Well, I'm sure most of you have probably seen swatches and reviews on the new Armani Eyes to Kill Intense eyeshadows for the Summer 2012 collection. I have 3 out of the 4 shades and although they are lovely, but what I really fell hard for were the glosses.
I'm no fan of the coral and gold lip shades for the summer, maybe because it's just so redundant. Or maybe probably they're just not my "go to" shades. So it's a nice surprise to see something different in terms of lipcolors. You would think these shades belong to a fall/winter collection, oddly enough.
I picked up 509 first since it's the shade that got my attention first. I've been wearing this shade every day since I've purchased it, and that says something since I own so many lip products.
509: it's the lightest shade of the bunch, and in the tube it's a cool, dusky pink with some purple undertone, with silver shimmer. When applied, it's more of a neutral pinky nude, and the silver shimmer doesn't show up on my lips. I can wear this alone and it doesn't wash my face out. It definitely isnt a sheer gloss, which is even better for me :D
510: this shade is a deep raspberry (not bright) with a hint of silver shimmer too. It's less opaque than 509. When applied on the lips, it's my lips but better shade. I feel like this shade will be the hardest for me to describe only because my lips are really pigmented, and how it looks on me will be different than how it looks on other people. I would suspect this shade to be a brighter pink on others. It's a definite win for me since I can carry this one in my bag and throw it on and it will go with anything, since it enhances my natural lip color.
511: This is the plummiest shade of the bunch, and it's gorgeous alone, and it's pretty opaque. It's great because it's not too purple (grape purple) for me, which is what I tend to steer from. I cant see a shimmer in this color, so that's a win for those who don't like shimmer in glosses. I suck at purple descriptions. :| I'll let the pics do the explaining for me.
512: It's warmer and more red than 511. This one is a hairline less opaque than 511, but more opaque than 510. It's almost like a wine colored lipgloss shade, but not too dark. For those with semi pigmented lips, it will be that shade that will be a nice red, but not being too bright or overpowering. I honestly don't have a dupe for this one, so it's a win for me too (hahahaha).
Formula and texture: it's a semi thick gel like consistency, but it's not sticky and the lasting power is so awesome. I get about 3.5 hours of wear on these. My main concern when I first purchased the Gloss d'Armani is that with the odd texture, I would get the deathly white ring around my lips (like I get with MACs plushglasses), but I don't have that at all.
I wasn't won over by the formula when they were first released, but it's slowly winning me over because it does last, and it's so nice to have some glosses without a crazy sparkle/shimmer. Although there is sparkle in some of the shades, but it's definitely not apparent, unless you look REALLY close.
Price and Size: $28, for 6.5 mL or 0.22 fl. oz.
Onto the photos:
|L to R: 509, 510, 511, 512|
|top: 509, bottom: 510|
|top: 511, bottom: 512|
|for color accuracy (L to R): 509, 510, 511, 512|
|to see the shimmer -- L to R (overexposed pic): 509, 510, 511, 512|
|to see the shimmer -- L to R (cooler lighting pic): 509, 510, 511, 512|