Friday, 21 January 2011

Review & Swatches: Giorgio Armani Lip Wax #4

I was walking through a local beauty hall the other week when I spotted a small selection of Armani Beauty products on sale.  Even though I definitely don't need any more lip products, I couldn't stop myself from picking up Lip Wax in #4 - a deep, berry wine colour.  My best friend and I had used it previously whilst trying out looks for her wedding, and I'd admired it on her - so couldn't resist getting one for me too.

Lip Wax is contained in a tiny, round compact, with a little mirror inside the lid, which makes it pretty easy to use on the go.  The product itself is solid, which softens into a sheer but layerable lip product that's not quite a stain, and not quite a lipstick.  Applied sheer with a fingertip, it looks like a stain on the lip, but with a lipbrush the colour can be intensified into a more lipstick-like finish.

This swatch is the result of a couple of circles around the pan with my ring finger, swiped directly onto my hand.  The colour is fairly strong, but still soft.  I reckon it could also be used as a cheek stain, if patted on sparingly with the fingertips.

A single layer, patted onto the lips, lends a subtle yet still noticeable berry tint.  As a confirmed lover of strong lips, I often feel a bit naked if I'm wearing a more neutral lip, but this is enough colour to warm up my face (and satisfy my red-lipstick needs) whilst still being understated enough to pair with a stronger eye.  It lasts around four hours on the lip in this form, although towards the end of that time my lips are starting to feel a little dry.  The portable container and simple application, though, make this a breeze to top up on to go, or at your desk.

I really, really love this product, and I'm very happy that I bought it - the berry colour is gorgeous, perfect for the last days of winter, and will still be appropriate in spring too.  I love the sheerness, the slight sheen, the packaging, and I can see this product hanging around in my makeup bag for quite some time to come.

If you'd like to try it out, you'll find Giorgio Armani Beauty products at high end department stores, and online via Selfridges.  I was lucky enough to grab mine for £13, but they usually cost £20.50.

What do you think?  Tried this?  Let us know in the comments!


  1. I won't deny my stupidity,when I read the title and saw the photo,my first thought was,how come the wax for your upper lip is coloured?! I am an idiot heeh looks gorge though now that I've figured out what it is :)


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