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 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.
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!
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.
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.