Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34 Scarabeo Edition from Fall 2013 Kaleidoscope Collection Comparison & Swatches

New make-up collection of Giorgio Armani Beauty has six new Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, five of which I would like to introduce to you today. Kaleidoscope Collection also features six lipstick (swatched here) and two Face&Eyes Palettes (reviewed here).

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34 Scarabeo Edition

From six new Eyes To Kill releases, I purchased the first five. The sixth shade #35 is called Silver Chafer. It is a light silver shade. I left it behind since silver tones are usually hard for me to pull off and I would like to convince myself that I don't need to get everything, especially when I am almost sure that it wouldn't be used. After swatching those eye shadows though, I can't guarantee that I won't crave for it. Maybe I go there tonight and check it once more ;-)

Face & Eye Palettes as well as new ETK Eye Shadows all have "Scarabeo Edition" denoted on their packages. Scarabeo (scarab in English) as far as I am concerned is the holy beetle of Egypt, which also explains the beetle names of ETK eye shadows. According to Wikipedia Scarab Beetles are a family consisting of 30 000 species, providing enough inspiration for Linda Cantello, the international make-up artist of GA who designed this collection.  

All the colors have iridescent duo-chromic almost holographic quality which makes photography and shade definition a challenge but I am willing to try my best for these beauties. I took photos under sun and in shadow to give you a better idea.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34 Scarabeo Edition

I am lacking a degree in Entomology but here is my humble attempt in describing the shades:

#30 Rose Popillia: A light pink duo chrome appearing mauve at some angles. On my lids it also leaned warm and gold. This one looks exactly like the right wing of this Japanese Popilla Beetle.

#31 June Beetle: It is a gorgeous baby blue leaning turquoise depending on light. This one is less complex than Rose Popillia and appears much bluer than a green june beetle, nevertheless a gorgeous color.

#32 Gold Hercule: Although the name suggests gold, it is more of a golden green, very much like the wings of hercule beetle. Again it has duo chrome property and appears more gray or more gold depending on the light and angle. It reminded me slightly of Chanel's Peridot nail polish.

#33 Scarab Violetta: This one is a light iridescent lavender. It has a gorgeous shine under the sun but in shadow it appears as a cool lilac. The inspration might have been taken from a beetle, such as this one.

#34 Blue Beetle: This is one of the stronger duo-chrome shades, changing between turquoise and violet, even in shadow. Again very iridescent, lovely, no words to describe, maybe this beetle can tell it better.

Swatches with direct sun light, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34 Scarabeo Edition
Swatches with indirect light, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34 Scarabeo Edition

Phew! It was not easy. *cleans sweat from forehead*. I felt like I was writing a post on new Ozotic nail polish range but it is exciting that these are eye products instead! On to the comparisons we go...

Comparison of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #30 to #9, #28 and #27

I compared #30 to the closest shades in Armani ETK range. This one might be close to #8 too, which I (not yet) own but I suspect #8 would be much more pink than #30 which is more natural, almost like skin color shade. As you see below, #9 is more peachy and more of a frost compared to #30. The shades in Scarebeo range are iridescent but they are not frosts which can be seen clearly in the following swatches. #28 leans also more peach and is darker. #27 is more violette and darker.

Comparison swatches with direct sun light of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #30 to #9, #28 and #27
Comparison swatches with indirect light of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #30 to #9, #28 and #27

I then pulled out the purple leaning shades from Armani ETK range, #3 and #4 to compare with #33.

Comparison of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #33 to #3 and #4
 #33 is cooler and lighter once compared to #3 and #4. ETK #3 is purple with golden sparkle, it is darker and warmer. #4 is more of a gray purple, whereas #33 can be described as a true lavender. Check the below swatches to see how #33 appears green towards the bottom because of the curve of my arm and light hiting at another angel. Isn't it exciting?

Comparison swatches with direct sun light of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #33 to #3 and #4
Comparison swatches indirect light of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #33 to #3 and #4

Next comes the comparison of two bluish shades from Scarabeo Edition, #31 and #34. Do you remember the Bronze Collection for 2012 Summer? There were 4 blue/green/gray shades in that collection, so I was more hopeful that I could find dupes.

Comparison of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #31 and #34 to #1, #10, #12, #21 and #22

Once those are swatched side by side, as you see there are no dupes but certainly close shades:
  • #1 is darker and more blue, without too much gray or green.
  • # 10 and #12 appear almost white and they are way more frost compared to the others.
  • #31 and #22 are close, #22 has less green in it and also more white. #22 doesn#t have the duo chrome effect #31 has.
  • Between #21 and #34, #21 is more gray, #34 leans more turquoise with duochrome property which gives it a purple glow at some angles.

Comparison swatches with direct sun light of Giorgio Armani ETK Eyeshadow #31 and #34 to #1, #10, #12, #21 and #22
Comparison swatches with indirect light of Giorgio Armani ETK Eyeshadow #31 and #34 to #1, #10, #12, #21 and #22

Last comparison is between the lighter golden shades of Armani ETK range and #32 from Scrabeo Edition. After the swatches I have seen that I should have added the famous #23 (Madra Perle) from Bronze Collection to the blue shades comparison above, so I threw #31 in here too to compare those two.

Comparison of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow #31 and #32 to #18, #19 and #23

The golds I know of ETK range which are not strongly yellow are #18 and #19, from Holiday 2011 collection. These are close shades in terms of lightness but lack the green duo chrome property of #32. #23 and #31 are also close, #31 showing more blue. Isn't that interesting that #32 shows more yellow in shadow and more green under sun?

