After being so impressed with Armani's Lasting Silk UV Foundation ( review ) last summer to the point where it has become my favourite foundation, I've been very curious about exploring the brand further. This has of course included trying more of the brand's foundation offerings. I've now tried almost all of them, but the one I will be reviewing first is the very popular Maestro Foundation. I see this mentioned a lot in Favourites Posts and pictured on Instagram, but it's still quite a peculiar and different foundation with it's dry oil base and dropper, so I figured the Maestro would be a good one to start with.
The Maestro Foundation comes in a sleek glass bottle, very similar to the other foundations in Armani's lineup. The difference is the dropper. This, no doubt, due to the very liquid and runny consistency of the foundation - where a pump would probably end up squirting product everywhere. The bottle holds the typical 30ml of product, and I've got the shade 4,5.
This foundation has a dry oil base, and was the first of it's kind. Since it's release there have been a few similar foundations released by other brands, but as far as I know this was the first heavily oil based foundation, at least mainstream. This needs to be shaken up in order to mix the product together before application. Much like Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua - or bi-phase eye makeup removers.
Maestro is basically dry oil with pigments, according Armani's website, and this means a few things. For one it gives the ability to apply an extremely thin layer that is almost invisible. It also helps smooth the skin out. One would assume this makes for a dewy finish - but surprisingly this is incredibly matte. It's actually the foundation I own with the most matte finish, and that includes Luminous Silk.
This is where I think this foundation can be a bit confusing to most people. A lot of people with oily skin are still "afraid" to use anything with oil. However, this would be perfect for them. This lasts all day, gives a matte finish whilst also keeping the skin incredibly matte.
Swatches L-F; NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Light 2 Alaska, Armani; Maestro Foundation in 4,5, Designer Lift in 4, Luminous Silk Foundation in 4 and Lasting Silk UV in 4,5.
The thing is though - a lot of people with oily skin, can tend to have more skin problems than, say people with dry skin. The only reason that becomes a problem, is the fact that this doesn't cover much of anything at all. That plus - unlike most of Armani's foundations, this doesn't layer well. I've found one thin layer gives a beautiful finish, but once you go in for a bit more coverage - while it looks fine, it certainly doesn't look natural. With more product on I feel it tends to emphasise pores and fine lines. Maestro will even out your skin tone, and give a nice texture and finish to the skin. But that's it, and that's all. It won't cover blemishes, or pigmentation marks, hide large pores completely, or scars. It will help some, but you will definitely need the help of a concealer if you've got something you really want to cover up.
Don't take that to mean I don't like it, though. Because I do - a lot. It's just a foundation that isn't perfect for any particular skin type, in my opinion. Now I don't have dry skin, or oily. I have normal dehydrated skin and I have mentioned before that I do get a blemish now and then. Sometimes even more than one, but on the overall my skin is pretty decent and "under control". When my skin is good, I love using this. I apply a thin layer and dab a bit of concealer on where I need it. This is the only way I recommend wearing it; a thin layer and then concealer where you need more. When worn like this you get the most natural looking foundation and it's beautiful. This combined with the staying power and the mattifying effect has made it one of my go-to "sunday foundations" during the hot summer months. I love grabbing this for a quick makeup look, when I'm going to just be spending the day walking around town with the boyfriend, or at lunch with friends or family - or any other activity really.
The reason I'm being so "harsh" with this foundation, is I don't want anyone to go out and buy it thinking it's anything other than what it is. Because if you do you'll be very disappointed. However, if you like the sound of the foundation I have just told you about - then you will really, really love it! This is perfect for anyone with good skin that doesn't need too much covering up, or anyone that doesn't really care to cover everything - the latter being me sometimes, I'll admit. Honestly, sometimes I don't really care if some of my pigmentation marks shine through - what's really the difference? I don't need to pretend like I'm perfect - it's ok we all have something. This feels like I'm wearing nothing on my face, lasts all day without me having to touch up and it looks like I'm wearing no foundation at all! If that's what you are after - then certainly do try this foundation - you will love it, just as I do!
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