Hey there everybody. Happy September to you all. Soon, we will be falling for fall :-). Here is a review that I thought of posting but never got the chance to post until now. Please excuse me for my current MIA situation. I am currently very busy and will not be able to respond to your messages quickly. Rest assured that I have read all of them and will respond as soon as I have the time. Thank you mucho.
So, back to this long-overdue review, the Giorgio Armani beauty is one of the most exciting beauty products to always have in your purse. In line with the Chanel and Dior beauty, Armani’s makeup line is superb and well-crafted. I am a big fan of their makeup bases, powders, and lip products. These last few days of summer and even last year’s, I have been using and testing some Armani products, and I am very satisfied with each product’s quality.
Here are my top picks in Armani foundations, concealers, and primers.
Neo Nude Foundation in #5 – Light with a neutral undertone. Marketed as a lightweight hydrating foundation infused with skincare benefits. This foundation is meant to give a natural glowy finish. To me, this feels like a tinted moisturizer that is ideal to use on good/clear skin days because the coverage is light. There is no sticky feeling while wearing this, and this is the kind of foundation that is ideal for warm temperatures.
Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer – This is one of my most preferred primers ever due to the fluid consistency. This product feels like a skincare/primer hybrid, similar to the Milk Makeup Hydrogrip primer, also my holy grail. I have tried using this primer with just about any foundation, and the gripping power is very good. The fluid consistency is never sticky, and gives a moisturizing effect on the skin. I believe this is a great primer to combine with the Armani Neo Nude Foundation.
Luminous Silk Face and Under-Eye Concealer in #5 – Light with neutral undertone. This concealer is an Allure Best of Beauty winner in 2020. I like this concealer a lot. This sets well on the skin, and this has medium coverage and a somewhat radiant finish due to the micro-shimmer effect. Meaning, the finish will not look so flat while you are wearing this. The texture is creamy but never sticky once the product sets on the skin. I find that it is easy to build this product on the blemishes I want to conceal, and the lasting power can be more than 4 hours.
Power Fabric Concealer in 4.5 – Light to medium with a golden undertone. I reviewed this concealer before, and I always love this in any season and at any temperature. The lasting power is impressive, and the finish does not crack on the skin. The coverage is full, and the finish is matte, yet will not look flat once the product sets on the skin. Additionally, this concealer will hide your blemishes, your feelings, and your sins, LOL. This will even hide your age. So, go try! You are welcome (kidding) :-).
Power Fabric Compact Cream Foundation Balm in #4.5 – What can I say? I love this product VERY MUCH. I am not sure about the bad reviews about this product, but this product is heaven-sent for me. Imagine having a full-coverage foundation packed in one gorgeous Armani compact? This is it. I am not sure why Armani called this a “balm”. To me, this is like a true creamy foundation with the concept of a cushion that you dab on the face in terms of application. I like the idea of this product because this is easy to carry. Also, the coverage is really good and will cover anything you want to cover. There is no need to keep packing the product on the skin, as one dab will usually work. If the packaging of this product is gorgeous, the packaging is also a caveat because it feels quite bulky. The product feels like there is too much packaging that it may be tricky to carry the product in small purses.
There goes my review of some Armani beauty bases and concealers. What is your favorite Armani product? PM me.
Hi guys, I am back from a momentary pause. My website experienced a downtime a few days ago, but I am here now, still alive and kicking. So, what have I been doing lately? Apart from going through the whole #snowpocalypse saga, I binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in Netflix and I suddenly got an idea. Meet me, Marie Apartment (LOL) and I am here to talk to you about the lipsticks that spark joy for me this Winter. And nope, I didn’t throw away my other lipsticks that didn’t spark joy. I still keep them, and I will always keep them all because, in all honesty, these lipsticks always give me joy. But for this Winter, I’m rounding up my faves in liquid lipsticks, balms, lip pencils and lipsticks. This is kind of an exhaustive roundup so grab your favorite drinks and chill. Take note that since I’m a lover of matte lipsticks, almost all the lipsticks here are mostly matte.
I use these lipsticks mostly in rotation, and also, depending on my activity for the day, I tend to pick the shade that would look best and appropriate on me for that occasion. And if I’m undecided, I would just pick the shade that’s giving me all the feels (LOL), unless of course, I have no feels on that day (LOL again), then that’s another story.
