NEW from Giorgio Armani: Rouge Ecstasy in Scarlatto

GA Rouge Ecstasy Scarlatto FOTD

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!

GA Rouge Ecstasy

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!

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy 502

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!

GA Rouge Ecstasy 502 Scarlatto


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!

GA Rouge Ecstasy 502 Scarlatto swatch

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!

Giorgio Armani Scarlatto Rouge Ecstasy FOTD

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).

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy packaging

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

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Larie

    Hmmmmmm…I don’t like the red bullet! Hahaha. I am curious about the actual lipstick, though, especially if it’s hydrating!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha it’s OK! I knew opinions on this would be very divided! Scarlatto is really very hydrating. My lips were very soft at the end of the day!

  • Claire

    wow, that colour! I like the look you created, you look so fresh Sunny, but I have to finally stay away from reds, haha, I have way too many 😛

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Claire! Technically speaking Scarlatto is a berry though. Does that make it an exception? LOL

  • Kelly G

    I’m really curious about the pearls in this lipstick! It looks beautiful!! Thanks for the post Sunny :) xo Kelly

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I’m glad you like it, Kelly! The shimmer is interesting. I kept staring at my lips to make sure I wasn’t seeing things LOL

  • VickyM

    I really love this color, it looks so classic and beautiful, it looks great on you Sunny 😀 , unfortunately we only have Giorgio Armani in clothes, bags, jewelry, accessories and perfumes from the brand and no makeup line :( , so I will have to see if I can find the line when I travel abroad.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Vicky! So sorry to hear about the lack of Armani beauty! I hope you’ll manage to lay our hands on a couple of these at some point!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    The packaging is so pretty ! And the colour looks great too :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, Scarlatto is a great shade! It looks more intense when you build on the stain throughout the day as well!

  • beauties

    beautiful pictures with those berries 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Eva! I don’t like how they taste (so sour!), but they are pretty to look at!

  • RxBeautyChic

    Hook, line, and sinker for me. I’m always looking to try new formulations for my sensitive lips that seems to peel from everything :( plus, I think the red packaging almost makes it look more retro? 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, so sorry to hear about your sensitive lips! I hope you’ll find some formulas that work for you. I think the red packaging looks pretty retro as well!

      • RxBeautyChic

        It is what it is, no worries there! I’m still looking for that ONE holy grail. 😉

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I love how you photographed the lipstick together with the berries 😀 What a lovely shade this is.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Melissa! I don’t like how these taste at all (way too sour for me. I tried a couple of times and they were sour enough to make my facial muscles twitch LOL), but they’re pretty for photos 😉

  • Liz

    I like the colour! Don’t have any Armanis yet but was considering one of their liquid lipsticks for a while.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, the liquid lipstick is the only Armani lipstick formula that doesn’t work for me. Some people have great luck, but unfortunately on me it seems to never set so it’s quite messy!

  • Teri

    Ooooh, these sound very promising, I already love the sound of the formula ^^. Great shade as well, love it!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Teri, I’d love to check more shades out for sure!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Very pretty on you! I don’t have an Armani Lipstick. Next time I’m in the US I’ll had to check them out, but then I always get drawn in by the Tom Ford lipsticks LOL. TOO MANY LIPSTICKS SUNNY. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, you should check them out! I heard the Rouge d’Armani line isn’t consistent (some are more matte, others are shimmery…), but I have no idea how this line performs in general. I hope it’s good!

  • Icaria

    As I told you it’s super pretty on you. What I would love is a Vespa in the color of that beautiful packaging! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Helene! A Vespa in this color would be SO stunning!

  • Isabelle

    That’s a lovely color! The product sounds lovely as well. Surviving a full meal? That’s good :) That packaging though.. MY EYES!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Isabelle, I knew the opinions on the packaging will be quite divided LOL

      And yes, this is pigmented enough to survive a full meal! It was hardcore lamb chop too, not some light salad 😉

  • Dominique33

    I am a huge fan of lipsticks ( more than 150 here ^^ ) but the red packaging is not for me at all. I’ll probably pass on this new range. But who knows, I am such a lipstick woman ! I purchase RCS Esprit today ( and Inspiration, Révélation, Mystère quad ), I can’t wait to see Dior lipstick in 999 and the Armani ones from the Fall collection ( they look gorgeous ! )

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Wow, that’s quite a collection, Dominique! Same here. I can’t wait to see 999! The new Rouge d’Amarnis look very promising as well!

      • Dominique33

        I think I’ll purchase some because they look gorgeous ( and even if I don’t like the packaging ), 400, 401, 402 hoping the whole range will be available here and that’s the point more than 30 new shades well I don’t think so but wait and see^^

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    OMG, beautiful. I really like it. It looks very mysterious! You look great with that pretty red!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Jen! I’m not sure mysterious is the word that came to my mind, but it makes sense 😉

  • MyLuciteDreams

    Do you have bangs? Always lovely. Those swatches look good enough to eat! This shade looks like an easy color to wear, love!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, yup I have some bangs now! It’ll probably just grow out eventually though 😉 You should check this out! I know I want to take a look at 503 Diva as well!

  • Lily

    I’m not really a fan of the packaging, but the shade looks good :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, the formula is great! I’d like to check out the range when it becomes available!

  • Krystle Kouture

    the packaging looks so cheap! Love that it delivers moisture and a stain though.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I knew some wouldn’t like it! The formula itself is great though!

  • Whitney

    Sunny, did you get a new hairstyle!!!? you look so classy with the lip colour!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, I did! I went to my hairdresser in Taipei!

  • Catherine

    Pretty photos :) the color is nice but nothing I’d shell out for

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, I know what you mean! Pretty sure you can find something reasonably similar for a lower price if this color doesn’t speak to you in particular!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Such a cute review (loved that about the line being “less crispy” after eating!), great photos, and you look beautiful! This is definitely a shade that flatters you.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      LOL thanks so much, Kristen! You know what I mean, right? The edges kinda blur after food? 😉

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    all the reviews are making me super curious about this line. some of the shades seem pretty, and the formula sounds up my alley

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, I’d love to check the line-up out when it’s available here! I’m sure there will be other shades that I want :)

  • Monica Zammit

    Fab blog post, I love the Armani Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks! I’ve just done a review on my blog, you can read it here.

    Monica x

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