This self-proclaimed revolutionary foundation from Armani is nothing if not polarizing. No matter where you read, people either feel like it's changed their lives or kidnapped their first born. There aren't many who find themselves betwixt and between where this foundation is concerned.
According to the company:
This ultra-lightweight formula applies easily with an unforgettable sensation, leaving skin moisturized and conditioned for a flawless complexion with just one drop. Pure color pigments fuse to the skin for coverage with a no-makeup feel. Buildable coverage with a natural finish.
In my experience, I can say that the Armani Maestro foundation is very, very light and does not feel like you are wearing makeup. You can build up coverage for a more opaque finish. I also find that this foundation wears until I take it off, to the point of my skin looking magnificent all day long if I use a primer. Oddly, I get longer wear from my Chanel Illuminating Primer than I do from my Armani Light Master primer.
I have dry skin and I have not noticed any creasing, sliding or wear. I do believe that this foundation needs to settle. You'll get the best result if you apply a few drops to your face, blend with fingers and let the foundation sit for a few minutes. It will find its place and the color will look pretty amazing. I definitely fall on the "huge fan" side of this foundation.
To save you from reading scads of user reviews, here are the highlights.
Women with dry skin really like this foundation compared to women with oily skin.
Women with more mature skin prefer this foundation over their younger counterparts.
Here is my foundation half & half.
Here is the look with full makeup.
(In the spirit of full disclosure, this photo was taken after the Half & Half. Same foundation, different day.)
I find that I reach for this almost every day over my other foundations. This foundation does take a few minutes to set, so some days I stick with my Skin79 BB Cream, tied for favorite with my Dr. Jart.
If you dislike the feeling of foundation and don't have oily skin, this might be exactly what you are looking for. Since it's such a polarizing product, see if you can try it out in person before committing to the hefty price tag ($62).
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