Apparently my pink phase is far from over, and pretty soon I’ll be able to do a “for the love of pink” post the way I did with coral. The latest addition to my stash of pinks? Giorgio Armani Diva Rouge Ecstasy!
Just as a quick recap, Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy is supposed to offer lips color as well as care (they call it the first “CC lipstick”). I have read some reviews that the color is sheer, but I think it varies from shade to shade. The two that I own (see Scarlatto here) are opaque with one pass!
I am personally fond of the retro red-lacquered packaging, but I know some are not big on it! It has a light lipstick scent that doesn’t bother me.
Diva (503. RRP in Belgium: 33 euros) is a bright, mostly neutral pink. I seem to see some berry in there as well, but that doesn’t really translate onto my lips. The texture of Rouge Ecstasy is on the stiffer side. It goes on without tugging or pulling, but it doesn’t “melt” on. Diva delivers opaque coverage with one pass. It is lightweight but still somehow creamy on the lips. It wears for 6-7 hours on me, leaving behind a very even stain. It is comfortable to wear and somehow hydrating on the lips.
Here is how Diva swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.
If Diva reminds you of Dior Darling Rouge Dior, the comparison swatch here will show you they are not dupes!
Left: Diva. Right: Darling.
Compared with Diva, Darling is cooler-toned (you can see the blue clearly here).
What I really like about Diva is the fact that it stays in place better than Scarlatto. Scarlatto would smudge a tiny little around my natural lip lines after a meal, but Diva doesn’t have that tendency. I ate some wraps with Diva on my lips, and I was surprised how neat it still looked by the time I was done!
Here is one more with Diva on me:
Just in case you are curious, I have Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing and Chanel Hasard on my lids, as well as Bobbi Brown Plum Blush (review coming up soon) on my cheeks.
Bottom line: I have only tried two from the Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy line-up, so it is hard for me to say what the “norm” is like. Diva is lightweight, long-lasting, and very pigmented. It also stays in place better, and I appreciate a lipstick that I don’t have to fuss over after a meal!
Can you believe the first week of October is almost over? Are you reaching for different shades in autumn? I’m slowly incorporating some “typical” autumn shades into my routine, but I can definitely wear Diva all year round!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx