Armani Eyes

I've been in quite the eye makeup rut lately. If I've been wearing any eyeshadow, it's been the same single, and I've been wearing the same mascara day after day. Just as my boredom with my routine was getting the better of me, I got the best news that I'd been selected to receive some new shades of the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints* and the Eccentrico Mascara* from Influenster. I got straight to testing them to be able to share my thoughts quickly.

I've always wanted to try the Armani Eye Tints - I've had the Rose Ashes shade sitting in my "loves" section on Sephora's website for about a year and a half now, but I could never pull the trigger. After trying these three other shades though, I'll definitely be saving up for it. These are now officially my favorite liquid eyeshadows. They're thin yet creamy in consistency and glide effortlessly onto the eyelid. They blend out really easily as well, and they stay put all day. To test them, I used a primer (the Too Faced Shadow Insurance) on one eye, and no primer on the other. The eyeshadows were slightly easier to blend on the primer-ed eye, but the eyeshadow lasted all day long with no creasing on both of my eyes. It's a miracle! I rarely find products that don't crease without a primer on me. 

The shades I was sent are Nude Smoke, a matte neutral, and Fur Smoke, a matte chocolate brown, which are the new shades, as well as Gold Ashes, a stunning champagne highlight shade. I've noticed the two matte shades set a lot more quickly than the shimmer shade, but the shimmer shade still stays put. My favorite way to use all three is by putting Nude Smoke all over the lid, adding Fur Smoke on the outer corner and blending into the crease (it blends out to a nowhere near as scary color), and adding a bit of Gold Ashes to the center of my lids and on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them.

I've also been really impressed with the Eccentrico Mascara. This is one that if you're not careful, it'll clump your eyelashes together, seeing as it's quite dramatic and volumizing. I find that pulling the wand straight up through the lashes (rather than doing my usual wiggling the wand back and forth) is the best way to apply it. It instantly coats the lashes in an extremely black formula. It's a very creamy formula, but it doesn't weigh the lashes down - it holds a curl phenomenally. And another bonus, it hasn't been smudging on me. It takes a little work to remove at the end of the day, but it's nothing unreasonable. My go-to eye look on rushed mornings this week has been a quick smudge of Nude Smoke on my eyelids and finishing it off with a coat or two of the Eccentrico Mascara.

I'm so grateful to have gotten the chance to try these beautiful products, so I'll definitely be adding more Armani Beauty products to my wishlist. Have you tried anything from Armani?

*Products mentioned were sent to me courtesy of Influenster and Armani Beauty for review. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.