I'm a huge fan of CC creams for the face, but when I heard Armani had come out with a CC lipstick, I thought it sounded a bit ridiculous at first. Annnnnnd then I promptly went to an Armani counter to see them in person, only to have that sense of ridiculouness turn into awe and admiration once I swatched them, bought them and wore them. 'CC lipsticks for everyone!' is how I feel now. I want to be the Oprah of these lipsticks and run around handing them out to everyone - "You get a CC lipstick and YOU get a CC lipstick.....", but I don't have an Oprah budget so I will just write about them on my blog. Fair trade off. Let's first take a look at the colors I purchased - shade 400 (classic red), shade 202 (pinky nude), and shade 503 (deep fuchsia). I will let the shock and awe of me only buying one nude lipstick wear off before I continue. All good? Great. Below are the swatches of each color:
What initially struck me about the lipsticks is the intense color pay off, followed by the smooth texture. Their claim of 'color and comfort' is reflected in the lip balm-like texture and opaque pigmentation - which almost seems like an oxymoron. But Armani has managed to pull this off perfectly, creating Rouge Ecstasy, a hybrid lipstick that is as comfortable as it is luxurious. You can see from the swatches that there is a creamy and moist texture to the product, but the color is vibrant and rich. While they do go on with a slight glossy finish, they dry down to a natural matte and wear for hours and hours (and hours). My lips took to them immediately and felt actually better after wearing them. After the initial intense color pay-off wears for awhile, what is left is a beautiful stain that has significant staying power. Kudos to Armani for being one of the first to bridge the gap from CC creams for the face to a CC color product in such a flawless way. The only thing left to do is decide how many other colors I need to purchase. Life is so hard.
Shop Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks below: