CC creams are trending, but how about a CC lipstick? The new Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy promises to deliver both care and color. It is supposed to be as comfortable and hydrating as a lip balm while dressing the lips with intense color that holds up perfectly. Today I have Scarlatto (502), a bright berry, to show you!
The packaging of Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy (RRP in Belgium: 33 euros. Availability: September 2nd) is the same with Rouge d’Armani, only it’s in red. It has the same lovely heft and satisfying click from the magnetic closure. While I’m not a fan of the packaging of Lip Maestro (also with a red cap), I adore the retro lacquered red of Rouge Ecstasy!
Unlike Rouge d’Armani, Rouge Ecstasy is scented. I’ll just put it down as the typical luxury lipstick smell (think Chanel Rouge Allure), though it is not overpowering. Something else that is new with Rouge Ecstasy is the patented “kaleidoscope pearls.” They are essentially transparent and multi-faceted shimmery particles that bring more light to the color and give it another dimension. As you might be able to see in the swatch below, I think they work very well!
Scarlatto (502) is a bright berry. It is rich enough to remind me of autumn, but not so much that it wouldn’t work for a more casual occasion or warmer weather. I like the shape of the tip, as it allows precise application. The consistency is creamy enough to glide on, and it delivers a thin layer of product that offers opaque coverage. It’s lightweight, but at the same time it feels creamy on the lips. Giorgio Armani isn’t joking about hydration, either. My lips were soft and supple after wearing this all day!
Here is how Scarlatto swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.
Remember the “kaleidoscope pearls” we talked about? Can you see how they at work in the swatch? They seem to bring a veil of light to the lips!
Lasting power-wise, Scarlatto does a good job. Here’s the thing: it’s a lipstick you can build up. The first time I put it on, it wore down to a stain after some snacks. However, once I added another layer to the stain, it resisted a full meal with more than a stain left behind! Might I add the stain is very very even. After all the food, the lines become less crispy. However, it doesn’t migrate or make a mess!
If you’re curious, I have Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Chanel Hasard on the lid, as well as Chanel Affinité Le Blush Crème (swatches here).
Bottom line: Giorgio Armani Scarlatto Rouge Ecstasy is lightweight, creamy, and hydrating. It wears down to a perfectly even stain, and the kaleidoscope pearls (transparent, multi-faceted shimmer) bring a veil of light to the lips. It almost looks wet on the lips, which is not something you see everywhere. Do check out Scarlatto (and maybe the other 35 shades while you’re at it) if this formula ticks the right boxes for you!
Does Rouge Ecstasy sound like your kind of lipstick? Are you also a fan of the packaging?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx