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making faces :: armani's emerald pretty

eye tints are the new audacious lipsticks! well, only in the sense that they seem to have become my new addiction. fortunately, there are only twelve and not forty of them and fortunately, they do seem to be a permanent part of the armani line, so you shouldn't need to rush out and buy all of them immediately. you could, of course. i'm not going to stop you. or judge you. in fact, i applaud your cosmetic initiative.

there are a few shades from this line that i think are going to be huge hits. the first one that i reviewed, "rose ashes", is a bit more of a sleeper. it's not as likely to scream "you need me in your life!!", but it's a stunningly beautiful shade. today's shade, however, is one that's going to get a lot of attention. "emeraude" [or shade #4, if you want to be boring about it] is exactly what its name promises: a dark emerald green, suffused with shimmer, but not traditionally "frosty". i decided that this should be my second choice in the line because, while it doesn't have the seductive duochrome of "rose ashes" [only a couple of the shades do], it is that very elusive beast, a deep cool-toned green. it's sort of shocking how rare these are. you can find pastel greens that are cooler [mint or softly greyed], you can less often find bright greens with cool undertones [makeup forever has a couple of really nice ones], but a deep, jewel-toned green is rare as hen's teeth, as the saying goes.

"emeraude" is just as gorgeous as it looks in the tube, but it can be applied with varying levels of intensity. applied mostly, or completely opaque, it is a deep but vibrant emerald, exactly as you'd expect. i was worried that it was dark enough that if i used it as a liner [which armani suggests, especially for the darker colours], it would just look black, but the brightness absolutely carries the day. it's very visibly green, even from normal viewing distance and makes a nice compromise between a bright pop of liner and the usual black/ grey/ brown selections. it can also be sheered out very easily, in which case it looks a little more like a soft blackened teal. there is a certain teal cast to the shimmer that's always present, but when you thin out the green base colour, the colour of the shimmer dominates.

emeraude applied opaque and sheer
angled to show more of the shimmer


i compared it to a couple of other shades in my collection: armani "obsidian black seaweed" is much darker and bluer. yves saint laurent "slate green" is lighter and brighter. honestly, i don't think you're going to find much that resembles "emeraude".

l to r :: armani obsidian black seaweed, emeraude, ysl slate green [d.c.]

the texture is very much in line with what i experienced with "rose ashes" [you can read about it in the link above]. it is thin and very lightweight, feels cool when it goes on, takes a while to set, but stays true until you remove it. i don't get any fading or creasing with emeraude, even though my eyes are quite hooded. it dries to a powder-type finish, which means that you can continue to blend it once it's dry and in this case, i'd recommend letting it dry before blending [or at least not working with it immediately], because the dark colour can sheer out very easily. i found that this one is better applied with a brush than by using the applicator directly on your lids [with "rose ashes", either worked], because it's easy to get too much product. you want to work with this shade in small areas and layer to get the desired effect. the exception to that would be, of course, if you're using it all over your lid for a smoky look, or as a base, in which case using the applicator is fine.

it's nice to see something that delivers just what it promises. [ok, it promises sixteen-hour wear, which i haven't tested, at least not knowingly, but i believe that you probably could get that much, if you really wanted to. might fade a little if you sleep in it.] in fact, the only issue i have with "emeraude" is entirely personal: i don't especially like the way it looks when applied sheer. that's a subjective thing, so don't let it affect your opinion.

SEE HOW IT LOOKS IN USE AFTER THE BREAK!



because this is such a versatile product, i thought i'd let you see a few different ways that i've used it. let's start off with a cautionary tale:

this was the first time that i used it and is the reason that i exhort you not to apply the colour by using the applicator on the lid. you can see that, despite the fact that i tried to spread the shade around [and removed some of it], it ends up looking a bit messy and bleeding into everything. it's a powerful enough shade that the end look will be like you through something bright in with your white laundry- it sort of stains everything.



products used

the base ::
urban decay naked skin foundation "1.0"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
chantecaille e/s "sel" [warm taupe]
guerlain  e/s "liu #1" [shimmery golden white]*
armani eye tint "emeraude" [deep emerald with teal shimmer]
urban decay 24//7 e/l "zero"[soft black]
marc jacobs mascara

the cheeks ::
hourglass ambient lighting blush "luminous flush" [warm rose]
hourglass ambient lighting powder "luminous light" [candlelit glow]

the lips ::
rouge d'armani sheer #600 "bitten" [sheer cool plum]

