Review: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation Review

I’ve been rather tardy in getting around to reviewing this foundation from Giorgio Armani. In fact, it has probably been reviewed to death all over the internet by now and you’re sick of hearing about it – if that’s the case then I do apologise. I’m late to the party, but I like to think…fashionably late. And also, late for a reason, because I do like to give things quite a thorough testing before I put pen to paper about it, especially if it’s something with a new or unusual formula. And Giorgio Armani’s Maestro makeup is certainly new and unusual; no water in the formula, but five different oils that evaporate, leaving the fine pigment veiled over the skin. It’s so fluid that you need to dispense it drop-by-drop from a teat pipette and quickly smooth it over the skin. If you usually depend on your foundation to give you that final layer of creamy, moisturising product, then you’ll no doubt find the texture of the Maestro incredibly strange.

It’s pretty amazing, though, how this “fusion makeup” manages to achieve such good coverage with a beautifully natural finish. This is truly invisible makeup that is hardly detectable at all, even when I zoom right in with my camera. Here’s a before and after picture – top is the before photo, but I hope you’ll be able to tell that. Bottom is the after, with Maestro applied with fingertips.

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You can still see a few marks and patches coming through, so it’s not the most comprehensive of coverages, but it does pretty bloody well. The makeup is also buildable, and I only used one very, very thin layer here. It would be easy to create a heavier coverage in places that needed it. The staying-power was incredible, too – my face looked almost exactly the same after about twelve hours. No slippage, no patchiness and I didn’t need to powder or reapply. The Maestro works very well on my combination skin – the finish is quite matte, though not at all powdery or cakey looking. I’d be interested to know how it fares on very dry skin – please do leave a comment below if you have any feedback at all.

My verdict? Excellent. I love it when brands really develop something genuinely good, something that’s not just jumping on a bandwagon or re-inventing the wheel. Something that adds value (in this case, it’s that the makeup is light as a feather yet still gives a perfect veil of colour) and raises the beauty bar for all of the other brands. Maestro Fusion Makeup isn’t my all-time favourite foundation, but it’s definitely up there with the very best. The more I use it, the more I love it – I just find it hard to get my head around the featherlight, almost surreal, texture. It just glides on and then…works! You can’t feel it, you can’t see it, but it’s there, perfecting away.

Maestro Fusion Makeup costs £38 but you need to use far less of it than you would of a regular foundation. I can’t tell you how long a bottle would last as I’ve barely made a dent in mine! You can find it at – probably best to test it on counter to match your shade.

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  1. Sarah
    March 8, 2013 / 6:36 am

    Hi Ruth,
    In one of your youtube videos you mentioned that you attended university and that you are now attending grad school. When you have to travel for work such as fashion week, does that interfere with school? How do you manage your time working and going to school?

    btw: love your videos!

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:02 pm

      Not really, as I opted to do it over two years instead of one. I don’t have any teaching time this year. x

  2. Megan
    March 8, 2013 / 7:04 am

    Hi Ruth, it has to be asked! What is your favourite foundation?

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:02 pm

      By Terry Cover Expert or Sheer Expert. Closely followed by Dior Nude, Dior forever and YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat!

      • A
        March 13, 2013 / 2:06 pm

        Hi Ruth,

        How do you think the By Terry products compare to the Omorovicza bb and enhancer? I’ve been playing around with both and can’t decide lol

  3. Meg
    March 8, 2013 / 7:50 am

    Hi Ruth, what shade did you try?

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:03 pm

      Oh yes! Sorry. 4.5 x

  4. Shelley
    March 8, 2013 / 9:08 am

    I have normal to dry skin, and this looked terrible on my dry patches, even when I used a rich moisturiser. If anything it made the dry patches more noticeable because the pigment clung to the flakes – lovely mental image! Also the silicones made me breakout, my skin cannot handle any cones. But I’ve got to admit the foundation looked great on the good bits of my skin.

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:05 pm

      Oh dear, mixed bag then! x

  5. Caitlin
    March 8, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Hey Ruth, I really like this foundation as well. The one problem I found is if there is any dry patch at all on the skin(which is common in winter) the foundation catches on those. So thats my only problem with it. It will be interesting to see in the spring/summer how it works!

