Review: Giorgio Armani Cream To Powder Eye Tints

I'm a believer!

I've mentioned before that cream shadow formulas typically aren't for me; most of the time I stick to powders. I’m not above trying out new or interesting formulas, though, and Giorgio Armani Eye Tints piqued my curiosity.

Each tint comes in a lip gloss-like tube with a doe foot applicator. I like this kind of applicator because it makes distributing the product easy and more precise, and I can clean the wand in between uses.

What immediately struck me was the intensity of the pigment--one swipe yields excellent color payoff.

At first swatch, I was worried that the wet, creamy texture wouldn't set, but it did so rather quickly. And once it dried into a powder finish it blended just like an actual powder formula, while maintaining excellent pigmentation. It even paired well with regular powder shadows.

In addition to being highly pigmented and blendable, these tints are extremely long-wearing. I wore them out for the day both with eye shadow primer and without; in both cases they lasted all day.

Without primer I got about six hours of wear before I noticed any fading, and it still looked good at the end of the day. With primer I didn’t see any fading. Even after 10 hours of wear my shadow looked freshly applied.

Confession: I always secretly hope that high-end products aren’t going to be worth the hype (at $38 a pop, these tints are not cheap), but I can say that these are absolutely worth the price. I’ve finally found a creamy formula that blends well, gives me the pigmentation I love, and most importantly, stays put on my oily lids all day.

  • Do you like cream to powder formulas?
  • What are your long-wearing favorites?