Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Red Velvet That Won’t Go to Your Hips

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, pinky-red with fuchsia shimmer. It’s more red than anything else, but there’s a definite pink edge and shimmer, which means it is also cool-toned. Guerlain Calligraphy is pinker. Dior Marilyn is also pinker, lighter. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is cooler-toned and darker. Guerlain Luxure is less cool-toned. MAC Red Racer is very similar but has no shimmer. Guerlain Samsara is darker. Guerlain Vega is similar but has no shimmer.

The Lip Maestro formula is supposed to be “the first lip stain with a comfortable velvet texture and radiant finish” with “intense … color.” It is touted as having a non-sticky texture with “hours of hydration and comfort.” It seems like every brand has rolled out a variation on the matte-lip-in-liquid-form this season, but Giorgio Armani’s is noticeably different from the usual long-wearing, liquid lipstick in its dry down. It doesn’t cling or dry down fully; it’s movable and feels a lot like a really lightweight, thin lipstick. Because it is movable, it will transfer, but it is so pigmented that despite drinking and eating, much of the color lingers on and on. Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait is the most comparable formula that I can think of, but Guerlain’s formula still has more cling to it than this one.

When I tested this shade in particular for wear, it lasted for eight hours and left behind a very slight stain. It’s not at all drying, and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear and easily reapplied, as it doesn’t flake or peel off (fades like a normal lipstick). The texture is smooth and velvety; it’s really as if you put your favorite silicone-based face primer on your lips. That velvety consistency helps to fill in and minimize lip lines, too. It takes awhile for the natural sheen to fade away (an hour or so), so while it does end up with a matte finish, it’s more satin-like initially.

P.S. — Some retailers, like Nordstrom, are listing names for the Lip Maestro range, but neither my box nor the sticker on the tube indicates the name of the color. Giorgio Armani’s site lists this as “503 – red fuchsia.”  I believe this one is called “Code” based on matching up the images on Giorgio Armani’s site and Nordstrom.

The Glossover


Red Fuchsia (503)

It's incredible pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear--more comfortable than a lot of comparable products. The texture is definitely one to try, if only to know how it feels like!











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Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro

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Guerlain Calligraphy is pinker. Dior Marilyn is also pinker, lighter. MAC Charmed, I'm Sure is cooler-toned and darker. Guerlain Luxure is less cool-toned. MAC Red Racer is very similar but has no shimmer. Guerlain Samsara is darker. Guerlain Vega is similar but has no shimmer.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette, Laura Mercier Black Gold Eyeliner, DiorShow Mascara. On face: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation (#5.5 and #7 mixed), Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette, Illamasqua Zygomatic Cream Blush.

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35 thoughts on “Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I don’t know whether I want to try this one first or the Guerlain one… I kind of want to try both just to see what the formula is like, but I also want to get shades that are different from what I already have…

    • I think both are good – this one just feels very… interesting? Guerlain feels interesting, too. I was like, “Whoa, this has to be filled with silicone,” when I applied this. Super smooth.

  2. Wow, that’s super pretty. I hesitate on lip products that have glitter in them, though. It always seems to be left behind and it migrates all over my face. I have a hard enough time keeping eyeshadow glitters from running around my face, I just can’t handle it near my mouth, lol. It’s even worse when it’s very small bits of shimmer. At least larger glitter is easier to brush away.

  3. Alexa K

    Fucking pretty, I need that in my life.

  4. Shannon

    The packaging of this looks horrible.

  5. Sherly Obillo

    Hope you will do a review on the maestro foundation too. I always look forward to your reviews before buying items

  6. Aren’t these AWESOME?! They are actually worth dropping a few four-letter words over. Something about the packaging looks all 70’s/80’s vintage to me too (which, of course, I LURVE!)

    • I am totally loving the glossy red caps myself!

      • Strange huh? I was like, “OOhh! Look at those caps!” Who would have thought I’d be so impressed by it! There’s just something about the look of these that reminds me of looking through fashion mags as a kid and seeing old makeup ads. Just the way ads LOOKED in the 80’s… Not that I’d KNOW what they looked like or anything 😉

  7. Oh my, this looks really good! I haven’t picked up any of the liquid lipsticks that’s been coming out lately, but so far, Guerlain’s is my favorite. I like the satiny sheen on the Armani one, it almost makes the finish look somewhere between Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait and Chanel Rouge Allure Laque.

