Mar 162013
 

Armani Maestro Lip1

There are times when you want glamour. Just “take over the red carpet” show-stopping amazing. Few deliver full-on gorgeous like Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro in Dark Velvet ($32 #201). We didn’t love the red cap, but as we know it’s what is inside that counts.

Armani Maestro Lip2

Like the other products in the Armani Maestro line, the Lip Maestro’s are a complete reformulation that one doesn’t find in other makeup lines. This is a deep, velvet texture with very intense color. It dries down to a matte texture with a very soft sheen (“velvet” describes it well). I’m not certain how Giorgio Armani packed so much pigment into such a slight bit of product, but one has to really work a bit to apply this color lightly. Here’s a full application on Liz:

Armani Maestro Lip4a

This is one of those incredible, once-in-a-lifetime swoony colors that packs a gorgeous punch. Here is Liz wearing the color with Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Shimmer in Mirage:

Armani Maestro Lip11a

We tried the alternative of patting Giorgio Armani Dark Velvet on very lightly, to get just a touch of a stain:

Armani Maestro Lip3a

Unsurprisingly, we found that Giorgio Armani Dark Velvet was out of stock at several locations. I can see this becoming a cult color.  Here are swatches of Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Dark Velvet, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Rouge Noir, Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli and Guerlain Vega:

GA Maestro Dark Velvet

Armani Maestro Dark Velvet is even deeper than Chanel Rouge Noir, which of course is a very dark, dramatic vampy color. One doesn’t need many colors like Armani Dark Velvet, however there simply aren’t many colors like it, so that works out perfectly.

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  9 Responses to “Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Dark Velvet Review”

  1. Earlier I swatched all of my red lip products on my hand (just out of interest, you know, as you do) and I was amazed at how much more pigmented my Lip Velvet – mine is #400 – is than all of my other products, even ones that I’d previously felt were super pigmented. Like, wow. I can’t get over how much I love it. Plus even when I can see it coming off on cups/mugs, my lips look no different. So so so good.
    (But I also hate the red cap.)

  2. The colour is so pretty *__*

    Thanks for the review!!

  3. Wow that packs a vavavoom punch. It looks like it might possibly a replacement for my beloved and discontinued NARS chandernagor lip stain.

  4. I wouldn’t personally use it as a full lip color but love it as a stain. Thanks for the review <3

  5. This color is so lush and indulgent! I wish the formula worked better for me. I have this in 401 The Red, and it just wouldn’t stay put! Seems like whatever I do it migrates, so I’m not too inclined to try another shade. What a shame! Dark Velvet is so amazing!

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  7. I think Dark Velvet is #201, not #202…….

  8. Drop dead gorgeous color!

  9. That colour is such a perfect deep scarlet, and the pigmentation is incredible! Does it bleed much into lip lines?

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