Get Berry-Stained Lips with Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani #408!

(Can you see how upset Tango was? No animal was harmed in the process, but he did give me a warning bite)

It’s official! For the rest of my life the year, I see myself sporting looks along this line: minimal eyeshadow, a lot of eyeliner, and an eye-catching lipstick: like Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani #408 from the fall collection!

Back at the time this lipstick started popping up in the blogosphere, I hadn’t been properly converted to lipstickism (yes, it is a new religion) at all. Sure it looks great, but I didn’t feel the need to own it until I saw a Twitpic of Larie recently. The rest, as they say, is history.

Rouge d’Armani comes in a sleek oval tube, with a horizontal oval at the bottom and vertical one as cap. There is a magnet on the cap. If you’re into the “satisfying click” of luxury lipsticks, Rouge d’Armani for sure has that part covered! With the magnet, it makes the loudest click I’ve ever heard! I also love the logo. It’s one of the details I like the most about my Gloss d’Armani 401.

There is another logo engraved on the bullet, and I find the tip easy to maneuver. It’s shaped in a way that allows you to reach all the little corners. It has no smell whatsoever, which is somehow surprising. If you dislike lipsticks with a scent, take this line into consideration!

Rouge d’Armani #408 is a darkened raspberry red with tiny ruby shimmer and a satin sheen. The shimmer is really tiny, and it can almost pass as matte. It reminds me of berry or wine stain, so it’s not full-on vampy but for me it’s another step ahead!

It swatches somehow sheer, but don’t be fooled as one pass delivers fully opaque color on the lips. It glides on easily, the formula is extremely lightweight, and the lasting power is no joke! I was able to get 7 hours out of this (food and drinks included), and it does leave a stain. It doesn’t migrate out of my lip lines at all when I eat, though when it fades it tends to start from the inside. It doesn’t go as far as to leaving an awkward rim on the edge, but if you look closely you’ll see the edge is darker. It doesn’t accentuate lip lines or dry patches, and it is somehow hydrating. The fact that it can be easily removed with Bioderma Sensibio (or basically any makeup remover of your choice) definitely wins it a bonus point in my book!

“Are you done or what?”

Bottom line: Fabulous color, great formula, and chic packaging, Rouge d’Armani #408 has it all! It’s definitely a shade that stands out and demands attention, and it is more than appropriate for the colder months. Keep in mind that it is limited edition, so if you’re interested you might want to act fast!

Have you tried Rouge d’Armani? What is your favorite berry/wine-stained lipstick?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: Just in case you live in Europe and have problems finding it, I got mine from Parfuma.

PPS: I paid for my own lipstick and that is not an affiliated link. Just trying to be helpful!

  • Ankita Chaturvedi (@corallista)

    You look lovely with your hair tied back. And this is a lovely shade for fall! I am still in a bright lipstick phase, maybe cos we can hardly feel the weather cooling in my part of the world!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Ankita! It’s officially been autumn here for a while, so unfortunately a lot of the bright shades started feeling a bit out-of-place for me.

  • Yak Man

    your cat looks funny on tge last photo hihi. wow, lovely black package and the color is absolutely gorgeues :)

    • Sunny

      Haha thanks Yak Man!

  • Memoiselle

    Hi Sunny,
    It looks quite different when swatched on your arm and on your lip. I definitely like how it looks on your lip better. I’ve tried rouge d’Armani and I’m in love with the texture :) Pigmented and very moisturizing.

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! I think it’s the slight transparency it has when it is swatched? I wouldn’t mind it being another bit darker, though the shade is fantastic as it is!

  • ValleyDoll

    It looks gorgeous on you ! The perfect shade for warm evenings in front of the fireplace.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Eva! I wish I had a fireplace at all, but I know what you mean :)

  • claire

    Love it, no surprise here, I love all the reds 😀 I have Rouge d’Armani 400 and absolutely adore this colour. They last super long as well. You look amazing in red Sunny <3 I like your top/blouse btw.

