Sunday, September 16, 2012

Giorgio Armani Maestro Makeup...My Review is Finally Ready!

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My very own bottle of Maestro in 5.5.  The product is dispensed with a dropper for added control and precision.

The foundation-related posts on Beauty Professor are innumerable.  This is because I love foundation.  In light of this affinity, I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Maestro, Giorgio Armani's latest wunderkind makeup that is the product of eight years of research and preparation.  Worthy of its own face-makeup category, Maestro Fusion Makeup was created to fulfill the seemingly impossible duality of transparency and coverage.  This foundation is currently available at NordstromNeiman MarcusBloomingdalesBarney's NY and Saks.

Scroll on for the REVIEW...

5.5 is a medium beige for medium skin with neutral-to-warm undertones.  

Touted as a "complexion enhancer" rather than a traditional foundation, Maestro, which retails for $62, was created with five distinct principles (with my commentary on the right in bold italics!):

1. A water and powder-free base (to avoid a cakey finish)
2. Totally non-comodogenic (to be kind to sensitive skin)
3. Five time-released oils evaporating gradually (to last for an inordinate amount of time)
4. Smart pigment technology (to seamlessly adapt and adjust to one's unique skin tone)
5. An easy, fast, fresh and flawless application (no explanation necessary here!)

The result is a light, whisper-thin, luminous finish that mimics airbrush, uniform, perfected skin without any of the usual signs of foundation (e.g., powdery finish, uneven, heavy texture etc.).  

As soon as it arrived domestically (it will be available later on in September and October online and at most GA counters), I raced to the Armani counter at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills to behold this potentially miraculous makeup.  I personally selected 5.5, a medium beige with neutral undertones (I am banking on my summer tan fading into oblivion over the next few weeks) but couldn't wait to swatch all twelve shades for my Beauty Professor readers...I have been scouring the Internet for weeks to catch a glimpse of the shades in real life (to no avail) and am confident that the following Maestro images are making their exclusive debut!  Read on for shade descriptions...

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Maestro Fusion Makeup shades 2-6.5 in the shade.

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Maestro Fusion Makeup in shades 2-6.5 in direct sunlight.
Maestro Shade Descriptions 2-6.5:

2: Pale beige for very fair skin with yellow undertones.
3: Pale beige for very fair skin with neutral undertones.
4: Light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to warm undertones.
4.5: Light beige for light skin with yellow undertones (slightly darker than 4)
5: True beige for light skin with neutral (leans a bit cool) undertones 
5.5: Medium beige for light to medium skin with neutral, almost peachy undertones.
6.5: Medium golden beige for medium skin with warm yellow undertones (definitely a shade deeper than 5.5)

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Maestro Fusion Makeup slightly blended in the shade.


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Maestro Fusion Makeup slightly blended in direct sunlight.

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A closeup of the shades in the oft-purchased light to medium range.
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Maestro Fusion Makeup in shades 7-12 in the shade.

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Above and below: Maestro Fusion Makeup in shades 7-12 in direct sunlight.

Maestro Shade Descriptions 7-12:
7: Medium warm golden beige (very similar in tone to 6.5, just a hair darker)
8: True medium to medium-dark tan with neutral undertones for medium-dark tan skin.
10: Warm dark tan for warm tan skin with very golden undertones.
11.5: Dark brown for dark brown skin with warm undertones.
12: Darkest brown for dark brown skin with neutral undertones.

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 Bottom Line: I will be trying Maestro Fusion Makeup during my long teaching days all week...I cannot wait to experience its finish and document its staying power!  Though I haven't had the chance (in the five hours of owning it!) to properly give it a trial run on my face, I can attest to the fact that it is inordinately silky, blends like a dream (even with fingers!) and provides a significant veil of natural coverage without a "makeup-y" finish.  So far, (and I concede, this may be premature) I am smitten.  Please check back later on this week for more images and my review.  In the meanwhile, I hope that these swatches are abundantly helpful as you seek your perfect Maestro match!

--The Beauty Professor


AND NOW for the REVIEW...




After almost ten days of daily use (perhaps a bit of a foundation milestone for me!), I am finally prepared to weigh in on the efficacy of the Maestro Fusion Makeup.  Earlier this month, I posted all twelve shades of this "complexion enhancer," with hopes that seeing true-to-life visuals would assist those who couldn't get to an Armani counter to select their perfect match in person.  As much as I wanted to write about my experience with the product at that point, I decided it was prudent to use it for a week or two before officially weighing in...


