Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50

Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 is the latest makeup base (or primer) from Giorgio Armani Beauty. It comes in a white glass bottle with a dropper. I’ve been testing the new makeup bases recently. This Armani primer looks more glowy on the skin than the new Diorskin Forever & Ever makeup base (more matte), so I feel it might be better for people with dry skin. Nevertheless, it works very well with my normal-to-oily combination skin. I tried it with the Armani Maestro Glow Bi-Phase foundation (also new this spring 2016) and the foundation lasted 8 hours without oxidizing or fading.

What I like about the Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer:

  • thin white liquid, silky feel, makes skin look uniform and luminous;
  • glowy finish, good for drier skins but even for normal to oily skin like mine;
  • very high sun protection (SPF 50).

What I don’t like about it is the dropper applicator and the bulky bottle (not so good for travel). It’s clumsy. Maybe others like it, but I don’t. I end up spilling liquid and with something as expensive as this ($64), you do not want to spill a drop.

Available from Sephora, Armani online, and department stores.

Do you need a makeup base?

There’s a lot of confusion about makeup bases or primer. Ask yourself if you REALLY need a makeup base. The problem is makeup bases or primers have become so expensive! Look at this Armani primer. It’s $64. You could buy another foundation or two with the money.

You don’t need a makeup base if:

  • you don’t have oily skin;
  • you don’t wear makeup for more than 4 hours;
  • you have sensitive skin;
  • you don’t like wearing a lot of makeup;
  • you are in a hurry;
  • you are on a budget.

You do need a makeup base if:

  • you have oily skin;
  • you are appearing on TV or on stage;
  • you will wear foundation and makeup for more than 4 hours;
  • you have time to apply the makeup base and wait a couple of minutes for it to set;
  • you are not on a budget;
  • your skin doesn’t react to too many products.

I’ll be honest here. I don’t usually wear makeup base, but if it’s hot and humid and I will be wearing foundation for more than 4 hours, I’ll do it to make sure the foundation, blush and eye shadow do not melt off my face. Now would I buy this Armani primer? No, because the price is so outrageous. I’ve got my limits.

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