Armani Eye Makeup

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints – Onyx, Cold Copper, Senso, Rose Ashes and Gold Ashes

January 13, 2015

Giorgio Armani’s latest includes a new liquid/cream eyeshadow called Eye Tints ($38 each for 6.5 ml/0.22 fl oz, made in France). These eyeshadows are all shimmery and come in twelve different colors. I ordered several sight unseen and literally gasped when I opened the boxes. They are really beautiful.

The shades above, left to right (note the tubes themselves only have numbers as labels):

  • Onyx 5 is a super sparkly olive green with silver and green shimmers
  • Cold Copper 9 is a smooth shimmer neutral tan
  • Senso 10 is a unique plum brown bronze shimmer
  • Rose Ashes 11 is a warm peachy gold base that flashes pink and rose 
  • Gold Ashes 12 is a super sparkly cool-toned champagne shimmer
These Armani Eye Tints have a fluid texture but aren’t so fluid that they are like liquids. There is a bit of thickness to them which makes them slightly like a cream, but the texture is still on the fluid side. The color sheers out once you blend them but it is easy to build and blend. I’ve been playing with these all last week – my favorite way to apply is straight from the tube onto the lids and then blend on the eyes with a finger.

Onyx and Gold Ashes are extremely sparkly, but not quite as frosted or as pigmented as Armani Eyes to Kill shadows and not as glitzy as some of the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres. I’ve tried Gold Ashes all over the lids and it blends out really nicely for an even wash of sparkle. The other shades Cold Copper, Sense and Rose Ashes have a more finely milled shimmer. In terms of lasting power, I found these dried down to a satiny finish on the eyes after they set and lasted all day without budging. You can layer a powder shadow on top of these but if you do, I recommend working quickly with your shadows – these tend to set and dry quickly, although it’s not immediate which allows you to blend and layer, dry time is on the fast side (at least for me).

For reference, CafΓ© Makeup has all the shades swatched and Color Me Loud has a detailed review on Senso #10.

These come with a beveled sponge tip applicator:

Close up of all the shades:

Swiped straight from the tube:

Swiped on a larger area:

Comparison swatches:

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Epatant (review)
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage (review)
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia (review)
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight (review)
Chanel llusion D’Ombre in New Moon (d/c, review)
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon (swatches)
Armani Eyes to Kill 9

I really like these, although I am partial to the Eyes to Kill Intense Shadows. I know many have found those too shimmery and too intense so if you’re looking for something softer I recommend you check out the Eye Tints. They have a smooth texture that offers light to medium buildable coverage. 

Armani Eye Tints retail for $38 each. Currently available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Giorgio Armani Beauty. Have you checked out these new shadows yet?

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  • The colour pay-off on these looks amazing and I love a shimmer! Although I don't think my budget would stretch to these πŸ™

  • Oh my, Senso is gorgeous! I hope they will soon be available at Sephora in France!

  • These look stunning, onyx and gold ashes are definitely my favourites!
    – Grace xx

    • Thanks Grace, I think the colors are really lovely πŸ™‚

  • Sara

    I was hoping you'd swatch/review these! Any plans to get the other colors?

    • I'm not sure, it's tempting but I am waiting to see what else spring 2015 has in store before splurging on more shadows.

  • What a beautiful assortment of colors! I hadn't planned to drive into the Topanga, but I think I'll make a special trip now that I've seen your selections. Years ago I bought the three LE fluid/cream eyeshadows that Guerlain had as part of the Terracotta Inca collection. I always regretted that Guerlain didn't come out with more colors in later collections so maybe these new ones by Armani will fill the bill πŸ™‚

    • I'd love to hear your thoughts!

  • Hey Sabrina, thanks for the swatches and review! So glad to hear these stay put. I'll definitely have to look into them. Eyeing a few shades here, including Senso!

  • They're all so beautiful. I really love cold copper and rose ashes!

    • Thanks Alexandra πŸ™‚

  • Deb

    Thanks for this review Sabrina. These really caught my eye when I first saw them and I was waiting for swatches and reviews. Once again, I have to pass and it's disheartening. I'm much older than your average reader (I think) and these super shimmery shadows are not flattering on my older eyes. Especially since I don't have a large mobile lid. I know many ladies in my age group and older love them and I say go for it! But just IMHO, the very shimmery is for those with unlined skin and no crepeiness. I'm really getting discouraged with the high end brands. It seems they've forgotten there's another entirely different demographic in their customer base that would maybe prefer something a little more refined in terms of finish. I guess the good news is Armani and Chanel aren't the only game(s) in town!

    • Hi Deb,
      Although I'm 70, I don't have many of the issues associated with eyes of my age. I have a large moveable lid, large browbone area, minimal crepeiness, and no hooding whatsoever. I credit the genes I got from my mom for that πŸ™‚ Her eyes remained beautiful until the day she closed them for the last time. Most of my friends; however, do have the standard complaints that come with age and so we often get into discussions about "age appropriate" products. Our consensus is that neutrals or subtle color with well-blended contouring in a satin-matte finish is the most universally flattering for women our age and that it is a shame more brands don't recognize our purchasing power. I think ClΓ© de Peau was right on target with their two quads from last spring's La BohΓ¨me collection. Those silky smooth shadows had a soft matte finish that still managed to be luminous. But then CdP went back to more frosted and sparkly shades for their new eyeshadow collection! Sigh πŸ™ I sometimes wonder if it is because the more matte foundations and lipsticks are still en vogue. A frosted or shimmery eyeshadow is a nice balance to all that. Oh well, the one thing we've learned through our decades of makeup experience is that looks come and go and that this too shall pass.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Deb, Have you tried the VISEART shadows? You can get them thru Sephora. I have the Paris Nude palette, and they are satin shadows with a very soft, very refined shimmer that I think will look good on all eyes, even more mature eyes. These shadows are made in France and used by makeup artists for weddings and for film and HD TV because they look so flattering. They also have an all matte kit ( the Neutral Mattes) if you don't want any shimmer at all.

