NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer was Love at First Swipe!

NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer.

Lately, I have been on a mission to find more affordable products that perform similarly to the big name brands.  Admittedly, I do not have the greatest luck with drugstore cosmetics, in my experience they do not perform as well as higher-end brands.  However, when a spanking new 10 foot NYX Cosmetics display was unveiled at my local Bed, Bath and Beyond, my attention was immediately drawn to the NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer ($6.99 USD/7ml).  This affordable little marvel has managed to kick my high-end primer to the curb. 🙂

NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer applicator head.

NYX Proof-It directions.

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer.

The Pros to NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer:

  1. Small amount needed to create a smooth, clear waterproof canvas.
  2. Eyeshadows bond instantly to the primer.
  3. Eyeshadow colors are more vibrant without any fading throughout the day.
  4. Drier texture is ideal for oiler lids and hot/humid weather conditions.
  5. Skin does not feel dry or tight.
  6. Truly waterproof–eyeshadows remain intact even under extreme dampened conditions (see below).
  7. Removes easily at night with any eye makeup remover.
  8. Small container is compact and can be stored anywhere.
  9. Amount/price ratio is unbeatable for the quality.
  10. Outer packaging is well thought out with clearly displayed directions.
  11. Available from various online and local retailers.
  12. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.
  13. Made in Taiwan.

The Cons to NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer: 

  1. Feels tacky and heavy if too much product is applied to the skin–less is more people!
  2. Eyeshadows can appear patchy and creasing will occur if the primer is not given sufficient time to dry.
  3. Due to the drier texture, matte eyeshadows are prone to “drag” if one is heavy-handed with their  application.
NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer applied to a clean lid.

  • Dispensing the right amount of product is crucial with this primer.  I prefer to utilize only the amount that comes out on the applicator head for each eye.  Using my ring finger, I spread the product out in a thin layer across the entire eye area and under the lash line.  IMHO, the end results are compromised if too much product is applied–this is a case of less is best.
  • Another important point is to let the primer dry/set on the skin before eyeshadow application.  Again, this is were the bad reviews come into play; the directions clearly state to let the product “dry for a bit”.  Despite this ambiguous term, I found 1-2 minutes is more than sufficient for the primer to set.  If you do not possesses the patience for this step, then this primer is not for you.  
NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used with all matte shadows.

  • Matte shadows are notoriously difficult to blend-out when paired with drier eyeshadow primers. To combat this issue, simply apply a flesh colored eyeshadow across the lid after the primer has set–this method significantly reduces eyeshadow drag.  However, a light hand paired with a soft brush usually results in the smoothest outcome.
  • For this look, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Vulcano was applied thickly along the lash line and blended upward.  MUFE M-510 was applied on the rest of the mobile lid and brow bone with MAC Uninterrupted in the crease.  The look lasted a full 12 hours in perfect condition.
NYX Proof-It with Kjaer Weis eyeshadows

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used with Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Divine natural/ organic formulated eyeshadows.

  • If you are one to favor natural/organic eyeshadow brands, NYX Proof-It works beautifully with these formulas as well.  For the above photo, Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow was applied to the mobile lid and crease with Kjear Weis Divine Eyeshadow on the outer corner.  The underlying golden pearl in Magnetic became evident over Proof-It–gorgeous!!  This look stayed true for 10 hours (longer if I hadn’t remove it).
Colourpop So Quiche

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used with ColourPop So Quiche shimmery eyeshadow.

  • If you are one to favor metallic/shimmery shadows, NYX Proof-It also worked beautifully with ColourPop’s So Quiche Eyeshadow (review coming soon).  The insanely abundant pink shimmer in this shadow was out in full force (sadly my camera was unable to capture the pink shimmer).  This look stayed true for a full 10 hours (longer if I hadn’t removed it).  BTW, MAC Uninterrupted in the crease area never looked so good.  🙂
NYX

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used for a minimal
eyeshadow look.

  • Should you favor a minimal look, NYX Proof-It worked beautifully to create a smooth canvas for my Guerlain Powder Foundation on the mobile lid with MAC Uninterrupted mixed with Sweet As Cocoa in the crease.
Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer L-R:
Burberry Pale Barley, ColourPop So Quiche, Giorgio Armani Vulcano, Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Prestige Wicked.

