Concealer has never really been a, how do I say this…exciting product for me. I love to shop for eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, lipstick/gloss, etc., but when it comes to stuff like concealer, I always feel a bit bored, truth be told. In my eyes, concealer has always just been concealer–nothing special, really. But then I started hearing murmurings of a genius new product from Giorgio Armani–the Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer.
The technology behind the Maestro line supposedly took 8 years to perfect and the result is the Dark Circle Concealer and the Maestro Fusion Makeup. What’s the big deal, you say? Well, according to Giorgio Armani, this product is ”a new hybrid concealer category combining skincare and makeup, with an incomparably fine texture. A therapeutic and illuminating concealer that instantly brightens the eye area, gradually fades away the blue tone of dark circles, and moisturizes eyelids to enhance the eyes and radiance of the face. The eye area glows, and the complexion’s natural radiance is revived.” The Maestro Eraser contains haloxyl (a peptide that neutralizes under-eye circles),”moonlight”, an illuminating agent that reflects light and creates a luminous glow, and caffeine, which de-puffs the eye area.
The packaging is a simple plastic squeeze tube with a thin nozzle. I wouldn’t mind the packaging at all (I think it’s pretty standard) if it actually worked! Let me explain: the cap does not screw on securely so whenever I remove it, I always find the nozzle covered in product. This drives me batty! I don’t care that it’s only a minuscule amount, I paid $40 for it! I also don’t like my products to look messy, so whenever I see the concealer-coated nozzle when I unscrew it, I get very irritated. I do find that storing the tube upside-down helps, though.
Aside from the packaging, everything about this product is perfection. The colors I have are #2 and #3. #2 is a light beige that leans cool. #3 is described as an “apricot beige”. It’s a light-medium warm beige with slight apricot-y hues. I love having both in my arsenal because as we head in Fall and finally Winter, my skin (like most everyone else’s) will get a lot paler. So when that happens, I can just start mixing a bit of #2 into #3 to get my desired shade. Keep in mind though that these shades are extremely forgiving and buying 2 shades is not necessary.
Now, on to the texture. I don’t even know where to begin–this stuff feels incredible! It’s so light and thin without being watery. Right off the bat, one would think that a concealer described as “thin” wouldn’t do any real concealing. On the contrary, the Maestro Eraser actually does a pretty damn good job! Though it’s targeted towards concealing dark circles on the under-eye area, that’s not to say you can’t use it on the rest of your face. I probably wouldn’t try to conceal any blemishes or scars with this product, but I do sometimes use it around my nose and mouth. It brightens any darkness I have in those areas and evens out my skin tone. Think of this product like YSL’s Touche Eclat–use it where you want to add some light and just a hint of coverage. If it weren’t for the Maestro Eraser’s illuminating capabilities, this would probably just be an average, sheer to medium coverage concealer (albeit with an awesome texture). But because it does brighten, it gently diffuses the look of dark circles and makes you look fresher, brighter, and well-rested.
If you squeeze a small amount onto your hand and look at it closely under the light, you’ll be able to see a faint shimmer (see the picture directly below). But once you blend that in, those particles almost seem to melt into your skin and are no longer visible at all, leaving behind a subtle luminosity. There’s no visible shimmer left whatsoever, but the area in question has been beautifully brightened.
To blend, all you have to do is simply take your ring finger and pat it into the skin. You really only have to tap your finger over it a few times, depending on how much you apply (hint: only a tiny dot is necessary to conceal under both eyes), et voilà–it’s perfectly blended into the skin. I swear, I know people use this phrase all the time, but this stuff practically blends itself–I really mean it! The best part is when you’re done, the concealer has somehow managed to become one with your skin. It looks like your skin, feels like your skin, it is your skin–only better!
As far as the claims that Armani makes for this concealer, I’d say they’re all pretty spot-on…I’m not sure that my dark circles have improved since I started using this–and honestly I don’t know that they will (my dark circles are hereditary)–but either way, this is an outstanding under-eye concealer. It doesn’t accentuate dry patches, feels like silk going on, and blends beautifully. Overall, I think this is a stand-out product–it’s the first concealer I’ve ever been excited about. I think the airy texture is a dream come true–it’s exactly what I’ve always wanted wanted in a concealer. The Maestro Eraser comes in 6 shades. You really have to try it to believe it!
Pros: thin, fluid texture feels incredible and is easy to work with; blends like a dream; feels and looks like skin; contains ingredients that not only conceal but work to treat the under-eye area;
Cons: the cap is not secure and that, added with the fluidity of the concealer, makes for a bit of a mess
»»Pricing: $40/0.5 fl. oz. (15 ml.)
»»Recommended for: all skin types; those with dark undereye circles that they want to conceal and brighten
»»Overall Rating: A
I love this stuff so much that plan on purchasing the Maestro foundation this week, so expect a review of that to come! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!