Saturday, August 10, 2013

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Intense in Gold Hercule from the Kaleidoscope Collection for Fall 2013

There are six new Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33) in Armani's new Kaleidoscope Collection. Gold Hercule, shown directly above, is the shade that knocked my socks off. I purchased mine at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The pearlescent shades offer a kaleidoscopic effect, the illusion of changing color depending on the direction of light (note this statement; it's important). The colors are never what they seem; each movement creates a new nuance of color.  From gold to red, violet to pink, blue to green, aqua blue to violet, their holographic effects span the color spectrum.

Eyes to Kill Intense is not new, so I'm sure you're familiar with it. Its innovative hybrid texture, which is not a powder nor a cream, provides a smooth, lasting color film to the eyelids. Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multidimensional effect. In just one swoop, you can create a wet, shimmering smoky eye. Use more for serious drama.

The technology, Armani's Color-Fil, was used for the first time in an eye shadow with Eyes to Kill Intense. A new high-resistance bi-polymer enables the formula to perfectly fit the color to the eyelid with cushiony suppleness, providing comfortable long wear. It will provide 24-hour color wear (if you need it) and it crease-proof, flake-proof, waterproof, and sweat-proof. Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows glide on, stay on, but wipe off in an instant (using heavy-duty eye makeup remover). You can apply them wet or dry with your fingers or the Armani large eye contour brush.

I started trying to take swatch photos of Gold Hercule in full sunlight outdoors. I knew I wasn't getting getting good photos because the shadow, once applied to my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator, looked too silvery, too blue, too something - not at all like it looked inside or in the pot. Perhaps this manifestation is only one of many shades in its kaleidoscope of colors?

The color above didn't show you the magnificent golden green that defines Gold Hercule (in the pot). So, I did the unthinkable. I went inside and stood in a bright window. There, I saw what I felt was a truer representation, so I snapped a few photos without flash.  The best one is below.

Quite a difference, don't you think? Outdoors, the iridescent green is subdued - a mélange of colors that is hard to describe. Indoors, the green is prominent, with a shimmering with shimmering gold highlights. I like both colors. There is a third color you'll see when you test it. It looks quite a bit like an antiqued green. I couldn't capture that color on "film."

I'll admit I haven't worn Gold Hercule to an evening event, so I have no idea what it might look like in candlelight or dim light. I do know how it looks in strong daylight outdoors and in. I'm fascinated by it.

The new Kaleidoscope Collection is available at all Giorgio Armani Beauty counters. It is online at the Giorgio Armani Beauty Web site and other online sites.

Photo at top courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

13 comments:

CGirl said...

You just sold me on this color! I was only going to get the pinkish one, but you've made this look so gorgeous and much more wearable than other swatches. Cosmetics companies should pay you a commission!

makeupandentropy.com said...

Wow, I need this in my life! That's gorgeous!

jessigreer said...

I purchased #30 Rose Popillia from this collection-I think you would love it-it is such a beautiful daytime shade. I can never pull off pink or rose eyeshadows but this also turns grey/silver, slightly green and gold depending on how the light hits it. I'm thinking of buying a backup because as I understand it these are limited edition, but I wonder-will this eyeshadow formula last unopened in a drawer for a year or more? My eyeshadow collection is comprised of mostly bronze and gold shades, this is a nice change for me!

Charleston Girl said...

CGirl, I would love to have that commission. More money to spend on makeup!

Charleston Girl said...

It is exceptional, Makeupandentropy!

Charleston Girl said...

Jessigreer, it should last, but no guarantees with creams. Put it away without ever opening. Actually, wrap it in aluminum foil or Saran Wrap if you don't have any Parafilm.

Dovey said...

Hi Charlestongirl, What a gorgeous chameleon of a shade! Gold Hercule is gorgeous :)

Claire said...

Wow, this is what I wish Chameleon from LMdB would be, this is stunning!! And a feat of photography on your part, CG, to show the total transformation of color depending on the angle. Brilliant!

Liz Fahy Scott said...

I've been seeing swatches of this collection around the net, and frankly I don't think there's a dud in the whole lot. Each and every shade is stunning!

angusmum1 said...

Oh I want thia badly

Bonnie C. said...

This is very beautiful, I'm so glad you shared it with us. And I'm especially glad you swatched it for us, because when I first saw it in the pot I thought I wouldn't like it very much, but it's lovely. :-) I can't remember if you've said before or not, but is this at all similar to the Buxom Stay There shadows, or completely different?

Thanks for this post! :-)

Isla said...

That duochrome is gorgeous but greens like that never look good on me...

beano54 said...

Gorgeous shade