To Love Or To Hate? A Review In Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF15

Since September last year, I’ve been reading mixed reviews of the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. The science behind it is such a wow factor. It is said to be a game-changer, a description very often used. Naturally, it sparked curiosity in me. There is no Giorgio Armani in this country, and I hate to buy foundations without proper testing on my skin. Let’s face it. This Maestro Foundation is anything but cheap. As luck would have it, I headed to Singapore for a short holiday. Off to DFS Galleria I went, and tested out what seems to me like a bewitching mystery.

There are already many write ups about the science behind this project, and I find Charleston Girl’s explanation to be the most detailed. Head on over there to read it if you’re interested. I have been using this quite regularly since I got it mid December last year, and I’m happy to share my findings with you. Before I start, let me get this straight. This is a light to, at best, medium coverage foundation. I cover spots using concealer, and I think I’ve edited this post more than 10 times. Why is it so difficult to write about this foundation? Or ‘not’ foundation, since the brand seems to advertise this as complexion corrector instead of a foundation….

 

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup

 

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup comes in a hefty glass bottle without a pump. You get a dropper, and that reminds me of my serums. Maybe the brand wants to project how different this foundation is by changing your first impression, which is the packaging. The dropper has a snug fit with the bottle opening, and I find it easier and less messy to twist it as you place it back, if you know what I mean. If you’re not careful, there is a lot of transfer from the dropper to the mouth of the bottle. Actually, I find that there always will be transfer, no matter how careful you are. I wiped the mouth clean, closed the lid ever so carefully, twisted it shut tightly, and shook the bottle. Once I opened it, the transfer is there. I don’t even know why I did that, but I guess I’m just weird or anal, whatever you like to call it.

 

GA Maestro Fusion Makeup

 

This foundation is likened to dry oil, and I can’t disagree. However, when you note the ingredients list, the top most is Dimethicone, the fourth being Alcohol Denat. If you’re allergic to either of these ingredients, I don’t even know if it’s worth trying out this SGD100 foundation. My skin is not allergic to any of these two, so I’m OK with it. I went to the only Giorgio Armani counter in Singapore, and was greeted by great customer service. I had 2 shades that matched my under tone to choose from, numbers 2 and 4. Number 4 actually matches my skin very well, but there’s a certain dullness to it. Number 2 goes on fairer than my skin, but after a few minutes, the foundation transforms and matches my skin. It corrects my skin’s sallowness, so I went ahead and purchased this.

This Fusion Makeup is different from any foundation I have personally tried. One little drop can cover nearly half my face. It’s like it spreads and blends itself. As Kate from Drivel About Frivol put it, I honestly think you could load this stuff into Homer Simpson’s makeup gun, shoot yourself, and get a perfect finish. I still laugh every time I read this sentence. Haha!

 

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Ingredients

 

Once it is absorbed into skin, it disappears, transforming my skin into something better. It is so difficult for me to explain, because it is definitely something you have to feel for yourself. I don’t look like I wear any foundation when I put this on. Imperfections such as blemishes and freckles are blurred but my skin looks smoother, finer and more even. Dark circles are reduced in appearance, and this foundation doesn’t oxidize. In fact, can I say that I look better 2 hours after I put it on? I don’t feel the need to set this with powder nor do I need to blot excessively. I tried packing it on, just to see if the coverage is buildable and…. it’s not. No matter how hard I try, it won’t cover any darker marks. Only redness and minor blemishes. My skin also looks like it is naturally glowy and flushed. I find that my skin tone is corrected, from sallow to bright.

I’m not sure if this is suitable for dry skin as it emphasizes flakes. If your nose is flaky, be prepared to look even flakier. The lasting power of this foundation is fantastic. It wore the whole day on me! I was sweating, weather was humid and I was running around at Universal Studios, and yet, at the end of the evening, my skin still looked good. There is one mystery though. After I applied the GA Maestro foundation with my fingers, my fingers still looked clean. When I apply my liquid foundations with my fingers, I have to wipe off excess with tissue, but this… there is none to wipe.

