Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

This past year has proven to be quite an extraordinary time for cosmetics.  Velvety smooth matte lipsticks, hybrid gloss/stain lip products, rich eyeshadow textures and colors, and amazing cream shadows and liners seem to have dominated the industry.  We can only hope 2015 will bring us even more phenomenal creations.  Without further ado, I present my personal highlights from this past year.  I hope you enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2014 Eyes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Face:

  •  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is my facial moisturizer during the winter months.  My overly dry skin soaks up this rich cream like a sponge, leaving a feeling of complete hydration for the entirety of the day.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the belle of the ball.  This powder foundation is smooth, hydrating, convenient, and long-lasting.  I cannot think of the last time a foundation has impressed me as much.
  • Dior Star Concealer is hands down the best concealer I have ever used.  The creamy formula glides on the skin and stays in place beautifully throughout the day.

Best of Beauty 2014 Cheeks:

Best of Beauty 2014 Lips:

  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is technically a liquid lipstick, but I use this mainly in place of a lipliner. The smooth non-drying, long-lasting formula makes lips impervious to feathering.  So smitten was I with this formula, the color Demure (review coming soon) became the newest addition to my makeup family.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks have been praise to no end on this blog.  I cannot think of another matte lipstick that can even match the texture and silky smooth feel of this line.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats are wonderful matte lipstick formulations.  These babies adhere to the lips instantly and leave the most potent stain behind.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks came with a promise of hydration, longevity and comfortable wear.  The subtle sheen finish was designed to make lips appear more plump.  Judging by the four tubes in my possession, it is safe to say, I’m sold!
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have been such a wonderful investment.  The lightweight texture and cooling sensation instantly awakens any look, especially when worn over a drying lipstick.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is the perfect mauve brown shade.  I love to pair this with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint for the ultimate sophisticated lip look.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes: Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Dual Fiber Eyeshadow, Memebox Eye Brushes.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:
Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, Memebox Eye Brushes.

  • Chikuhodo Z-Series brushes are the most exquisite brushes I have ever used.   These brushes are meant to be used with powder products only.  The soft bristles blend the most pigmented powders to professional perfection.
  • Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush is an oldie but a goodie that was resuscitated for use with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.  The soft dense synthetic bristles effectively works powder into the skin, giving flawless results.
  • Wayne Goss Brush 01 is a wonderful brush that works especially well with liquid foundations.  Currently, I use this brush to apply my cream and/or powder highlighter.
  • Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is used for blush and/or contour  application.  The small dense head is perfect for accurate product placement.
  • Billy B #12 Brush is used everyday for blending out gel liners, powder eyeshadows and for my outer corner color application.  The dual fiber angled design is perfect for hard to reach places.
  • Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has been in my collection for years.  I recently started to utilize this gem to blend out my concealer for amazing results!
  • Memebox Brushes are meant for travel, but the short handles and brush head designs are perfect for everyday use.  In addition, the affordable price makes this set an even more attractive offering.

Best of Beauty 2014 Nails:

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer with flash.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer (with flash).

  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Nail Color is my favorite color from 2014.  The cream formula is classic and appropriate for many occasions.  Best of all, the Estee Lauder’s formula removes easily without color bleeding or staining of the nails.
Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 in action:

  • Brows:  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.
  • Eyes:  Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer, MUFE M-600, M-510, Giorgio Armani 5 Vulcano (outer corners) Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (inner corners), Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Merle Norman Inner Liner.
  • Face:  Josie Maran Body Butter, Guerlain Powder Foundation, Dior Star Concealer.
  • Cheeks:  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, VL Sandalwood Blush, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee.
  • Lips:  Girlactik Allure and Demure Matte Lip Paint.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this has been a fantastic year for cosmetics.  The innovative formulas and colors seem to have come alive this year.  What have been some of your favorites of 2014?  As always, be well, stay safe and be happy.  May you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks and Memebox Brush Set (PR samples).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Current Favorites.

