Giorgio Armani Intense Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow in 8 Nola Swatch

June 17, 2011

There is no way I can leave the Giorgio Armani counter empty handed. Along with my recent lipstick purchase, I also bought a few GA Intense Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows. Today I want to talk about the shade 08 NOLA which is a beautiful champagne color that really wowed me when I swatched it in real life.


For those of you who aren’t familiar with these shadows, basically they have a hybrid texture of powder and cream. They are extremely pigmented and have a high voltage shimmer. I have previously reviewed the shade 15 NOIGA and 13 NOIFA  – they were released as Limited Editions from the Holiday 2010 collection and now they have been re-promoted to the permanent line.

My overall thoughts about the new ones remain the same as these previous two.  The only difference I want to mention is that I feel the new shadows are more loosely packed compared to the LE ones – the texture is more of a hybrid between cream and pigment as opposed to powder. Some of the testers at the counter all shattered into pigments..the SA recommended to use the included insert to press firmly onto the shadow to make it stay intact after use each use.


The shade 08 NOLA is a peachy bronzy champagne color in the pan, but shows up as a true champagne color on the skin.



Judging by the picture below, you will know that I am quite obsessed with champagne colors. It is just the most flattering color to highlight the inner corner, and I always prefer to use cream based products because they last longer on the tear duct area than the pencil eyeliners.


MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque

Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Beach Honey

Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten

Stila Shadow Pot in Honey



Just to compare these products:

1. Mac Paint Pot is so dry and chalky after a few months of use (as you can see in the picture) so I won’t buy anymore paint pots…

2. Bobbi Brown Beach Honey is a nice base for the eyelids, but not shimmery enough as a highlighter.

3. Stila in Kitten and Honey appears to be the closest dupes, but I prefer GA Nola which has a purple tinge to it.

4. Giorgio Armani is the most pigmented and long lasting shadow out of all these – a little goes a long way and both the color and the sheen stays on for an entire day. So this one is definitely the keeper!

FYI Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow retails for $49 in Australia.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Eileen June 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

The ETK shadows look amazing. I love the sheen and the shine! Do you have any MUFE Aqua Creams to compare with? 😀


Reika June 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Unfortunately No…MUFE is so hard to find in Australia…:-(


Martha June 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Great comparison swatches! I had just decided I needed #8 as well, this seals the deal.


Reika June 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Martha. I hope you will like it as much as I do. Look forward to your thought on it 🙂


a bit coquettish June 18, 2011 at 1:09 am

I can’t believe I’ve only stumbled upon your blog today; it’s absolutely stunning – as are you!

This isn’t helping my makeup addiction in any way shape or form… oh well. (: xx


Sandra June 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I absolutely adore the Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadows. Yesterday I bought Nr. 9 and Nr. 10. Beautiful colours. Now in my collection are 7 of the breat eyeshadows and I want more.


Reika June 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Me too, the pigmentation and the texture are too die for. I just can’t get enough of them!


Delyteful Speaks June 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I just recently purchased #6 and #9 and they’re both lovely! I’m impressed with how long lasting they are! Can’t wait to get my hands on more!


Reika June 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I know..they are just so insanely pigmented and long lasting. I wish they come out with more neutral shades though..


Me my best and I June 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Drrol- I have a weakness for shimmery golden creme shadows. Nola is luscious, iIalso love the powder kitten shadow. Out of all your formulas which crease the least? I’ve ben quite happy with Benefits for not creasing


Melissa July 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I was wondering what you’re using to apply these. I just bought 3 shades #2, #5 & #6 – love love them all but am a little baffled on which tool to reach for.


Reika July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hi Melissa, I use Mac 217 blending brush to apply these shadows. It is the best for applying creamy e/s, give it a try and let me know how you go 🙂


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