Is it Too Early to Think about Autumn? Because I’ve Found the Perfect Gloss! Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani 401

I’ve heard a lot about Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani, but you know me. I’m not that big on lip products in general, and gloss was really not my thing until very recently. However, when I got to try my first Gloss d’Armani in 401, it was a moment at which all the angels started singing in heaven! What can I say? Giorgio Armani has massively impressed me again!

Gloss d’Armani Gloss d’Armani comes in an oval tube, which I thought is worth mentioning because you don’t seem many of these. The cap is black and the Giorgio Armani logo is attached to it, which I find an excellent detail.

The applicator is hands down the best I’ve ever tried. It’s a long doe-foot applicator that is flexible. Yup, you heard that right, flexible. I honestly can’t imagine an applicator that is more comfortable than this on the lips. It’s soft, bendable, and spongy. It also comes out with just the right amount of product for each use!

Gloss d’Armani 401 is a less raved-about color, though I really think someone has to do this baby justice! I can best describe the color as a raspberry red with a healthy dose of pink and golden shimmer. The shimmer is SO fine and reflective however, I think it just adds a beautiful reflective quality to the gloss without looking gritty or in-your-face kind of shimmery. The general consensus is that Gloss d’Armani doesn’t have a smell, but I do detect a faint hint of something. I can’t quite put my fingers around it. It doesn’t smell like added fragrance. If you have sniffed a mascara, I would say the scent is similar to that. Once on the lips though, I can no longer detect it.

The formula is something else that makes this gloss truly phenomenal. It’s neither buttery nor sticky. I would say the texture is similar to a glaze, and it is very comfortable on my lips. It is easy to glide on, but once it sets it becomes a tiny bit tacky, though it really is a tiny bit and calling it tacky is going pretty far. The staying power is something else that has entirely taken me by surprise: it can go for 5-6 hours through food and drinks! The shine disappears after 2 and a half hours, but the color does linger exceptionally well for a lip gloss!

What I love about this gloss, besides the packaging, applicator, texture, and lasting power, is the fact that it is a very brightening shade. I’ve worn this when I wore no other makeup, and it brightens my complexion with minimal effort. It’s opaque, and I think it’s just loud enough, which makes it versatile. It’s more than “my lips but better,” but stops short of all-out vampy if you know what I mean. It works well alone, but I think it’d give lipsticks some extra oomph and shine when layered as well.

I can’t wait to rock it in autumn! I think it’ll look great with my go-to autumn blush, MAC Tea Petal Cremeblend Blush!

Have you tried Gloss d’Armani? Where do you stand on juicy berry shades? Are they something you’d wear all-year-round or do they remind you of autumn?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Giorgio Armani cosmetics is available at Parfuma in Belgium.

Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

  • S.

    I’ve never tried this but it has a beautiful color! x

  • Sofie (thebelgianbeautyreview)

    Lovely color!

  • Daria

    lovely color!
    I love Armani’s lip glosses! I have two and these are my favorites :-)

  • Esmay

    Ah, that colour can also in the summer right?!

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    You look amazing. That is the color for you, Sunny :) I like the applicator too. Ah, Armani is great! ^_^

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Rinny! I totally thought it’d be too much but it’s not (when paired with the right things)!

  • LeeAnn

    That color is amazing on you, as is the applicator. I must go test it out! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much LeeAnn! You should really look into these. The applicators are SO ridiculously soft and flexible on the lips!

  • petra

    For myself I don’t choose darker colors, but it looks great on you, you pretty girl!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Petra! You should look into other shades though. I’ve seen very pretty shimmery sheer shades in this line :)

  • redhotjillypeppers

    It looks very pretty on you !

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jill! You should look into the line!

  • Teri

    Oh great, another thing going on my wishlist, lol. I really love the colour on you, it’s sooo pretty. It sounds like a great gloss too!

    • Sunny

      LOL You’ll LOVE this, I can already tell! They have a good range of shades, so chances are you’ll find THE ONE :)

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    God this looks gorgeous! I don’t know what’s come over me lately, but I am LOVING really sheer, glossy reds. Example, I LOVE the Gloss D’Armani red shade (Andradite Red, maybe?) that Arianne reviewed a little while ago, Burberry’s Lip Mist in Rosy Red is calling to me, and this one!

    Who knows? Pretty soon, maybe I’ll be sporting a full on, opaque red lip!

    • Sunny

      Oooo yeah I know that one! Red Andradite so much sheerer applied than how it looks in the tube though! I’m still feeling my way around brighter colors too, but this is a shade that I’m comfortable wearing and the boyfriend (who hates bright lipsticks with a passion) is A OK with it too. Bonus point!

  • Beauty by Linde

    Looks gorgeous on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Linde :) You’re too kind!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    PRETTY on you Sunny!!! Perfect for autumn!! I have to try one of these some day-they sound divine!

    • Sunny

      Tracy you haven’t? You should put that on top of your priority list, because these are simply out of this world!

  • fancieland

    That’s a beautiful color Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Fancie! I’d say it flatters a lot of skin tones 😉

  • Mimi (@MUWithdrawal)

    Screw autumn! This color looks amazing on you ANY day of the year, Sunny! 😀

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Mimi! With the weather we’ve been having here I can certainly wear this all the time. I don’t even know if I should feel sad about that or not!

  • Arianne (@TheGlitterGeek)

    Lovely colour on you Sunny. :) Wear it ALL the time⁄

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Arianne! I’ll keep this in my purse now :)

  • Larie (@eyeheartit)

    Gorgeous! I wear all lip colors whenever I feel like it, haha, no matter the time of year. I wore red today! 😀

    • Sunny

      Yay you go Larie! I think I reach for different colors in different seasons. I don’t know if I’m programmed to do that or if it’s some kind of instinct!

  • Yak Man

    Woow, it looks gorgeous on you! But it looks more lighter than the swatch on your arm ;o. I don’t really like lipglosses, hihi. I like the catrice one, only because it smells like gummibears ♥.

    • Sunny

      I used not to like lipglosses at all till I found some good ones! I didn’t know Catrice gloss smells like gummy bear. Looks like I’ll have to take a look next time I’m in a drugstore!

  • Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    I thought the color woul be way harder! But on your lips it looks quite natural i think.

    • Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I was surprised too! I’m glad it’s just red enough but not really in-your-face. It’s something I can wear without my boyfriend wincing lol