Eyes to Kill 4-Color Eye Shadow Palettes Eyes to Kill Quad Shimmers ($59), since the box and the palette itself mention nothing about shimmer. I think that's going to confuse more than a few of Armani's customers. It did me.
The four new Eyes to Kill Quad Shimmers are said to feature iridescent, eye-catching colors with electric shine and shimmer. "Irresistible with its extremely soft, sensory appeal, the eye shadow arms the eyes with a flawless weapon all day long."
These new eye shadow palettes are available now. The shades are 09, Medusa; 10, Mirage (with peach tones), 11, Mystery (with taupe tones), and 12, Fatal (with pink lavender tones). Don't look for those names anywhere except Armani online. There is no trace of them on the packaging or compacts - just numbers. I purchased three at Neiman Marcus. Today, I will show you #9 (Medusa). I also came home with #10 and #11. I'll get photos soon - hopefully tomorrow. I passed on #12, Fatal, because the shades aren't me.
The compact has two levels. You'll find the eye shadows on the top tier. The lower tier has two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The compact is luxurious, featuring Armani's signature magnetic snap closure.
I took swatch photos in full, morning sun. I applied each shade with a sponge--tipped applicator. That's when I noticed that these shades have more pigment than Armani's previously introduced Eyes to Kill shadows. The difference isn't dramatic. I also noticed that the finish - the promised shimmer - is a mirage. Perhaps that's why one is called Mirage? In #9, the top and bottom shades are matte, and the two greens offer a subtle shimmer. All of the shades are pretty, but I think it's a stretch to reference electric shine.
The greens are glorious. The shimmering mint shade is perfect for spring - so fresh. The second green is hard to describe. I'd call it the color of fresh peas, but there is a tiny hint of blue in it. It is definitely not khaki, as it appears in Armani's photo. The two greens look great layered or blended into a green symphony for the lids.
Despite the red-toned brown, I'm very glad I purchased this palette. The greens remind me of Armani's transparent silk blouses that personify elegance.
Today, you can purchase three of the four shades at the Giorgio Armani Beauty Web site. You can find all four at Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria (click on the Neiman Marcus link to see all four palettes). I'm sure that they will arrive at all Armani counters soon, if they aren't available already. I'll show you the other two this week.
Photo at top courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty; other photos by Best Things in Beauty