My question is this: Is the Maestro foundation so blardy sheer that it doesn’t even appear on my skin, or did it set into my skin so well that there’s not much left sitting on the surface? How do you explain my skin looking better after application, and many hours after that? Is it because I’m such a skeptic that I just can’t believe the truth behind the science? You tell me.

Below is the obligatory before after comparison. See how my face is shinier BEFORE foundation? The redness on my nose (sorry guys, I had a bad case of allergy when I took this shot) disappeared, and a few marks here and there disappeared too. If I use concealer after the foundation, I do set it with Chanel loose powder. If not, I’d just leave it be. I don’t think you can see it in the shrunk pictures below, but the dry bits on my nose is emphasized. So, what I did was to run my finger along the dry bits to blend it out, then set with powder.

 

GA Maestro before after

 

OK, I think this is by far my longest review. Have you tried this? Did it work for you? If you haven’t tried it yet, aren’t you curious? Honestly, I like it. I like that it makes me look like I have better skin without makeup. After using this so regularly, other foundations feel so much thicker. However, on days when I want a little more coverage, this is definitely NOT my pick.

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Chris @ My Fashion Trendencies

    I tried this and it didn’t work for me because it enhance the flaky dry spots on my face. It’s too bad because I really like the texture of this foundation.

    • You’re right Chris. It does emphasize flaky bits, like what it did to my nose. In a way, it’s good news because your wallet thanks you 🙂 Hahahah!!

  • You’re making me even more curious! I want to try this out myself, but it’s so expensive :/

    • I hope you can de-code the tissue mystery, Larie… Please professor Larie, could you do your science magic on this? Do you want me to send you a sample?

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Yup. Didn’t work for me at all. My skin is dry and did not like it. Every flake was visible. BUT the concealer I LOVE. I can use that on spots all over my face and I’m good to go. Nothing else. So weird that the concealer works yet the foundation doesn’t.

    • Now you got me even more intrigued with the concealer. I wanted to test this out first… then concealer later (still have a few to go through). It’s definitely on my next purchase list 🙂

  • Lovely review! When I dropped this on my hand it was definitely something I’ve never experienced before. It absorbed, which was definitely intriguing, I love how it appears that your not wearing makeuo at all. A I just actually picked up a sample. I’m definitely concerned for my dry bits 🙂

    • Ah, the dry bits problem. I read somewhere that it helps if you moisturize WELL before this foundation. Maybe you can try that with your sample? Do let me know how it goes!!

  • This is a beautiful looking foundation 🙂 It looks more of a skincare product than an actual foundation. I’m def very curious to try this!

    • Hi Rainy Days & Lattes, thanks for stopping by 🙂 It is beautiful if you don’t have flaky skin, and it does look like serum, doesn’t it? If you do try it, I’d love to read what you think!

  • Ok that is seriously amazing stuff. I NEED this immediately! I was supposed to go and buy a bottle months and months ago but I kept putting it off and putting it off (because the closest counter is 25 mins. away and I am VERY lazy :P) and then got busy with the holidays, etc. I am definitely going to get a bottle this weekend though. I hope I get a good results as you–I feel like I am much oilier though so I’m still a bit skeptical :/

    • You should get a sample first, Becca. I hope it works well on you… and I think it might work better on oilier skin than dry skin.

  • Claire

    loved your review! I spotted lots of mixed thoughts on this foundation, as for me, I still don’t know, if I like it or not, lol. I have super dry skin and if I haven’t moisturized my skin very well, it will acentuate my dry patches. I really like armani foundations though, but this particular one is just confusing, one day it works perfectly the other it will make me look like a rotten tofu, lol.

    • LOL at rotten tofu. Hahahah! Yeah, I do skip this foundation when my skin is dry and flaky. That’s why I found it so darned difficult to write this review. I kept on delaying it. It’s been sitting in my drafts for the longest possible time, and I think it’s also the wordiest. Hahaha

      • Claire

        I totally understand, sometimes it is so hard to write a review, especially, when a product is good and bad at once, lol.

        • I know right? It was a mind workout!

