I've been using this foundation for a few months and have held out on reviewing it until now because I wanted to test the product thoroughly. Armani's Maestro foundation is different from all others as it uses a Maestro-Fil fusion technology that adapts to the tones and textures inherent within the skin to produce a tailor made coverage. There is no water in the foundation, just five different oils which evaporate on the skin, producing a 'featherlight' and even layer of coverage. It has an SPF 15 which appeals to me as I'm a big advocate of the more suncream the better. Finally, it's a matte foundation that is specifically targeted for combination or oily skin, which is perfect for me as my skin is quite oily.
I've been using shade number 5 which is a great match for my skin tone. My initial impression when I got this foundation was one of surprise as it comes with a pipette! So, to apply it, I squirt a little foundation on the back of my hand, then put my brush in it and sweep it over my face. The second thing I noticed about this foundation was its watery consistency. This is a bit strange and takes a little getting used to, and initially I was worried that the coverage would be too light on my skin. It’s not though; although the coverage is quite light- too light almost- when you first put it on, it dries heavier which is good, providing a light-medium coverage which can be easily built upon where necessary. It’s like you need to let it dry/ sink in for it to be slightly heavier. I always apply loose powder after it (sweeping it across my face with a big brush) as this sets the foundation, ensuring that it stays on much longer (I would really recommend the Armani loose powder- review here).With the loose powder on top (and Benefit's Porefessional primer underneath) the foundation's staying power is very impressive, it lasts all day and night with no patches- a miracle with my oily skin!
I've always been wary of getting light foundations as I was scared that it wouldn't cover my spots or my skin up very well, but this one really is brillaint. The level of coverage is fine, it does conceal my spots and blemishes, ensuring that my skin is an even tone. It stays on all day, and does not clog in places such as the side of your nose like other foundations can do after a few hours. I love that it is especially formulated for oily or problematic skin; it's perfect for me.
Has anyone else tried this foundation? What do you think?
Price: £38 (Available to buy at Selfridges or online at Selfridges, John Lewis or House of Fraser's websites).