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer under warm running water L-R:
Burberry Pale Barley, ColourPop So Quiche, Giorgio Armani Vulcano, Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Prestige Wicked.

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer under warm running water for 5 minutes L-R:
Burberry Pale Barley, ColourPop So Quiche, Giorgio Armani Vulcano, Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Prestige Wicked.

  • A variety of eyeshadow textures and brands ranging from inexpensive to high-end, held up remarkably well over NYX Proof-It.  In the above photos, all the eyeshadows were subjected to warm running water for 5 minutes; notice how vibrant and undisturbed all the colors remained. I believe the waterproof claim is totally justified!!
  1. Burberry Pale Barley ($29 USD): Rich satin golden taupe
  2. ColourPop So Quiche ($5 USD): Metallic taupe with pink shimmer
  3. Giorgio Armani Vulcano ($32 USD): Rich matte aubergine 
  4. Kjaer Weis Magnetic ($27 USD refill): Natural/Organic brown with light golden pearl
  5. Prestige Wicked ($8.50 USD):  Warm Brown with gold pearl
NYX cosmetics

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer ingredient list.

**NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer can be found at Amazon.com, Target, Ulta, and anywhere NYX Cosmetics are sold.**

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

Makeup would tell you NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer has officially replaced my Nars Primer–$7 as opposed to $25–need I say more?  Until next time, 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 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.

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.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.

I love seeing posts on monthly favorites and often contemplate doing them myself.  However, my personal favorites do not change on a monthly basis, rather morph with the seasons.  By now, I’m sure all of you have realized Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows are magnificent, Nars Eyeshadow Primer is indispensable and Inglot AMC Gel liner is my HG tightline color.  So for this edition of, Things I Have Been Loving, I will show you some of the items that have been brought out of storage and bring me great solace–along with a few new goodies 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

  • Too Faced Medium/Deep Chocolate Soliel Bronzer has been in my collection for years and my old compact looked like it was ready for the undertaker.  This chocolate scented matte bronzer is really the best tone for my coloring.  Normally, I’m all about the “glow”, but as my skin returns to its original pasty coloring, I’m finding the matte texture of this bronzer more compatible.
  • Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The Indecent Proposal is newly acquired, but I can tell you this beauty is just as good, if not better, than some higher-end blushes.  This dusty plum color closely resembles Nars Sin, but sans the parabens and inflated price.  This subtly infused gold plum shade compliments my skin beautifully and gives the most realistic flush to the cheeks.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation (reviewed here) is a wonder.  There are times I look at photos of myself and wonder, “Is that really my skin?”  It’s that good.  Try it and see for yourself–that’s if you can find a color match.
  • Dior Mini Kabuki Brush came with my Dior Skin Bronzer and I find this soft little creature buffs in my powder foundation to perfection.  Truth be told, I also have been using this little guy to apply my bronzer and blush.  What can I say, if a brush works, wipe it clean between products and go to town. 🙂
  • Diorskin Star Concealer (seen here) was purchased because of Gyudy from Gyudy’s Notes of Beauty.  Since spying this concealer in her October favorites and reading her review, I knew I had to take the plunge–so glad that I did.  My review and comparisons will be up next week.
  • Dior Minuit Nail Lacquer (reviewed here and found here) was released last winter as part of Dior’s Holiday Collection and continues to be the most alluring color I have ever seen. Although Dior has release four new lacquers this holiday season (seen on Temptalia), I’m still mesmerized by the beauty of Minuit.  Smoky, a dark aubergine color, looks striking, but easily dupable and definitely not worth the extra expense.
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (reviewed here) is my go-to winter time facial moisturizer.  As you may already know, I only utilize oils (Argan, Coconut and Castor) as my daily moisturizers; however, during the cooler months my excessively dry skin needs a thicker balm.  This is the only cream that is all natural and rich enough to alleviate the tightening feeling on my skin.  I purchase the large 13.5 oz tub for my husband and one for myself, and we find the generous amount lasts the entire season.
  • Toyko Milk Dead Sexy Parfum is one of two scents I can tolerate.  The musky blend of vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony is not overpowering and does not linger throughout the day.  I know the lasting power is not an immediate draw for some, but I prefer when fragrances dissipate within a four-hour window.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (reviewed here) has become my HG brow product.  This cream formula adheres to the skin seamlessly and does not budge throughout the day–even stays put through a workout.  Who wouldn’t want that?
  • Burberry No.10 Smudger Eyebrush has been discontinued, but I find the tapered end and soft hairs perfectly diffuses GA Eye and Brow Wengewood on my brows.  I suppose MAC 119 would make a suitable substitute.
  • Lip Combination:  Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) is my ultimate lipstick/lipgloss base. YSL The Mats 205 (reviewed here and recommended by my sweet Instagram friend Zvoncnjica26) is a deep dark seductive berry/plum color that has the most potent staining effect.  Dior Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue (reviewed here) compliments 205 perfectly.  Together, this combo makes one dynamite Holiday Lip.
  • Gold Hoop Earrings are classic and timeless.  This particular pair was purchased when I was 13 years old with my very first paycheck.  I recall Alyssa Milano sporting a similar pair on an episode of Who’s The Boss and I figured if she looked good in them, I would as well.  Fast forward, ten years later (did you catch that?) these little gems still manage to look good and are the ideal shape to wear with bulky scarfs.
  • Sydney Evan Diamond Disc Pendant has been worn non-stop.  I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this piece and how well it pairs with everything.  One need not go out and spend a fortune on a SE piece; many companies now produce similar designs for a fraction of the price.
  • Organic Whole Husk Psyllium is added to my post workout shake everyday.  My nutritionist sister (here) recommends this product to her clients to aid in healthy elimination.  I know this is not the typical beauty channel topic; however, this is something that does effect our health and the appearance of our skin.  I add a full scope (3 tablespoons–amount will vary from person to person) to my shake, along with Spirulina (seen here), Whey Protein Powder and Chia seeds.  Adding Psyllium to any flavored drink, would be highly recommended seeing as how it has a strong earthy flavor. Psyllium thickens the more it is submerged in a liquid, therefore drinking your shake within 5 minutes is highly advisable.  Read about all the health benefits of this fabulous product (here) and judge for yourself.
Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2. My post workout shake with Psyllium.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
My post workout shake with Psyllium.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
Psyllium in all of its glory.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
Utilizing the products mentioned. Due to the blaring sun in my all white bathroom, my skin looks particularity flawless. I wish I could surround myself with these lighting conditions all the time 🙂

