Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation: my review
Today’s post is my review about Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. This is the most recent add to Giorgio Armani‘s liquid foundations’ range. When it was launched almost everyone was talking about it, because of its revolutionary concept.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation is not a traditional liquid foundation but it’s described as a complexion perfector.
This is what’s stated by Giorgio Armani company:
A formula that is easy to apply with unified distribution, and covers imperfections. An ultra-fine oil-pigment suspension that perfects the complexion, instantly igniting skin’s natural luminosity. A water and powder-free base.
An unforgettable and unique texture created by patented Fusion Technology. The Fusion makeup technology delivers the thinnest color film that blends perfectly and corrects skin imperfections without buildup.
• Shake the bottle and put three drops in the palm of your hand.
• In rapid and fluid movements, spread the foundation out from the center of face to the edges. Make sure to concentrate the application in the center of the face where most imperfections are found.
• Blend from the center of forehead to the temples, from the nose, across the cheeks towards the ears, and then from the chin, up along the jaw line
I’ve never tried a foundation similar to Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation before. Its texture is a sort of dry oil which feels nothing on skin. It melts immediately into your skin leaving a velvety feeling. I can really feel the silicones in it: these are the oils described. These oils – or silicones – won’t leave your skin oily, though. I’d describe the finish as a luminous velvet. Texture is really running so I really love the packaging: a super classy glass bottle with a handy dropper.
It is lightweight and feels like nothing on skin but I find that it covers well all my imperfections and little blemishes. Of course, I need some more than three drops recommended but still a little goes a long way. It is also suggested to use your hands to apply it but doing so you’ll a get a really light coverage. I love to use Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or Louise Young Super Foundation Brush LY34 with Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation: they deliver a good coverage and a flawless result.
Despite the fact it contains a lot of silicones it doesn’t break me out at all and I have acne prone skin but be aware if your skin is sensitive to silicones. It doesn’t clog my pores either.
This is complete ingredient list:
Active: Octinoxate 3% Other: Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Nelumbium Speciosum Extract/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Limonene, Synthetic Fluorphelogopite, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Propylene Carbonate, Caprilyic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum / Fragrance, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil / Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Aqua / Water, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
The most strange thing about Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation is that it evolves during the day. At first it might look not so great, you have to wait some minutes before it sets. But even after that it continues to adjust to your skin, enhancing your luminosity. I’ve never seen something like this! So, lasting power is something exceptional: at the end of the day, after more than 10 hour, your foundation is still on and luminous.
Nevertheless, Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation is not for everyone. I have a combination skin and I find it just perfect for normal to combination skin. It may result too shiny for oily skins and too dry for drier skin marking all dry areas. But if you have a normal – not too dry nor too oily skin – you’ll love it for sure.
Colour range is really great, there are a lot of well balanced undertones. My shade is n°3 (peach undertone) which is strangely a tiny bit lighter than Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk n°2 but on my skin they’re both great matches. It has a strong alchohol scent but it disappear when you apply it. It does have SPF15 so it’s not suitable for flash photography even if I think it photographs well.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation is insanely pricey but if you can get it with a discount it is worth every cent. There is a rumor that L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint is a dupe for Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. Since I also own that one I’ll make a comparison between the two to find out if they’re really dupe, stay tuned!