Current Face Favorites: Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Face Favorites:
Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Favorites.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

Current Favorites.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

  • Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation 340 (N) Bisque lasts all day with slight oil break through on the T-Zone area.  Plus the color selection is amazing, I have never had a foundation match my skin coloring so well.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Primer is lovely, but severely overpriced for what it does.  There are other primers that do the job just as well for a fraction of the price.
  • Chantecaille Gel Bronzer (reviewed here) has been used since my little beach excursion.  Someone forgot to tell me to rotate my beach chair, as a result, the right side of my face is more tan than the left.  I use this guy to even myself out.
  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (reviewed here) has been the secret to my “flawless” skin.  I simply use a DRY BeautyBlender to pick up product, tap off the excess on a towel and use the “press and roll” method to apply the powder onto the T-Zone area and on any enlarged pores around my cheeks.
  • Wayne Goss 01 Brush (reviewed here) is the ultimate foundation (everything) brush.  There is no going back to another brush.  Enough said!
Current Cheek Favorites: Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

Current Cheek Favorites:
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer (reviewed here) is so finely milled and pigmented.  I use my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush to apply the bronzer to my face and Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to my décolletage.
  • Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) is such a lovely pearlescent pink highlighter.  I use my slightly dampened Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to highlight the cheek bones.  Just remember to use this beauty sparingly to avoid looking like a disco ball.
  • Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush remains my favorite blush color.  This muted pinky/beige hue seems to go with every makeup look under the sun.  Use with a dense dampened brush for more color intensity and longevity.
  • Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush (reviewed here) is just as finely milled as 10 Beige, but gives me the option to utilize a peach blush for certain looks.  I prefer to apply this pigmented powder with my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush for even and smooth results.
Current Eye Makeup Favorites: Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Eye Makeup Favorites:
Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Favorites: Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line.  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line.  YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

Current Favorites:
Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line. YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

  • Cargo Waterproof Bronzer combined with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) are my everyday lower lash line colors.  Applying the same colors to my lower lash line as those on my lid, does not look particularly flattering on my eyes.  The resulting bronze coloring defines the area and brightens the eyes.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio (reviewed here and here) have amazing pigmentation and longevity; the latter looks so delicious when applied with a dampened brush.
  • YSL #07 Gold Star Cream Liner makes an amazing waterline color.  I find this formula lasts all day with slight fading on the outer corners.  As an added bonus, the deep gold coloring looks great with a variety of eye looks.
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara has served me well for the last few months.  It does exactly what it claims to do.
  • Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is the one brush that can do it all (at least on my eye shape).  The soft dense hairs pick-up color quickly and delicately.  Never a scratchy moment with this beauty.
  • Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush is used dampened to apply my eyeshadows.  The synthetic fibers are rather resilient and the price cannot be beat.  Lately, I have been using this wonder to apply Armani Navy along the upper lash line and in the outer corners.
  • Nars Eyeshadow Primer (reviewed here) is the best eyeshadow primer……period.
Current Favorites: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

Current Favorites:
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) has been in my possession for 10 months and has remained as inky black as the first day I brought it home.  The quality of the dual ended felt tips is outstanding, they remain unaffected by eyeshadow residue.  My Milani Eyeliner was prone to eyeshadow build-up, as a result, the tip no longer dispense product.
  • Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray was discovered in the back of one of my makeup drawers.  Even though the color is a bit deeper than it predecessor, 02 Seal Brown, a pencil this wonderful could not go to waste.  My 02 Seal Brown Pencil lasted 3 years before a replacement was needed.
  • Milani Brow Gel does what it claims to do at a very cheap price.
Current Lip Favorites: Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Current Lip Favorites:
Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (reviewed here) are wonderful.  450 Insolent plum is one of my favorite shades.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here) have a heavenly formula.  Private Party is the perfect bright pinky/red shade for the summer time.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here) have a lovely texture.  The lasting power is not the greatest on their own, but when added to a long wearing lip color, the results are stunning.
  • It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stains (reviewed here) have amazing longevity especially when used as a base for lipsticks.
Current Personal Care Favorites: Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L'Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

Current Personal Care Favorites:
Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L’Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Organic Coconut Oil is my night-time/summer-time moisturizer.  Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. wrote a great book called, The Coconut Oil Miracle, outlining all the benefits of Coconut Oil.  He states, “Polynesians, who traditionally wear very little clothing, have beautiful skin without blemishes and without cancer.  The reason is they eat coconuts and use the oil on their bodies as a lotion.”
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is my day-time/summer-time moisturizer.  The dry-oil quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t cause me to “sweat” during hot humid days.
  • Natures Gate Toothpaste is one of the few toothpaste brands that is fluoride-free and sodium laurel sulfate free.
  • L’Oreal Oleo Shampoo is sulfate-free and smells heavenly.  I would purchase Sienna Naturals Shampoo, but my son goes through shampoo like water and requires a readily available and affordable alternative.
  • Sienna Naturals Leave-In-Conditioner was recommended by Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (her fabulous review here).  I love this product, the all natural formula truly smooths out the hair without weighting it down.  I’m on my second bottle, my son used up the first bottle completely.
  • Target Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gets the job done.  Although I am a devoted Bioderma user, as of late, I feel a tinge of resentment over the inflated price ($40) for a makeup remover.  The same product in France cost $10 dollars.
Current Favorites: City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