In the past week or two, I have had a couple of realizations...first, I can wear both 5.5 (which I initially bought) and 6.5 (which I recently picked up as well).  Although both adjust to my current skin tone, my summer tan is not fading as fast as I thought, so 6.5 should take me through the fall with 5.5 taking over where 6.5 leaves off (scroll on for close up shade images).  I also like that I can combine these two shades, as needed, to assist with the seasonal transition.  And second, Maestro does not apply well with a brush...this may be the first and only foundation that I have used that does not benefit from the lovely blending powers of my beloved Sephora Air Brush! Using one's fingers is the only way to get it to meld with the skin without streaking.       

5.5 is a touch lighter and peachier in tone than 6.5, which is but a hair darker and a smidgen more yellow beige.


There are countless Maestro reviews on the Internet that describe the formula, ingredients and backstory of the product's development.  I included some of those details in my initial swatch posting and anything else of this nature can be easily found in an online search.  In this review, I specifically wanted to focus my attention on highlighting the subtle visual differences between shades 5.5. and 6.5 and also discuss my personal experience with my skin's reaction to the foundation.  

Swatches in direct sunlight.
Using this makeup is so easy.  After applying Sponge Ladi Avokanto Oil, followed by LMdB Peau Vierge and some Koh Gen Do UV Milk (SPF 30), I only need the recommended three to four drops of Maestro to cover my entire face (using my fingers to apply). Its velvety texture melts into the skin instantly while somehow simultaneously erasing imperfections and unevenness on contact.  This is a wondrous process to behold...it just makes your skin better in a flash, while still looking just like your skin.  The finish is satin in nature...matte enough to not need powder right away but glowy enough to be believable.  It lasts for a good eight hours, even in heat, and I've endured some 12, yes, 12 hour teaching days lately in which my foundation looks basically the same as when first applied it!  My only concern was the added octinoxate chemical sunscreen (I much prefer physical sunscreen and have very sensitive skin in general) but, despite preferring it not be included, I thankfully have not experienced any breakouts or reactions.  All in all, Maestro is living up to its hype!

Maestro after a few minutes...it is blended and has dried down to an almost imperceptible skin like finish...note that 5.5 and 6.5 do not look drastically different in shade at this point.  I attribute this to the makeup's built in ability to adjust to one's skin tone. 

Maestro on the face...during my Maestro trial period, I tried to take pictures of the makeup in action in different lighting and at various times of day to provide the most accurate depiction of its finish: 

Maestro 6.5 indoors with direct sunlight from window...in the morning.


Maestro 6.5 in complete shade in the afternoon.
Maestro 6.5 mid-day in partial shade.
Maestro 6.5 mid-day in partial shade (again!).
A blend of Maestro 5.5 and 6.5 at the end of a ten hour day in direct sunlight...a bit glowy but still completely intact.
                                     
While my expression is dubious at best,  I think this image masterfully reflects the flawless velvet texture that Maestro (in 6.5) yields on the skin!

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Bottom Line: The Maestro Foundation is unlike anything I have ever used before (and I have indeed used my fair share of foundation formulations).  The texture is like velvet and it just melts into your skin upon contact, instantly blurring imperfections like hyperpigmentation, freckles, fine lines, enlarged pores and general unevenness. The coverage is quite opaque and long wearing, especially in light of how incredibly fluid the formula is!  As long as you are safe to wear chemical sunscreen and are comfortable applying this with your fingers, you will marvel at how quickly and furtively this makeup improves the surface of your skin without looking the slightest bit obvious.  Only time will tell whether Maestro will continue to remain in my current rotation, but if the last ten days are any indication of the future, I suspect my favorite foundations are in for some serious competition.  Currently available at NordstromNeiman MarcusBloomingdalesBarney's NY and Saks.

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

56 comments:

  1. Ok, ok...convinced me...I need to get color matched for this after reading so many thumbs up reviews! Sounds like a wish list of what I'm looking for :-) And I don't mind using my fingers at all...that's usually what I end up doing anyway (and smooth out any uneveness and such with the Sephora Airbrush if I need to)! Fantastic review...thank you!!

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    1. Thank you and hooray! Glad to be of help in this department...it truly is a remarkable foundation! If you don't mind using your fingers, then you will be set...can't wait to hear about your experience with Maestro once you try it!

      Take care, Gummy,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. I thank you for doing the swatches. I purchased 5.5 based on your pictures. I love it. It is truly the best foundation that I have ever used. I tried the Luminous silk and never was satisfied with it. This is so soft and natural looking. I used my fingers to apply and it is amazing how little product is needed. Thank you for your reviews!

