Average Rating 3.8/5
Review by ifthe
Beautiful semi matte finish.
Doesnít settle into fine lines or pores, does not accentuate dry patches.
Unique dry oil texture, but totally non greasy
Seems to last well, though the coverage is so light it can be hard to tell.
The price. This is far too expensive for what it is. I definitely feel like Iím paying more for the prestige of the name and less for the product!
The inclusion of fragrance, bitter orange oil, Linalool, and limonene. All of these have a potential to irritate skin. Bitter orange oil can cause photosensitivity which can cause collagen to break down.
Contains Alcohol denat. There is evidence to suggest that alcohol causes free radical damage, but there are also studies that believe the alcohol evaporates so quickly it has no time to cause any problems.
Contains TONS of silicones. Those who are sensitive will have to skip this.
The sunscreen is 3% Octinoxate. This is a chemical sunscreen that has been known to cause stinging and irritation in those with sensitive skin.
Coverage is very, very light. You can build to a slightly less than medium level of coverage, but those with more than minor skin imperfections will need to do some major concealing.
I think I wouldíve given this 3 stars if I hadnít discovered the new Paula's Choice Resist Instant Smoothing Foundation recently. It has an identical finish and better coverage (though it isnít full coverage by any means!). Though I admit it lacks the lightness, longevity, and color selection of Maestro, it more than makes up for it with its lack of irritants (in fact, it is full of proven ingredients that are beneficial for the skin!), and more palatable price tag.