Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Takes No-Makeup Makeup to Another Level (Detailed Review and Ingredient List Included)!

The biggest paradox about makeup is perhaps that sometimes we want to look like we’re not wearing any. Type in the words “no-makeup makeup” on Youtube, and the search engine will retrieve pages of results. I am a big fan of putting some colors and sparkle on my lids, but there is one thing I don’t want to seem like I’m wearing… foundation. Foundation is supposed to fake flawless skin, not to declare its presence to the world. If you’re with me, then ladies we’re in luck! Giorgio Armani is putting a new offering on the table that will take no-makeup makeup to another level!

I am not going to dwell on the “science” part here, because chances are you have all read the sales pitch somewhere on the Internet already. In short, after 8 years of research, Giorgio Armani is proposing a whole new category of face makeup (it is not termed as a foundation, but it does what a foundation does in your wildest imagination). Instead of water or powder, it contains 5 oils which evaporate at different speed throughout the day. The “smart pigment” technology also allows the 9 shades (12 for the US) in the line-up to have everyone covered. I’ve been using this for almost 4 weeks now, and I am going to tell you what you can expect from it!

Maestro Fusion Makeup comes in an oval bottle with a dropper. True to the brand’s image, the glass bottle is hefty and luxurious. You are supposed to shake the bottle before use, but please allow this non tech-savvy Sunny to remind you that you might want to shake the bottle with your fingers on the rubber part. The first couple of times I used it, I shook the bottle vigorously but ignored the fact that the product in the dropper was not being mixed properly. Needless to say, the result was lackluster until the reason finally hit me.

You are going to be surprised by the consistency of this foundation, because it really resembles dry oil a lot more than a “foundation.” It is very very runny. If you drip it out on the back of your hand first like I do, remember not to tilt it too much! It smells like baby powder, but the scent is not strong and disperses relatively quickly. I have tried to use both my fingers and my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, but actually I find it easier to work with my fingers. With a foundation brush, the amount I need almost doubles, and the layer becomes too thin. I’ll have to do two layers to get light-medium coverage that way, whereas with my fingers I can get it perfectly even and smooth with less product (I count 4-5 drops each use, so a lot less than an average foundation) faster.

This foundation doesn’t really “dry” or “set.” It basically goes on finer than silk and stays that way. No, that wouldn’t be fair. It actually looks better and better throughout the day (I suppose that’s what the time-released oils do)! I use this after my serum/moisturizer, and sometimes I get a drier patch around where I put Effaclar K on the night before and the foundation would look a bit powdery there. Don’t worry. Even if you do nothing about it, it is going to go away. In other words, the longer the foundation stays on you, the more natural it looks. It does not oxidize, slide off, or accentuate dry patches. I wouldn’t say it’s a moisturizing foundation, but it is not drying on me either. I would advise you to use whatever skincare products you normally use to prep your skin. I personally do not need to moisturize or mattify more than usual.

The finish is neither dewy nor matte, and it doesn’t leave your face looking “flattened” (you know how some foundations take all the dimension out of your face? Doesn’t happen here). I have combination skin with normal cheeks and oilier T-zone. With other I’ve tried, even with a oil-absorbing setting powder (I use Tarte Smooth Operator), my T-zone would need to be blotted at least once a day. With Maestro Fusion Makeup however, if I don’t use setting powder at all I might want to blot once. With just the tiniest bit of it on my T-zone, my skin stays perfect all day. If I use it on my cheeks however, they would lose a bit of the luminosity the foundation offers so I prefer not to do that!

I use this in shade 5,5, which is my shade in Armani Luminous Silk Foundation as well. In the swatch picture you can see Maestro Fusion Makeup seems a lot lighter, but it is true that the pigment adjusts to your skin. When I first put it on I might look a little lighter, but the color becomes closer and closer to my skin tone as the day wears on. If your days are long, I would definitely recommend this foundation. Besides being low-maintenance, it actually keeps getting better!

Left: Maestro Fusion Makeup. Right: Luminous Silk Foundation, both in shade 5,5.

This is it blended out, but you really don’t see anything!

The foundation has an SPF 15 which is a great touch. However, in this season I would not recommend it as the sole source of your sun protection, especially considering how little you need for each use.

