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Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks for Fall 2017

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks for Fall 2017
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks for Fall 2017

The Details

This vibrant lipstick moisturizes lips like a balm, while applying weightless, bold, and vibrant lip color with the shine of a gloss. The formula offers high shine with the most comfortable cream texture and up to eight hours of hydration. It is twice as soft as traditional lipstick, and the wide range of shades includes three that are exclusive to Sephora, each with a wet and shiny finish.

Fall 2017

Ecstasy Shine, $38.00 (New, Permanent)

  • Smile (100)
  • Naked (101)
  • Silenzio (200)
  • Scarlatto (201)
  • Bamboo (202)
  • Play (300)
  • Desire (301)
  • Four Hundred (400)
  • Hot (401)
  • Crescendo (500)
  • Eccentrico (501)
  • Drama (502)
  • Fatale (503)
  • Flirt (504)
  • Ecstasy (505)
  • Maharajah (506)
  • Garçonne (600)
  • Attitude (601)
  • Night Viper (602)
  • Wine (604)
  • Sepia (605)

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Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer ’17 Eye Tint

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Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Spring-Summer '17

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer ’17 Eye Tint ($42.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and fine, lighter and darker blue pearl. It had medium coverage, which was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation with two layers but a third layer did not go as well, as it seemed to cause the whole thing to appear uneven, thicker, and made it the product more prone to flaking off.

The Eye Tint formula is supposed to have “16 hour wear” in a “buildable liquid eyeshadow” format. (The “buildable” part is new to me compared to the description I have from 2015–Sephora still shows the description I remember from before.) With just one or two layers, it lasted for 14 hours before creasing slightly. The consistency was thin, watery initially, but it dried down and felt more like a powder product that was still a bit blendable along the edges.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Spring-Summer '17
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious (Part 2)

01/06

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro

Notorious (408)

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation that applied well to lips with smooth, even coverage. The texture was velvety, creamy, and flattering on the lips as it masked my lip lines and did not sit in them. The color stayed on well for seven hours and left a slight stain behind, while the formula felt hydrating over time.

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious (408)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious (Part 1)

01/06

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro

A-List (301)

Giorgio Armani A-List (301) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The consistency was creamy with a velvety-smooth feel that had a noticeable shine for two to three hours before it wore down to more of a velvet matte finish. The formula was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for seven hours on me.

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro A-List (301)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

Availability

Sephora

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

More Holiday 2016: Besame, Wander, BUXOM, Giorgio Armani, Kevyn Aucoin

Besame Mini Lipstick Set
Besame Mini Lipstick Set

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The Details

Besame Mini Lipstick Set, $25.00 (Limited Edition)

Bésame Cosmetics’ Classic Color Lipsticks feature vintage-inspired, smooth lip colors that leave a budge-proof finish that stays put, while the angled design achieves precise application. Each lasting color is inspired by the shades worn by coveted Hollywood starlets of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, imparting an iconic, satin-meets-matte lip look. Each formula is enriched with macadamia oil, vitamin C, chamomile, and aloe to leave your lips feeling soft and hydrated.

  • 5 x 0.035 oz/ 1 g Classic Color Mini Lipsticks in Noir Red (1930), Cherry Red (1935), Red Velvet (1946), Dusty Rose (1969), Chocolate Kiss (1970)

Wander Beauty Prone to Wanter Lipstick Set, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

Instantly switch up your lip look with these richly pigmented, long-lasting matte lipsticks. From brights to neutrals, customize the shades you want to take on the go. Simply pick a color combination and insert the two lipsticks into the Wander Beauty core for long-lasting, portable color. Enriched with marula oil, castor seed oil, coco seed butter, jojoba oil, mango seed butter, and sunflower oil, the formula glides on effortlessly and keeps lips moisturized.

  • 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2.04 g Lipstick in Velvet Rope, Miss Behave, Wanderberry, Barely There, Exhibitionist, B.B.

BUXOM Frozen Assets Bold Gel Lipstick Collection, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

The Frozen Assets 8-piece Mini Big & Sexy Bold Lipstick Collection includes a range of nude to red shades in moisturizing matte and satin finishes in a lightweight, gel formula. Each shade delivers piercingly vivid, one-stroke color to shamelessly stand out.

  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 1 g Mini Big & Sexy Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Racy Reveal (matte warm light pink), Sinful Cinnamon (matte cinnamon brown), Ultraviolet (matte bright violet), Ruby Temptress (matte brick red)
  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 1 g Mini Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Rebel Rose (satin rosy pink), Graphic Grape (satin deep purple), Forbidden Berry (satin deep pink), Fuchsia Fetish (satin hot pink)

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