Aug 04 2015

Giorgio Armani Makeup Minis


As a Giorgio Armani Makeup novice, a couple of months back, I decided to take advantage of Sephora promotion for a set of three Armani Makeup Minis with purchase. You may have seen me post it on Instagram. Here are my thoughts/quick reviews on the products included in the set: the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #2 Shim Beige, Lip Maestro in #400 The Red, and the Black Ecstasy Mascara in Black.


Giorgio Armani Makeup Minis


Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer – Shim Beige (2)


Armani says that this versatile product can be used as an eye shadow base, blush, or bronzer as well as makeup base or mixed in with foundation “to bring a radiant, polished, and sculpted look to your complexion”. It is a sheer, lightweight, liquid/cream formulation. How you use it will depend, of course, on which shade you select and your skin tone. There are 17 to choose from ranging from neutrals, to bronzes and pinks/reds. Shim Beige is a golden beige shimmer.


Armani Makeup Fluid Sheer 2 Shim Beige


Armani Makeup Fluid Sheer 2 Shim Beige

Fluid Sheer 2 Shim Beige


Mixed with foundation, Shim Beige creates a natural dewy look to the skin. However, I prefer it as a highlighter. I’m generally not a fan of liquid or cream highlighters but this imparts a beautiful, luminescent glow to my fair to medium complexion. It’s a little pricey, though, so I’m not sure I’d invest in a full size. This little sample will probably last be forever anyway.

The full size retails for $62.00 USD/£35.50 and can be found at Sephora, the Giorgio Armani U.S. or U.K. websites and other retailers.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro – The Red (400)

Armani says that this is their “first lip stain with a comfortable velvet texture and a radiant finish”, describing it as an “intense, seductive, illuminating color”.  A gel formulation, the Lip Maestros promise to instantly plump for radiant lips while being both non-sticky and hydrating.

Armani Makeup Lip Maestro The Red
Armani Makeup Lip Maestro The Red
Armani Makeup Lip Maestro the Red Swatch

Giorgio Armani Makeup Minis

Lip Maestro the Red (400)


The Lip Maestro in 400 is a vibrant, classic red. What really impressed me was how true to color it is on the lips. My own lips have a mauve tone to them which tends to affect the final color of many lip products. Not so with this formula. This is in keeping with Armani’s claim that because the product has no underlying white “base”, color stays more true. It is also very comfortable, characterized by a velvet, satin finish on the lips. The one flaw is that it doesn’t last as well as one would hope for a product referred to as a stain. Drinking and light nibbling is O.K. but after a heavy meal, it’s gone.

The ull size retails for $34.00 USD and can be found at Sephora , the Giorgio Armani U.S. or U.K. websites, as well as other retailers.


Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara


Armani says that the “cylindrical and multi-directional brush [of the Black Ecstasy Mascara] captures and coats every lash with 4 patented multi-effect waxes for quick application, volume, length and curl. The formula features an exclusive color boosting polymer for the most intense black.”

The formula is non-clumpy and feels very smooth when being applied on the lashes. Rather than high-drama, it gives a more natural look, adding moderate length (but not much volume) while being plenty black.

Giorgio Armani Makeup Black Ecstasy Mascara

Giorgio Armani Makeup Minis

Bare Lashes (Left); Black Ecstasy Mascara One Coat (Right)


The full size retails for $32.00 USD/ £26.00 and can be found at Sephora , the Giorgio Armani U.S. and U.K. websites, as well as other retailers.


If you’re interested in trying any of these Armani Makeup Minis yourself, and you are able to shop at Sephora online (and are at VIB level), the perk may still be available. The code is VIBTRIO.


Have you ever tried any of Armani’s Makeup? Do you have any recommendations for me?





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  1. Haven’t tried any giorgio armani makeup yet,
    but I was amazed how that lippie shades your lips in that vibrant color, it’s so beautiful!
    The mascara is also a nice one, I like the design of its brush.
    Such a good product to try, btw.

    Jhem |

    1. The pigment on the lip maestro is definitely impressive!

  2. I love both lip stain and mascara on you, Kimmy! I have never ever thought of trying any GA makeup but I’ll put both items on my wish list!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Aww, thanks Shireen. If I didn’t already have a few statement reds, I’d really consider the full size of the Lip Maestro. I may look into the other shades they have though. 🙂

  3. Wow that lip cream looks amazing! I have never tried any Armani makeup and I don’t really intend to… nothing really screams out at me as worth the money or that unique that I can’t find elsewhere, ya know?

    1. I know what you mean. The brand hasn’t really ever been on my radar. I did see press photos of the Fall/Winter collection the other day though and was intrigued!

  4. I love minis to get a feel for makeup. The lip color looks great too bad it doesn’t really stain the lips.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Me too! I try to make the time to go through my minis/deluxe samples but sometimes there are so many (when you have an online shopping problem) 🙂

  5. These products look so gorgeous! That lip color is amazing! So bright and beautiful! Also, the highlighter looks really pretty and the mascara looks like it separates lashes super well! Great post<3 xoxo

    Hanna |

    1. Thank you, Hanna. These samples definitely perked my interest in Armani’s cosmetics.

      1. You’re welcome! xo

  6. These little samples look so cute!! I love that red on you! It looks amazing! <3 xo

    1. Thank you, Katie. I could totally see you in a red like this. 🙂

  7. what fun products! the red lipstick looks fab!

    1. Thanks Kelsey!

  8. All of these look gorgeous but WOW I love that Lip Maestro!! What a beautiful red!!

    1. I know! Isn’t it just so… 🙂

  9. Ok the samples you are able to get your hands on in Sephora are just amazing again wish we had that here boo! I love the liquid highlighter such a lovely glow from it & the red lippy is so pigmented, just a shame it doesn’t last. Sadly I wouldn’t be blown away by the mascara as I prefer having lots of volume x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. Yeah the perks really are great. Gotta love Sephora. I always debate whether to ship here based on how good a perk is because then I have to pay duty, lol. But most times I try to ship to a friend who brings the stuff for me. 🙂

  10. I haven’t tried any makeup from GA but I am tempted to get a foundation to start with 🙂 That lipstick shade is absolutely beautiful and looks stunning on you! xx

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. I’m really tempted to try GA foundations as well – which one are you thinking of?

  11. Haven’t tried any Armani makeup, but love that lip color on your. Plus those minis look so cute.

    Sam || Grow Your Blog Audience With These 3 SEO Tips

    1. Thank you! I think a red like this would flatter most. The formula is so pigmented!

  12. Out of the 3 I like the look of the lip color the most! Its so pretty red 🙂 Its really a great way to try a new brand x

    Pink Frenzy

    1. I agree, love when companies offer samples like this!

  13. Man, the Lip Maestro is pigmented! I’ve considered choosing this promo from Sephora, but I don’t think I’d really end up using the products. I prefer powder highlighters usually, I don’t wear red lip colors, and I have too many mini mascaras. But it did seem like on of the best promos they had offered in a long time.

    1. It was one of the best ones I’d seen in a while so I decided to take advantage. I haven’t used the highlighter that much to be honest though. I keep mini mascaras in my makeup bag cause I always end up doing some of my makeup in the car (no worries, I’m not the one driving). 🙂

  14. I love so much this products, especially the lip stick…it’s “Wow”!!!

      • Kimmy on August 17, 2015 at 11:21 am
      • Reply

      Thank, you Meggy. Are you a fan of Armani makeup?

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