With all the praises I have sung about this foundation, there is one thing I feel obliged to mention. Maestro Fusion Makeup is touted as non-comedogenic, and I have never broken out from it, but it is very high on silicone. If you are not allergic to it, I would still encourage you to try. If you are, or if you have concerns about silicone, then this is something you might want to skip.

Bottom line: As long as silicone is not a concern, I would advise everyone to check it out. Maestro Fusion Makeup has gone where regular foundations cannot go, and I am seriously impressed by the easy application and quantity needed, the low-maintenance perfection that can be achieved with it is definitely going to sweep many off their feet!

What do you think? Are you excited yet, or are you scared of the big bad cone? What else is on your foundation wish list? Let’s hear from you!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup retails for 61 euros in Belgium. It will be available from the first of September in 2, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 7, and 8.

Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review is provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

  • Paris B

    Ah I’ve been very curious about this one since I’d heard of it! For the price, I will have to try it in person first which means checking it out at a counter overseas. I like the light texture. I did have trouble finding a colour match in the Luminous Silk Foundation (and it oxidised) so I’m a little hesitant about this one too. We’ll see :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Paris, yeah I agree, it’s always a good idea to try a foundation out before purchasing. This one does not oxidize. The way I look at it it is fused with your skin better and better throughout the day so I hope you’ll have some luck too!

  • projectswatch

    Wow, that’s so interesting – I hadn’t heard of this at all before. Must check it out!

    • Sunny

      Hey Emi! For some reason I think it will launch a bit later in the States, but you will be able to lay your hands on it!

  • mjacqueline

    I am totally excited about this I want! I can’t wait this to hit Singapore.

    • Sunny

      Haha keep me posted about how you like it, Jacqueline! It’s great news for consumers that better things just keep rolling out!

      • mjacqueline

        So true, I have to wait a while though. Lucky girl, you ladies seem to get all the good releases first!

        • Sunny

          Definitely not all! We had to wait forever for the fall ones!

  • Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I’ve been reading about this a lot and it sounds very good! It’s a bummer GA is not available here, so, Singapore, here I come :-)

    • Sunny

      Hey Lily it is a great one! I hope you’ll like it too!

  • perilouslypale

    I can’t wait to try this! Beautezine had me so intrigued and now you’ve cinched it. Sounds so cool!

    • Sunny

      Hey Christa, make sure you keep us posted about how you like it!

  • Larie

    You’ve sparked my interest! I’m not sure about the high silicone levels – they do tend to break me out after a while :/

    • Sunny

      Hey Larie, yeah the amount of silicone is the only thing I don’t love 100% about this one, but it really works very well. I think proper removal and some acid should do the trick though!

  • Strawberry Blonde

    I’m so excited to try this – can’t wait for it to come to the UK!

    Nic x

    • Sunny

      Hey Nic, I hope you’ll get to play with it soon! Let me know how you like it :)

  • ~ Claire ~

    That sounds very promising. It really looked like it melted into your skin (hand). I really like the Armani LSF, will definetly try this out. I think I can tolerate cones (but still, some foundations with cones break me out). But the price is quite $$$, I am really wondering if it is worth all the $$$, haha.

    • Sunny

      Hey Claire it really melts into the skin easily! It is indeed a rather pricey foundation, but I only need 4-5 drops each time, which means the bottle will last me much longer than regular foundations!

  • Tor

    I absolutely love the packaging! It looks like it blends really nicely.

    • Sunny

      The packaging makes sense for the consistency of this product, and it makes controlling how much you need very easy! After a couple of experiments you will be able to remember exactly how many drops you need. Pretty nifty!

  • Rianne

    Can you pls let me know what oxidized means? And which foundations oxidize? Does dior foundation oxidize?

    • Sunny

      Hey Rianne, oxidizing is when foundation (though this could also happen to blushes and other cream products) becomes darker (and sometimes dirty-looking and orange) on the skin. Whether this happens really depends on different individuals, and it tends to happen more easily on those with oilier skin or in summer, though a primer and setting powder might keep that from happening. I am lucky in a way that not much oxidizes on my skin, so I don’t have a list of foundations that oxidize on me to share! The best way to make sure a foundation will work for you is to get a sample. Luxury brand SAs are probably willing to squeeze some out into a little pot for you to try at home. Just observe if it starts looking too dark and “off” by the end of the day. If not then you’re good to go! Hope this helps!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    This sounds so interesting and the texture and finish sound divine–but I am quite skeptical that it will work on my very oily skin. I’d still love to try it though…

    • Sunny

      You should, Becca! Is your skin oily even without foundation? Sometimes I think the added layer is what makes it oily faster. If that’s the case then this should be fine! I personally can only use just the tiniest bit of setting powder with this, because otherwise it loses the nice finish for some hours!

