Simply Lippy Challenge Day 37 | Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick in Shade 301

Another Monday, another new week; and even though today was a very cold one in Dublin, I’m pretty sure it stayed bright just a little bit longer today. Okay, well maybe it didn’t, but in my eyes every day that passes now is a day closer to brighter evenings and longer days. Although I love Christmas, I’m really not a Winter girl, so now that February has arrived, I’m excited for Spring and all the loveliness that it brings.

And I guess that these Spring thoughts are what made me choose today’s lipstick; as I was dreaming of long bright days, I was also dreaming of vibrant colours and that’s exactly what today’s lippy of choice brings to the lips.

The Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet collection was one of 2016’s best beauty launches for so many reasons in my opinion: from the vibrant intense pigment and the long lasting colour, to the super soft, wearable finish; I really can’t fault these lippy’s at all. But I think one of the reasons I really love the range so much, is because of the absolutely gorgeous shades they come in, all 18 of them.

The Lip Magnet range was released back in September last year and I was lucky enough to receive today’s lippy at an Armani beauty launch event I attended at the time. The minute I started playing out with the lipsticks on the day, I knew I was going to love them and I’ve been totally and utterly hooked since. Not just because of the incredible colour they give the lips, but because when you apply, you don’t even feel like you’re wearing anything.

It’s the strangest thing: a mixture of both a water and oil based formulation means that the texture is very smooth and light-weight, and doesn’t dry out the lips at all the way some water based liquid lipsticks do. The formula is wet without being too wet, it doesn’t drag, and the drying time is very quick meaning you can layer it up easily without smudging or pulling the colour from the underlying layer. The pointed tip on the brush end makes application so easy and precise too.

This particular shade, 301, is a vibrant orange-coral shade, and is right up my street in terms of its colour pay off. I’m sure you all know by now how much I love orange/coral shades given my favourite ever lipstick in life is YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Orange. So it’s pretty safe to say I was going to love the colour regardless of texture or formula; but what makes this so great, is that I just love everything about it.

Now, this is a lip stain rather than a lipstick, so don’t expect it to be creamy or moisturising in texture if you do try it. I’m aware that lip stain’s aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I find them brilliant for busy days when you’re running around and don’t have time to think about reapply your lipstick!

The only downside with this Lip Magnet is the hefty price tag which won’t be for everyone. At €33 it is on the expensive side, but is priced very competitively against other high end market options. So it is definitely good value for money in that sense, and for me it’s really worth splurging that bit extra for this because a little goes a very long way. Plus the packaging is just to die for too!

Armani for me, have always been pretty spot on with their beauty collections; there’s very little I’ve tried from the brand that I don’t like, and this lipstick range is another wonderful string to add to their ever growing beauty bow!

Have you ever tried any Armani beauty products? I want to hear all about what you’ve tried, liked and disliked so let me know by commenting below.

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Sorcha 💋


Review: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Foundation. Probably the beauty product that I test and try out the least and I’m not sure why really. Up until a few years ago all I ever wore was MAC’s studio fix fluid foundation and it worked so well for me that I was reluctant to move away from it. I’ll buy and try anything else – powders, blushers, mascaras, lipsticks, you name it! But, with foundation I’ve always tended to stick to what I know. Up until last year that was.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation hadn’t really entered my radar until I started coming across it on some of my favourite blogs over the past year or so. Everywhere I looked it was getting glowing reviews, and some of my friends I discussed it with, swore by it too. Naturally my interest started to grow and I became intrigued to try it out.

When my sister was getting married last September, her makeup artist, the lovely Sarah Keary, recommended using Luminous Silk on my face for its great lasting power and dewy finish. Plus, she explained to me that it looks great in wedding photographs as it has no SPF, and therefore you get no flashback. With comments like those, how could I resist?!

When my makeup was finished, I absolutely loved how this foundation both looked and felt on my skin, and knew then and there that I needed it in my life. Immediately!

I finally got my hands on a bottle when I came home from my travels in December and I have been using it pretty religiously ever since. And as if that wasn’t enough, my Mum and Sister have been converted too – it’s that good.

The consistency is very lightweight, and it definitely lives up to its ‘luminous’ claim. As some of you may know by now, I have dry skin and therefore my face has a tendency to look dull, particular in the Winter months. Therefore, I’m always looking for ways to brighten my face and get a bit of glow back into it, hence why this foundation was such a winner for me.

The forumla is oil free which works great on my skin tone, but my Mum has oily skin and it seems to work just as well on her too. I usually wear a brightening primer under my foundation, but I’ve found I haven’t needed to with this which is also a major bonus. I still wear primer, but if you have skin like I do, you could probably get away without using one at all.

In the above before and after photos the foundation has been applied to bare skin. No primer or other makeup has been used.

Because the formula is also lightweight, it’s very buildable meaning this foundation is great for day or night too. In the day time I’ve been using one-to-two pumps for a light coverage, then at night I sometimes add an extra pump for a slightly heavier coverage. It’s rare that you find a foundation that works well for both day and night, and isn’t too cakey or thick on the face, and this is the main reason why I’ve become totally obsessed with it!

In the above before and after photos the foundation has been applied to bare skin. No primer or other makeup has been used.

I don’t think I could ever go back to my old MAC reliable now, and I’m pretty sure this is going to become my go-to foundation from now on. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like other foundations, and Studio Fix is still a great full coverage option, but Luminous Silk is without a doubt my new favourite.

The only down side for some will be the hefty price tag that accompanies it. At €45 it’s an expensive purchase, and there are some budget alternatives on the market that could really hold their own beside it, for example, the Bourjois City Radiance foundation which I also really like and reviewed last year. But to be honest, for a high-end option, I think Luminous Silk is worth every penny of that €45 and I certainly will be buying it over and over again!

Have you tried Luminous Silk? If so, what do you think? If not, what is your favourite high-end foundation? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x