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:05 pm

      Good to know, thank you x

  6. Helen
    March 8, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    WOW, Ruth, you look so good!! Just a quick question though, how does this one fare compared to the Givenchy Matte one, which you reviewed a while ago? I have combination skin and I’m seriously considering a good foundation for spring/summer as I’m prone to getting more oily during that time. I hope you can help! Thank you very much xx

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:05 pm

      I don’t think that they are really comparable as this one is SO light, but I think that this would be ideal for SS. The Givenchy has more coverage…it depends whether you like the conventional foundation application techniques or if you’re happy to try something new! x

      • Helen
        March 11, 2013 / 10:12 pm

        Thanks for the reply! I think, with your helpful reply, I’ll go to for the Givenchy one as I tend to like my foundations with a bit more coverage (I’m prone to breakouts in spring/summer, so a little more coverage for my spots never hurts!) and stays put all day. Thanks again for your help! xx

  7. leetal tusia
    March 8, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    do the silicones irritate your skin at all or cause it to break out? i seem to have similar skin to yours and i just recently got in better shape… i’m nervous about it because i don’t want it to get congested.

    also, i hear this is not good for dry patches because it emphasizes it. also, cafe makeup did a review on the concealer version so you should try it out!

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:02 pm

      Yes, I’ve heard that about dry patches! It doesn’t irritate me, though, not at all. x

  8. March 9, 2013 / 3:36 am

    I thought it was excellent too, I’m very impressed by how “watery” it is; in the press event I went to here in Singapore they said it is the lightest foundation on the market today. One thing I dont really like is the price – here it’s $100 for a bottle!

    x Renee

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:04 pm

      WHOA! x

  9. Jen
    March 9, 2013 / 3:48 am

    Glad that you’re loving this! I’ve been sampling it recently and have a love/hate relationship with it. I find it takes a bit of effort to apply and build up the coverage, but when you have some patience that finish can be stunning!
    Also, I’ve been trying to apply for your Blogger Spotlight competition (via your previous post), but Disqus has been acting up for me when I use my account (Disqus name- Jennifer Monforton); if there’s any other way for me to enter the contest, please let me know! Thanks for offering such an amazing opportunity! :)

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:03 pm

      Can you see yourself now? It’s just my spam filter, it doesn’t allow some outgoing links! I think I approved it manually though? x

      • JenniferMonforton
        March 12, 2013 / 3:00 pm

        Hey, Ruth- thanks so much for getting back to me! I took a look though all of the responses on the Blogger Spotlight post and unfortunately I still cannot see my comment. Are you able to see it (Disqus name: Jennifer Monforton)? If not, perhaps I could re-post as a guest and just include my contact information in addition to my blog info? Let me know what you think would be best, as I’d really like to enter the compeititon. Many thanks! :)

  10. Marianna
    March 11, 2013 / 1:04 am

    This is my favorite foundation at the moment. I’m glad you made a post about it :)

    • RuthCrilly
      March 11, 2013 / 4:03 pm

      Glad you like it! x

  11. RuthCrilly
    March 11, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Canon 650D x

  12. RuthCrilly
    March 11, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Thanks! x

  13. Suzi
    March 11, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    Ruth, have you tried Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation? I’m very tempted…. I love Clarins skincare but never tried any of their foundations. Thank you!! X

  14. Afrina
    April 6, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    Thanks for the review Ruth, I came across this product in Selfridges but decided not to purchase it due to its minimal coverage. I absolutely love Armani’s luminous silk foundation, have you tried it? From what I’ve experienced and heard It seems to work perfectly on all skin types. Btw I love your confidence without makeup, you are gorgeous with and without!

  15. Shanti
    April 20, 2013 / 4:23 am

    I love Maestro! It is amazing , I am also fascinated by how it works. I can’t stand the feel of regular foundations on my skin and this one you can’t even feel! It’s weightless. Perfect for normal and combination skin.

  16. Vilija
    July 9, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    Just bought Armani Maestro having read such great reviews about it. After using it for a week now I am really dissapointed. I have been using Dior Nude which is the best foundation I have ever had.Maestro provides hardly any coverage and if one has any dry patches or enlarged pores it sticks to them and looks very dry. It is obvious you are wearing make up.And it is not buildable at all. What a let down, will never buy again and in fact, will have to give it away and get my beloved Dior Nude.

  17. jia
    September 27, 2013 / 12:16 am

    hi it works wonders but since im using it i experience more acne over my skin

  18. foram thakker
    March 5, 2014 / 4:47 am

    hi ruth i use the dior nude,but im tempted to try a new one?
    which foundation according to you is the best???
    dior? armani maestro? tom ford? terry cover expert?

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