Giorgio Armani Granite (101) & Cedar (206) Lip Maestros Reviews & Swatches

 

Granite (101)

Giorgio Armani Granite (101) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep, muted peach with warmer undertones and a a glossy, cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which spread evenly and smoothly across my lips without emphasizing my lip lines or feathering beyond my natural lip. The texture was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, velvety, and comfortable to wear–flexible without being too slippery. The glossiness wore away after an hour or two, depending on how much drinking I did (of water). It stayed on nicely for five hours and felt moisturizing while worn.

NARS Sarah (LE, $34.00) is less glossy (95% similar).Giorgio Armani Sand (100) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).LORAC Savoir Faire (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Urban Decay Fuel (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Ariel (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar).Urban Decay Interrogate (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar).NARS Bella (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar).Jaclyn Cosmetics Tipsy (DC, $18.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar).Colour Pop Hades (LE, $8.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar).Makeup Geek Beach Bunny (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.22 oz. – $172.73 Per Ounce

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

 

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, KAOLIN, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-12, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDRATED SILICA, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, TIN OXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, METHICONE, ALUMINA, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 15850/RED 7, CI 7789/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 45380/RED 22 LAKE, CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 6, CI 75470/CARMINE, MICA]

Cedar (206)

Giorgio Armani Cedar (206) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a rich, deep copper with warm, balanced red and orange undertones and a cream finish. There was the barest amount of micro-shimmer–so fine that I almost didn’t catch it, even in the close-up photo (should tell you how nearly invisible it is in person!). It had opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips. The consistency was lightweight, velvety with moderate slip but didn’t feel too wet or slippery on my lips. It had more of moderate, glossy sheen initially, but it wore down to a more satin-matte finish with an hour or two (or blot once or twice to get it right off the bat). It wore well for six and a half hours and was hydrating over time.

Kat Von D Misfit (P, $19.00) is less glossy (95% similar).Colour Pop Gallop (P, $7.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar).NARS Lee (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar).NARS Olivia (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).MAC Marrakesh (P, $19.50) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar).NYX Alabama (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar).NARS Vain (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar).Bite Beauty Crushed Chili (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar).Maybelline Spice for Me (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).Shiseido Shizuka Red (223) (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.22 oz. – $172.73 Per Ounce

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

 

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, KAOLIN, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-12, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDRATED SILICA, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, TIN OXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, METHICONE, ALUMINA, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 15850/RED 7, CI 7789/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 45380/RED 22 LAKE, CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 6, CI 75470/CARMINE, MICA]

 

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