Flash Lacquer

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$29 
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Category:
Makeup > Lip Glosses > Lip Gloss
Last Updated:
8/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

If you're looking for a super-shiny lip gloss that isn't super-goopy, Armani's Flash Lacquer fits the bill quite nicely!

This gloss has a light gel texture, sliding smoothly onto the lips without being too sticky. It feels moisturizing and is smooth, not sticky, when you press your lips together. Armani offers a broad range of colors, from sheer nudes to bold opaques to see-through shades with glitter—there's something for just about everyone here! The finish is very, very shiny, and it stays that way for about three hours, which is very good for a lip gloss!

The only thing holding Flash Lacquer back from our "BEST" rating in this case is that for the glitter shades, after about a half hour of wear you start feeling the "grit" of the glitter on your lips. The less shiny shades don't have that problem, so, on balance, you just have to choose wisely.

Pros:
  • Feels moisturizing, applies easily, and isn't too sticky.
  • Comes in a large range of colors that appeal to a lot of different tastes.
  • Glossy finish lasts for about three hours.
Cons:
  • The glittery shades begin to feel "gritty" after about 30 minutes of wear.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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