Made In My Shade: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup

Yes, I found a color that matches my skin tone, but before we get to that, I need a moment to geek out about the texture of this product. It is fantastic.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup ($62), a foundation and skin perfector with SPF 15 and a mix of oils and pigments, is amazing because it completely disappears into the skin. Seriously, it’s like it becomes one with your face—you can’t feel it or see it once you blend it in.

The formula doesn’t contain any water, but it’s incredibly thin. In fact, it’s so lightweight that the bottle is topped off with a dropper instead of a regular cap or a pump. It seems strange at first, but the texture is so liquid-y that it makes sense.

The other ingredient that’s missing from Maestro Makeup is powder. And yet it gives a flawless matte finish. Hmmm…it’s all very mysterious and magical. Also, it took the company eight years to make it, so that might have something to do with how good it is.

OK, now let’s talk color. There are only three shades that are categorized as “dark,” but one of them, #11.5, works really well for me. Most women with a complexion similar to Naomi Campbell’s could wear it. But, I suspect that when my face gets lighter as we get deeper into winter, the makeup might start to look a teensy, tiny bit too red on me. But for now, I’m loving it.

I also tested the next lightest shade, #10, and I think it’s a good option for those with a Kerry Washington-colored complexion. I didn’t try out the deepest hue, #12, but I’m guessing it would be gorgeous on skin tones like Viola Davis’s. I wish the dark range were a little bigger so that more brown-skinned women could experience the makeup–it’s such a beautiful product. I like it even better than Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($59), which I mentioned as one of my favorites in a story I wrote for Glamour last year.

Have you tried Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup yet? Thoughts? 

P.S. For more Made In My Shade posts, click here.

Made In My Shade: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

When I think of Urban Decay, in-your-face, edgy color immediately comes to mind. You know, the kind of makeup shades that are typically NSFW? So I was very intrigued when I heard the brand launched a foundation that’s supposed to look and feel “like wearing nothing at all.” I wondered: “Did they really get the texture right? Are the brown shades dark enough?” I requested a couple of samples so I could find out. I was a little nervous when I tried the makeup because I love Urban Decay—I did not want them to fail. So my verdict on the foundation is…

… I find Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($38) guilty of being fantastic. Shade 10.0 is a perfect match for my skin tone, and the oil-free formula is as sheer as promised. I wore the makeup in broad daylight and it didn’t look like I was all made up for a photo shoot or paparazzi ambush or something, which is one of my biggest fears about foundation. That, and the color being too red.  Neither are the case with this stuff. It’s pricey, but I think products that make your complexion look flawless are worth the extra dough. Agree or disagree?

P.S. Check out two other great foundations here and here.

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Made In My Shade: Burberry Sheer Luminous Foundation

Oh, how I love it when a cosmetics company has the good sense to make foundation shades for dark skin tones. Today I’m all excited about the beautiful new brown colors from Burberry. Hooray! A brand that gets it!

Burberry just added four additional shades of liquid foundation, concealer and powder foundation to their Burberry Skin and Glow line to “meet the needs of the universal Burberry customer,” according to the press release. (Did you hear that, other beauty companies?) The lack of foundation shades for brown complexions continues to boggle my mind (same goes for BB creams), so news like this gives me hope.

I tried the Sheer Luminous Foundation in Trench No. 12 ($52) and it blends into my skin perfectly. If you’re a brown-skinned woman, you know that is such a good feeling. BTW, if you don’t like wearing powder over your base, you’ll like this formula—the finish is just matte enough. Interested? You can get it here. And expect more of these Made In My Shade posts on a regular basis. I will not stop blabbing about this issue until there’s nothing more to complain about!

On a positive note, what foundation is currently working for you?

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