Friday, 9 May 2014

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

I can't resist an Armani foundation - they're expensive, but generally perform well with innovative formulae and finishes, and have a shade range which contains a perfect match for my skin.  I'd been hankering after their latest release, Maestro, for some time, and recently took the plunge, picking up shade 3 which is a great match for pale, cool toned skin.

The texture is very fluid, to the extent that you dispense it using a little pipette.  This, of course, makes it feel all sciencey (technical term) and high tech, which means it's got to be good, right?

It promises a feather light luminous matte finish, and a customisable level of cover.  Thanks to the super-fluid texture, it also promises to spread easily across the skin.  And yes, indeed, it does - it's hard to describe the texture, but it's almost like a fluid powder.  It has that silky feeling which indicates a formula with silicone in it, and as you blend, it transforms from a liquid to a powder finish.  In many respects, it's kind of like a fluid version of Armani's Face Fabric, a cream/powder sheer foundation I'm pretty fond of.

A couple of drops provides a very natural sheer coverage which perfects the skin and leaves it matte but still bright and glowing.  I've tried layering it up and it can be built up to a more medium coverage, but I think it works best as a subtle perfecting foundation.  If your skin is acne scarred or prone to blemishes, you might want something with more built in coverage, but if you're typically worried about uneven tone and dullness, Maestro could be a great choice for you.

At a staggering £39, it's one expensive foundation - but that beautiful finish is worth it for me, and I'm very pleased I took the plunge.  Find it at Selfridges.

Disclosure:  Purchased by me after a long lusting period.  

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