The Giorgio Armani Maestro Mediterranea Collection brings us an extension of the Maestro Fusion makeup line with three new Fusion Blushes in 300, 400 and 500 ($52 each for 15 ml/0.5 fl oz) and one new Liquid Summer Bronzer ($64 for 30 ml/1 fl oz). These come packaged similar to the Maestro Fusion Foundations with a squeeze dropper to dispense the liquid onto the back of your hand or onto a brush before blending on the face. The summer colors have intense pigment and look extremely dark if you see them directly in the bottles. Fortunately these blend extremely well with a blush or fingers and are easily layerable. The texture is very liquid with a satiny finish. The feel on the skin is almost like velvet and lasting power is very good from morning to late evening without fading.
New summer cheek and bronzer items at the counter Fusion Blushes, Liquid Summer Bronzer, Cheek Fabric Blushes and Sun Fabric Bronzers:
I picked Fusion Blush #400 (the lightest of the three) after testing the colors at the counter. This has a frosted bottle that is skinnier and smaller than the other Maestro Fusion items. #400 is a coral red pink that is easy to blend. I really like how pigmented these are. I found the Fusion Blush performed much better than the Face Fabrics - however I've never been a huge fan of the Face Fabric formula. They have always felt too silicone-like on my skin. The new Fusion Blushes have a slightly velvety feel but they adhere to the skin well. I give this one a huge thumbs up although I feel this one is extremely overpriced for the size.
The Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer is a lovely neutral bronze. This one has a very subtle shimmer to the color that doesn't show up on the face but gives the skin depth. I am surprised that this formula only comes in one shade of bronze. I do think it will suit fair to tan skins but those with darker skintones may find this one won't show up. I really love this one for the texture and color. I do think application can get a bit messy if you're not careful with the packaging.
Swatches, three ways to show the intensity of the color and how you can blend/build color.
Packaging comparisons for Armani liquid bottles:
Comparisons to NARS G-Spot Multiple, Armani Face Fabric #2 (discontinued), Chanel Bronze Universel de Chanel (my holy grail cream bronzer/counter product), MAC Weekend To the Beach Creme Bronzer (discontinued) and NARS Vientaine Matte Multiple (review soon).
I'm overall really pleased with the results of the Summer Maestro Liquid Blush and Bronzer. I'm not thrilled with the prices - although these are luxury items and well designed in all aspects from packaging, formula and long-wear quality I do think the prices are on the steep side. Right now they are listed as limited-edition but I'm not 100% sure if they are.
You can find the entire collection now at Nordstrom. All three shades of Blush Fusions are also available online now at Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus (I suspect they will have the bronzer online soon and the entire collection will show up at other retailers shortly).
Did you check out the collection yet? What were your thoughts? (PS I picked up a few of the new cheek and sun fabric powders but haven't had time to test them out yet.)