Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pink-tinged beige with soft white shimmer–it looks more like slightly milky beige gloss with a healthy dose of shimmer when worn but light on actual color. I imagine it will soften those with naturally more pigmented lips.

Gloss d’Armani is supposed to last for eight hours (without fading), be moisturizing, and have a smooth, non-sticky texture. Color payoff is indeterminant, because on one hand, Giorgio Armani says “concentrated, high definition color” but then later describes some shades as “sheer chiffon.” For a more in-depth review of Gloss d’Armani, please read my original review here.

#502 certainly falls under “sheer chiffon,” I’d say! There is plenty of shimmer, though, so it gives the illusion of more color than it actually is. It always seems counter-intuitive to rank a sheer product with full marks on pigmentation, but if it’s supposed to be “sheer chiffon,” this lives up to the claim. This was the second shade I tried, and I alternated between this shade and #505 (the one I first reviewed) during testing, because it was such a light shade. I often test the light and darks of a new formula, because you do tend to get better wear out of more pigmented shades compared to sheerer ones.

To my complete surprise, #502 wears nearly as well as the more pigmented #505. Neither wears for as long as the brand claims, but #502 wore for five hours, and there was still residual shimmer an hour or so later. I would say reapplication was needed by five hours, though, and if you wanted to maintain the glossiness of the look, more along the lines of two and a half. Just as I did with #505, though, it’s non-sticky for only part of the time. It starts off as almost gel-like and non-sticky, but over time, it gets tackier and tackier. It’s not thick and sticky, but I wouldn’t describe it as non-sticky at all. I didn’t detect any fragrance or scent.

It’s one of my new favorites in gloss, just because six hours of wear for a gloss is excellent–as a reviewer, it’s almost painful to have to knock it down so severely because of their very specific claim of eight-hours of wear.

The Glossover



The shortcomings in wear (five hours compared to the eight hours claimed) and sticky texture (compared to the non-sticky texture promised) bring down the overall score for this product, but it's one of the longest-wearing glosses I've come across that is actually moisturizing and comfortable to wear.











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13 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. This color looks good on you !

  2. I’ve got to try this gloss – it’s beautifully sheer, and I always read terrific reviews of Armani cosmetics.

  3. Too sheer for 28 bucks, though it looks stunning in the tube. Thanks, Christine!

  4. Lena Vaz

    So cute! Yes, it has a lot of dupes… But it’s still cute! 😉

  5. Eva

    Wow, six hours…have you come across any other glosses that last that long?

  6. Dana

    Looks pretty but too expensive for me for a barely there shade. I love the your eye and cheek colors in this, what’s on them?

  7. This is a pretty color, but it’s got too much glitter in it for my taste… Finally, an Armani beauty product I don’t crave! This might be a first 😉

  8. Alyse

    I like the new angles from which you are taking the full-face photos. Very flattering, and easier to see your entire makeup look. Bella!

  9. Helen

    I’m interested in these glosses, but there are so many colors, I can’t decide which one to get! It’s nice to see a review of this, along with swatches…it’s something to compare the other shades with. The only way I can purchase Armani cosmetics is over the Internet; I live far away from any store that might carry them. As everyone knows, it can be hard to judge colors from a computer monitor.

  10. Victoria

    What are you wearing on your lids! It looks lovely :)

  11. I adore this gloss.

  12. kia

    hey christine! this fotd looks picture perfect… i love your nude lip, minimal attention to eyes and letting your brows be the focal feature. you look great, ready for a head shot!

  13. Jacqueline

    Too much sparkle, not enough color. It’s pretty in the tube, but it makes you look washed out. :(