If I someone told me that I was going to sit in the front row at Paris Fashion Week for the Chanel show, my first reaction would be, are you for real!? I would LOVE that, but then…what would I wear? A designer closet, I do not have, and I don’t know if I could get away with high-waisted black Zellas.
The Giorgio Armani Front Row Collection: A new launch of LE lipsticks and gloss-like liquid lipsticks
These are nudes with ‘tude. There are six nude lipsticks ($38 each), six nude lip glosses/liquid lipsticks ($37 each) and a long-wearing nude liquid lipstick ($38) in the release, but before you grab a cup of Sleepytime Tea and peel off your pants (a.k.a. your trousers, for those of us from the UK) to take a nap, these are not snooze-worthy nudes. This is an Armani-style magnum opus of nude with pink, coral and beige works of art.
But let’s be real here — you can find these color families for less. That’s true, but Armani’s lipstick, liquid lipstick and lip gloss formulas (these are all unscented and unflavored) are different in the best possible way. While I was swatching these, I kept thinking, “Why aren’t more brands ripping off Armani??”
Lip Maestro (liquid lipstick): Front Row Collection
Lovely Lip Maestro in 514 ($38) is the solitary liquid lipstick in the launch. An opaque neutral pink, it has a half-matte, half-satin finish, which is something you don’t see every day.
It latches onto lips like a long-wearing liquid lipstick, but man! — it is still SO comfortable and moisturizing. It doesn’t crack or look weird after a couple of hours like so many other liquid lipsticks do.
(Note to self: Start obsessively coveting the other Armani Lip Maestros.)
Ecstasy Lacquer (liquid lipstick): Front Row Collection
There are six shades in the collection, and I’m all about the coral shade (511) and all of the pink shades…especially 510 and 512.
They actually feel like a semi-sticky gloss when you put them on, but they hang on for dear life! We’re talking three or four hours at least. I can still see them on my lips after a hot cup of coffee, and when they fade, they don’t leave behind that weird white line in the center of your lips.
Rouge D’Armani Sheer (sheer lipstick): Front Row Collection
In a word, impressive. These six feel slick and light like a lip balm, but the colors are more concentrated, like they should be thicker and heavier than they are.
It’s funny to me that these are called “Sheer” because they have So. Much. Pigment. They’re bomb (or balm, hahaha).
I feel like some of Armani’s makeup is perhaps overpriced (their eyeshadows and face powders), but I think their lip products are totally on point, even for $37 and $38. All of these are pigmented, long lasting, moisturizing and comfortable as heck. And the formulas are unique. I love everything about this collection (except for the prices). Insert raise the roof hands *right here.*
The Front Row Collection is available now for a limited time at Giorgio Armani counters and online. Definitely jump on this one if you get a chance.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,