Here are two swatches. They look pretty damn similar, right?
They’re two different eyeshadows.
One is Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow in #4 Pulp Fiction, reviewed by Elvira here.
The other is Bare Escentuals Buxom Stay-There eyeshadow in Pug, reviewed by me here.
(they're swatched in the same order as they appear here: Armani L, Buxom R)
I bought the Armani eyeshadow after Elvira reviewed it because I’m a sheep. I forgot I owned BE Pug. I had the Armani unopened for a couple of weeks, but I had already tossed the receipt. When I went to open it to wear it, I realized it looked damned familiar. Then it hit me - BE Pug was the exact same color as GA Pulp Fiction!
Swatching them only confirmed this. The Armani shadow has a better consistency and is more opaque on first swatch, but they are definitely the same color and offer the same effect, at least on my skin.
The Armani shadow retails for $32, the BE Buxom shadow retails for $17. If I had to choose one, I’d lean towards the Armani but if you need to save money, the BE eyeshadow is still pretty awesome.
Sigh. I was mad about this for about half a day, until I realized that I’m a taupe addict and I probably have countless dupes in my stash. Oh well! All this means is that I have plenty of pretty shadows to stare at, regardless of whether they’re all the same color or not!