Current Favorites:
City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

  • City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instrument Series.  If you enjoy a quick supernatural read, then this series is for you.  The movie was a major disappointment, the series had the potential to be the next Harry Potter and they wrecked that opportunity with a horrible script and subpar actors.
  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde is the only perfume that will last during the hottest of days.  I would love to describe the notes and so on, but Gaia from The NonBlonde is the source for all things fragrance related.
  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer is amazing. The left photo shows the polish on the first day and the right photo shows the polish on the fifth day with a fresh top coat added.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you I would love to hear some of the things you have been loving lately.  Be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Private Party.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow review and photos.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Navy blue is a great alternative to black and seems to possess a warmth that is lacking in its gloomy cousin.  So it would only seem natural for a makeup connoisseur, such as myself, to seek out the perfect navy eyeshadow.  My search lead me to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/1.5 g).  Seemingly common in appearance to many other “blues,” this uniquely colored dark horse is assuredly the best in texture, finish and pigment.  There–I said it, now you be the judge 🙂

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

The Pros to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Beautiful true matte navy blue color.
  2. Smooth silky texture binds to skin immediately resulting in zero fallout.
  3. Highly pigmented formula has a distinctly navy blue tone..does not appear black from afar.
  4. Can be used dry or wet..although wetting the color deepens the tone.
  5. Makes an outstanding eyeliner when used with a dampened angle brush.
  6. Can be layered seamlessly over cream/gel eyeshadows.
  7. When 2 Armani Navy is layered, the beautiful blue tone takes on a velvet appearance.
  8. Amazing longevity 10 hours+ over a primer.
  9. Sophisticated blue is very grown-up and office appropriate.
  10. Can be paired with a neutral or darker lip color.
  11. Packaging contains a mirror and handy sponge tip applicator.
  12. Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows come in 20 shades.
  13. Formulated without parabens.
  14. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. When applied wet, 2 Armani Navy’s matte formula does not blend as effortlessly as 9 Tadzio.
  2. Hooded eyes may encounter color transfer to the crease area if too much product is applied.
  3. For some reason this shade contains less product (1.5 g) than 9 Tadzio (1.75 g).  Come now Armani, for $32 you could have spared the extra .25 g.
  4. Although cute, the packaging is a bit bulky and awkward to store with other Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows.
  5. Ingredient list differs dramatically from 9 Tadzio.
  6. Formulated with Paraffin (aka: mineral oil).  For the price, I would have preferred a more natural ingredient.

Look 1:  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy with a neutral lip and golden liner.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For the above photos, I used my dampened Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush to line the upper lash line with 2 Armani Navy. My dry Billy B #12 Brush was used to pick up more color and go over the wet line, to blend the color upwards and intensify the blue tones of the eyeshdaow.  Fingers work just as well to pack on color and give the eyeshadow a more velvety appearance.  Bobbi Brown 2 Bone was used on the rest of the mobile lid to blend out any harsh edges.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer was used in the crease and BB 2 Bone was used to highlight the brow bone area.  YSL #7 Gold Star was used to line the inner waterline (this stuff does not budge throughout the day).  As usual, a combination of Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and Cargo Waterproof Bronzer was use on the lower lash line.  Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) was used, with a dry brush, to highlight the inner corner of the eye.

Look 2:  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy with a bold lip and pink highlighter.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For this photo, the same was done as Look 1, with the obvious difference being Estee Lauder Crystal Baby was used with a dampened brush for more intensity and YSL #7 Gold Star liner was omitted for the day.  I also paired my blue and pink look with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Private Party…love this color and formula.

Look 3: Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy used as an eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied as a thick eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied as an eyeliner.

For this simple look, a slightly dampened angled eyeliner brush was used to draw a thick line above the lash line.  Then taking the edge of the sponge applicator provided, and dipping it into Armani Navy, I lightly smudged the outer corners to create a smoky effect.

Navy Blue eyeshadow Comparison: Nars China Blue, Bobbi Brown Rich Navy, and Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Navy Blue Eyeshadow Comparison:
Nars China Blue, Bobbi Brown Rich Navy, and Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow (3 layers of each).

