Armani | Rouge d'Armani Matte Lipstick 400

April 17, 2019


Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch

Last fall, I bought three red lipsticks with full coverage. They all come in gorgeous colors with nice quality (you can read my thoughts on the other two, here & here), but Armani Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 is my favorite by far. This is such a beauty with a formidable presence.  I can't say this particular shade exudes spring per se, but I am still loving it. 



Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch
The red and black case with a matte finish is uber chic and very "Armani", I have to say. It is magnetic just like other Armani lipstick cases and gives that satisfying click every time. 


Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch
The lipstick bullet is also embossed with the Armani logo.


The color, 400 (Four Hundred) is an iconic shade and offered in various Armani lip formulations such as Lip Magnet and Rouge Ecstasy, but I am almost sure this amazing color looks its best in the Rouge Matte formula.

Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 swatch

400 is a deeper red with a tinge of brown but surprisingly maintains its clarity without leaning warm. Most red lip colors with brown undertones look alien and aging on me, but 400 does not. I suspect 400 is one of those rare reds that look great on all skin tones.


Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 vs MAC Ruby Woo swatch
A quick comparison with MAC Ruby Woo


Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch
A full-color lip swatch (but made with single swipes)

Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch
When blotted, the cool tone is more pronounced and it becomes real-life friendly.


I would have bought it just for the color even if the formulation was terrible, BUT this is probably the best matte lipstick that I own (I hear Pat McGrath MatteTrance is pretty awesome but I wouldn't know - it's just that her lipstick case is not my thing no matter how great the bullet inside is. Has anyone tried both?). It feels velvety and practically glides on without being slippery. Comfortable and long-lasting, too. 


Here are a few overall looks with Rouge d'Armani Matte 400.

Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch

Rouge d'Armani Matte 400 review swatch


I would highly recommend Rouge d'Armani Matte in 400 ($38) if you're looking for a chic power red lipstick with excellent quality. I myself want to try a different shade from the Rouge Matte range or the same color in a different formula (you know, for research purposes). 


Thanks for reading. Wish you a nice rest of the week!




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  1. Ohhhh. I don't wear matte but this particular shade looks so good...I need to see how much of a brown bit it has.

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    1. I am still not entirely sure if this color was deepened by brown or some kind of merlot, but it does look neutral/cool without being too much. Let me know how you like the color! :)

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  2. I can't stand anything matte bu the wear on this sounds lovely and it really is a gorgeous shade of red. Reds with brown undertones are the only ones that work on me and they used to be impossible to find. I'm using one by Sulwhasoo now. Can't wait to see you on Monday ^_^

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    1. It was so much fun yesterday! We really should do this more often. ;D I look forward to going to grocery shopping and lunch with you soon. (Btw, the lipstick you're wearing was very pretty. I wonder it's Sulwhasoon? ;p)

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  3. The shade is super pretty swetheart~
    Cute review
    xx

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  4. That looks like a gorgeous wearable red on you! I had tried to comment here with a funny Armanis red lipstick story but I think something went wrong...

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    1. Thanks! I have to say it CAN be very intense because it's super pigmented, but it's easy to tone it down. :)

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  5. Ah it worked this time! Here's my funny story: once I was at an Armani counter trying to buy a natural looking lipstick. A nearly nude lets say. The SA kept on insisting on making me try this crazy red colour insisting it would look natural. After so much insisting I gave up thinking ok maybe it would be very sheer or something. noooo, it was shocking opaque while shiny, bright red that clashed against my skin tone. The most "unnatural" colour ever on me hahaha. Needless to say she didn't end up selling it to me...

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    1. I'm glad the comment system worked this time! I think it might be due to the recent killing of Google plus? I myself had to switch something on although I have been on google all this time. It sounds like the lipstick formula was Rouge ecstasy or something. That range can be intense and shiny at the same time (and scented). Armani does excellent nudes so don't let this experience deter you from their lipsticks. The 500 (Fatale) from this range looks fantastic!

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  6. Oh I can comment now too! Hmm, something really weird happened where I couldn't comment on Blogger blogs unless they did NOT have embedded comments. Anyway Chrome works as well!
    So as usual I love your makeup reviews. A good red is a must and this really is a beautiful color on you. I never tried Ruby Woo too and feel like I may gravitate towards the slightly brighter color. This one looks a bit more serene though - oh decisions!

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    1. Sorry to hear the comment system was wonky! I am sure it was due to the recent google+ kill (RIP). Ruby Woo is still the ultimate red for me despite of the drying formula, but Armani does offer brighter reds. You might want to try 402 in the same formula - 402 is very pretty and youthful at the same time. :)

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