Giorgio Armani Intense Eyes To Kill Eye Shadows AQUA Collection – 27 Oxidised Silver, 28 Red Platine and 29 Rose Titanium Reviews and Swatches

July 16, 2012

I received a call from the Giorgio Armani SA that the Eyes To Kill Eye Shadows from the AQUA Collection arrived in Australia the day after I posted my beauty wishlist – perfect timing! After playing with the testers for about 20 minutes, I restrained myself to 3 shades for now – 27 Oxidised Silver, 28 Red Platine and 29 Rose Titanium. The entire collection is gorgeous but I thought I will make more use out of these shades compared to the others as they appear very wearable and “me”. The rest of the shades are more for a smokey look which are attractive but I have been rarely wearing dark eye shadows lately.


There have been similar products released in the market by some cheaper brands, but I always have a soft spot for the Giorgio Armanis as they are the original. Especially when it comes to the presentation of the product, as each shade of Eyes To Kill appears to be made of multicolored and complex shimmery pigments which give a multi-dimensional finish, and I have not seen that in any other cheaper brand. They blend like a dream as well as last a whole day on my oily lids.  I generally prefer to use my fingers for application if I want to create a soft sparkly layer with a hint of color. Or to use my beloved MAC 217 if I want to pack on a decent layer of color.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eye Shadow Rose Titanium 29: Had I not seen it in real life I would have skipped it as I am usually scared of pink eye shadows. But Rose Titanium swatches beautifully, as it shows up as a pale pink that looks very flattering on my skin tone. It makes a great alternative to the usual beige-champagne base color which I am a little bored of now.


Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eye Shadow Oxidised Silver 27: It will be a sell-out. You can’t miss this one if you love taupe, and it has the perfect undertone of purple for me.


Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eye Shadow Red Platine 28 : It is another drop dead gorgeous neutral but complex shade. It shows up as a bronzy coppery gold on me with silver shimmer. I always wanted a shade like it in a portable glass pot so I can carry it with me easily.

giorgio-armani-eyes-to-kill-eye-shadow-Red-Platine-28-swatchGroup Swatches:

under the sun

giorgio-armani-eyes-to-kill-eye-shadow-27-28-29-Red-Platine-oxidised-silver-rose-titanium-swatchesIn the shade

giorgio-armani-eyes-to-kill-eye-shadow-27-28-29-Red-Platine-oxidised-silver-rose-titanium-swatches-1Blended out

giorgio-armani-eyes-to-kill-eye-shadow-27-28-29-Red-Platine-oxidised-silver-rose-titanium-swatches-2Compared to other ETKs

Top 28, 27, 29 Bottom: 15, 4 , 8


Bottom Line: I think the color palette and the wearability of AQUA Collection surpasses all of its previous limited editions. It’s a versatile yet unique collection of eye shadows for the neutral lovers.

I bought these at David Jones for AUD$45 each. The new AQUA collection is also available here in the US.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha July 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thank you for the beautiful swatches! You bought the exact colors on my wish list 🙂 I already got 27, but I was debating on 29 and 28. I will get both!


Reika July 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

hehe hi five Martha! I always knew that we have very similar taste in makeup, as I love everything you feature in your blog!


Yellowlantern July 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thanks for the swatches!

Would you say that 28 is more brown/beige than 8? They look somewhat similar in the photo so I’m wondering if it would make sense to own both. Thanks!


Reika July 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Hi, 28 is much more brown and coppery than 8. I would use 8 as a base color, but 28 as a lid color.


stephanie July 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

oxidised silver looks gorgeous!!!


ModestyBrown July 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thank you so much for the swatches! It was really useful to see how #27 compares to #4. I’m very tempted to get a couple from this collection.


Reika July 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You should! 4 has a stronger gray undertone, whereas 27 leans more purple.


Daisy Chiu July 17, 2012 at 3:02 am

Can’t wait to see you do a EOD look with this : )



Reika July 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I will Daisy! 🙂


lisa July 17, 2012 at 3:04 am

Beautiful! I look forward to seeing them on your eyes. Thanks.


Reika July 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Lisa. I am working on my fotd now 🙂


Kate July 17, 2012 at 4:00 am

Thanks for the comparison swatches, or maybe not since I think I need all of these now!


Dovey July 17, 2012 at 4:04 am

These certainly make for a covetable collection! I’m really loving 4 and 27 based on your swatches 🙂


Reika July 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

hehe you must be a taupe-fanatic like me 🙂


Shannon July 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Gorgeous photos! I ordered 26, 27, and 28, but want them all of course 🙂 I have a weakness for these Armani ETK shadows – they are so long-lasting and come in such beautiful shades.


Elizabeth July 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Thank you so much for the lovely swatches! I ended up getting 28 and 25. The latter is a cool, almost khaki undertoned grey-black that I think is going to make a really sultry smokey eye. I’m looking forward to a face of the day from you using the new shades!


Elaine July 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

Gorgeous! I asked Jen to pick up #23, #24, #27, #28 for me. Going to collect them from her when I see her this week.
I think the Aqua collection is beautiful. 🙂


Becca @ The Beauty Sample July 18, 2012 at 3:36 am

LOL I was literally just saying on someone elses blog how I haven’t gotten that “must-have” craving for any of the ETK shadows yet…until now. I LOVE how #27 looks–purpley-taupe?!? Say no more. It’s gorgeous and I may need to make this my first ETK purchase!! 🙂


Kas July 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I just picked up #24, #27 and #28 and kept swatching and swatching #29 – I’m not a fan of pink eyeshadows but this one is just so pretty … I might just cave!


Clare @ July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I love your swatches… The rose one in particular looks amazing.


Annie August 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I just ordered mine after i had been holding it for as long as it was available 🙂 I should have seen your swatch before I made my purchase…I didnt pick 29…..bumped into temptalia website and she gave the score for the colour oddly low (score C)…unfortunately,I couldnt see it in person as its available in Antwerp 🙁 your website will be my guidance from now on….hope the subscription will work as I somehow never received the notifications for new posts :((((((


Reika August 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Aww thank you so much Annie! I am so flattered 🙂 I am on holiday now so I have not been blogging lately.. May I ask when did you subscribe to my blog and which feed did you use?


annie August 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I thought I did the google reader because I usually had to come to your main link and always late to submit the response on yr new post 🙁

But that’s great!!!! If you wouldn’t mind and feeling like sharing the packing tips,it would be super helpful!!!! I’m on a short vacation but it stressed me out everytime I gotta pack :(((( I am definitely not a light traveller….and you are a very organised person at the quality I like!!! So I know must-hv travelling items (^-^) ♡


Annie June 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi Reika

Just wanted to drop you a note as I am absolutely happy with Rose Titanium!!! Your recommendation so far never wrong!!!!! I love it very very much!!! And i did subscribe through email. No apps :/ i still never seen your new post…. Will redo it again :(())


Reika June 23, 2013 at 4:06 am

Sorry about the late reply Annie…Thank you so much for letting me know you love rose titanium, and I am very flattered to know you like my recommendations 🙂


Lakshmi September 8, 2012 at 2:23 am

Reika aren’t these just gorgeous!! I got 25, 26, 27 and 28! I knowwww! 😀 Couldn’t resist!
Unfortunately 29 was too stark on my deep skintone so skipped that (thank god!)
But one of my fave shadows in this line is unexpectedly a pink one #7 (sweet fire) which is a great shadow to top up neutral/brown based eye looks: it adds a great sheen and the cool pink tone almost taupe-ifies a look! Check it out if you’d like!


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