I'm resigned to the fact that I must continue to show you the new Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge d'Armani Sheer Lipsticks ($30) in multiple features. By the time I get home from the office, I've lost valuable sunlight hours and can only get swatch photos of one product - or in today's case, three lipsticks. So, let's look at three more of my newest treasures.
From left to right above, the shades are Plum 601 (Tulip Noire), Plum 602 (Black Lacquer), and Coral 300 (Acid Tangerine). I thought the shades would look good together on my arm.
It's amazingly difficult to line up these lipsticks like little toy soldiers. Because of the magnetic feature that allows the cases to snap closed elegantly, the tubes want to stick to each other. They move when I try to line them up. I've never had that happen before. I tried to take photos with the Armani logo face forward, not haphazardly as they appear in my photo.
Here's quick recap on the formula. Rouge d'Armani Sheer Lipstick features a fabulous creamy texture, feather light and translucent, as hydrating as a balm. They are beautifully hydrating on the lips. The brilliant bold colors are sheer, and completely wearable. Don't be mislead by how the colors look in the tube - try them!
A cutting-edge color formulation process, the Color Shine Moisture Polymer, a revolutionary component, is able to retain twice its volume of water and said to enhance color luminosity while locking in hydration on the lip surface for over eight hours. I can't tell you that they make my lips feel hydrated for hours after the color wears away, but they feel nice and creamy while the color is apparent.
Here are swatches, with Plum 601 at the top of my arm, Plum 602 in the middle, and Coral 600 at the bottom. My photos were taken in late-afternoon sunlight with a variety of backdrops.
Plum 601 is pinker than Plum 602. I could never have chosen only one of the three Plum shades, so I'm glad I bought all three (See Plum 600 in yesterday's swatch photos). As soon as I can, I'll swatch all three Plums together.
Coral 600 is extremely sheer and very pretty on the lips. It definitely looks pastel orange on my lips, unlike some orange glosses that give a slight orange tint to otherwise light rose lips. Acid Tangerine is a great name for Coral 600. I love the way it makes my blue eyes pop. It warms my entire face, and I'd recommend it to orange lovers and skeptics alike. I won't hesitate to wear it, unless I'm wearing a bright pink jacket, and I tend to avoid orange. I'm glad I've jumped out of that box.
Tomorrow, I'll show you the two remaining shades I haven't photographed, assuming I have adequate sunlight when I need it. Then, I'll group the shades and show you each color family with its sister shades (with the exception of the Corals - I only purchased one of them).
See a shade you like? You can find the Rouge d'Armani Sheer Lipsticks at Armani Beauty's Web site and Neiman Marcus counters. I'm still waiting for that call from Saks.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty