Product Review | GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Maestro Fusion Makeup Octinoxate Sunscreen SPF 15

Product Review | GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Maestro Fusion Makeup Octinoxate Sunscreen SPF 15 in Shade 6.5  ($64, Sephora)

Product Details (from Sephora's website): A lightweight makeup primer that visibly softens, absorbs oil, blurs imperfections, and protects skin from the sun.  Maestro Fusion Makeup Octinoxate Sunscreen primes the skin for makeup application to improve the look of texture and hold while combatting environmental elements that can age the skin, including air pollution and the sun. The formula protects against the sun with filters that invisibly absorb and disperse UV rays. The filters also visibly blur imperfections, absorb oil, and smooth the complexion for all-day, shine-free, flawless results.

Review:  I purchased this during the Sephora Fall 2018 VIB Sale.  My goal was to repurchase the Luminous Silk foundation but I was intrigued by this serum concoction especially for the winter time.  The box packaging is in its classic Armani Beauty high shine black material and white typography.  It comes in a nice frosted glass bottle with a dropper.  Since this is a serum primer, it has a very watery consistency and very thin but can be used on its own.  Some serum primers have weight in them, this one does not.  This offers a sheer coverage, perfect for those no-makeup look days.  For me, and in my honest opinion, that is all that it does.  It is a tinted makeup primer.  I have used this on its own and have enjoyed it.  It can work as a foundation but only if it is a sheer coverage.  If you try to layer it and make it a multi-tasking product, it will break apart and slide all over - and that is only building it up to a light coverage.  Honestly, I do not use this as a primer but instead a sheer coverage foundation.  What I really like to do is mix it with some of my soft matte foundations such as the Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr and Burberry Cashmere.  I will try to use it as a primer one of these days and give an updated review.

Would I recommend this product?  For the price and what it does? No.  You can get the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for half the price and it will prime your face just as good.  If you have normal skin with very few problem areas and want to splurge and try this, sure.  Other than that, stick to what you have that works.