  • Teri

    Hmm, it sounds interesting, but not really a foundation for me. But it’s great that it works really well on you!

    • Sunny

      Too bad, Teri! I know you have a hard time finding the ingredients that your skin likes though. Hope something else will come along soon!

  • sneezy

    Great review! I was hoping you can comment on the coverage of this foundation- especially for the oh-so-attractive red blots around the nose areas. Thanks =)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! The coverage is light to medium depending on how you apply and how much you want to build up. I do still need a separate concealer for bigger acne, but if I dab a tiny bit more under my eyes I’m actually good to go (my dark circles aren’t the worse though)!

  • Memoiselle

    Beautiful article! I am wanting to get a GA foundation but not sure which one. I am looking for a very low SPF to be worn at a wedding banquet so it won’t look very shiny when photographed in flash. I think I might give a chance to take a look at this one since this only has 15 SPF.

    • Sunny

      Thanks doll! Take a look at this because it doesn’t reflect bad! On top of that it stays perfect for a LONG time!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny, what a thorough review! I can’t wear chemical SPFs, so sadly the Armani range has always been out for me, which is disappointing since their luminous silk is HG material. The dry oil texture is intriguing and kind of cool!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Dovey! Oh yeah that chemical SPF problem probably limits your choices. I guess your best bet would be finding a day cream that contains a physical SPF and foundation that doesn’t? :)

  • BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS)

    Sounds very cool! I really want to try this one too, but because of the silicone I’d have to save it for special days haha.

    • Sunny

      Good thinking Tracy! I am also probably saving it for long days on which I have to look perfect!

  • Hanne van SWG (@Hanne_SWG)

    I love my foundation from Giorgio Armani :) Maybe I’ll love this one too, it sounds great!

    • Sunny

      I hope you will! It’s indeed a very innovative formula!

  • Alice

    I cannot wait to try this, thank you for the review! How does the coverage of the maestro foundation compare to the other GA foundations? I’m concerned I wont be able to get the coverage I’d like with it.

    • Sunny

      Hey Alice, the coverage of this one, depending on how you apply it, can go from sheer or medium. I have never tried to build the coverage up more with a sponge, but I guess you can!

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    Omg! WOW, that’s incredible! I have to try this sometime. I am not partial on silicones but am not allergic either. I’ll bet it’s very smooth indeed!

    • Sunny

      It’s REALLY smooth, Jen. I also love how low-maintenance it is. No blotting or touching up necessary!

  • Steph

    Tried it… doesn’t give the coverage I need…

  • Monica

    Silicone is my nemesis. Any recommendations on non- matte finish, decent coverage, silicone- free foundations???? Please- I beg you.

    • Sunny

      Hey Monica! All the foundations I have personally tested contain silicone, it just depends on how much there is in there. The Guerlain one I reviewed today (Parure de Lumiere) is already one that has the least, but still it does contain silicone.

      Your best chance might be mineral foundation? Have you taken a look at those?

    • Sunny

      Hey Monica, so I talked to some bloggers and they mentioned Bourjois Bio Detox. I don’t know whether Bourjois is available where you are, but it’s worth taking a look? Hope this helps xx

  • Gail

    I bought this in HK and the Giorgio sales counter staff applied for me to test the staying power and whether I like it enough to buy. Well, I like it as it looks natural and since I am currently using Giorgio’s Lasting Silk UV Foundation, I’m happy to stick with their foundation. So hoping to finish up my current Giorgio foundation first before getting started with the Maestro. Also bought the UV Master Primer which helped brighten my skin before make-up.

    • Sunny

      OOO I haven’t tried the GA primer yet. I hope it’ll work well for you!

  • Sunny

    Aww so sorry to hear that, Steph. Did you try to layer it up a little? I find this one in particular easy to layer, since each other is SO fine.