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

Makeup would tell you some of these products are tried and true and other newly acquired gems have impressed me beyond expectation. 🙂  What are some things you have been loving?  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 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. 

Smokey Eye Tutorial.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano.

Traditional, smokey eye tutorials feature brown, gray, and black eyeshadows.  I have found that the aubergine tone of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano is the perfect color to make any eye color pop.  The matte formula and velvet finish of this color, make this smokey eye look quite unique and unforgettable.  I hope you enjoy.  (Please excuse the slight lighting variation; the sun was going in and out on this day.)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

  • Step 1:  Apply an eyeshadow primer (I used Nars).  Dampen any angled brush (I used my Meme Eyeliner Brush) with water (I use Witch Hazel) and dip the brush into the pan using a good amount of pressure.  You want to saturate the brush tip with an adequate amount of color.  Apply the color thickly along the lash line and create a wing at the ends.  This will act as a guide for the black liquid liner that will be applied later.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

  • Step 2:  Use a dry dual ended brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush) or a sponge tip applicator and smudge a light amount of Vulcano over the liner.  I like to stop midway on the lid.  The goal is to create a hazy layer over the darken line to make the eyes appear larger.  This technique will not disrupt the liner, because once Vulcano sets it does not budge.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

  • Step 3:  Apply a matte flesh-colored shadow (I used MUFE M-510) to the rest of the mobile lid using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Chikuhodo Z-5), blending some color onto the edge of Vulcano.  This lighter color will not only brighten and even out the rest of the lid, but it will also blend out any of Vulcano’s harsh edges.  Apply the same matte flesh color to the brow bone area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

MUFE M-600 applied to the crease.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease.

