Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 0

A second skin foundation

For every day of February, I'll be reviewing a different complexion product.

Day 3.2: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Level of coverage

Light to medium, I find this better for blurring out any uneven skintone rather than covering it altogether.


This is designed to mimic the natural consistency of the skin, so the finish is matte but not flat or cakey. I can’t stand anything matte but I will happily wear this. Think more velvet than matte.


Longevity is where Maestro really stands out. After a long day you’ll look just as made up as in the morning, and depending on your skin type you may not even have to touch up with powder.

Techniques that you might need to know

Maestro is especially runny, perhaps the runniest foundation I have tried. This is why it dries to such a lovely, lightweight finish and feels almost undetectable on the skin. It comes with a pipette dispenser and Armani themselves recommend 3 drops per application, but I’d recommend to use about half of the pipette and it really melts into the skin. Pour and apply it bit by bit so that it doesn’t spill all over your hands.

You’ll like this if…  

– you don’t want to feel any foundation on your skin

–you want a natural looking base, a second-skin finish

–you want something matte that doesn’t look or feel dry

Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation

Avoid if…

Take care to prep the skin before using this if you have any dryness. Illamasqua Hydra Veil is also water based and absorbs quickly, working well with the lightweight formula of Maestro.

Products that work well with this 

If you prefer to apply your foundation with a brush, the Armani foundation brush is quite small, meaning that you can work with the runny formula in small sections.

Everything else I need to tell you

Maestro is one of those foundations where a little goes a long way. I know £40 is an investment, but you won’t get through this half as quickly as normal foundations. This is especially flattering on a more mature skin, giving a luminous finish without accentuating or sitting into any fine lines.

If I had to describe this foundation in one sentence…

One of the only matte foundations I will gladly tolerate, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro is the ultimate in elegant no-make-up make-up.

Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation costs £40 and is available nationwide.

More from Day 3 of #FoundationFebruary:

– Day 3: Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation Review

– Day 3.1: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review

To read more of my foundation reviews, see the full #FoundationFebruary list HERE.

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