|the timeless allure of sheer|
first to market is armani, with their "rouge d'armani sheer" lipstick formula. it's meant to be the semi-sheer sibling to their regular rouge d'armani, offering a moisturising formula, long wear and pigmentation that's noticeable, but not completely opaque. like their lipsticks and glosses, these have their own "science-y" write-up about the ingredients used and their magical properties. i'm always suspicious of such things, because a company's trademarked term could be what they call birdshit and baking soda, but with armani, i have a bit more faith, because their products generally perform so damn well.
when i first swatched these on my arm, i was a little underwhelmed. they were sheer. really sheer. like tinted balm or leftover stain from a food accident that morning sheer. not that exciting. but then i remembered that i'd been way off on the call i'd made about their glosses being sheer and watery. that same day, i saw swatches on the site of the lovely shahada karim and realised that if they showed up on her pigmented lips, then i really had nothing to worry about.
and i was right.
|rouge d'armani sheer 602 "black lacquer"|
i would take extra care to make sure there's no stray bit of cat hair, dry skin or a grain of leftover lip exfoliant on you before you apply. for some reason, the rda sheer formula seems prone to "pilling" at any irregularities in the surface. [you can see a little of this on the left side of the lip swatch; your left, not mine.] you can get rid of these by pressing your lips together, or even by dabbing the offending spot with a tissue [the lipstick will forgive you, surprisingly enough], but for perfect application out of the tube, you'll want a flawless base.
it's a little difficult to describe the feel of the armani sheers. they're incredibly lightweight and moist, more so than just about anything i've tried. the only time i became aware that i was wearing a lipstick was when i was feeling a little bit dehydrated- then it felt like i had a soft, gel-like layer on my lips. i had a glass of water and everything went back to normal. my lips felt very soft at the end of the day, more than on days when i wear more opaque formulas, i believe, although there's not a huge difference.
overall, these are an absolute must-have for summer if you're the type of lady who likes to show off her lips. they offer juicy, bright summery shades, but in a formula that's appropriate for daytime wear. it's a no-fuss kind of product that will give you some extra "oomph" for hours and leave your lips happy afterwards. best of all, they're permanent, so you can [as i plan to] take your time adding shades to your collection. another armani home run.
rouge d'armani sheers retail for the same price as the regular lipsticks [$32usd/ $40cad... ugh] and are available at armani counters worldwide.
here's my new purple sweetheart in action!
gosh velvet touch foundation primer
marcelle new age foundation "ivory"
smashbox high definition liquid concealer "fair/ light"
mac e/s "lightfall"* [dusty lavender-white]
mac e/s "courtly"* [soft grey-lilac]
nars e/s "lhasa" [medium lavender grey]
mac e/s "unflappable"* [blackened indigo-plum]
mac eye kohl "smolder" [black]
armani eyes to kill excess mascara
edward bess quad royale "south of france" [mauve sand]
rouge d'armani sheer l/s "602- black lacquer" [sheer purple]
*suggested alternates :: lightfall = nars tokyo [grey side]; courtly = nars tokyo [lavender side]; unflappable = mac smut