Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup with SPF 15

Giorgio Armani’s new foundation, 8 years in the making, finally launched this past month. When I bumped into it at Bloomingdale’s, I really didn’t want to like  it. I was sure it would be overrated. But boy was I wrong.

To say that I’m impressed with this foundation would be a massive understatement! Not only is the weightless yet velvety application stunning, but the texture and finish is the future of cosmetics. Nothing else feels like this foundation. It has completely reinvented the wheel.

Maestro is the epitome of second skin. It’s super lightweight and flawlessly binds to the skin. With the absolute thinnest application of makeup, imperfections are covered beautifully for a luminous complexion. And the coverage is as buildable as you want it to be  with paradoxically no buildup (but always remember to blend well). As for the finish, the only words I can think of are satiny or luminous without taking any dimension away from your natural skin. No flat pasty look here. You must go grab a sample and see for yourself! You will be blown away by how this feels on. And if you can find the right color match, your skin will look better than ever but no one will know you’re wearing any makeup.

Now, I hate to ruin a glowing review with one drawback, but there is quite a bit of silicone in here, so beware/proceed with caution if you have an allergy to it.

Application tips from the Giorgio Armani site:

• 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

Fair Shades: #2, #3, #4
Medium Shades: #4.5, #5, #5.5, #6.5, #7, #8
Dark Shades: #10, #11.5

Active ingredient:

Octinoxate 3%

Inactive ingredients: cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, isododecane, alcohol denat., vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, phenyl trimethicone, acrylates/polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate copolymer, PEG-10 dimethicone, disteardimonium hectorite, fragrance, nelumbium speciosumflower extract, limonene, benzyl salicylate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, linalool, benzyl alcohol, propylene carbonate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, disodium stearoyl glutamate, water, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, aluminum hydroxide, hexyl cinnamal; may contain: iron oxides, titanium dioxide

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup with SPF 15

Available for $62 at:

Giorgio Armani Beauty