Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

I have a special place in my heart for Armani lipsticks seeing as they were one of my first luxury beauty splurges. Even back in those days, I’d carry numerous tubes of red lipsticks with me at all times because god forbid I be caught not wearing lipstick. #highmaintenance

These days I’m more chill about my approach to beauty but regardless, anytime I see a tube of Armani, I know I’ll be getting something special.

The new Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks are no exception. Lightweight, silky smooth, highly pigmented, and never drying, these mattes are super comfortable to wear.

Considering I’ve been living in Saint Laurent sneakers and sweats these days, comfort is key in my life. I’ve even simplified my makeup routine to a swipe of CHANEL mascara, rosy pink cheeks, and a bold lipstick. If it’s gonna dry out lips, I don’t want it in my life. If it’s too complicated to apply, no thanks.

These days I’m more inclined to bring just a single tube of lipstick with me when I’m out. The me from years ago wouldn’t even know what hit her.

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin


Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

There are 18 shades in the Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick collection, from a pretty antique rose pink (shade 102) to a mocha brown with a hint of shimmer (shade 200) and the brands iconic universally flattering true red (shade 400), there’s something here for everyone!

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

102 Androgino - antique rose pink
200 Diva - mocha brown
400 Four Hundred - universally flattering true red
506 Maharajah - vibrant medium-dark pink

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post are a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.

The Perfect Holiday Reds

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With Christmas only two sleeps away, I thought it would be fun to gather the best festive red shades for the holidays. These shades are bright, bold, playful, and perfect for puckering up under the mistletoe. 

Red lipstick goes with everything, from that little black dress to a cozy knit and a pair of jeans but no doubt you'll always look chic. 

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From mattes, sheers, liquid lipsticks, cream formulas and shiny lip gloss, we've gathered up the perfect red lipsticks for the holiday season and beyond. I should also mention that my skin tone is light-medium with a yellow undertone and all of these shades work for me. 

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The Perfect Red Lipsticks For The Holidays

From left, top to bottom: 

CHANEL Rouge Coco #19 Gabrielle. Hydrating, cream formula. Warm, True red with golden shimmer.
M.A.C MAC Red. Satin formula. Vivid blue red.
M.A.C Retro Matte Ruby Woo. Very matte Formula. Vivid blue red.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick  #203 Rouge Rock. Semi-matte, creamy formula with intense colour pay off. Vibrant red.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine #400. Sheer, hydrating formula. Pink-red.
Guerlain KissKiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick #325 Rouge Kiss. Warm, orange-red. 
L'Oréal Paris x Balmain
Lipstick in Domination (limited edition). Matte formula. Fiery red.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red. Creamy matte formula. True ruby red. 
M.A.C Hooray For The Holiday! (part of a limited edition set for Holiday 2017). Matte Formula. True red.
NARSAudacious Lipstick in Rita. Creamy matte formula. True scarlet red.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana. Creamy matte formula. Vivid orange-red. 
Givenchy Le Rouge #304 Mandarine Boléro. Creamy formula. Muted red-orange.  
Rouge Rouge #RD308 Toffee Apple.
Creamy satin formula. Muted red-brown.

From right, top to bottom: 

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman. Matte liquid lipstick. Vivid blue red.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Rock With You. Matte liquid lipstick. Deep mulberry.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #400. Creamy semi-matte liquid lipstick. True red.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet #18 It's Redding Men! Sheer, buildable matte liquid lipstick. Cool, red-pink.
M.A.C Lipglass Joy To Enjoy (part of a limited edition set for Holiday 2017). Shiny lip gloss. Intense red. 
Revlon Matte Balm #250 Standout. Light-weight matte formula. Red-brown.

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For extra staying power during the holidays, make sure you line and fill in your lips with the same shade of lip liner first and trust me, that lipstick isn't going anywhere.  

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Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks

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Not sure what part of the world you're in, but here in Canada, it's COLD. It's hard to keep your makeup looking fresh when you've got wind-induced tears falling down your face and you're suffering from a wicked bout of chapped lips.

Luckily, Giorgio Armani Beauty's new ECSTASY Line colours lips like a cream, moisturizes like a balm and offers the shine of a gloss. They're available in 18 easy-to-wear shades that will wear beautifully during all seasons, especially during a chill.

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Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.

Giorgio Armani's Hollywood Red

When I was a little, I used to lock myself away in the bathroom with handfuls of my mom's miniature Avon lipsticks.

I'd run into her room, open her makeup drawer and reach for a bunch of her tiny lipstick tubes and then I'd quickly make a beeline for the bathroom so I wouldn't get caught. With the bathroom door closed safely behind me, I'd try on shade after shade but it was always the classic red that always made my little eight-year-old heart soar. I'd imagine how liberating it would be to finally wear red lipstick in public one day and the thought made me wish I was grown up. As the only girl, my mother was very strict with me and I wasn't even allowed to wear light pink nail polish until I was twelve.

In college, I exclusively wore MAC's Chilli, a brick-red matte shade, almost every day. Anyone who's ever tried MAC's matte formulas knows that the staying power is incredible but the dryness can be overwhelming. Dry lips where my small sacrifice in the beauty world when it came to feeling good and Chilli was my signature shade for two years.

Now in my mid-thirties, my personal collection of red lipsticks can fill an entire shoe box and the reds I prefer have changed a little. These days I prefer brighter reds because they brighten up my skin and give me the appearance of a healthy glow. On casual days, when I want to feel polished, I reach for a cheery orange-red to go with my Vans and leather jacket.

For an evening out, my go-to is a classic red, like Armani's 400, paired with a chic cat eye and rosy pink blush. I keep my hair in soft waves, with one side pinned back to keep the emphasis on the lips. Think classic Hollywood like Liz Taylor meets new Hollywood like Michelle Williams.

Red lipstick is the epitome of timeless elegance and I'm sure as I get older, my collection will continue to grow.




Giorgio Armani 400

Armani has the perfect shade for those who love a classic red lip. Shade 400, or as I like to call it Iconic Red, is a beautiful blue-based red that's suitable for most skin tones. I have medium-warm based skin and prefer orange-based reds and yet somehow 400 brightens my skin tone and makes me look more lively. The shade comes in four formulas so you can have your choice of matte, glossy or creme lipstick. While the formulas are quality and long wearing, I would recommend a lip liner in a matching shade to truly prolong wear. 

Rouge Ecstacy 400 - High shine cream lipstick

Rouge D'Armani 400 - Satin finish, hydrating lipstick

Lip Maestro  400 - Velvety matte liquid lipstick

Ecstasy Lacquer 400 - High Shine lip gloss

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Armani 400 lipsticks featured in this post were gifted by the brand. All opinions and photos are my own.