PRICE DETAILS: $62 for 1oz. $$$
PRESENTATION: Glass bottle with dropper. This gets a little messy.
SHADE: 6.5 | 12 shades available
KEY FEATURES: SPF 15. An ultra-fine oil-pigment suspension that perfects the complexion, instantly igniting skin’s natural luminosity. A water and powder-free base. (Giorgio Armani Beauty)
QUICK REVIEW: Offers a unique powder-like perfecting finish in a thin liquid formula. Semi-matte medium coverage that lasts about 6 hours without touch up. Not for silicone or sunscreen sensitive skin or for those who are acne-prone.
I’m always looking for a miracle in a bottle and while I have a few issues with the formulation of Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF 15, its genuinely close to magic. The consistency is unique and reminds me of airbrush foundation – watery but pigment rich. It has a chemical smell due to the extremely heavy amounts of silicone in the formulation, but dissipates quickly and isn’t an issue. The dropper will undoubtedly be an issue as it causes quite a mess – but is necessary due to the water-like fluid consistency.
The coverage is amazing. It literally just melts into your skin and disappears but takes any redness, blemishes, fine lines and pores with it. Even with my brand new adult acne (along with my rosacea and pigmentation issues), skin is left looking close to flawless. After a few minutes, the foundation warms up and also looks and feels like a second skin.
There are 12 shades (initial launch) ranging from #2 – #12 and a good balance of cool, neutral and warm undertones. Be sure to try samples of two shades before purchasing. I have medium/light tan skin with dominant yellow undertones and can get away with either #5.5 or #6.5 (more olive tan) and both look barely perceptible – but I would choose #5.5 since I’m typically lighter during the cooler months.
I’m quite concerned about the amount of silicone in Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation since products that have a silicone base tend to make me break out. Since I currently have my first encounter with adult acne (as if turning 40 wasn’t hard enough!) I will be closely monitoring if this makes me breakout more. If it doesn’t, I can easily say that Maestro is a must-try.
LEFT: Before. I’m experiencing adult acne for the first time due to hormonal changes. Its also at the end of a really humid day (I just removed my foundation with a cleansing cloth). RIGHT: After. This was a half hearted application with fingertips. considering how my skin looked in the BEFORE – I’d say it gives great coverage.
L’OREAL MAGIC NUDE LIQUID POWDER SPF 18 ($12.11 – This is Hawaii Walmart prices. Its probably less expensive in the continental US + wait for a coupon or sale and you can likely get it for under $10).
Armani 6.5 and L’Oreal Buff Beige are a close match – with the Buff Beige being a bit more yellow based.
FYI: Armani Beauty is a L’Oreal company. If you look at the ingredient lists below, many of the primary ingredients are IDENTICAL. The Armani list is a bit longer and is made in France (the L’Oreal version is made in the U.S.A.) – but otherwise, you can bet that the technology behind the formulas come from the same place.
I venture to say that I like the L’Oreal version a little better. It has less of a chemical smell than the Armani and at $50 less – I will forgive the awkward pour-out glass bottle. Otherwise, the formulas are indeterminately similar and if used in a blind test – you would not be able to tell them apart.
ARMANI MAESTRO FOUNDATION INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 3%. Inactive Ingredients: 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, Benzylsalicylate, 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 Cinnmai. [+/- May contain CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides]. (FIL B48256/5)
L’OREAL MAGIC NUDE LIQUID POWDER INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 3%. Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation is available at Armani counters and at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
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