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  3. My pleasure, Debbi...I am so happy that the swatches were useful as in your purchase. Better yet, I am pleased that you like the foundation...its texture and effect are so unique that it is almost a challenge to put it into words! Thank you for reading Beauty Professor!

    Do keep in touch and have a wonderful week ahead,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  4. This sounds gorgeous. Great review x

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  5. It is amazing! Thanks for your comment Kate!

    Take care,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  6. I just found your blog and I spent about an hour browsing through your RBR posts! Love it! You're gorgeous as well! Everyone's been raving about this foundation and I think it's time that I finally check it out at the counters.

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  7. Hello Tracy,

    Thanks for your comment! I am so glad you've found my posts useful and thank you for the sweet compliment ; ) You may just have to check out the Maestro...let me know what you think when you do! What RBR products you like?

    Have a marvelous week,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Completely agree with your positive review - would also add that the shades seem amazingly versatile with magical photochromic adjustment for different skin tones (as 5.5 suits my NC30-35 perfectly fine). In contrast, I use No 9 in By Terry Cover Perfect (which I also think is pretty special and equally long lasting).

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  9. So glad you concur! I also use By Terry Cover Expert in #9 as well and it is a lovely foundation!

    Thank you for your comment ; )

    Regards,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  10. Thanks for the review! Is the foundation scented like other GA foundations?

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  11. My pleasure, Anon!

    The foundation is indeed lightly scented like the other GA foundations but I find it is less strong than Luminous Silk and dissipates quickly. No irritation to my sensitive skin as of yet!

    Take care,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  12. I just found your blog and am loving it - thanks for all the info and your opinions! I'm just wondering how you would compare the coverage of this Maestro foundation to that of Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation or KGD Aqua Foundation? Maestro sounds pretty sheer and I'm not sure it would cover my sunspots (which I also cover with concealer.)
    Thanks and look forward to your next post!

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  13. So glad to hear that! I have so much fun writing this blog ; ) Your question is a good one; I am a fan of medium to full coverage (that of course, in a perfect world, also looks just like my skin, only perfect!) so coverage is always an issue for me. In my experience, the Maestro provides more coverage than the KGD Moisture and Aqua do...I only need one layer (about 3 drops) of Maestro for my whole face, with maybe an additional drop spread over trouble areas and with the KGD, I need to build at least two layers (which takes more time than I usually have in the morning!). I have sunspots/freckles as well and the Maestro definitely does the job...another foundation that gives excellent coverage is the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation...one layer is all I need since it is opaque (but still natural). I am loving the Maestro and, when coupled with a finishing powder (that I apply later in the day with a brush when I get a tad glowy)--I use Nars Foundation Powder in Santa Fe--my face stays even and flawless all day!!

    Even though it is very fluid in nature, the Maestro provides remarkable coverage--not sure how that is possible, but I can attest to the fact that it actually occurs ; )

    Hope that helps and let me know if you have other questions!

    --The Beauty Professor

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  14. Hello-I finally received my GA maestro in 5,5 and it is a perfect match- I have really enjoyed using it so far-it takes some getting used to as it has such an unusual texture but a really no makeup look while still covering all my imperfections.But really an amazing product -next stop is the concealer-have u used it yet?- makeupremastered .

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  15. Hello Jo,

    Thanks for sharing! I am so happy to hear that you love the Maestro in 5.5--it is such a lovely and versatile shade and the formula is just exceptional. I cannot get over how much coverage I get from this while my skin remains quite natural looking! I do have the Maestro concealer in #4 and have been meaning to review it for awhile...I can say that I recommend it for the under eye area (which is how it is marketed) rather than spots, freckles or other discoloration. The coverage under the eyes is perfect but I much prefer my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in C-3 (I used it for at least a decade!) for the other areas I've mentioned.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend...thank you for reading and keep in touch!

    xoxo,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  16. I am new to your blog (where have I been?!) and loving it. I just devoured your thoughts on the Kevin Aucoin sensual skin enhancer before stumbling upon your reflections on Armani Maestro. I am looking for a new foundation, and now I'm so torn. If you had to pick between the two -- which is your favorite? I know the SSE doubles as a concealer, but I'm not too concerned about that as I'm a devout CDP Beige girl. Both seem great so maybe I really can't go wrong, but would love your two cents! Not sure if this matters, but I have normal to dry light/medium skin with neutral but sometimes on the pink side undertones.
    -Tina

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    1. Hello Tina,

      Thank you for the kind words about my blog...so glad you are enjoying it! I have a ball writing it. I have been a bit under the weather this week, so sorry it has taken me a few days to reply (usually I like to respond to comments in 24 hours or so!).

