though. These eyeshadows are long lasting--for whatever reason, this one just didn't last that long on me. I mean, don't get me wrong, it didn't just come right off after like five minutes--but it didn't last as long as any of the Chanel Illusion d'Ombres of Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows that I have.

I still think the Armani Fall 2013 ETKs are a total win. The shades are fabulous--and it was hard to pick just one. Though I think #30 Rose Popillia would be the most easily worn, everyday kind of shade. And I must not be alone--they seem to be flying off the shelves--the virtual ones anyways. Usually Limited Edition ETK don't seem to sell out. I can still find some online from last Summer's Collection. But these? Shades are already selling out at different stores. So, if you are interested in #30 Rose Popillia or any of the other five shades--I would not wait long.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia, Makeup Magpie and Color Me Loud.

Armani Fall 2013 ETKs are available at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales and Giorgio Armani.

Tell me what you think about having bright, vibrant eye color for the Fall season. Have you picked up any of the new Armani ETKs for yourself?

4 comments:

  1. Great pick! I've been eyeing this one, but I just can't justify another purchase of eye shadow. I mean, what do I have? 1000 eyes?

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    1. I know, like I really need anymore eyeshadow than I already have. But I just couldn't resist. It's such a unique color--really glad I caved. Let me know if you pick any up and what you think.

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  2. Yes I know I am the one to blame, LoL but you certainly picked up the most pretty item of Armani Fall. I wore it just once, alone, only slightly defining the crease with ETK#2. I was then out with hubby and he said "wow, what is on your lids, it changes color in such a nice way!"

    Such a nice review, I hope you enjoy using ETK#30, in all of the virtual shelves, this one already sold out. Wish I got a back-up but I am trying now not to buy back-ups anymore since those really have enough product in them to use the rest of our lives :-)

    Xox

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    1. Yes, LOL, it's all your fault--in a good way. I would have never gotten it if it hadn't been for you. :) They are incredible--I'll just have to play with it some more to figure out why it didn't last that long on me. I'm trying not to buy many backups either. Chances are we won't ever need them.

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