When I bought my Armani Maestro foundation, there was a gift with purchase going on so I decided to pick up a couple other items and get the (excellent) GWP. One might think that I already have enough red lipsticks – but I always have room in my vanity for a truly fabulous red, and Rouge d’Armani 400 is just that.
The packaging is luxurious; it’s hard to tell from the photo, but the case is an interesting twisted oval shape, rather than being round or oval. It has a magnetic closure with a satisfying click. It’s a little bit heavy, but not too bad.
As you can see from the swatch – which is just one swipe – it is a very pigmented true red. Reds often pull quite pink on me (see, for example, Wet n Wild Hot Red here), and from the swatch, this also looks like it might pull pink. But, when applied, it is a very true red. It starts off with a slight glossy finish, and (like most lipsticks) eventually wears into a semi-matte finish.
The formula is excellent. It is very long lasting; after 4 hours I thought it looked freshly applied, though in comparing the swatches, it obviously isn’t. Still, I think it looks fantastic for four hours of wear! I haven’t worn it more than four, but I would not be surprised if it wore a full eight. After I removed it, it left an even stain that wore for several more hours.
I rarely find lipsticks drying – I wear a lot of mattes – and this was no exception. I found it very comfortable and moisturizing. It’s also very lightweight; I forgot that I was wearing it.
Overall? Love, love, love. The color is fantastic, the formula is perfect. The only thing I wish I could change is the price – $30. Still, that’s less than Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique’s at $35, and I might like this formula even better.
Rouge d’Armani lipsticks are available at Nordstrom.com, as well as other department stores.
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