*suggested alternate :: liu = mac nylon or nars albatross

next up, here's a look that dom had suggested for valentine's day. well, he specifically suggested something green and i thought that it was a great way to try out the new toy. i was really just playing around, so the blending isn't great, but after the first debacle, i wanted to see how intense i could get the green to be. answer: pretty intense. the lighting was terrible that day. fyi, those are not creases in the shadow in the first pic- that's how naturally creased my lids are. i actually stretched out the skin at the end of the day and observed no creases in the shadow.



products used

the base ::
urban decay naked skin foundation "1.0"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
armani eye tint "emeraude" [deep emerald with teal shimmer]
armani e/s "medusa" [apple green shade only]
armani eye tint "rose ashes" [peach gold with pink sheen]
armani e/s "neo-black #1"[shimmery cool champagne]*
dior new look mascara

the cheeks ::
hourglass ambient lighting blush "mood exopsure" [soft plum]

the lips ::
makeup forever natural l/s "n9" [pink rosewood]

*suggested alternate :: neo-black = mac shroom [lighter, softer] or marc jacobs the punk #1 [deeper, greyer]

and here's another look, this time with more blending and the more traditional "dark colour goes on the outside of the lid" placement. i also took the time to blend it properly, unlike the previous look. [as an aside, i really love doing the reverse and placing darker or brighter colours on the inner corner, with paler shades on the outside, because i find it makes my eyes look more intense and because the shape of my lids means that you actually see more of the colour that way. i was even thinking of doing a post about that exact technique, although i really don't have the skills to be talking to anyone about technique.] and that red mark on my upper lip is not a lipstick smudge, but rather what happens when your cat tries to grab your hair and misses.




products used

the base ::
urban decay naked skin foundation "1.0"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
mac e/s "manila paper" [golden ivory highlight]*
mac e/s "fresh approach' [soft linden green]*
mac e/s "dazzlelight"
armani eye tint "emeraude" [deep emerald with teal shimmer] 
urban decay 24/7 e/l "perversion" [blackest ever black]
urban decay 24/7 e/l "invasion" [deep teal]
dior new look mascara

the cheeks ::
hourglass ambient lighting blush "diffused heat" [pink coral]

the lips ::
guerlain kiss kiss l/s "cherry pink" [shimmery red berry]

*suggested alternates :: manila paper = mac nylon [yellower, frostier] i used manila paper along the brow and dazzlelight in the inner corners, but you could also use dazzlelight for both; fresh approach = makeup forever linden green

and finally, here's "emeraude" used as a liner. i found it very easy to apply this way, although it does take a bit longer than a regular liner to set. another terrible light day. i suppose if i'm going to do this sort of thing [and it kind of seems like i am, since i've been including such things in the blog for around four years], i should consider investing in some lights, but i really love showing products in natural sunlight. it's just that, for four months of the year, montreal only gets about three minutes a day of sunlight. below is what happens when you miss your window.

 


the base ::
nars luminous weightless foundation "mont blanc"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
mac e/s "rondelle" [light silver shimmer]*
edward bess e/s "storm" [lilac tinged grey]*
mac e/s "swell baby" [soft seagull grey]*
mac e/s "creamy bisque" [creamy highlight]*
armani eye tint "emeraude" [deep emerald with teal shimmer] 
dior new look mascara

the cheeks ::
nars blush "boys don't cry" [bright coral red]*
hourglass ambient lighting powder "dim light" [warm champagne beige]

the lips ::
nars audacious lipstick "greta" [wild azalea]

*suggested alternates :: rondelle = mac electra; storm = nars lhasa [darker, cooler]; swell baby = nars namibia [lighter, more matte] or mac copperplate [darker, browner]; boys don't cry = nars exhibit a [deeper, redder]

my initial opinion of the product holds: it's innovative, fun to use and versatile. my verdict on the colour is that it's stunning and unique. what's not to love. [note :: armani's permanent collection, including the eye tints, is now available at sephora as well as at their regular counters.

Comments

Thats a really lovely shade on you. Everyone seems to love these, I bought one shade, the purple/grey one but can't get it to work on me, just seems to be patchy and not blend well, still I'll have to keep trying with it I think! :)
Kate MacDonald said…
Thanks! Sorry to hear that the formula isn't working out for you. Are you using it alone or over a primer?
The process of applying and blending these seems to be a highly personal thing. Everyone has to find their own way.
I've tried it alone and over 3 different primers but no joy, I think had I got a lighter shade it would work better. I'm interested to see what the new YSL full metal ones are like as they look like a similar concept to these Armani ones.

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