    • Sunny

      Ahhh I have to look into 400. That looks like THE RED to me! Thanks Claire! That’s again a dress LOL

      • claire

        You should do a dress post, lol. I like your dresses 😀

        • Sunny

          Thanks! I can try to at least introduce the brands I buy a lot of dresses from :)

  • Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    Never trien one…you’ve made me very curious Sunny! But..i’m on a budget :(

    • Sunny

      Aww this is probably not the best budget lipstick, but when you’re not on a budget anymore remember to take a good look at the line!

  • Cami

    haha, that little monkey! That lipstick is gorgeous on you – I think I might need to investigate the world of Armani lipsticks! I *do* have a gift voucher to use up after all…

    • Sunny

      Haha thanks Cami! You do that! I also have a coupon burning a hole in my wallet. I just can’t decide what to spend it on (because there are TOO MANY things I want)!

  • keepingupwiththekelly

    That lipstick looks amazing on you and your cat looks adorable!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Kelly! Adorable is probably not the word here LOL

      • keepingupwiththekelly

        True, but I just love cats and I think they’re adorable 😉

  • The Neemly (@neemly)

    It looks lovely on you! Love the color. Wish we got Armani makeup here! :(

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! Aww can’t you find it online though? There are 3 counters in the entire Belgium or something like that, so it’s also a bit of a trip for me.

  • Jacqueline

    That does it, I am going to get me a GA lipstick this Saturday!

    • Sunny

      LOL you go ahead Jacqueline! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  • Teri

    Ooooh, this is a great shade on you! I was worrying a bit about the brown tone in it, but it looks pretty!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Teri! So glad it turned out OK *phew*

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Pretty! You look great! I really want to try these. How do you think the formula compares to guerlain or Tom ford?

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Joyce! The thing is I heard there are different textures and so on in this line, and the TF one I have also has a very special finish (it’s really matte, but I looked around and it seems like a rare finish in the line). If you want me to compare this specific shade with Guerlain Rouge G, I’d say it’s less creamy and moisturizing. However, it is definitely more lightweight. They’re both great formulas though, and it will really depend on if a shade catches your eye :)

      • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

        Great! Thanks for your perspective on it! The Rouge G’s do seem quite moisturizing, so perhaps nothing can beat that! :)

  • Chris

    Don’t wanna make you feel bad, but Tango totally owns this post. 😀 I hardly even looked at the lipstick (and you know what a major deal that is).

    • Sunny

      LOL No problem Christina! I think he’d be happy to hear that, though it’s not as if he would cooperate better next time (if there is ever a next time)!

  • My Lucite Dreams

    Beautiful color sunny! Lovely taste <3 Tango looks like he needs a big smooch mark a la Giorgio Armani in his cheek!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Taylor! According to Tango he just wants to be left ALONE!

  • Beauty by Linde

    That’s such a gorgeous color on you! Looks like a pretty intense dark red in the tube, but I think the berry-ish color it has on your lips looks even better :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Linde! I think it depends on your skin tone/natural lip color too. If you’re fairer it might look darker, though I think still gorgeous!

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    Haha a “warning bite”… my cat gives me those too. This is a lovely color on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Catherine! Yeah it was a warning bite. I’ve seen him bite the vet when he was REALLY angry (oops), so in comparison what I got was NOTHING.

  • BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS)

    GORGEOUS SUNNY!! Berry lips look so good on you! I still need to try one of these lipsticks!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! For some weird reason some cool-toned shades work really well on me!

  • L e n a

    just gorgeous! love! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Lena! I actually think it’d look great on you too 😉

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    That slight hint of raspberry makes all the difference in transforming this red. It’s BEAUTIFUL on you Sunny! Your pictures actually make me REALLY want this lipstick because I am just imagining that I will look exactly like you when I wear it 😛 Won’t happen, but a girl can wish…

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Becca! Don’t be silly. I’m sure you’ll look FANTASTIC with this one! Try it on at the counter if you can and see how you like it!