Giorgio Armani's New Maestro Foundation Is Full of Oil

And it's fan-freaking-tastic.

Remember when, way back in August, I mentioned there was a foundation I was obsessing over—but that I couldn't tell you what it was just yet?

That was partially because it didn't hit stores until September, but mostly because I wrote about it for FLARE's October issue, and it's considered a bit impolite to scoop oneself on such matters before the magazine lands on newsstands. (The article's up online too, if you want to have a read.)

Since the coast is clear now, I can tell you: out of all the products I tested (the premise was "2012's top beauty innovations"), there was no contest with this one. No contest!

It's incredible.

I want you to meet Giorgio Armani's Maestro Skin Perfector:

He's so special that he gets his very own post. And we've been together non-stop since we first met in July. I feel a bit bad about that, because I had so many skin-perfecting prodz that I loved... but this is such a game-changer, and so different from anything I've used before, that there is just no going back.

So the deal is that it's an oil. A thin, runny oil with pigment in it.

WUT? Well, think of it as something in between a traditional creamy or liquidy foundation and a lightweight BB cream or tinted moisturizer. The problem with most foundations is that while they contain a high proportion of pigment (15 percent), they're an emulsion of about 80 percent oil and 20 percent water, which can be tricky to spread and can give a mask-like effect. Meanwhile, BB creams are 80 percent water and 20 percent oil... but only 4 percent pigment, so they can't do that much to correct skin tone.

The Maestro is different—a brand new category, really—because it's 60 percent oil, with 11 percent pigment. That means it's less greasy than normal foundation (YES, even though it feels like pure oil), a lot easier to spread and blend, and you get great coverage without any powdery, fake-looking finish.

I mean, you can't really even call it a foundation.

Ever since my dalliance with the oil-cleansing method, I've been a bit nervous about putting oils on my face. But I'm happy to report that this oil (a dry oil) has not only played nice with my skin, it's also completely non-greasy... so don't worry about it making you shiny if you have oily skin. It simply melts right in and doesn't look or feel like you're wearing ANYTHING. Except that your skin is more perfected. And it doesn't cake or settle, like in those tiny creases underneath your eyes. Plus, it has SPF 15.

There are 12 shades and you only need two drops, so that makes the $68 price tag (it's at Holt Renfrew) a bit less scary. I, for one, will be buying some when my press sample runs out—and trust me, there are VERY few products I can say that about.

Tell me:

Are you excited about the concept of a pigmented oil?

Have you tried the Maestro yet?

What other foundations are currently rocking your world? (Urban Decay also has a good one out this fall... although it still doesn't hold a candle to this guy!)

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