Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick ($34) at Neiman Marcus, and spent a lot of time selecting four shades. Why four? Because I love the feel and look of these classy lipsticks, and there are 36 tempting shades. I was only able to purchase three of the four I selected. One pretty pink, #509, Boudoir, had already sold out at Tysons. No matter; I'll get it somewhere else.
With Rouge Ecstasy, the Giorgio Armani laboratories push the boundaries
of the exceptional even further with the first "CC" lipstick. CC stands
for Color & Care, a new innovative hybrid product that marks the
start of a new era in lipstick.
Care: Rouge Ecstasy offers the comfort and softness of a lip balm, leaving lips repaired and beautifully enhanced day after day. The ingredients include shea butter, jojoba oil, and other moisturizers.
Color: This velvety soft, everyday lipstick coats the lips in
saturated, ultra-luminous shades with impeccable hold. Application is
simple, precise, and effective - straight from the tube.
The magnetic cases are almost impossible to line up neatly for photographs. They keep moving on me as they attract one another, and eventually, I lose all patience. I staggered these tubes, not perfectly, and snapped a photo at lunchtime. My photo above shows, from left to right, #501, Peony; #508, Daybreak; and #510, Dolci.
When I started testing the colors, I quickly found that they range from very light to very dark. The very light shades look pasty in the tubes, but are anything but on the skin. I test on my arm first, then I test the shades I like on the pads of my fingers, which approximate the pigmentation of my lips.
I took swatch photos of these three lipsticks in early-afternoon sunshine. #501, Peony, is shown at the top of my arm with Daybreak ($508) in the middle and Dolci (#510) below.
I'm thrilled with Rouge Ecstasy! You can find it at Giorgio Armani Beauty's Web site, where I may purchase #509, and at Neiman Marcus. I have not seen it at Saks yet, only because I haven't been to Chevy Chase in over a week.
Photo at top courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty; other photos by Best Things in Beauty