      With regards to your question, that is is a tough one! I like both foundations for different reasons and purposes. The Kevyn Aucoin provides amazing coverage (definitely medium to full) but requires a ton of blending with brush to look natural. Also, it has a fragrance that is a little much for my sensitive nose. However, the little jar is so concentrated and portable, that it makes it a valuable gem in one's makeup arsenal.

      The Maestro is a bit lighter in terms of coverage (but can be built to a solid medium) and has a more bearable scent. I always apply it with my fingers and wear it with some concealer (Laura Mercier, CDP or LMdB Peau Vierge Correcteur) and it lasts for the whole day when set with some powder (NARS foundation powder in Santa Fe). Whereas the SSE is a bit thicker/heavier (though the coverage is to die for), the Maestro is light as air, but may require a bit more concealer etc. to achieve a "full face."

      Based on the description of your skin tone, I am guessing you would be a #5 in Maestro and a #6 or #7 in the SSE. How much coverage are you looking for and how do you usually like to apply your foundation? Some other foundations I love are the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation, By Terry Cover Expert and most recently, the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick.

      I hope this helps you...please keep me posted on what you decide!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  17. Hi, I'm new to your blog and I really like it! I'm a NC30 and I purchased 5.5 It's a bit pinky. Do you think 6.5 or 7 will be best to mix them up? Thank you so much in advance!

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for stopping by...I am so glad you like my blog! I think that the #6.5 will be perfect on its own for your NC30 skin, and if you need to lighten it up as winter continues, you can add a drop or two of #5.5!

      Hope that helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  18. I came across blog searching for swatches of maestro foundation. You have great swatches, will be a reader.

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for your comment!! I go crazy for swatches...especially when it comes to foundation ; ) So happy you'll be reading...please keep in touch.

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  19. Hello from Brazil! I use Teint Miracle Buff4C. Do you think Maestro 5,0 will be perfect for my skin tone?
    Thank you! Xoxo Karine

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    1. Hello Karine,

      Thanks for the question! I do indeed think that Maestro #5 will be perfect for you skin tone! Let me know what you think about it once you try it.

      Take care and xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  20. Just found your blog...it's so wonderfully thorough! I am NOT a foundation-wearer, but now (at 38!) I feel compelled to get myself some Maestro foundation and concealer! Would you please advise me re:shade? I have light-medium olive skin with neutral undertones, I guess. Similar skin tone to Marisa Tomei, maybe. I was matched YEARS ago to Bobbi Brown oil-free compact in both Beige and Warm Beige. I find the Armani numbering system so confusing!

    Thanks so much for your excellent work!

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thank you so much for your supportive words...they brought a smile to my face ; ) As a traditionally non-foundation wearer, Maestro is an excellent place to start...it feel extremely light and the coverage is lovely and imperceptible to the naked eye. Based on what you describe of your skin tone, I am guessing you would be perfect in a #5.5 (perhaps bumping up to a #6.5 in the late spring and summer). In terms of concealer, the #4 will be an excellent match. We are similar in skin tone, so this one was easy ; )

      I hope that this helps...I recommend buying the foundation at store with a flexible return policy (e.g., Nordstrom or Bloomingdales etc.) if you are able, just in case you need to exchange!

      Please keep me posted on what happens...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank you! I mistyped...I am actually Warm Sand in BB, not Warm Beige...doh! I don't know where my mind was. If you are able to re-recommend a shade, I'd appreciate it!

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    3. Hello Anon,

      I still think #5.5 could be a good match because it is in between BB Warm Sand and Warm Beige in terms of depth. If you want to go a bit lighter, than 4.5 could be good but it is paler and more yellow (vs. neutral beige) than Warm Sand. You might need to warm it it with a bit of bronzer.

      Hope that is helpful!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  21. Hi Beauty Professor,

    Love your blog! You helped me out back in September picking out a By Terry Sheer Expert shade (you recommended 1-fair beige, and it worked out great!). I'm interested in trying the Maestro...could you recommend a shade for me? Thank you so much! --Jessica

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    1. Hello Jessica,

      Thanks for your kind words! If the By Terry Fair Beige #1 is your best match (so happy to hear that it worked out!), then I think that you will be be good with either #3 (a neutral pale beige) or #5 (which is a neutral light beige), if you plan on getting a bit darker as summer approaches.

