Maestro Fusion Blush

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There's so much to like about Armani's Maestro Fusion Blush, but unfortunately the negatives are just too great to ignore. Sigh. We hate being the bearer of bad news about any makeup product (we are makeup junkies after all), but it's our job to report the facts so you can make an informed decision.

But first, the good: this liquid blush comes in a glass bottle with a dropper, which helps control the amount you use. A little goes a very long way – it doesn't take much to get a good, healthy flush of color on your cheeks.

This blends exceptionally well, and feels almost powdery once it sets (a positive for those who worry liquid blush will feel greasy). The shade selection is small but attractive, and this wears well throughout the day without fading.

But here's the bad part: this blush contains both alcohol AND fragrance, a terrible combination for anyone's skin! Alcohol can cause dryness and damage healthy collagen production, while fragrance causes irritation and can hurt skin's ability to heal. There's nothing pretty about either of these things, so skip this product; you can find better blushes at both at the drugstore or department store!

  • Color quality is strong – a little goes a long way!
  • Blends well.
  • Small but attractive shade selection.
  • Wears well throughout the day without fading.
  • Contains alcohol, which can be drying and damage healthy collagen products.
  • Contains fragrance, which causes irritation.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit

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