Does Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara Turn My Eyes into Lethal Weapons?

I like a lot of mascaras, but there are very few that I love enough to marry.  Most of my mascaras come from the drugstore, but I have had good experience with mascaras in the $15+ range.  I think MAC Studio Fix Lash, MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash and Clinique Lash Power are all fantastic.

Today’s mascara, however, takes us waaay beyond the $15 line.  We are talking past the outfield, across the ocean, all the way to China. 🙂  Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill ($33, available at Holt Renfrew) mascara promises long, plush and separated lashes.  It promises a lot and for that price, it better deliver.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara

Housed in a heavy metal casing, Eyes To Kill does not mess around with first impressions.  The heaviness of the metal really makes it feel like a weapon.  Very badass!  The brush, which I consider to be a very important component in a mascara, is superb.  One side of the brush has shorter widely gapped bristles, which are supposed to create volume at the base of the lashes.  The other side has tightly packed long bristles for to separate and lengthen.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara – Short Bristles

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara – Long Bristles

So, does it work well?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: The brush and mascara’s formula create beautiful separated, long lashes.  When I started using this, I didn’t really notice the mixed bristles, so I just applied it as I would any other normal mascara.  You know the kind, right?  The wiggle, zig zag, and comb through?  Yeah, that one. 🙂  What I can tell is that my lashes look thicker, and more evidently, they are longer.  How do I know?  My lashes are so long that they touch my glasses.  They don’t do that with any other mascara.

As for the volume, the mascara achieves this not by glooping up each lash with a lot of product, but by separating and coating each lash with an even coat.  So, it makes you look like you have a lot of lashes.  The effect is like wearing a set of natural volume fake lashes.

I gotta hand it to Giorgio Armani for creating such a weightless mascara formula.  This holds my shu uemura lash curl incredibly well.  We’re talking almost no curl loss from my normally stick straight Asian lashes.  The formula doesn’t make my lashes crunchy either, which I always appreciate.

Now I know you want to see a before and after, right? 🙂

No mascara

Read on to see more eye photos!

Wearing 1 coat of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara

Wearing 2 coats of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara

No mascara

Wearing 1 coat of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara

Wearing 2 coats of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara

I personally love that Eyes To Kill is amazing after only 1 coat, and that’s how I prefer to wear it.

Now, for the downside of the mascara.  Yes, there is a downside.  Yes, this makes me sad.  The mascara’s staying power sucks.  It flakes.  It smudges under my eyes.  I don’t usually have these problems with mascara, so I gotta say it: it’s not me, Eyes To Kill, it’s you.

I think I still like you Eyes To Kill.  But I’m not ready to elope with you just yet.

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  • Your posts are always a pleasure to read, flow so well!

    I’m loving the packaging but it’s unfortunate the formula smudges!

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 I do try. 😛

  • I’ve always wondered about this mascara. Now I know it smudges so no way for Tracy! With my lashes I’d be looking all racoon-like in an hour! Thanks for the review!

    • You’re welcome. It’s really annoying because it’s such a great mascara otherwise!

  • I love this mascara, but I had the same smudging problem. I bought Clarins Double-Fix Clear Mascara to wear over it, and it works great. Beautiful lashes all day, no smudges!

    Thx for your fun blog:)

    • Ooh, what a great tip to wear clear mascara. But if you wear Clarins over Giorgio Armani, I can’t imagine how much you’re spending on mascara alone?!? I think Maybelline makes a clear mascara as well.

  • It is a pricy solution! But it was worth it to me because, otherwise, my fear of raccoon eyes was going to prevent me from getting any use out of the Eyes to Kill. (Also, just to clarify, the Clarins Double-Fix is more than a clear mascara. It is a waterproof seal, and it’s specifically intended to set colored mascara in place. I’m not sure a drugstore brand would have the same effect, but, if you give it a go, I’d be interested to know how it works out.)

  • I’ve been curious about this but now I know to stick to YSL Faux Cils when I feel like shelling out $40 for a mascara!

    • Yeah, I’m not totally sold on this. I haven’t yet tried YSL Faux Cils, but I sure hope it’s better. I think it costs more.

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