Armani has released a beautiful, very colorful, new collection for Fall 2013, called Kaleidoscope. Included are six new, limited-edition Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadows ($33/0.14oz), five of which I have to show you today (the missing shade, #31 June Beetle, is an iridescent teal that is lighter than the blue shown here, but fairly similar in tone). The collection is inspired by the iridescent shades of scarab beetles and all of the names of these shadows center around that theme. I imagine fans of color will be pretty excited about this collection, while those who shy away from color might be relieved to be able to skip most of these and save for upcoming holiday collections instead.
Since they were first introduced a few years ago, I've been an admirer of the Eyes to Kill shadows, as they are so easy to apply, nicely pigmented, and long lasting. Admittedly, they are pricey but a little product goes a long way and each jar will last you for a very long time. Although L'Oreal, Lancome, and other brands have similar products, Armani's color selections generally tend to be more unique and special, so they remain my favorite.
The shades included in the Kaleidoscope collection are all shimmery, but they are less metallic than some of the ETK shades we've seen in the past, which makes them easier to pull off despite their vibrant color. Some have an interesting duochrome quality. (For more views of these shadows, visit Temptalia, Best Things in Beauty and Color Me Loud.)
|Shower of Orchids|
|#30 Rose Popillia|
|Hummingbird gathering nectar|
|#32 Gold Hercule|
Gold Hercule is a greenish-gold (or goldish-green?). I'll think I'll call it a gold-leaning, iridescent chartreuse. It also appears to have a dusty undertone at some angles. When I first saw it I thought of the color of a hummingbird I photographed a few months ago at Fairchild Tropical Garden. I think it's pretty spot-on! This is a beautiful shade that will look lovely all on its own or as an accent shade on the lids. I like to pair colors like this with dark blues, teals, and emerald shades. I think it will look great with #33 Blue Beetle.
|Water lilies at Pinecrest Gardens|
|#33 Scarab Violetta|
Scarab Violetta is a softly shimmery, iridescent mid-tone violet, like the color of purple water lilies. In comparison to the other shades in the collection, this one might not seem as complex, as it does not have a noticeable duochrome quality, but the color itself is very pretty. It is somewhat sheer and more subtle on the skin than it appears in the jar.
|Banded King Shoemaker butterfly|
|#34 Blue Beetle|
Blue Beetle is a gorgeous shimmery, peacock blue. It has a subtle charcoal undertone that keeps it from appearing overly bright. You might need to build it up a bit to achieve the intense color you see in the jar. It is that beautiful, iridescent blue color of butterflies like the Blue Morpho and the Banded King Shoemaker, shown above.
|Egret lakeside at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden|
|#34 Silver Chafer|
Lastly, is Silver Chafer, a shimmery silver, like the sparkle of a sunlit lake. This is a color I was undecided about because I already own a few silvers and thought, how different is this from other silvers Armani has released in the past, and every other basic silver on the market? I could see that a visit to my local counter was in order! A kind and helpful makeup artist applied Silver Chafer on me along with #33 Violetta, a neutral matte beige crease color, and completed the look with a dark brown liner and the Stretch Lengthening Mascara. I was pleased to see that this silver is not highly metallic, making it softer and more easily wearable than some of the prior ETK silvers, like #12, for example (see comparisons below).
|Left to right: #30 Rose Popillia, #32 Gold Hercule, #33 Scarab Violetta, #34 Blue Beetle, #35 Silver Chafer|
|In bright sunlight|
|In low light|
You may be wondering how Silver Chafer measures up to past shades. As you can see below, it is most similar to #22 and #12. If you liked those shades, but found them to be too metallic for your taste, you might want to give Silver Chafer a try.
I've only numbered the shades below and that is because the actual names of the older ETKs are not written on the box (and I'm too lazy to look them up on the web). The good news is, these new boxes are labeled with both the name and number, making it a whole lot easier to ID what's inside. I've never been any good at remembering product numbers, but I'm much better with names!
Below are the remaining four shades compared with similar shades in my collection. Lancome's Vibrant Violet is similar to Scarab Violetta--just a bit darker and brighter and more intense. I don't own anything exactly like Blue Beetle. MAC's Deep Truth is not even close, but hopefully it will give you a better idea of this shade. I also don't own anything quite like Gold Hercule. The closest I could find was MAC's Golden Olive, although it is not as complex, and is slightly darker, more shimmery, and brassy in comparison. Lastly, I remembered a recent, limited-edition Maybelline Color Tattoo shade, Seashore Frosts, that is a funky muted duochrome shade, along the lines of Rose Popillia, except it has a predominant blue-green base--but they have in common the same sort of pink/gold highlights with a dusty undertone.
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