As a somewhat novice when it comes to lipstick (no exaggeration — I bought my first tube about eight months ago), I’m still having difficulties finding the perfect formula for me. It’s particularly tough because I like a matte lip, but formulas are typically too dry for me and make my lips look flaky. So when I found out about the new Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy lipstick line, I was more than intrigued.
Armani is marketing the line as the first “CC” lipstick, and since I’ve found myself skeptical of double-lettered marketing ploys, I was a little hesitant about the new line. The CC stands for “Color & Care” because it feels like a soothing and reparative lip balm that also provides beautifully pigmented, vibrant color at the same time.
An ingredients list for the Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy line, which contains 36 shades of purples, reds, and pinks, was hard to come by; an article by Luxury Daily hinted at a “secret melting complex” that contained Armani’s regenerative 3.R serum complex, which consists of linseed extract, Pro-Xylane, and vitamin CP. Read on to find out if these ingredients will help keep your lips smooth and hydrated.
You might recognize linseed by its other name – flaxseed, which is a good source of antioxidants and photoestrogens (The Mayo Clinic). More notable, however, is the level of fatty acids found within the plant. It contains omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids, both of which have been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and possibly even collagen-boosting properties (University of Maryland Medical Center, Journal of Cellular Physiology).
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Of course, consuming fatty acids is more beneficial than topical application to your skin (University of Maryland Medical Center, Journal of Cellular Physiology), and oral consumption of flaxseed supplements has been shown to improve skin barrier function and reduce skin sensitivity (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology). There’s not much research regarding the extract’s topical application, so it’s difficult to say how well this would perform in the lipstick.
Also know as C-Xyloside, this patented compound was originally developed by Lancome in 2006 for its restorative properties. Pro-xylane induces synthesis of matrix proteins, like glycosamingoglycans and heparin sulfate proteoglycans, to restore the integrity of the dermal-epidermal junction (DEJ) (European Journal of Dermatology). The proteoglycans are responsible for absorbing water to make the extracellular matrix (ECM) more gel-like, thus increasing the firmness of cells and, of course, the skin. In theory, this is going to give the lipstick more hydrating and firming capabilities than other lipsticks.
I’m not entirely sure what “Vitamin CP” is since I can’t find an ingredients list, and I’m basing my research off of the Giorgio Armani Regenessence 3.R Youth Regenerator Serum. My internet sleuthing brought me to The Daily Med, so I’m going to suggest that this is a combination of vitamin C and panthenol.
If you’re unfamiliar with vitamin C, you shouldn’t be; it’s one of my favorite antioxidants, and for good reason. It protects against UVA radiation, which is the deep-penetrating kind that causes DNA damage and signs of aging; stabilizes free radicals by donating electrons; reduces the appearance of age spots; and stimulates collagen production to give you firmer skin with prolonged use.
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Panthenol, on the other hand, is a great humectant moisturizer because it draws in water from the surrounding environment to hydrate your skin (International Journal of Cosmetic Science). Additionally, it’s helpful in wound healing because it increases the production of cell fibroblasts (Drug & Cosmetic Industry). Vitamin C is best paired with vitamin E, but the point remains that these are two great ingredients that will help keep your lips healthy and hydrated.
Based off of the ingredients alone, it seems as though the Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy will be pretty great in terms of hydration and lip-firming, so it should stand up to the second C of “Color & Care.” Despite my lack of access to the lipstick at the moment (it’s not in stores around here quite yet), the Rouge Ecstasy line seems promising, even in the type of colors available. Looks like I’ve got my eyes on Pop until it comes to a store near me.