A Radiant Summer Glow with Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation & Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer: Swatches & Review

Summertime makeup to me is all about achieving a luminous, radiant base, and when the temperature rises, equally important is finding effective protection from the sun’s harsh rays. Enter in *Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Foundation and the *Maestro UV Skin defense primer with SPF 30. I have had the opportunity to test both products for a little over two weeks now, and today I have my verdict to share with you. 

The Maestro Glow foundation is housed in a glass bottle complete with a dropper.  The foundation is comprised of oils and pure pigments and must be shaken before application. I have used a beauty blender as well as the recommended application which is with your fingers. There are nine shades available and I am in the shade 5.5 which is a perfect match for my NW 35 complexion. The coverage feels weightless and incredibly airy on my skin all the while helping me to achieve a radiant and luminous complexion.  The foundation offers medium coverage that helps to even out my complexion with about 4 drops. For areas that need a little more coverage and reinforcement such as my under eye area, I prefer to follow up by using a lightweight concealer on top and the coverage still looks seamless. The foundation looks and feels like serum and when applied, it doesn’t feel the least oily nor greasy. I can set the foundation lightly with my Luminous Silk Compact, reviewed here and my skin looks radiant, glow-y and perfected with coverage that lasts a good 6 hours. 

Details courtesy of Nordstrom:

Maestro Glow is the first bi-phase foundation elixir that gives you the richest glow in the thinnest texture. The light, silky formula gives you an instant and lasting glow thanks to true skincare oils infused with pure pigments. These oils make the texture comfortable, easy to apply and nourishing for women with drier skin. Each drop perfects the complexion. 


The Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer contains a sun protection factor or SPF of 50! This product has been an absolute dream to work with. Applied before the application of makeup, it helps to smooth and create an optimal canvas before the application of makeup. The primer feels lightweight and fluid, and absorbs easily into my skin without leaving a white cast. I have tried the Maestro UV primer underneath the Maestro Glow as well as with some of my favorite foundations and it works wonderfully every time, helping my makeup to stay intact all the while providing protection from the sun’s harsh, damaging rays. Since the summer heat is now in full swing in Southern California, I also mist myself with an SPF infused makeup setting spray at different intervals of the day for added protection.  On the days I prefer to go makeup free, I’ve added the primer after my daily  moisturizer and it works wonderfully, no less. 

I couldn’t be happier with this new addition to my makeup routine and would highly recommend you check it out. 

Details courtesy of Nordstrom:

Maestro UV is a new-generation makeup base that improves overall makeup results and prolongs wear while combating anti-aging enemies such as sun damage and pollution. Broad spectrum SPF 50 provides UVA/UVB filters that are completely transparent. These filters disperse onto the skin invisibly, absorbing rays and preventing them from reaching the skin. Targeted fillers blur imperfections and smooth the skin, creating a surface for an all-day impeccable makeup result.

Swatches taken in direct sunlight. R-L: Maestro UV Primer, Maestro Glow Foundation
Swatches taken in direct sunlight. R-L: Maestro UV Primer, Maestro Glow Foundation

In summary, I am very impressed with the finish and formula of the Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup foundation and the anti-aging and protective properties of the Maestro UV Primer. This combination works together harmoniously to perfect my complexion. I think this foundation would work for those of you seeking a very natural, yet luminous lightweight base that provides sheer to medium coverage.

The Maestro Glow Foundation and Maestro UV primer retails for $64 each. At this time,  Nordstrom has a two piece limited edition duo of the Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Primer and their popular Fluid Sheer in #2, swatched here for $85, a $126 value.  (Pictured below) You can find it here. (not an affiliate link)

 What are some of your Giorgio Armani Beauty favorites? Please share in the comments below. Stay tuned for my review and swatches the new additions to my Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro collection.

Thank you for stopping by today.



* This post contains products that were kindly provided for review. All opinions are honest and expressly my own. 


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