  • Charlotte

    I just got this foundation during my recent visit to Singapore! Haven’t try it out yet (but I can’t wait!) as I am currently playing around with Chanel’s CC cream 🙂

    • Oh, how do you find the CC cream? I didn’t pick up the sample because their Spring collection wasn’t exactly interesting, so I passed. Let me know how the GA Maestro foundie works on you. I’m curious 🙂

      • Charlotte

        Been trying the CC cream for a little over a week now, and the performance has been fairly consistent. Overall, I’d say its a great product! This CC cream has replaced Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua as my everyday foundation, mainly because the former has better coverage (not overly dewy or matte, just very natural), longer lasting and no powder is required to set it. I’m also loving the faintly fresh fruity scent of it 😀

        The only downside I find is that the CC cream gives a more natural finish when applied with brush, rather than fingers. As a result, I have to spot clean my foundation brush daily 🙁 (I’m a freak like that, don’t judge).

        Bottomline is, I’m really happy with this new product of Chanel <3 You should try it too if your skintone matches with Chanel's B20!

        • Thanks for the brief write up! I’ll definitely give it a go when I have a chance 🙂

  • I liked this in summer/early autumn, but I haven’t taken it out since the weather got colder (sticking to Guerlain Parure de Lumiere). I was also amazed that I only needed a very light dusting of powder on my T-zone, and the rest of my face would just be OK throughout the day.

    • You’re right. Just a light dusting of powder will do. Actually, there are some days when I don’t even powder. It’s pretty good 🙂

  • Nida

    tried it at sephora in Klcc and purchased it from Sephora in Dubai. I love the coverage it gives and it keeps my shiny nose matte.

    • Hi Nida, GA is not available in Malaysia though. Which foundation did you try? Ah Dubai, I want to visit one day!

      • Nida

        but I saw GA in Klcc’s Sephora may be I am mistaken.. I must have tried something else… and Sephora in Dubai was more reasonably priced than Malaysia.

        • There are so many places I haven’t been. Other than Dubai, I’d like to visit Egypt, and certain parts of Europe 🙂 But first, I want to visit Asian countries first!

          • Nida

            You are more than welcome to visit Pakistan.

  • I wasn’t impressed at first but using this the right way made me change about it. It’s definitely a bit different than the average foundation, it feels different on the skin I guess. I love how well it works on you Lily! The redness is just gone!

    • I know right? Covers redness very well. If only it didn’t emphasize dry bits….

  • Jennifer

    Looks good on you…gives a matte yet brightening finishing, if that makes sense 🙂 Interesting dropper packaging too. Game changer 😉

    • Thanks Jennifer. It’s different for sure. You should try it 🙂

  • liyeun

    Yes, I sometimes get lovely finish out of using this but not when my skin is dry… anyway how did u know whether no. 2 or 4 is rite for u? When I went to Sg, two promoters immediately decided im no.4. However, after reading your review on dior foundie, im confused becoz im using 010 in dior’s foundation….

    • That’s the thing. I was told that number 4 is their best selling shade because it matches nearly everyone. However, when I tested it, my skin looked dull. Number 3 is a little too pink, so number 2 was to go, even though it goes on a bit lighter initially. Matches my skin very well after a few minutes. Many SAs just assume number 4 suits everyone. I was lucky the one who attended to me was very helpful and patient. If she insisted I took number 4, I would’ve left huffed and empty handed for sure.

  • I’ve only tested this on my hand but I have a feeling it may be better for someone with oilier or better or less lined skin than mine because I found it settled into lines and what you said about flaky skin make me pause. I was quite excited about it initially but not anymore. I’m quite sure its not working for me. I, on the other hand am quite intrigued to try cream foundations soon! That should be fun 😀

    • Cream foundations! I hope they’re in line with this new generation of foundations – cream and heavy on the arm, but feels weightless on the face. That would be awesome 😀

  • Liz

    This foundation scares me! LOL

    I’m pretty sure that it’s not suitable for me, but your before/after/after after pics are fascinating. Armani Silk Luminous oxidizes horribly on me so I’ve been staying away from their foundations and I like the result to be immediate. I enjoyed reading your journey through the confusion, lol!

    • Glad you enjoyed the painstaking confused journey. LOLOL!! I haven’t tried any other Armani foundations…hate it when they oxidize… and just going off tangent, Tracy has been raving about the Maestro Concealer. I like this Maestro foundation and will just give the concealer a go.