Don’t call it Foundation.
Seriously… Armani has been VERY clear about the description of their new Maestro Fusion Makeup and Maestro Eraser.
I took a trip to my local Bloomingdales to see if the new bases lived up to their hype.
First of all, let’s hear it for the color range! Whoo hoo! The colors range in undertone (neutral, yellow, and red) and shades. There’s plenty to go around for everyone. It turns out I’m number #10 (the third from the last color. Notice the distinct yellowish hue). The numbering system is a bit hinky (they go from #8 to #10 to #11.5), but with a little help from Little Sister Amanda and Makeup Diva Katrina, I was able to figure it out.
The color range on the Maestro Fusion Eraser is even more hinky. The hue goes from #1 to #5… and the last one is pretty freakin’ light. Not to worry… there’s a method to this madness, as I soon discovered. The lightest touch is all that you need to get the job done. I’ve never used formulas this ‘thin’ or light before. I imagine that’s why Armani is insistent about not calling it FOUNDATION. It’s like colored water… that merges into your skin.
According to Armani, this formula is 10 times lighter than traditional foundation.
The whole idea behind this formulation is to take the idea of ‘makeup as skin care’ so literally, that the makeup deposits essential nutrients into the skin while it’s on. The only way to do that is to make the formula so thin that it acts as a carrier instead of a covering agent. I can’t believe it, but Armani seems to have managed to do both.
These are my colors. I strongly recommend trying these in person before committing, because the untertones run from neutral to warm to very warm. I thought I might be #8, which is the right shade of brown… but much too cool for me. So it went totally ashy. I thought #10 would be too dark… but wouldn’t you know it… the formula also ADJUSTS! It corrects for undertone, AND skin type. I’m not kidding. It dries matte on my oily skin, but adjusts to soft finish on a normal or drier skin type. I’m not even sure how that’s possible. But since I’ve been wearing it (several days), I’ve not had to powder ONCE. I’m impressed, to say the least.
I started to have an attitude about the applicator, but here’s what I learned: This formula must be applied with your fingers. So you use this little dropper to put a ‘drop’ on your fingers, and blend it in fast. Speed and a light touch is key; blink, and this formula totally disappears into your skin.
I cannot stress how LITTLE of this product you need to get the job done. I was fully convinced that this color would be way too light for me, so I put it on in front of Amanda and Katrina using just my fingers. you need a swipe off the tip of the applicator for both eyes. I’m not kidding. It absorbs within seconds, and just adds light to the area. Iron Chelator is the key ingredient in this formula… continued use is supposed to do away with the most common causes of dark circles, puffiness, and those pesky fine lines.
Put me down as a fan. I’ve never come across anything like this. It’s thinner than Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (a favorite) with the coverage of Double Wear Light. Talk about your miracle in a bottle.