Thursday, March 03, 2016

NEW Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer and Eye & Brow Maestro Review*

My first taste of Giorgio Armani products and I am beyond impressed and gobsmacked with the quality and overall performance of the New Eye & Brow Maestro pots and the New Ecstasy Lip Lacquers. To celebrate 15 years of beauty, Giorgio Armani released these incredible products to show to the world.

Giorgio Armani has been a well-known cosmetic company that performs at its prime for the longest time. These luxury products are not for the faint-hearted but I can tell you now, they are beyond extraordinary! With confidence, these products will surely be on par of quality with their infamous Luminous Silk Foundation that has been highly raved on the social medias for quite a few years.

Left to Right: Ecstasy Lacquer in 600 Adrenaline and Eye & Brow Maestro in 16 Navy Blue
Swatches taken in natural lighting

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in 600 Adrenaline

Giorgio Armani released 6 Limited Edition Shades adding to their collection for the Ecstasy Lacquer range. These were released last month and was debuted at the Emporio Armani Fall/Winter 2015 Show. These lip lacquer are just something out of this world. I love any lip product that essentially does it "all". And these lip lacquer surely do just that. They provide the lips with such intense colour, they hydrate the lips for long periods of time and the give such a flattering shine to your lips. It is the ultimate lip product to have for the start of 2016.

The Ecstasy Lacquers have a very light and consistent formula that gives such a smooth and easy application. It leaves a thin layer of product on your lips and as time goes by, glossy oils come to the surface and give such a perfect shine that is comfortable to wear for all day! It does not feel greasy, tacky nor sticky! It lasts for more than 7 hours (on an average day). 

Each Lip Lacquer provides such strong, vibrant colours that were inspired by car lacquers that give such a polished and intense colour. Traditionally, lip lacquers do not provide long-lasting colour, nor does it have a watery consistency that would keep your lips feeling nourished and protected from being dry, but these lip lacquers, truly does it all. It claims to provide the lips with an 8-hour hydration. And you thought that was all? No! From experience, it also stains the lips and leaving a tint of colour for an all day wear. 

There are a total of 12 colours in the range and 6 limited edition shades. The Lacquers have two kinds of finished where Pure Lacquer is for a one dimensional colour, whereas Pearl Effect Shades have two dimensions of colour running through the tube. The shade that I own is in 600 Adrenaline which is described as a fuschia purple with blue pearly undertones that glisten when reflected by light. It is the perfect shade for those with cool undertones, though as I always say, if you can rock it, wear it! These retail for $52 AUD each and are available at Giorgio Armani counters at David Jones, Myer and Sephora, as of now. 

The Lip Lacquers are encased in an elegant long, slightly flattened cylinder tube that has a colour to black gradient effect passing from the bottom of the tube to the top. The colour is displayed at the bottom, which is very accurate to how the lacquer appears in person. The narrow, oval-shaped doe foot applicator is slightly slanted and has a thin round point. It allows such great precision on application that anyone can apply it very easily, even without a mirror. 

It can be applied as a thin layer giving your lips a tint of subtle colour for the day, applied over a lipstick as a top coat or applied with layers to build up the colour for a statement lip colour. The possibilities of wear is just endless. 

Go grab your favourite shade at your nearest Giorgio Armani counter and don't miss out on this magnificent formula that will give "the shine of a lacquer, the moisture of a balm, the hold of a tint and the comfort of a lipstick". 

Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro in 16 Navy Blue

Only being released on the shelves a few days ago, the NEW Eye & Brow Maestro enhances the look of every woman on a very versatile level. The formula has the ability to be an eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyeshadow base, contouring cream, eyebrow pigment, blusher. Due to its unique texture, it is able to have that multipurpose nature that caters to everything you need it to. It contains waxes, oils, clay-based ingredients and micro-pearls. 

It claims to have an innovative solid cream that instantly becomes liquid on application. It is ultra lightweight and has a staying power of 20 hours. Even though, I have not used it for 20 hours, I can say it is very longwearing, both on the brows and the eyes. It is able to be blended, layered, smudged to create the colour of your desire. 

There are now 16 shades in total in the range and of the six new releases, four are bold, bright rich pigments, while the remaining two are contouring shades. The colour I own from the new range is in 16 Navy Blue, which is described as a vibrant, bright navy that contains some shine to it. On an angled light, it can be taken more as a royal blue. 

As an eyeshadow colour, it is able to create such a vibrant and solid colour by tapping and dabbing the product in layers. I had noticed that when smearing the product as an additional layer, it would slightly take the intensity away from your previous application, as well as take away the pearl shine. It is able to blended with ease using a brush or your fingers, but once set, it doesn't move very easily. It sets quite fast, especially on thin layers, so you will need to work fast with the first few layers. I had particularly loved using this as an eyeshadow base. It adds such intensity to any additional dark shades I apply on top and it is just perfect for the smokey look. 

A friend of mine had dared me to try it on my brows just for the giggles and it unexpectedly impressed me. I did not think it would work as well for brows, but the formula truly does it all. Using my Sigma E75, it just applied to well. Despite the colour being unnatural, it was just the perfect texture and formula. It had a smooth and one of the easiest applications I have ever experienced, that was not too dry, nor too creamy. It was easy to create that sharp tail and the best part was that you can create both a subtle brow or a dramatic brow and it would still look good. I applied the most product towards the end of my brows and started blending the remaining product at the front of my brow and it seamlessly gave me full brows. Since the formula has a wax in it, the brows stayed in place and still maintained strong colour for a long duration. 

You can buy the available shades for $49 AUD a pot at your nearest Giorgio Armani counter, either at David Jones, Myer or Sephora! Yes, it is very pricey for a pot BUT think about how many uses you can get out of this and the great quality that you will have as well. It is definitely worth the money. 

Give me your thoughts about these products in the comment section below. 

Disclaimer: All these products were sent to me by PR for the launch of the new Giorgio Armani releases. However, I was not sponsored, nor compensated in any way or manner. All opinions and thoughts are 100% genuine. These products were used and first-hand experienced by me. I was not paid to say or make this post, I just really loved the performance of all the products mentioned.  

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