  • Nars China Blue appears very similar in the pan to Armani Navy, but when swatched, the purple undertones become quite evident.
  • Bobbi Brown Rich Navy was another color similar in appearance to Armani Navy, however, when swatched, Rich Navy resembled a black eyeshadow more so than a navy blue.
  • Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy is just right 🙂
Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. #9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow amount vs. #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. #9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ingredient list vs. 9 Tadzio ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is definitely the best in its class.  Although rather expensive, the true navy color and velvety texture make this a must-have for those seeking a quality navy eyeshadow color.  Believe it or not a good navy eyeshadow is very hard to find.  If you don’t believe me, go to your local Nordstrom, or any department store, and test all the navy blue eyeshadows for yourself.  When I did this, the security guard could not tell if he should be suspicious of my actions or pity me for being completely off my rocker…what I do for this blog.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow review and photos.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill line is known and loved for their highly pigmented pressed cream/powder hybrid formula.  Taking the success of that line to another level, the Armani Empire has introduced a new powder eyeshadow formulation that delivers “bold eyeshadows in vibrant colors, inspired by the forces of nature.  Perfect matte thanks to color-fil velvet ™, for a lasting matte finish and instant color payoff. Elegant satin finish with color-fil satin, a transparent base that morphs with every skin tone for a perfect color result every time.”  Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/ 1.75g) was the one color I envision using the most–plus who could resist a great taupe?  Certainly not I, my friends.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

The Pros to Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Gorgeous neutral brown based taupe eyeshadow with a satin/metallic finish.
  2. Can be applied dry or wet.
  3. When 9 Tadzio is applied wet, the resulting “foiled” effect is sophisticated rather than ostentatious.
  4. Amazing color payoff, especially when applied with a dampened brush.
  5. Amazing range of highly pigment and bright colors.
  6. Lasts all day (10 hours +) when worn over an eyeshadow base.
  7. The surface texture of the eyeshadow does not harden when a dampened.
  8. No fallout in sight when used dry or wet.
  9. Creamy texture does not pull or tug on the delicate eyelid area.
  10. Adorable packaging comes with a mirror and sponge tip applicator, baring the GA signature insignia.
  11. Comes in 20 shades 6 mattes 14 satin.
  12. Can be mixed and blended with other eyeshadows from other brands.
  13. Formulated without parabens.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

  1. Quite expensive for the amount offered..I used a 20% coupon to reduce the blow of the expense.
  2. Some colors are very bright (#17, 18,19, 20) not recommended for an office environment.
  3. This formula contains petrolatum, hence the creamy texture.  I would have liked to see a more natural alternative (castor oil, argan oil, or avocado oil) used for the price point.
  4. More mature lids may find the satin colors too illuminating; however, the mattes look amazing.
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo after being used with a dampened brush.

Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow after being used with a dampened brush.

After a damp brush is dipped directly into the eyeshadow pan, the affected area performs beautifully despite its “harden” surface appearance.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow Look 1:

Look 1: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied with a dampened synthetic brush.

Look 1:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied with a dampened synthetic brush across the mobile lids.

Look 1: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied with a dampened synthetic brush.

Look 1:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied with a dampened synthetic brush across the mobile lid.

For this look, 9 Tadzio was applied with a dampened Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush on the entire mobile lid.  The overall effect was refined and fast when paired with a black liner and mascara.  This is a great color to use for a no-brainer look and when time is of the essence.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow Look 2:

Look 2: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied to the upper lash line and crease.

Look 2:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied dry to the upper lash line and crease.

Look 2: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo applied to the upper lash line and crease.

Look 2:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow applied dry to the upper lash line and crease.

For this look, more precise color application was required.  I used my Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here) to apply 9 Tadzio along the lash line and blend it upward, in a wedge shape, toward the crease.  I used my Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush (reviewed here) to apply and blend 9 Tadzio in the crease.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow Look 3:

Look 3: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo along the upper lash line mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow.

Look 3:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow along the upper lash line.

Look 3: Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes to Kill Solo along the upper lash line mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow.

Look 3:
Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow mixed with Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow along the upper lash line.

For this look, I first applied 9 Tadzio along the lash line, similarly to Look 2, but added Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow (here) on top for a deeper color payoff.  I then layered another dusting of 9 Tadzio for a more glowing effect.  My bronzer was used for a crease color.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com,  etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani 9 Tadzio Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is one of the most beautiful colors and formulation out on the market.  Of course, some will think this color not unique enough to warrant the expense, but I am of the mind-set, the “everyday” colors are worth the most investment.  Which color(s) will you choose?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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