Armani Beauty has launched a new high-shine, high-color lip lacquer, Ecstasy Mirror Lip Lacquer. I have been using the Ecstasy Mirror Lip Lacquer since last week and it is one of the most comfortable lip gloss I have tried. Ecstasy Mirror is supposed to deliver high-shine and intense pigment – when I read the description, I thought it might not be something of my interest. As I prefer a natural look most of the times, high shine and intense pigment might not fit my needs. But I was wrong when I tried this new lip product from Armani Beauty.
Armani Beauty Ecstasy Mirror Lip Lacquer is very comfortable on the lips, the intensity of the shine and pigment is buildable from medium to intense. The shine also depends on how much product you put on. I swipe the applicator once and I am good to go. I love how lightweight it feels and looks on my lips. It is very comfortable and hydrating. It does not even accentuate or sit on my dry lips or between the lines.
Armani Beauty Ecstasy Mirror Lip Lacquer is available in 10 shades, I have swatched 4 in this post:
Beyond 101 – beige
Four Hundred 400 – red
Ecstasy 402 – red
Culmination 502 – pink
The shades are beautiful and so is the pigment. One swipe delivers high pigment and coverage. For an intense shine and intense pigment look, I would say go for more than 1 swipe. Another nice thing is the longevity, even after the formula has worn off, it leaves a stain on the lips which also looks beautiful and stays for a good amount of time. Usually, once a lip colour has worn off, it either makes the lips dry or the stain afterwards makes the lips look dry – but this does not.
Overall, a really nice launch from Armani Beauty. I have not tried much from Armani but whichever products I have tried, I have liked them all (recent post here). Armani Beauty is available at armani-beauty.ca, Sephora, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks.*Press samples
ReVive is a word that comes from Latin roots, re means ‘again’ and vivere means ‘to live’, so the word revive means ‘live again’ and in relation to the skincare line I am talking about here, the word ReVive points to bring life back to the skin, to regain its youthful glow. ReVive is a luxury skincare line developed by Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. The products are scientifically formulated with Bio-Renewal Technology, inspired by patented and Nobel Prize-winning science, that Dr. Brown used to heal burn victims. I know I have shared in past about the two moisturizers from ReVive skincare which I fell in love a few years back, reviewed here. Today, I am sharing few products out of which some I have used since last year and rest, basically the suncare, since the last few months.
I have been using the Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream – Dark spot corrector broad spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen, Defensif Environmental Antioxidant Booster, and Masque de Radiance Brightening Moisture Mask since last year. I am almost going to be done with all the three and I can tell you, being a beauty editor, I get to try so many products and there are only a handful for which I hit the bottom of the jar and these are few of those.
ReVive Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream – Dark spot corrector broad spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen has become a favourite of mine. I feel my skin tone is even and overall, my skin looks radiant. The dark spots have diminished and moreover, it blurs the problem areas while making the skin smooth and supple. It is one of those moisturizers I experienced results very quickly. While staying at home these days, as it also has SPF, I prefer using it during the day. The texture is creamy and once applied, it absorbs quickly without making the skin look greasy or oily but instead fresh, smooth, and supple. It has never irritated my skin nor it has caused me breakouts. Also, it works perfectly on its own or under makeup.
ReVive Defensif Environmental Antioxidant Booster is a supplement that boosts skin’s defences against environmental aggressors like pollution, infrared, smoke and blue light wavelengths which can all damage skin and also renew the skin. I mix two drops of this booter into my morning and night moisturizer.
ReVive Masque De Radiance Brightening Moisture Mask is a rich, souffle-like mask that gives skin a very energizing, moisturizing boost to look radiant and refreshed. The mask turns from pearlescent white to a shimmering shade of gold. Whenever my skin is feeling dull or lacking radiance or is looking dehydrated, I use this mask. It makes my skin soft, smooth, and luminous. The dual-applicator included with the mask works nicely to invigorate the skin for a gentle massage, I use it sometimes and sometimes I just massage gently after it had been on for 15 minutes and remove by rinsing with warm water.
The newest products I currently loving from ReVive skincare are Glow Elixir Hydrating Radiance Oil, Soleil Superieur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen PA ++++, and Soleil Superieur Body Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen 50 PA ++++.
ReVive Glow Elixir Hydrating Radiance Oil is a multi-benefit elixir that gives skin a healthy and natural-looking glow. It is very hydrating and not greasy at all. Once applied, it looks very natural on the skin while giving a beautiful luminosity to the area. The formula absorbs quickly on the skin, keeps the skin comfortable and soft. It can be used as a highlighter over the makeup or sunscreen or can be mixed with the moisturizer or the foundation to get an overall radiant look. Not just on the face, but it works perfectly on the body too – I like applying it on the shoulders and the center of the collarbone, basically the high points of the face and body. It has not caused any congestion or breakouts on my problem skin. It has a nice very subtle barely-there scent which I do not mind, it dissipates quickly.
ReVive Soleil Superieur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen PA ++++ is one of my favourite sunscreens I have tried to date. It is very lightweight and applies on the skin so well, without any white-cast or looking like a mask on the skin. It is transparent, applies well, and blends well on the skin without any breakouts. I have been using it every single day since I got it, of course except the days when I am masking during the day. It is not sticky and quickly absorbs giving a natural matte finish. Anything I apply over, be it foundation or tinted moisturizer, sits well over it.
