Christmas Party Look with Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill 04

November 28, 2011

Christmas is just around the corner, which means the party season is truly upon us! Are you all excited? I am, because the many “non-neutral-makeup” that I bought for special occasions are finally on high rotation of use. I attended a few parties after work last week, and I needed makeup that can transform my look from day to night within minutes. I thought I’ll give the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eye shadow 04 a try – I wanted this one so much until I got the Chanel Illusoire but I bought it anyway at SAKS to qualify for the gifts with purchase.

I love Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eye shadows in general, and I have already reviewed the other shades in my previous post, so I am not going to review the quality of these eye shadows again. The shade 04 is a gorgeous taupe shade in the pan, but I am little disappointed that the color doesn’t show up on me quite the same as it appears in the pan. It pulls a little too gray with a gunmetal metallic sheen – such color can look too harsh against my complexion and I don’t feel comfortable wearing it alone. I personally prefer taupe with a brown tinge to it and that’s what this shade is missing.




Compared to Chanel Illusoire:

giorgio-armani-eyes-to-kill-04-swatchMy Giorgio Armani ETK Eyeshadows Collection as of today:


Bottom Line: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill 04 is a stunning color but I think it takes the right complexion to pull it off. It allows you to create a multi dimensional smoky eyes within minutes, and also serves as a good base for an even more intense and dramatic eyes. I like it but not love it. I think there are better GA ETK shades to invest in, and if I have to choose between ETK 04 and Chanel Illusoire, I would go for the Chanel.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamilla November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

An angelic holiday look!


Clare @ November 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’m loving your blog at the moment Reika! The gunmetal shadows paired with the pink blush looks amazing on you.


Reika November 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thank you so much Clare! You made my day 🙂


Elizabeth November 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I think it looks beautiful on you! It would be so perfect on New Year’s Eve. 🙂


Tina November 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Lovely eyeshadows !! My all time favorite color from GA ETK is #6. By away, what blush and lipstick do u use in this post ? I love it <3


Elizabeth November 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Hi Reika!

I have both the Illisoire and the ETK in 04 – I think I love both equally. I love Illusoire as a liner, which you can’t do with the ETK formula very easily, but I love the 04 more as an all over lid shade. I only have the one ETK (they’re almost $50 each with tax in Canada – CRAZY for one shadow!) and I’m happy with the shade I picked, although I’d love more. I always get a lot of compliments on it!

I don’t think you realize how gorgeous it is on your brown eyes (mine are more blue-green) – that really is a stunning look for you with the pink lip! Maybe you could work in a brown/taupe colour at the outer edges to bring it more into your comfort zone? Either way, thanks for sharing!


Reika November 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Interesting! Thanks for letting me know that you are using Illusoire as a liner, it had never occurred to me as I thought it would be too sheer! So are you also using the enclosed brush to line your eyes?
The ETKs retail for $50 AUD in Australia as well, so not any better than Canada! We should all move to US 😛


Elizabeth November 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Yes, I use the brush it came with. I really like it, it’s just stiff enough to give good control, and the unique rounded of shape makes application smooth, as well as easier for me to do my usual flick at the outer corner. Illusoire makes a really beautiful liner for day, subtle but definitely not too sheer (at least for me) and for night, Mirifique is an absolutely stunning liner! It’s rare to find a black shadow with visible shimmer, usually shimmer gets dulled in a black shadow product.


Replica November 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

What a lovely look, the shades go so well together, I love the cheek colour, its such a fresh looking shade of pink.


Jennise November 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

The silvery blue really suits you. I agree it takes the right complexion to pull it off and I think it pulls too cool on my medium skintone.


Jess November 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I prefer brownish taupe shades as well! Nevertheless, I think the Armani ETK 04 looks really nice on you. It creates a modern and edgy kind of look, which is great for night time!
Love the combo with the soft pink blush and lips. What are you using there? 🙂


Reika November 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Jess. I had Chanel tweed blush pink and the Shu Uemura lipstick PK 340 layered with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in56 Imaginaire.


Maria November 29, 2011 at 6:14 am

what a beautiful look! you look so fresh!
i like how the eye shadow goes well with blush color! by the way, what other things did you use for this look?


Reika November 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Maria. I had Chanel tweed blush pink and the Shu Uemura lipstick PK 340 layered with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in56 Imaginaire on my lips.


Celina November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

You look amazing girl, definitely going to be the most elegant and polish one at the xmas party 🙂


Megan November 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

This is such a stunning look on you, absolutely beautiful and perfect for Christmas!


Rainy Days & Lattes December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

You look absolutely amazing. I love the gunmetal shade! Fabulous! You are so gorgeous 🙂


Joyce September December 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

I agree that when swatched/applied on the lids, the color leans more metallic than the other swatches I’ve seen online. Have you tried using a damp brush? It takes most of the shimmers away, and I’ve stick with it ever since.

Nevertheless, it looks great on you, and during this festive season! Glad to know you’re back home, safe and happy! Judging from your entry, it was quite a fruitful trip, eh? =)


Caryn January 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

I can’t get over your blending skills and mascara. What are you using?


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