|My very own bottle of Maestro in 5.5. The product is dispensed with a dropper for added control and precision.
|5.5 is a medium beige for medium skin with neutral-to-warm undertones.
|Maestro Fusion Makeup shades 2-6.5 in the shade.
|Maestro Fusion Makeup in shades 2-6.5 in direct sunlight.
Maestro Shade Descriptions 2-6.5:
|Maestro Fusion Makeup slightly blended in the shade.
|Maestro Fusion Makeup slightly blended in direct sunlight.
|A closeup of the shades in the oft-purchased light to medium range.
|Maestro Fusion Makeup in shades 7-12 in the shade.
Above and below: Maestro Fusion Makeup in shades 7-12 in direct sunlight.
Maestro Shade Descriptions 7-12:
7: Medium warm golden beige (very similar in tone to 6.5, just a hair darker)
8: True medium to medium-dark tan with neutral undertones for medium-dark tan skin.
10: Warm dark tan for warm tan skin with very golden undertones.
11.5: Dark brown for dark brown skin with warm undertones.
12: Darkest brown for dark brown skin with neutral undertones.
Bottom Line: I will be trying Maestro Fusion Makeup during my long teaching days all week…I cannot wait to experience its finish and document its staying power! Though I haven’t had the chance (in the five hours of owning it!) to properly give it a trial run on my face, I can attest to the fact that it is inordinately silky, blends like a dream (even with fingers!) and provides a significant veil of natural coverage without a “makeup-y” finish. So far, (and I concede, this may be premature) I am smitten. Please check back later on this week for more images and my review. In the meanwhile, I hope that these swatches are abundantly helpful as you seek your perfect Maestro match!
–The Beauty Professor
|5.5 is a touch lighter and peachier in tone than 6.5, which is but a hair darker and a smidgen more yellow beige.
|Swatches in direct sunlight.
Using this makeup is so easy. After applying Sponge Ladi Avokanto Oil, followed by LMdB Peau Vierge and some Koh Gen Do UV Milk (SPF 30), I only need the recommended three to four drops of Maestro to cover my entire face (using my fingers to apply). Its velvety texture melts into the skin instantly while somehow simultaneously erasing imperfections and unevenness on contact. This is a wondrous process to behold…it just makes your skin better in a flash, while still looking just like your skin. The finish is satin in nature…matte enough to not need powder right away but glowy enough to be believable. It lasts for a good eight hours, even in heat, and I’ve endured some 12, yes, 12 hour teaching days lately in which my foundation looks basically the same as when first applied it! My only concern was the added octinoxate chemical sunscreen (I much prefer physical sunscreen and have very sensitive skin in general) but, despite preferring it not be included, I thankfully have not experienced any breakouts or reactions. All in all, Maestro is living up to its hype!
|Maestro after a few minutes…it is blended and has dried down to an almost imperceptible skin like finish…note that 5.5 and 6.5 do not look drastically different in shade at this point. I attribute this to the makeup’s built in ability to adjust to one’s skin tone.
|Maestro 6.5 indoors with direct sunlight from window…in the morning.
|Maestro 6.5 in complete shade in the afternoon.
|Maestro 6.5 mid-day in partial shade.
|Maestro 6.5 mid-day in partial shade (again!).
|A blend of Maestro 5.5 and 6.5 at the end of a ten hour day in direct sunlight…a bit glowy but still completely intact.
|While my expression is dubious at best, I think this image masterfully reflects the flawless velvet texture that Maestro (in 6.5) yields on the skin!