If you are disturbed by macro close-ups of pores, close this post. Right now.
As some of you may know, Armani Lasting Silk foundation is my Holy Grail of foundations. I was keen to try Maestro because… well actually, I don’t know why. There is nothing about Lasting Silk that I would change. Maybe it was curiosity, maybe it was my obsession with Armani. This post compiles my
fickle train of thought opinions.
Stuffs that I have heard bloggers say about Maestro:
– It’s invisible on the skin
– Has incredible lasting power
– The oily feel is unlike anything I’ve ever put on my face
– It adjusts to the shade of your skin
As a bona fide nerd, the science behind this formulation fascinates me. I won’t go into it but if you’d like to read more, I direct you to BestThingsInBeauty. This is the most in depth analysis of the Maestro formulation that I have come across. Hats off to her!
Another valuable resource for those interested in Maestro; swatches of every shade can be found on BeautyProfessor.
I purchased Maestro in the shade 4.5. Here is my own comparison swatches of all the Armani Foundations I own (I eye my arm to be about an NC15)
Next, pictures. Before shot (complete with morning puffiness):
In the interests of being ultra critical, I decided to apply my Holy Grail (Lasting Silk) on one half of my face and Maestro on the other half.
Your left: Armani Lasting Silk 5.5
Your right: Maestro 4.5
Figure 1.1- I present to you, every crevice of my skin in high def.
To weird you out even further, some close ups.
Figure 1.2- Close up of Armani Lasting Silk
Figure 1.3- Close up of Armani Maestro
Shade #4.5 is quite perfect for an NC20ish skin. Ever so slightly lighter than Lasting Silk #5.5. One should note that half shades run a little more yellow than full shades, I prefer yellow shades.
Definitely Satin. Less luminous/dewy than Lasting Silk and Luminous Silk. As many others have noted, this emphasises flaky patches like WHOA. I had a mild flaky patch on my forehead (and around my nose) that immediately became visible once I applied Maestro (refer to figure 1.1 and 1.3). If you have issues with uneven skin texture or flakiness, run (don’t walk) in the opposite direction.
Sheer side of medium, less than the Armani Lasting Silk (which is true medium). If we refer to figure 1.3, you can see that Maestro didn’t entirely conceal the redness around my nose. Tried to build coverage, failed miserably.
I used my fingers for both Maestro and Lasting Silk. I wouldn’t recommend any other method of application for Maestro: a brush or sponge will absorb all the product (due to the low viscosity). The dry-oil feeling is friggin awesome, blended like a dream and I didn’t have to try. Totally foolproof.
Normal to oily skins with no flakiness or dry patches at all. I don’t even have flaky skin and behold: flakes. Any uneven skin texture? No, just no. If you are sensitive to alcohols and silicones (thankfully, I am not), this is full of them. Those looking for light coverage may like this. Also for people who love a quick application or have troubles blending- 30 seconds flat and I had a perfectly blended base.
Lasting Silk stomped all over Maestro. By no means is Maestro ‘bad’ on my skin, but it’s not Armani’s best formulation for me. That being said, I’m sure that many will love this foundation. I do think it is unique; all the hype about the texture and the application is spot on. If you sample this and it doesn’t do funny things to the visible texture of your skin, LUCKY YOU! It’s a great product, otherwise.
Definitely get a sample of this before you purchase. For those who have tried this, what were your thoughts?