Excited to see which lipsticks made the cut? Keep reading (You’ve been warned :-)).
CHARLOTTE TILBURY/SHISEIDO/BITE BEAUTY/FENTY BEAUTY
Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in 508 Semi Nude (0.14 oz: $26) – cinnamon. My most unforgettable lipstick ever. One of the most beautiful things that happened lately in my life happened when I wore this lipstick, so this totally sparks a thousand joy for me. This shade is not exactly semi-nude, but more like a muted cinnamon, and the tube of this lipstick is heavy and magnetic. For more of this lipstick, click HERE.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Mascarpone (0.17oz: $24) – deep salmon. I love Bite Beauty’s Multistick (seen HERE) and I like that this is so versatile. You can absolutely do a monochromatic look with just this shade. Just swipe a bit on the lids, lips, and cheeks, and voila! Lagertha (Vikings) is that you? LOL.
Dior Lip Glow in Berry (0.12 oz: $34) – sheer berry balm. This is probably the Dior Lip Glow shade that complements my skin tone very well since this has a mauve tone that adjusts beautifully to my lips’ natural color. More Dior Lip Glow shades and swatches HERE.
Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 420 Underground (0.11 oz: $37) – pink nude. This is one of my favorites when it comes to natural or nude lipstick colors. It’s nude but kinda like a warm mid-tone nude with a bit of pink that is enough to complement and add some color to the lips. Great for everyday wear. See the lip swatch HERE.
Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick in 843 Ultra Crave ($37) – terracotta pink. This lipstick is so long-wearing and very comfortable to wear. The Ultra-Crave shade really makes you wanna crave for more of this type of lipstick, and of course, the Dior red packaging is so elegant and sleek. Complete review HERE.
The two classic YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks I love are the YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 28 Rose Boheme (0.13 oz: $38) and the 66 Bois De Rose (0.13 oz: $38). 28 Rose Boheme is a purplish pink that seems difficult to locate nowadays, but it’s still one of my fave purple pink lip colors. See lip swatch HERE. You can definitely find some other similar shades of this particular lipstick, like the 09 rose stiletto (lighter) or the matte version called 212 alternative plum (darker). The YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 66 Bois De Rose is my all-time favorite YSL lipstick color. It is pinky nude and it goes well with everything.
The Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipsticks in 507 Garconne (0.13 oz: $38) and 600 Front Row (0.13 oz: $38) are two of my staple liquid lipstick/lip stain hybrid. I always love the formula of these since they’re somewhat creamy and definitely comfortable. On top of that, they set into a satiny matte. Also, the wear of these is really good. 507 Garconne is a mauve berry. A perfect mid-tone mauve, while 600 Front Row is a rich brownish berry. You can’t help but stare at how beautiful this shade is. It’s one of those enigmatic berry shade that everyone could pull off. Lip swatch HERE
I haven’t gotten over my love for the Armani Lip Magnets, and here goes the new Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte in 102 Androgino (0.14 oz: $38) and 201 Nightberry (0.14 oz: $38). Androgino is an antique rose and my latest favorite nude lipstick. This really works well for my light/medium skin tone and my pigmented lips. I also think that this is a very universally flattering shade because this has a versatile sort of androgynous undertone. On the other hand, 201 Nightberry is scarlet red. This shade is just to-die-for. It’s the perfect wine-red berry shade with a comfortable creamy matte formula that lasts for hours and hours. Not really sure if I’ll be able to get over the beauty of this lipstick, probably not, so I hope it’s forever. LOL. Lip swatches HERE
Before the Velvet Extreme lipsticks, I’ve been a fan and will always be a fan of the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 69 Abstrait (0.12 oz: $37) and 58 Rouge Vie (0.12 oz: $37). I also love the Libre shade, but that’s for the Summer. The 69 Abstrait color is a new addition from Chanel and it has a coral nude tone. It is a wonderful shade to moderately brighten the pout with a very comfortable original non-drying velvety matte formula. 58 Rouge Vie is a luminous matte red. It’s hard for me to pull off a true red lip color, but this one has a muted brick-like tone and with a comfortable matte texture, so this works for me since it flatters my skin tone. Lip swatch for Abstrait can be seen HERE.
That comprises my Winter lipstick favorites. Did these lipsticks also spark you some joy? LOL, I mean, what are the lipsticks that spark joy on you lately? And what are your favorite lip colors for the Winter?