    • Hi Deb, I know you're not alone with your thoughts on shimmer – but I think my readers are of all ages. I know some of my friends who won't wear shimmery glosses (we are approaching our mid-30s) thinking it's too much for them, but I think there are some shimmers that can be worn easily. That being said I do think wearing what you're comfortable with is key.

      A couple of the Eye Tints I bought are on the extreme sparkle side, but there are a few that have a very finely milled smooth shimmer. I do think the beauty market needs something in between matte and shimmer, something more soft and satiny would be amazing!

    • Anonymous

      Dear Deb and other mature ladies, You should not give these up as some of them are totally wearable . I swatched them all and bought 10 Senso and 11 Rose ashes. They apply like a dream and stay put until removed.The finish is satiny with no discernible shimmer. The two colours combine very nicely for a neutral , chic and understated look.
      I hope this helps ! and I am 55 !

  • OMG these are too stunning! I really love the array of shades and the pigmentation looks amazing

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  • michelle

    I agree with Deb–not the best look for aging eyes but so pretty for the youthful;)

  • Oh, yay! I've been waiting for reviews and swatches of these. I've had my eye on #10 and #11 in particular, so it's so nice to see comparison swatches of these shades. Thank you for your lovely review and photos. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into your blog. I purchase many products based on your reviews. Sephora is close enough to me, but I don't have access to counters that carry luxury brands to see them in person; your reviews and photos are a huge help.

    • Thanks Nicole, I'm glad these helped! And thank you for following my blog πŸ™‚

  • Ooh Cold Gold and Rose Ashes look amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on these to test them out. I love cream eyeshadows as they work well on my monolids.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

  • 9-10-11 are all on my wishlist for spring, hopefully will get them and a couple more when they hit the markets here in Turkey. Thanks for the great post!

    • Glad you found these helpful! Definitely check out CafΓ© Makeup's blog for swatches of all the shades. I hope they arrive in Turkey soon!

  • I'm surprised how much I like all the colors. I'm not much for olive of any shade but that Onyx shade is surprising. The other ones are much more my speed. I will need to swatch them to see if they pull warm on my skin tone!

    • If you can swatch/see them in person before buying, I highly recommend it πŸ™‚ I think they are more on the neutral side but I do suspect it will differ depending on skintone.

  • These colours are amazing. I love Giorgio Armani eye shadows I'd love to try these to. KBxx

  • Love the shades, especially the Senso!

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  • I cannot wait to pick these up. I love the Armani brand and these are really unique.

  • Thank you very much for the lovely swatches. I am afraid now I need Cold Copper and Onyx after seeing this post. They are still not released in Germany, so waiting for it eagerly to pick up a few more. Thanks very much for the link love.

    • You're welcome Sara! Loved your detailed comparisons πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your review and swatches on these. I was wondering as far as application and formulation, do you the browner colors would be better to purchase in this or the Tom Ford LE cream shadows? I am currently thinking about getting either one, though the TF is a little bit pricier. Your thoughts.

    • Hi Anonymous, I would say that for the Tom Ford Cream shadows, I'm more partial to Platinum for the color, but the formula is creamier and more emollient compared to the Armani Eye Tints.

      The Armani dries down to a finish that just sets, while the TF stays more creamy throughout the day.

  • Anonymous

    For Deb and Eileen. In the last year new eyeshadow formulas have come out with Synthetic Fluorphlogopite as the primary ingredient replacing talc. This makes the eyeshadow shimmery and for those with talc sensitivity a lot more comfortable to wear so I can see a lot of enthusiasm for them. The other factor at play is the red carpet. A lot of MUA's are rimming the eyes with shimmer instead of eyeliner and then doing a tiny dot of silver or gold at the inner corners. On my older lids I've used shimmer carefully and still get a lot of compliments. Fran

  • The rose ashes shade looks absolutely amazing! I hope these soon will be available here in Sweden as well πŸ™‚

    Thanks, I love swatches so that I can get an idea of what the products looks like when you have to order online πŸ™‚

    • Hi Rebecca! I'm so flattered that I have readers from Sweden! I'm glad you found the swatches helpful πŸ™‚ I hope they will arrive soon at stores near you too.

  • Those really look amazing. Love the colours, they are very elegant!

  • Thanks for the review, I was curious about shades 10 and 11.

  • Anonymous

    Are these similar to the old Chanel Ombre d'Eau? Liquid in an upright bottle, similar applicator and quick drying.

    • Hi Tanja, the old Chanel Ombre d'eau formula was a lot more liquid/fluid and I found they gave a sheer wash of color. The Armani is thicker in texture but still offers a good even wash, the main differences are the formula for the Armani is thicker and the pigment is more buildable.


  • Hi,

    This looks so gorgeous !!! Could you send me a picture of its ingredients list please ??

    Tx, Sophie

    • I think I threw away all the boxes, if I can find them I'll update the post with a photo of the ingredient list.

  • These are so pigmented, and beautiful! Ahh I'm in love!

  • Love these shades, especially Onyx, Gold Ashes and Cold Copper. It might even tempt me to use eyeliner….

  • I love how pigmented these are. Senso and Onyx are beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina, thank you for your review of these beautiful eye tints. Would you by chance be able to show how these look on? I have been scouring the Internet and have only seen a couple colors actually applied. Thanks!