Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup

I was happily browsing the internet when I read about the launch of Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. Suddenly the 'blogosphere' was alight with reviews of the new breakthrough "foundation".
Now started my mission to procure said "foundation". Nothing would stop me until I had this wunder product in my grubby little paws. This was no mean feat, but thanks to the wonders of the internet, a phone call to the Giorgio Armani counter at Selfridges (who did a telephonic colour match), a swatch session with The Beauty Professor (who has swatched all the colours), a speedy courier service, two weeks later I had Maestro Fusion makeup ready for application ( the lengths I go to....).

The effort was totally worthwhile!
The product is housed in a glass bottle with a dropper top. The product itself is a light, slick liquid almost like water. I drop a few drops into the palm of my hand and then smooth the product onto my face from the centre outwards with my fingers (I have used my Real techniques buffing brush but prefer fingers). This really is a unique product and feels like no other foundation or tinted moisturizer I have ever used. This product goes on like skin. What I mean by this, is that the product is almost imperceptible on your skin. It is your skin but better. I love my other foundation favourites, but this really seems like a new category of foundation - 'a complexion perfection' as described by Linda Cantello, International Make-up Artist for Giorgio Armani.

From L-R GA Maestro 5, 5 , Nars Sheer Matte in Sante Fe, Chantecaille Just Skin in Tan
I have tried a number of primers as I typically use a primer as I have oily skin. The best suited primer was actually the Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer which has a silicone texture and a lot of slip, and is usually my least favourite. Next in line was Nars Pro-Prime which worked quite well, by the end of a long day there was a glow. I have also tried Smashbox Photo finish hydrating primer, which is a good primer but did not work well under Maestro. I still am going to try my other favourite primers - Hyaluronic Face Glow by By Terry and Chantecaille Anti-glycation primer. It also wears well with no primer. Since I am oily I have powdered after finishing my makeup, but do not need to touch up as usual later in the morning. I am still trying various combinations and I think it will be personal preference for everyone on primers and powders.

Maestro Fusion makeup give a soft matte finish. It is hard to describe as you look natural, but all imperfections seem airbrushed away. I have managed to build this product for more coverage, yet the look is still invisible. Due to the volatile oils that evaporate throughout the day, my makeup remained fresh. I have had no reaction to the oils or alcohol listed in the ingredients. My skin is oily and can break out if a product is too rich.This is described as an ultra-fine pigment oil suited to all skin types. I can vouch for those with oily skins. It has a SPF of 15 which is a must in any foundation these days.

I love to wear this with my Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric in 1 for a lovely flushed look. Giorgio Armani have always looked ahead and created new formula's and technologies to keep us ladies looking our best. Another one of my favourites is their Face Fabric (I am #3). Maestro Fusion comes in 12 colours in the US and 9 worldwide. I am 5.5 which is a perfect match. This has both yellow and pink undertones. I am looking to get their new Maestro Concealer and am looking forward to their new Lip Maestro Color Zero and Lip Maestro Intense Velvet out in November.

Have you tried the new Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion makeup?

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