|Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 503|
I have had my eye on this Lip Maestro for months, but after picking up the Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre (reviewed here), I held off for a while because, in all honesty, the two are rather similar. I was pushed over the edge to pick this up by the offer of a free Giorgio Armani Gloss d'Armani (a birthday gift) with a $50 order. The Lip Maestros have what is described as a 'velvet texture', which I find to be an exceptionally accurate description. They aren't totally matte, but they certainly do not have a glossy finish. As compared to the Bite Cashmere Lip Creams, they also have a bit more 'slip' and shade 503, at least, is helped out by a lip liner (I usually use a transparent lip liner, such as the Dior Universal Contour Lipliner).
As with all Giorgio Armani Beauty items, the packaging of the Lip Maestros is quite luxe. The red cap isn't to everyone's taste, but it has really grown on me. The cap is also weighted, which gives the product a nice heft! The doe foot applicator is set at an angle, making it easy to apply. I find that 503 applies very evenly and smoothly. I normally only need one layer for an even application, two at most!
|L to R: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 503, Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre|