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Lately, I have been into the shimmery lip phase and picked up a few of the Giorgio Armani Ecstacy lacquers.
This review will be on the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in the shade “506 Maharajah.”
A high gloss, vivid color, long-wearing lip stain that is non-sticky and non-drying.
What it does: Introducing Ecstasy Lacquer: It has the shine of a lacquer, the color and comfort of a lipstick, and the hold of a stain. Ecstasy Lacquer comes in pure, intense shades and high-impact pearly, metallic shades. Formulated with Armani’s innovative Liquid Vinyl Technology, it’s infused with the highest concentration of water soluble pigments to allow for pure, vivid color impact for maximum long-wear. It is enriched with glycerin for easy application and long-lasting hydration. Apply one layer for a subtle touch of color, layer over any Armani lipstick as a top coat, or layer it on for a bold, statement lip.
My Experience with Giorgio Armani 506 Maharajah Ecstasy Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss:
Packaging: This lip product comes in a long, glossy black tube with a small transparent part on the end through which you can see the shade of the lip color.
It has the signature GA logo on the cap. The cap closes securely. The applicator is a thin and long lip gloss wand which helps apply the lip product with precision along the edges of the lips.
Texture/Consistency: This lip lacquer applies with a thin consistency on the lips which helps it spread smoothly and evenly without streaking. Within minutes, it settles to a thicker, gel-like consistency on the lips. This reminds me very much of the YSL glossy stains which has the same exact quality about them.
Feel on lips: As this lip lacquer settles to a gel finish, it forms a thick layer and hugs onto your lips. It does not bleed and does not move around. There is a moderate sticky feel when you purse your lips together, but that is what helps make this lip gloss last for long.
It feels pretty comfortable on the lips. It is not drying nor is it too hydrating, but due to the glossy finish, it smooths over fine lines and dry patches without accentuating them. After I remove it at the end of the day, my lips do feel a bit parched and in need of some lip balm therapy.
Pigmentation: This shade has the most amazing pigmentation for a gloss. It goes on fully opaque in one swipe. The color is bold and bam in your face. You don’t need to layer this color.
Shade and Finish: The shade “506 Maharajah” is a bright fuchsia pink with lots and lots of minute blue shimmer. The shimmers are in generous quantity (though comparatively lesser than the other shades I own) hence if you are opposed to the idea of shimmery lips, you should stay far away from this. When you step out in direct light, your lips will sparkle. But having said that, I do not think the shimmers make you look like you just dug into a teenager’s beginner’s makeup kit, but instead, there is something sophisticated about them. They would be a perfect accessory for a glam party night as it surely draws all the attention to your lips, making them shine and sparkle like diamonds.
The combination of the high glossy finish and micro shimmers make your lips look extra juicy and attractive.
Staying Power: The high glossy finish stays on your lips for 4-5 hours, which is very impressive. There is some transfer onto cups and glasses when you drink, it is not kiss proof. The shimmers do become more and more apparent on the lips as the shine wears down. The color however wears on and on over the lips like a stain for 8-9 hours or until I remove it with a makeup wipe. It leaves a strong dark pink stain on the lips. There is no off-putting fragrance. The fragrance is very very mild, almost undetectable when on the lips.
Overall, there are many qualities about this lip product, which most people may not like, namely the overwhelming presence of shimmers, the moderately tacky feel on the lips, but if you are someone who can look past this, it’s an absolutely fantastic product. This is one of the longest-wearing high-shine gloss for the lips, which would deliver full opaque pigmentation and also works as a lip stain. If you are looking for a statement, “attention-grabbing” lip color, I highly recommend this.
Pros of Giorgio Armani 506 Maharajah Ecstasy Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss:
- High shine.
- Full opaque pigmentation in one swipe.
- Beautiful bright yet wearable color.
- Super glossy finish.
- Long wearing.
- Stains the lips.
- The sparkles draw attention to the lips in an eye-catching way.
Cons of Giorgio Armani 506 Maharajah Ecstasy Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss:
- Overwhelming presence of shimmers, but since I wanted that look, I don’t mind!
- Moderate tacky feel which helps prolong the staying power.
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