Armani 201 Leather & 602 Vertigo Ecstasy Lacquer Review

Armani 602 Vertigo, 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

When it comes to high end makeup, you don’t always get what you pay for. In some cases, you’re shelling out extra bucks just for the fancy packaging and brand name. When I came across the new Armani Ecstasy Lacquers at Nordstrom for $40 a pop I started to wonder if the price was highway robbery just because they were Armani or if they were actually really good.

Spoiler alert: They’re really good!

Armani 602 Vertigo, 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

My wallet may still be cringing from the price tag but I can’t bring myself to feel one ounce of guilt. ‘Cause baby these stains deliver! The Armani Ecstasy Lacquers are like a gloss and stain all wrapped in one. I’m not typically a fan of stains but these beauties have become a staple this season because the formula is the bomb.

Upon application, the Ecstasy Lacquers feel like a plush gloss with a lightweight gel texture and loads of shine with a sweet grape scent. They’re a little sticky and tacky but still rather easy on the lips and comfortable to wear. And so long lasting! The Ecstasy Lacquers seemed to hold their juicy sheen for around 4-5 hours before fading into an intense budge-proof stain that’ll last you until the next morning.

Armani 602 Vertigo, 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

I grabbed 2 shades: 201 Leather, a warm coppery brown, and 602 Vertigo, a deep berry wine.  Both shades start off rather sheer with just one layer but are easily buildable to full coverage with 2-3 coats. I thought I would be head over heels for Vertigo but Leather has actually turned out to be my favorite of the two. It’s a little more pigmented so I don’t have to apply as much and the color is just so gorgeous.

To say I love my tiny Armani Ecstasy Lacquer collection would be an understatement. They’re hands down the best lip stains I’ve ever tried. Hell they’re the only lip stains I’ve ever liked — and that’s saying a lot. I know the $40 price tag is a lot to swallow but if you’re ever in the mood to indulge I recommend heading to your local Armani counter to check out one of the new Ecstasy Lacquers. I so want another one already!

Armani 602 Vertigo, 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

Armani 602 Vertigo & 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquers

Armani 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

Armani 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

Armani 602 Vertigo Ecstasy Lacquer

Armani 602 Vertigo Ecstasy Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Telluride Look

Armani 201 Leather Ecstasy Lacquer

Armani 602 Vertigo Ecstasy Lacquer

Armani 602 Vertigo Ecstasy Lacquer