ReVive Soleil Superieur Body Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen 50 PA ++++, as the face version I mentioned above, this has to be my favourite body sunscreen I have tried. The formula is just so amazing, does not feel like I am applying sunscreen, it is more like a treatment moisturizer which not only provides sun protection but also makes my skin look healthy and radiant. The formula is transparent and not noticeable once applied. I love the smell of it, very subtle yet refreshing. Another thing I love about these sunscreens for face and body is their packaging, which feels heavy and luxurious. Both have a pump dispenser.
Overall, amazing products and beautiful brand which I always love having in my skincare routine. Revive Skincare is available at reviveskincare.com, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, SpaceNK, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.*Press samples
Guerlain new launches, be it limited edition or additions to the permanent range, are something I always look forward to. The brand has a special place in my heart and in my vanity too, it is one of those brands which does not just have an exceptional and unique product but the legacy of the house goes way back when it stirred the society by having a decorated lipstick case which women could carry around with hesitation and without keeping it in the deep pockets of their bags. I am sharing few new launches from Guerlain, not particularly covering all products from new Mad Eyes Collection or Terracotta launches but two new Meteorites launches along with the new Mascara from Mad Eyes Collection all of which I have been using and loving since last few days including Guerlain Meteorites Pearl Dust Palette, Guerlain Meteorites Liquid Pearls, Guerlain Mad Eyes Mascara, and Mini Terracotta Bronzing Powder.
Guerlain Meteorites Pearl Dust Palette is a multi-faceted highlighting palette enriched with pearl extract and pearlescent pigments. There are three illuminating shades in the palette that can be used alone on their own or can be mixed and matched based on your need. The formula uses an infusion of Japanese marine pearls to create a luminous complexion. There are endless ideas to use the three shades included in the palette. They work great as an eyeshadow or as an eyeshadow topper to intensify the effect of base shadow, or used as a blush especially the pinkish shade, or can be used as a highlighter not just on the high points of the face but also on the body like the centre of the collar bone or top of shoulders.
On the eyes, they brighten the whole look while as a blush it gives a light tint to colour to the cheeks. For my medium skin tone with warm undertones, Once applied, the shades look very natural and adjust a little with the skin tone and type. They blend nicely without looking as a separate layer of product on the skin. I prefer using a finger to apply it and with the heat of the skin, it melts beautifully on the skin. But it can be used with a brush too.
The three shades pink, gold, and amber work in harmony if used together and when used separately, they give a customized look, fresh or warmth. The texture of the powder is so smooth and creamy. It does not dry or irritates my problem skin or the problem areas. Also, there is a very subtle delicate violet scent which I love so much already, it dissipates quickly once the product is applied. Overall the palette has impressed me very much, it revives the complexion while giving a beautiful natural luminous complexion, skin looks healthy, smooth, and supple without emphasizing any problem areas.
Guerlain Meteorites Liquid Pearls is a first illuminator pen from the brand and is very innovative in terms of the technology behind it plus the packaging along with the applicator. The fresh gel texture is very unique and melts into the skin to brighten the facial contours with an iridescent veil. The formula is infused with Japanese Pearl extract deliver a two-step action – same for the Meteorites Pearl Dust Palette, which delivers a subtle instant glow on application and skincare benefits with each application.
I really like the applicator along with the formula, it is very refreshing while applying and the applicator dispenses just right amount on the tip in one go. Blending it is easy to and looks very natural once blended. Overall, the skin looks bright and fresh. It is available in three shades but I have swatched only one shade, I will update this post with swatches of rest of the shades soon. There is the same meteorites scent in this illuminator, a delicate violet scent. It does not dry or irritates my problem skin. It is hydrating, illuminating, and makes the complexion look smooth, luminous, and healthy at the same time. I use it directly on the high points of my face including the tops of cheeks, brow bone, cupid’s bow and then blend with fingertips.
Guerlain Mad Eyes Collection launched recently and is a fantastic collection of products for eyes, with pigmented formulas which are long-wear, sensorial textures enriched with active ingredients with conditioning effects. The whole Mad Eyes collection looks so stunning, I will share in a new post if I get to try more products from the collection but for now, sharing about the Mad Eyes Mascara which I am totally in love with. First of all, the packaging of the mascara is so beautiful and the wand looks really good. The formula is very pigmented and easily buildable. The fibre-brush is very soft and keeps the application very comfortable. With skincare benefits, the formula also conditions the lashes while it is on, is clump-free, and is creamy. A single layer of mascara gives me a pretty nice volume with long and thick lashes. A few more layers, for me personally, it gives me an effect of fake yet beautiful looking lashes. The mascara is resistant to tears and humidity. I did not experience any fall off during the time I had it own – which was basically the whole day. A single layer makes my lashes look so natural and beautiful, perfect for my everyday zoom or ms teams meetings.
I have shared about the Terracotta Bronzing Powder many times in the past but I have a new reason to mention it again, my favourite bronzing powder is now available in mini size. That means I can carry the mini version in my bag and if you have not tried the Terracotta bronzer yet, now you can try the mini version before getting the full size or like me, you can have the mini cute version in your bag.
Terracotta bronzing powder instantly gives a natural-looking warmth and glow to the skin which amazing longevity and without drying out the skin. It has the same scent as the original version, I can never stop saying that but the scent just takes the whole application process to the next levels, as an invitation to escape. The mini version is available in 3 shades, I have swatched 03 Natural Brunettes.
Overall, stunning launches from Guerlain, I am really impressed. Guerlain Beauty Products and Home Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.*Press samples