      I hope that helps...do keep me posted on what you decide!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  22. Hello :) May i asked you something?
    I'm looking for a new foundation. I've never been using foundation before haha. I want to cover my pores and redness. I have a combination pretty oily on t-zone and sometime my face will be oily if it is very hot outside. I have a very sensitive skin (that's why I never use foundation.. I don't want it to clog my pores and cause more acnes) Is this foundation suite for sensitive skin? And is it easy to clean? Thank you very much :3

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    1. Hi Happyme!

      Thanks for your question. This foundation has been great for my combination, sensitive skin (but of course, everyone is different). It has light to medium coverage and works well in summertime weather ; )

      I hope this helps...take care!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  23. Hello the beauty professor :)

    Is this foundation suite for sensitive skin?
    I have a very sensitive, combination which is oily very easy in hot weather. I've heard that this foundation has alcohol. I don't want my acne get more worse :( I've never use foundation before so it's very hard for me to choose.
    I also interested in Burberry velvet foundation and Chanel perfection lumiere. Can you give me some suggestions?

    Ps. Is this foundation cover pores?

    Thank you from Thailand :)

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for your question...I have sensitive skin and find that this foundation works well for me (and helps to reduce pores), however, everyone is different! It does contain alcohol, so you want to make sure and wear a moisturizer underneath; I haven't had any breakouts with this, but once again, it would be impossible for me to say that it wouldn't bother your skin since I am not a dermatologist ; ) If it helps, I have had breakouts from the Chanel and Burberry, but not from the Armani!

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  24. Hi Beauty Professor,

    I wonder how you would best differentiate between Armani Maestro and Lift? I see they both made it to your "Favorites" list.

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    1. Hi Anon,

      Thanks for your question...the finish on the Maestro is almost undetectable (very light) but also has a light to medium coverage ability, whereas the Lift gives medium to full coverage, but can be detected with the naked eye if not well blended. If you desire more coverage, I recommend the Lift...if you are looking for a very light and seamless finish, then I recommend the Maestro!

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  25. Thank you for this review! I just ordered 5.5 and I can't wait! I love your site especially because we're pretty much the same skin tone (your winter and my year round) so it makes it super easy to shop.

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    1. My pleasure, Jane! I am so glad that you find my blog helpful and consequently have a 5.5 on the way ; ) I hope you enjoy it immensely!

      I will keep the foundation swatches/reviews coming!

      Take care and xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  26. Excellent post! I've been lurking and reading for such a long time now.
    I was hoping you could tell me - even though i see this is an older post - what is that lovely lipstick you are wearing? It looks like the perfect pink/nude. I must have it. :)
    I definitely need to try this foundation, it sounds *exactly* like what i have been looking for. I am using RBR and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau at the moment but need something a bit different for these hot months. I wear the absolute lightest shade in both these foundations (the yellow-toned one in the RBR to help counteract my pink undertones, which make me look like an embarrassed beet during any weather extremes) in the winter, in summer i only need *maybe* a shade darker. I'm hoping they'll have a match for me.
    Thanks again for this post.

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    1. Hello Twyla!

      Thank you so much...I am happy you decided to leave a comment ; ) The lip color I am wearing in the post is actually a combination of two products: Tom Ford Nude Vanille (an all-time favorite) and Butter London gloss in Trout Pout (a creamy light coral). The foundations that you are currently using are wonderful (I've used both many times over!) and the only difference between them and the Maestro is that the Maestro is a bit lighter in texture and virtually imperceptible to the naked eye once applied~the shades run light so I think that you will definitely find a match in #1, #2, #3 or even #4!

      xoxo and keep me posted if you try it!

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Aha, i sort of guessed it might have been a TF :). That seals the deal for me, i'm going to need to purchase that colour finally!
      I do love the foundations i'm using, especially the Guerlain - i'm looking forward to trying out the Maestro for sure, it's good to know it's a bit lighter in texture and "invisible", that's definitely what i was hoping to hear - my skin is quite clear and really just sort of needs that airbrush-effect that i'm seeing in your excellent photos. I will let you know what i think of both the lippie and the foundation. Thanks again!

      Twyla

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    3. The TF lip color options are absolutely spectacular. I hope you love Nude Vanille as much as I do! If you have excellent skin to begin with (and it sounds like you do), then I suspect that you will enjoy the effect of the Maestro when you try it.

