Now this is a proper lipstick! As much as I love a bargain lippie, the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine lipsticks feel like jewels in the hand. They’re properly shiny, properly heavy and satisfyingly magnetic with a click close. Just the fact that the casing is red draws me more to them – how many black lipsticks can one person own?
In texture, these lipsticks are melty soft and balmy on the lip, thanks in part to hyaluronic acid: despite looking translucent in the swatches, once you have the deeper tone of your lips behind the colours, they appear more pigmented there than on the arm. They have a slight perfume to them – not vanilla-ish but slightly sweet – and promise an 8 hour last (which I think is highly optimistic!).
From bottom to top in the swatch: Silenzio (200), Play (300), Smile (100), Desire (301), Crescendo (500).
Naked (101), Scarlatto (201), Four Hundred (400) and Eccentrico (501). I swear my lips actually feel softer for wearing them – this type of formula that’s so nearly liquid but not quite is good for those whose lips look or feel dry all the time. I’m sure that my dry lip issue is partially due to some lipstick ingredient that I have a reaction to but I haven’t had any dryness from these at all. The finish is a high sheen I’d say, depending on how much you put on – you can have a shier sheen if you use it as a balmy tint – more lipstick means more shine. Ecstasy Shine lipsticks are £29 each – I know.. it’s a lot – but they actually do feel very glamorous, very luxurious and a rather wonderous treat to self for autumn. They’re HERE.
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