Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in 401 – Review and Swatches
Hello Mr. Armani,
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with your fashion, jewelry and accessory pieces. They bordered on me liking them…but there was always something off (maybe about 10 years of aging to go.) I was intrigued by your makeup collection. But afraid! What if what I thought was a va-va-voom lipstick ended up old lady? What if I was really just paying for overpriced L’oreal? I’m writing to tell you I was so wrong. Please forgive me.
As some of you might know, my birthday was February 13th. My family doesn’t celebrate my birthday, save to give me the occasional cash gift. I prefer it that way – it guarantees I’ll get something I like. However right now i’m saving up for either the Canon Rebel t3i or t4i AND i’m on a no-buy until at least the end of March – so I knew I wouldn’t be buying myself any pretties with the money.
Then an angel came down from…the hall (my youngest sister Harmony) and presented me with an offer. Choose four products, price irrelevant, they shall be your birthday presents! I’m not going to spoil what I got – but this was the first thing on the list. I’d been eyeing #401 since I saw it featured on Temptalia’s “The Scarlet Season” red lip feature. I was looking for something in the same spirit as my HG red lip, MAC’s Lady Danger. But my dislike of GA’s fashion and accessory offerings made me hesitate to buy this for myself. “Ah well!” I told myself, “Nordstroms has a really liberal return policy…”
The $30.00 USD Price tag is what really made me jump. It’s by far the most expensive lipstick in my collection. The closest I have to it in price is my $24.00USD Tarte LipSurgence(which I actively dislike ). For that price you get 4.2ml /.14oz of lipstick, the same as a NYX Round Lipstick (MAC’s lipsticks contain .10 oz.)
I like the packaging of the Rouge d’Armanis. Their description of it is spot on.
Lipstick packaged in an elegant black lacquered case with an exclusive magnetic closure. Sealed with a click.
The shiny finish is bit of a fingerprint magnet. But it wouldn’t have looked quite as nice in a matte finish.
Armani divides up their 14 Rouge d’Armani offerings up as Pinks (one shade), Browns (three shades), Beiges (six shades), Reds (four shades) and Plums (2 shades.) 401 Is oh so-obviously listed under the Reds – but that’s all the text information you get on the product.
I love when a bullet resembles the finished product. #401 is a brilliant orange-based tomato red.
It’s MORE orange than Lady Danger. But more on that later… All in all, Armani did a great job representing the product with a minimal amount of information.
This is a powerfully pigmented lippie. One swipe covers up my very pigmented lips with no alteration to color. Take a look!
I was a bit intimidated by the design of the bullet. I feared it was too wide and angular to allow me to navigate curves. But really, it’s exactly what makes it easy to do so. I use the thinner edge for precision work and the nice wide base for the rest.
Of course the formula helps. It’s smooth, doesn’t pull or tug and yet manages to feel soft too.
Whaaaaaaa! Okay so, I was expecting good wear. I know Temptalia got about 6 hours but it didn’t last through a meal. The following shots are not edited and were taken during a span of hours where the following things were consumed: Celery with Peanut Butter, Soy Milk, Hot Tea and Scones, Orange Juice.
Here it is, as above – freshly applied.
You can see it’s lost some shine and bled a little more but it’s still going strong.
At this point it was about midnight. I was lazy and I just went to bed. I regret not taking a shot in the morning. The color was faded but my lips were really prettily stained with the same shade.
Now, I’ve also worn this for a rather oily barbeque style meal. It made it through with only minor fading and that was after dabbing my mouth free from bbq sauce and all kinds of unmentionable trans fats.
As I mentioned above – I’d purchased this as a possible replacement for my MAC Lady Danger. The shades ended up being different enough for both to earn well loved places in my heart – but neither replaces the other. I rounded up all my similar lippies and snapped up some shots for those of you that are curious.
On their own, both Eros and Fire&Ice are often said to lean more orange than blue. But when compared to the considerably more orange 401 – they easily look totally blue based. NYX Indie Flick looks much pinker than 401 and has a matte finish. Finally, Lady Danger has a less satiny finish and a touch more red than 401. I didn’t include it in the swatch shots because it looked so drastically different, but just a heads up, MAC’s Russian Red is nowhere close to 401. It looks almost brown by comparison.
Irreplaceable, without compare…#401 easily earns it’s $30 USD price tag with its easy application and long wear. It’s a real dream to apply and use. I love it!
Pricy. But worth it.
Classic, elegant. But a bit of a fingerprint magnet.
Color Accuracy: 10/10
Unrivaled pigmentation makes this suitable for naturally pigmented lips.
Glides on like a dream~ I love it!
Okay seriously? 8 Hour fadeless wear? And NOT completely disappearing after a BBQ dinner?
Overall: 94% (A-)
The funny thing is that none of the other shades in the line appeal to me. So if any of you own any of the other colors, do please let me know what your experience has been. Same wear? Same ease of application?