Jul 30, 2016

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Matte Stain - Swatches

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Stain - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro ($38 each at Sephora)

Matte lip colors seem to be quite popular this year, and for those who like this matte lip trend, there are so many new and not-so-new options from a whole lot of brands to choose from.  I amn't a huge fan of the flat matte finish, though, mostly because it looks just a little too dry and cakey on my already prone-to-dryness lips.  I prefer a softer velvety finish like these Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Matte Stains.  These have a soft creamy finish that's somewhere between a creamy finish and a matte liquid lipstick, and the lightweight formula combines the ease of wear of a lipgloss with the more vibrant, rich color payoff usually seen in liquid lipsticks.  The color range has some bright reds and oranges as well as a few softer peach-pink shades and neutrals.  Scroll on for swatches. 

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Lip Stain Swatches 200 Terra 201 Dark Velvet 202 Dolci 300 Flesh 400 The Red 401 The Tibetan Orange 402 Chinese Lacquer 406 Orient 414 Red Blood 501 Casual Pink 502 Art Deco 503 Red Fuchsia 504 Ecstasy 507 Boudoir
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro - Swatches
200 Terra / 201 Dark Velvet / 202 Dolci / 300 Flesh / 400 The Red
401 The Tibetan Orange / 402 Chinese Lacquer / 406 Orient / 414 Red Blood
501 Casual Pink / 502 Art Deco / 503 Red Fuchsia / 504 Ecstasy / 507 Boudoir
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Lip Stain Swatches 508 Pearly Nude 509 Ruby Nude
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Matte Stain - Swatches
508 Pearly Nude / 509 Ruby Nude

The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Matte Stains are described as soft matte lip stains that leave a luminous matte finish on the lips.  The application can be controlled to give more opaque but creamy finish (a single swipe with the flocked applicator) or a slightly softer matte look if dabbed on lightly and patted with finger.  On swatches, the colors didn't really dry down to a complete matte finish but stayed a soft creamy finish.  This might be a bit disappointing for those looking for a true matte lip color - but I think the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro formula is a lot more lip friendly and won't emphasize lip lines and/or dryness as much.  There is a good mix of colors, with some classic reds that would make for great fall/winter picks as well as bright pops of orange and pink that would make for great summer colors.  My favorites, of course, would be the softer, wear-any-time colors like 202 Dolci or 501 Casual Pink.

Overall, a good pick if you like richer pigmented lip colors like those seen with matte liquid lip colors but in a softer finish and a more lip-friendly formula.  For those looking for a true matte lip color, the Bare Minerals Nude Gen Matte Liquid lip colors would be the perfect.

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