      Can't wait to hear your thoughts when you try them...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  27. Thank you for all of your "hands on" research and information on foundations.
    For a few years now, I have been using DiorSkin Pure Light in 200 which has been discontinued and sadly, I am on the last of my multi-bottle stash. I am looking for a replacement foundation that offers the same light to medium, luminous coverage (I do not like the DiorSkin Nude foundation) and have considered the Armani Luminous Silk or Maestro, one from Chanel or possibly Urban Decay Naked Skin. I have clear, fair combination skin that is only slightly sensitive. I am in my mid 40's and starting to notice a few enlarged pores in some areas that need a little more that sheer coverage.
    Could you please offer some comparable insight into the foundations I have mentioned and maybe give a color selection as well? The DiorSkin 200 is best described as a light warm beige.
    Thank you!!

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    1. Hello Tache,

      My pleasure! At least my foundation obsession can be put to good use to help others ; ) What a tragedy that your foundation favorite is being discontinued...my condolences! With regards to your question, I really think you would enjoy the Maestro foundation based on your preferences. I find the Luminous Silk to be too sheer and glowy and I haven't tried the UD Naked Skin but have heard that it is very sheer (rather than light to medium). The Mastro starts off sheer (and undetectable on the skin) but can be built up to a beautiful medium coverage and wears like a dream. Over time, a it imparts a radiance as it melds with the skin. I am guessing that you could be #5 (on the lighter side) or #5.5 (on the darker side) in the Maestro.

      I hope that helps...take care and keep me posted on your findings!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hi. Do you know if the Armani Maestro compact foundation has launched in the US? I read a few raving reviews online about it and they all mentioned mid Sep as launch date, but I checked the Armani site, as well as Nordstrom and a couple of others and there's absolutely no mention of it. I am wondering now if the revieweres were US-based. If you have some more info or a launch date for the US could you pls share. I love the Maestro fusion make up but I need a compact foundation from them for re-touch/touch up, would help greatly during the day, and a compact is always easier to use and carry when you're on the go.

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    3. Hello,

      Thanks for your question...I was told yesterday at the Armani counter that the Maestro Compact foundation should arrive in the US by the beginning of October. I even saw the place in the display case just for it, but alas, it was empty...I took a picture for good measure, however ; ) I am eagerly awaiting its debut and will be snapping up a #5 and #5.5 as soon as I can!

      xoxo and hope that helps,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. This is fantastic news, thank you so much for sharing, you've made this girl happy :)...I'm looking forward to your review and swatches, am curious if the compact palette mirrors the fusion foundation one. I will follow closely your reviews especially that it looks like we wear the same shade (6.5) in Maestro fusion. I can probably go a shade lighter now that 'winter' is almost here, though with the sun ever present in the Cali climate, I doubt that my tan will fade that much...
      Thank you again!!

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    5. Thank you for all of the information - I just may need to try the Maestro, it sounds like a good fit for me. I noticed that you did not mention any Chanel foundations, have you tried any? I have read a few reviews about them that also sounded promising!

      Thanks again,
      Tache

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    6. Hello Verofoster,

      I am so glad that you take joy in the news...I do as well ; ) I'll keep you posted on when I spot the compact in the flesh ; )

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    7. Hello Tache,

      Happy to help...yes, the Maestro is a remarkable formula and texturally, there is nothing on the market quite like it! In response to your question, I have tried most of the current Chanel foundation formulas and don't adore them like some do. It is difficult for me to find a good shade match and the texture and lasting power of the formulas is just not for me ; ) Hope that helps!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  28. Hello! Excelent your review and your blog! I´m used Dior Forever # 030... do you think Maestro in 6.5 is similar color? it´s right?

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    1. Thanks, Alice!!

      Yes, the Maestro 6.5 is closest to the Dior 030.

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hello!
      This is a great post! I'm currently using Dior 023 (I am not tanned and almost never sunbath). I really hesitate between 5.5 and 6.5 of maestro... As I have some redness I'm inclined to choose 6.5 which has more yellow tons (I really can't have a pink ton in my face).... What do you think ?
      Thank you in advance for your help!!

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    3. Thanks Fee!

      I would suggest the 5.5 (it is fairly neutral) as the 6.5 is closer to the Dior 031 and will likely be too dark for you, especially if you don't anticipate getting tan.

      I hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  29. Great review as always!!

    Do you have oily skin?

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! I would say my skin is normal to slightly combination...not really oily anymore (some good things about getting older!).

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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