Giorgio Armani Beauty – #100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15

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With the long Winter finally behind us and the scent of heat finally in the air, I start thinking of the beach (who am I kidding? I think of the beach ALL THE TIME), and while I love the look of tanned skin, bad practices when I was younger have taken their toll … so, it’s the faux glow option I’m embracing more these days. Giorgio Armani Beauty takes it to the next level with the #100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15 – or as I like to call it, bottled Summer. In the same groundbreaking and innovative formula of the Maestro Fusion Foundation – which spawned countless copies from brands on a global scale – one drop is practically all you need for a gorgeous sun-kissed look.

Armani Beauty listen up: you need to create a full-body version. STAT.

 

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#100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15 (CAN $64.00 – 30 ml/1 fl oz) In the same format as the Maestro Fusion Foundation (see my review here), the #100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15 is a liquid bronzer in a thin, somewhat watery consistency. As with the foundation, this product is also dispensed with a dropper, which is very convenient for hygienic reasons and for measuring out a precise amount. Highly concentrated, one drop is surprisingly enough for your entire face and it can be used several ways:

  • dabbed on to the high planes of the face & blended for a naturally bronzed look (over foundation)
  • applied under a lightweight foundation to the high planes of the face for a more subtle bronzed tone
  • mixed with foundation and applied all over the face for a lightly tanned glow
  • used as a contour to emphasize features

The liquid, which comes in only 1 shade, is a medium brown colour with ultra fine golden/iridescent shimmer, although once applied it dries down to a velvety finish with the slightest hint of a satiny sheen – no shimmer in evidence at all. Initial application is best done by using your fingers to help spread it along the skin, followed by a densely-headed brush (such as the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush or the Shisheido flat-topped foundation brush) to buff it in seamlessly and blend out the edges. Easily buildable in areas where you want more definition (such as the hollows of the cheeks, sides of the nose, or temples/jawline, if used more as a contouring product than bronzer), the #100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15 leaves behind the most natural and believable tanned look to the skin I’ve seen yet, without emphasizing pores or any dreaded orange undertones, and while it can be quite saturated, the beauty here is that this is a product that can also be easily sheered out if needed, to give just a whisper of colour. Lasting power is impressive as well, going easily past the 11-hour mark before (I noticed) any significant fading. The only downside, is that it is available in just the 1 shade, albeit a universal colour at that, and since it can be applied with a light touch or built up for more visibility/intensity, this is a product that is versatile enough to suit basically all skin tones across the spectrum. I’m not sure why the SPF 15 was incorporated into this product, as any protection it gives will only be present in those areas where applied – you’re still much better off in ensuring your skin is well protected beforehand with your usual sunscreen, although the extra bit of SPF from the #100 Maestro Liquid Summer is welcome just the same.

 

 

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Giorgio Armani Beauty – #100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15

 

For an incredibly believable and natural-looking tanned tone, then you absolutely need to try out the #100 Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15. With its ease of use and spreadability, you will find yourself turning to it throughout the course of the season to maintain that perfect sun-kissed tone, regardless of whether it’s used to extend … or mimic … a beachside glow. There’s a bit of a learning curve in learning how to apply this product to its best advantage (as with all bronzers), although once you’ve figured out what works best for you, there’s literally no going back. Adding a light dusting of shimmery highlighter on top amps up the Golden Goddess effect – yet another option to indulge in with this magical elixir, but regardless of your preferences, this is one bronzer you won’t want to pass up.

Available now through Holt Renfrew and select Hudson Bay stores (Canada), find more information via:

 

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*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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