    On another note, I love what you’ve done with the lighting. It looks like natural lighting somewhat (more than the beauty dish anyway), but still shows off colors relatively even. Perfect! <3

  8. Raisa Moreno

    That is just gorgeous! Everything seems to look good on you though. :)

  9. artemis

    wow, very nice texture <3 if it wasn't shimmery it'd be perfection 😀

  10. Jaune

    Not a fan of the 80s-esque packaging, but the color looks great on you!

  11. Amy

    Does this mean you’ve tried the Lancôme version? So the Armani one is better? :)

  12. Christine, it’s stunning on you!

  13. OK. This thing instantly goes on my wish list! We have to wait a bit more for them to be available here. So glad to know the formula’s good!

  14. blueraccoon

    The color’s not for me but now I’ll have to pick one up due to the awesome formula :) Messy Wands has swatches listed by number, but the Nordstrom site doesn’t have that, so I’ll have to go in person.

  15. WOW! Christine this looks gorgeous on you! And the formula looks amazing. I’ve heard so many good things about these and now I see why. Totally worth the price tag.

  16. freshpinklips

    HOLY MAC GUACAMOLE this looks amazing!

  17. Jill

    I definitely want to try one of these out, it sounds like a product I will love!

    Oh, and you look very nice in brown.

  18. An

    I don’t wear red lips much and I have enough red lippies already so while I don’t want this particular color, but I want to try the formula! Sounds really neat… *-*

  19. AmyD

    WOW that’s pretty. exactly the texture that i prefer in these new liquid lipsticks as well (i hate the ones that dry down to practically matte paint, e.g. stila and mufe). gotta check these out!

  20. Phoebe

    If you had to pick, would you purchase this or the Guerlain one?

    The formula sounds amazing!

  21. Stacey

    I only have one lipstick from the entire Armani collection…dont care for the packaging…but I am liking this…the vinyl look..and the packaging- the cap….the vinyl look reminds me of Cindy Lauper and Blondie…yes, the ’80s make me feel so old.

  22. Justine

    After reading this review, I wonder if Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, and Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait use the same or similar technology in their products. I wouldn’t be surprised if all three companies are using technology developed by a third party. I’ll need to track down their ingredients lists to compare. However, it does sound as if YSL’s finish is shiny whereas the other two are semi-matte or matte. (I’m trying decide on which brand to splurge because I only want one tube of this product type.) Since Allure magazine hasn’t posted the contents of its October 2012 issue online (as far as I can find), here’s an excerpt from its article on The Big Breakthroughs (the year’s most innovative products):

    Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

    Shiny, intensely pigmented lip color that lasts is one of the great trifectas of the beauty world. Plenty of R&D dollars have been gambled away trying to come up with a contender, but inevitably formulas are either drying, dull, or require reapplication. A few years ago, some chemists at the Yves Saint Laurent labs decided to go for broke: They began tinkering with a formula that would deliver the color of a lipstick, the endurance of a stain, and the high shine of a gloss. And by golly, we have a winner.

    HOW IT WORKS: When you swipe on this unassuming lipstick, a series of remarkable things happen. A blend of water, pigments, and the polymer ethylcellulose (commonly used to give candy and pills their shiny coating) forms a base on the lips. The water quickly evaporates, leaving behind a polymer film containing vibrant pigments plus colorants that sink into lips and stain them. Tiny drops of silicone then rise to the surface of the film and create a reflective (yet not sticky) finish. Finally, droplets of oil emerge in the film and form a honeycomb-like protective layer so the color and shine won’t budge for a full six hours.

    WHAT AN EXPERT SAYS: “A few years ago, long-lasting glosses were big new, but most were cumbersome two-step systems, while others weren’t glossy enough, ” says [cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita] Wilson. “This is a total formulation breakthrough for lips. By adding water for the first time, the lipstick is able to form a strong, shiny film on the skin without leaving the mouth dry. These claims have been made before — long-lasting shine and color — but this formula lives up to them.”

  23. Alison

    I love that you’re reviewing these! I’d be so excited to see 502 on you!

  24. Madeleine

    How come the colour names you have seems to be different from the Nordstorm website and GA’s website? Is this the same as Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Matte Lacquer? Is 503 Code the same colour as this?

    • Because for some reason, they’re different and confusing :( As far as I know the *numbers* are all accurate and the same, even if the names are not. Normally, GA doesn’t even name products do I don’t know why they did it here only to have multiple versions!