Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 503 Red Fuchsia

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 503
Am I the only one who finds the word 'fuchsia' one of the hardest things to spell in the English language? I never know what order the s, c, and h go in! Anyways, I digress. This post isn't about my inept spelling abilities, but rather it's about the beautiful Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in shade 503. On the Giorgio Armani website, shade 503 is called 'Red Fuchsia', while on Nordstrom.com the names of the Lip Maestros are completely different, but I believe 503 corresponds to 'Code'.

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
The color of 503 is a cool red, with a strong pink undertone. It lasts a few hours on my lips without needing a touch up and while I don't find the Lip Maestro to be hydrating, it don't find it overly drying, either. I really do love the texture of these--I find that a bold, opaque lip can be a little over-the-top if it has a glossy finish. Keeping the finish semi-matte (like either the Bite or Giorgio Armani) keeps it classy, and more wearable, in my book.

The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestros are available in 15 shades from either Nordstrom or directly from Giorgio Armani for $32. It is a bit of a luxury item at that price, but worth it if you are looking to treat yourself (or a loved one!)

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