  • Step 4:  To add depth to this look, add a warm brown matte color (I used MUFE M-600) to the crease area using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Meme Eyeshadow Brush).  The warmth of the crease color perfectly enhances Vulcano’s aubergine tone.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

  • Step 5:  Add any brightening pink-based eyeshadow/highlighter (I used MUFE I-524) to the inner corner.  This will open up the eye area and the iridescent texture proved to be an interesting and attractive contrast against all the matte shadows.
Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

  • Step 6:  Apply liquid liner of your choice (I used Presitge Line and Style Ink Pen), using the first layer of Vulcano as a guide; being diligent not to completely cover the line.  Should you become overzealous with you liquid liner and cover too much of the original line, reapply  more Vulcano with your dampened angled brush directly on top of the black line.  The darkened aubergine color against the black liner will give your eyes a doe-like effect and really make them appear larger.
Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Sharpen the outer corners of you wing but using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

Sharpen the outer corners of your wing by using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

  • Step 7:  Take your gel liner (I use Ingot #90) and tightline your upper waterline, making sure to cover any gaps in-between the lashes.  Use a pointed Q-Tip dipped in lotion to sharpen and clean up the edges of your wing.
Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

  • Step 8:  Apply a light bronze color thickly along the lower lash line.  It is my personal belief, using a bronze shade on the lower lash line really accentuates the eyes, more so than using the same color that was applied on the lids.
Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

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

Makeup would tell you this smokey eye look will make your eyes stand-out.  Use any eyeshadow color or brand of your liking or cream products if you have really oily lids.  Regardless, I hope you found the technique helpful to create your own unique smokey eye.  Until next time, 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 the Meme Brush Set.  *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.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is an Explosion of Color.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano ($32 USD/ 1.5 g) is one of those colors that immediately captures your attention.  The darkened aubergine/brown is so versatile, it will instantly be a staple in any collection.  As far as the name is concerned, was Signore Armani inspired by the island of Vulcano or the 3.8 million dollar Icona Supercar?  My husband contends it was the car (typical), but I envision Giorgio’s softer artist character moved by the intense, breathtaking colors of Vulcano’s terrain and raw scenic beauty.  Regardless of his inspiration, both images are smoking HOT, just like this color 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

Vulcano, Italy. (photo courtesy of volcano.oregonstate.edu.)  Photo by Chuck Wood.

Vulcano, Italy.
(photo courtesy of volcano.oregonstate.edu.) Photo by Chuck Wood.

Icona Vulcano Supercar. (photo courtesy of motor authority.com)

Icona Vulcano Supercar.
(photo courtesy of motorauthority.com)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

Vulcano is an intense brown with a strong warm aubergine undertone.  This color looks particularly striking against brown eyes.  As with my other Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows (reviewed here and here), Vulcano’s formula adheres to the skin instantly without any fallout and blends beautifully.  The matte texture also ensures the color will not fade throughout the day.

IMHO, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo are the best matte shadows I have encountered.  Unlike matte eyeshadows of lesser quality, Vulcano’s color intensity lasts well over 12 hours with a primer.  This is the ideal shadow for those with demanding jobs and require their eye makeup to last perfectly all day. However, despite Vulcano’s excellent longevity, it is easily removable at night with any makeup remover of your choice.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

For the above photos, I applied Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano at the lash line with my Meme Angled Brush (reviewed here) and blended the color mid-way on the lid with my Billy B #8 Brush (reviewed here).  Using my Meme Eyeshadow Brush, Vulcano was also added to the outer “v”.  Personally, stopping mid-way on the lid as opposed to applying the color all over the lids, keeps this intense hue subdued, yet dramatic.  If used in excess, the warm aubergine undertones can drain a perfectly healthy complexion and can morph from chic to shrill in a matter of seconds.  This is the type of color that requires a light touch and a healthy dose of moderation 🙂  **BTW, a detailed tutorial on the look will be up next week.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

For the above photos, #5 Vulcano was applied with a dry angled brush and used as an eyeliner. Using my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Vulcano was also applied to the outer corners for added depth.  Should you feel the need for more intensity in your day, Vulcano applies like a dream with a dampened angled brush.  Not only will the velvety looking liner last as well as any gel liner, but the warm aubergine tones become more prominent when used in a dampened state.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

For the above photos, #5 Vulcano was applied to the outer corners and slightly in the crease on top of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo in #9 Tadzio.  This is the perfect accent color to pair with any taupe or mauve based eyeshadow in your collection.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcamo Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is sure to ignite inspiration in anyone.  This deeply pigmented beauty is so versatile and long-lasting, I dare you not to fall in-love at first sight.  This is one Italian Stallion you will not be able to resist 🙂   Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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