Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown is a moderately warm-toned, dark coral with a glossy finish. It is a permanent lipgloss that retails for $38.00 and contains 0.2 oz.
Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It darkens quite a bit on lips and appears pinker as well. It had semi-opaque coverage which went on evenly, and it was somewhat buildable (it's supposed to be buildable). The color wore for six hours and left behind a strong stain. MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Revlon Papaya (DC, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Nahema Smack (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (LE, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Kiss Me Coral (DC, $7.99) is warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (DC, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (DC, $32.00) is warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Introducing Ecstasy Lacquer-The shine of a lacquer, the color & comfort of a lipstick, & the hold of a stain. The innovative Armani Liquid Vinyl Technology features the highest concentration of water soluble pigments, allowing for pure, vivid color impact with maximum long wear results. The formula is enriched with glycerin for comfortable application and long lasting hydration. It can be applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color, added over any Armani lipstick as a top coat, or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.