I've been on the hunt for a new, favorite red lipstick ever since I ran out of my limited supply of ColourPop x Hello Kitty Ultra Matte Lip in "Ribbon" (I wrote about it back in 2017, and FYI I bought multiple, so I wasn't using expired ones). Plus, I wanted something more moisturizing, since ultra matte lippies definitely tend not to be. In fact, for the past year or so, I've been inching towards non-liquid lipsticks, even if they transfer and smudge more often. (My go-to, non-liquid lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in "Bond Girl" (#3), if anyone's curious.)
Well folks, I'm happy to report that the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro is the perfect happy ground for my often-too-dry lips! Besides being perhaps the only thing I can afford from the luxe designer brand, 400 "The Red" is really a perfect blue-based red. You know, the type that makes you go, "I just took a DNA test; turns out I'm 100% that bitch." Man, I love bold reds. They go with everything, or rather, they make everything go WITH THEM. The texture is truly luxurious and fits the "velvety-soft" description to a T. And the color is pigmented as heckkkk. I could really just use one swipe for my entire lip, but I like doing a second and third swipe to get my cupid's bow totally precise — and the applicator has a really pointed tip that masters this. Otherwise, I'll use my fingers to blend out from the center for a softer, slightly blurred lewk. It's not a true matte by any means so I have to be a lil' careful when I eat, but my lips are much happier and smoother! I'm obsessed. I have been wearing this color almost every day since I got it three months ago!
Get it from Nordstrom for $38 (available in 19 shades).
P.S. FWIW, I also tried the Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick in the same color, 400, and much prefer the actual color of the Lip Maestro (it looks richer, IMO), but the Lip Magnet does dry down to more of a true stain, if that's what you looking for — despite the Lip Maestro having "stain" in its name. It's confusing!