Comparison swatches with direct sun light of Giorgio Armani ETK Eyeshadow #31 and #32 to #18, #19 and #23
Comparison swatches with indirect light of Giorgio Armani ETK Eyeshadow #31 and #32 to #18, #19 and #23

All in all no real dupes. I think #23 Madra Perle, which was one of the most popular/unusual shades of Bronze Collection is the closest shade in terms of iridescent color-changing property to the ones from Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Collection.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34 Scarabeo Edition

Today I am wearing an eye look which I created using all five shades at once. I am very excited about these, the colors are so unusual. Some may find those interesting shades hard to wear. I believe that #30 is going to be the most popular one. I am going to post today's look soon. This post became way too picture heavy so I am sharing the comparisons and the swatches for the time being. As for the quality, the shades can be intensified by wet application and they wear like stone over a primer all day long. They don't fade and budge. Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows are one of my most favorite eye shadow formulas of all times, if not the "top" one.

Final thoughts: Very usual shades and texture. Duo-chrome, holographic, whatever you would call it. The quality is au pair with Armani ETK range, blending easily, lasting all day long. Nothing but love!

How do you find these usual shades? Do you think you would find yourself wearing these often? Which shade is your favorite?


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    1. LOL, aren't they too pretty to resist? ;-)

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    1. LOL, we all are! I went there and picked up the last missing piece which I couldn't resist LOL.

  3. These are so gorgeous, Sara! I am going to have to run to a counter and swatch them. They are really just so stunning!

    1. They really are. I couldn't resist even for a few minutes after swatching them and took them with me. I just left the silver one behind but I am ashamed to tell you here that I craved and got that one too. LOL.

      Let me know how you like these after swatching.

    2. OMG, that sounds like something that I would do. I would have obsessed about the one that I didn't get, and would have had to buy it for that reason alone!!!!! I love this formula so much- and yet I still haven't purchased a single one-- even from the permanent collection! I have a generous sample of Khaki Pulse and as soon as I finish it I will buy the full size. You, however, are making me want all of them from the Fall Collection. I have such a weakness for Armani Beauty. I will definitely know what I come home with after swatching these!! Enjoy your weekend! I hope that you had a lovely birthday! :D

    3. Thanks so much, my birthday was lovely indeed, got to spent time in French Pharmacies, Cosmetics Part of Gallery Lafayette and some time in Sephora. You are absolutely right about ETKs, and maybe you should try to hold on because if you start buying them, you just can't stop. I was so obsessed with ETKs, I even foun some of the missing pieces oversees and had them ship it to me, crazy stuff. Khaki Pulse is also beautiful, never seen a tester of these, you must be lucky! :-)

    4. Oh, you lucky girl-- spending your birthday in Paris sounds amazing. I never seem to make it out of the cosmetics department in Galeries Lafayette! I could spend hours and hours in French Pharmacies without a care in the world. My cousin is Parisian and actually just sent me an email last week inviting me to go visit next month-- I wish that I could but I'm too busy with work right now :(

      I suspect that you are right-- if I buy one ETK then I probably won't be able to stop!!! GA doesn't have pre-made samples of them- my friend is the Burberry Counter Manager and he made a generous sample of Khaki Pulse for me so that i could see if I liked it. At the time I was already spending way too much on Burberry- so he generously made be a little pot of Khaki Pulse! :-)

    5. I was actually just in Strasbourg since it is an hour and a half drive from here but it was still fun. They also have a big Galerie Lafayette and many French Pharmacies. If you ever come to France, let me know! There is also some "plan" to arrange a bloggers meeting in June 2014 in Paris, you can visit your cousin maybe at the same time if you would like to join? :-)) Having a friend or relative in Paris sounds awesome! You should visit her more often...

    6. I had absolutely no idea that there was a Galerie Lafayette in Strasbourg-- lucky you having one so close to home (I suspect that if it were closer than a 1 1/2 hour drive that you would be in SERIOUS trouble!!). OMG, I will definitely let you know when I make my next trip to France. My cousin really wants me to come-- and actually just invited me to a a Swiss Chalet that she visits often. I think she's trying to torture me since she knows I am stuck in the States for a while because of work! :( I would love to join you in Paris in June 2014. Hopefully I can make it!! That would be SO much fun. I definitely am grateful to have family in Paris-- my dad basically grew up there (from young childhood to young adulthood)- so I definitely have a very deep sentimental attachment to that city. I agree, I should definitely visit more often!! We will definitely revisit this topic as it gets closer! I hope that you have a lovely week!

  4. I am seriously still in awe of these and of this post. I picked up #30 because of you--and i wasn't going to get anything from Armani Fall. What an idiot I would have been. Now, I so want to go back for more. Thank you so much for this review--so helpful. And they look amazing on you. (Well, everything does, lol)

    1. Oh noo! What have I done? I created another Armani ETK Monster! ;-)) Now that you have one, you will never be able to stop and you will crave and get all available ETKs! (Look to the post to see your end on mine) ;-))

      But I am very happy that you could lay your hands on #30. That one sold out here in a few days. I was wearing it a few days ago, combined with #2 on the crease and some people commented on it saying how unique it looks. I hope you enjoy yours too. Thanks so much for your comment xox.

  5. How dare you entice me to purchase this entire collection! I'm not even supposed to be shopping and then you just HAD to post these photos. This is one of the most tempting collections I've seen in a long time.

    1. Hi EVR, I can totally feel you. This collection also caught me by surprise and vacuumed all my money away LOL, I love those ETKs, they are so pretty and unique.


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