I’ve been worshiping at the altar of Giorgio Armani Beauty since I was a teen, and pretty much graduated to being a lifelong disciple once its Luminous Silk Foundation first came into contact with my unworthy face earlier this year. You can bet your bottom dollar I almost died of excitement, then, when its Ecstasy Shine Lip Cream came knocking on our office door. The lil’ beauty lies at the intersection of my two favourite things: everything Giorgio Armani (beauty and fashion-wise) and lip creams. A silly season dream come true!

As I recently divulged, despite my undying love of lip colour and gloss, my never-not-dry lips just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to providing an adequate canvas for most options on the market. Luckily for dry lips everywhere (mine included), Ecstasy Shine adds moisture, colour, and shine. Is it even real? Unbelievably, yes!

Matte lipsticks have a time and a place, but certainly not over a round of Aperol Spritzes with your best girlfriends on a balmy Friday night. This kind of night call for something a little more daring—say, a lip cream that will make you shine bright like the true diamond you are. Enter: Ecstasy Shine. The luminous, vibrant cream will brighten up even the most party-fatigued of faces, and ticks all the boxes when it comes to longevity. Never again will you see your lipstick smeared around the rim of your cocktail glass. Hoorah!

If you have a stacked social calendar, now is the best time to invest in a quality lip colour (or, for the selfless among us, gift one to a friend for Christmas). Nothing will tszuj up your The Row LBD quite like a saucy lip. Go on—treat yo’ self here.

Photography, Sarah Adamson.