Jun 042014

Armani Liquid Summer1I’ve been enjoying Giorgio Armani’s Liquid Summer Bronzer ($64) since I purchased it several weeks ago. To digress a bit, I was shopping in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I saw this as a new item on a Nordstrom counter. Because my time was short, I didn’t want to do a full-on discussion with a makeup artist. Which is too bad, because typically Armani artists are really well informed, and I tend to get the most use out of the products when I get that type of advice. So, I dashed a bit onto my cheeks and chin, and lightly across my forehead hairline. After about 60 seconds, I had my debit card out and ready, waiting impatiently for the sales associate that I had been so assiduously trying to avoid. I had to have it–it made my skin look beautifully, natural and far better than it really has a right to.

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I’m sure you are familiar with the Armani Maestro formula (if not, see this post). It’s remarkably lightweight–it seems that Armani formulators have developed a way to suspend pigment in a highly-controllable, almost-nothing-there base that allows for intelligent and beautiful application. If you’ve never tried a liquid bronzer, you should know how absolutely natural then can look. Unlike powders, they work beautifully with liquid foundations too. They can be mixed with liquid foundations, worn under them for more subtlety, or layered over in a way that sort of melds the two together. Now, take that and add the fact that this is an extremely fine serum formulation of a liquid bronzer and whew–it’s really amazing. It blows the older bronzers out of the water (no, I’m not giving up my Guerlain 4 Seasons, but hopefully you get the idea).

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Armani Liquid Summer can be layered, mixed, and despite the appearance of fine sparkle in the formula, provides a very skin-like natural look. I did my best with my swatches, here, but I’m still on the road and my bronzer stash and photography conditions are sub-optimal at present.

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Overall, I love this product (which is, sadly, limited edition).  There are some products that make me think that I could live with only Armani in my life. Now that the line is reformulating its eyeshadows, and combined with products like this one, I could be right about that.

Armani Liquid Summer Bronzer is available at Nordstrom.com, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.


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  7 Responses to “Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer Review”

  1. Hi Amy,

    What are your thoughts of using that as a subtle contour? I am not a big bronzer person, but I am looking for something to do everyday contouring… and I love liquid products, I have tried the NARS Mulitple Matt (the “new” one) but I am still not too happy with the results. I love Armani’s sheer fluid 11 so this new brozer fluid has been in my radar for a while Thanks for your review.

    And I also can’t wait to hear about your thoughts on the new Chanel Le Beige Collection.


    • Hi Daisy, I think the color is a bit on the “bronze” side to use as a contour–there are some cream contours on the market (Tom Ford, Hourglass) Had you considered one of those?

      • Hi Amy,

        Thanks for your reply. I have tried the one from Tom Ford, but somehow, I can’t get very good control with cream product… it maybe just a matter of practice in my techniques….. but I have no idea that Hourglass has a cream product as well…. need to check it out. Thanks


  2. omg it look soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful … but it’s quite pricey and not sure if i can find it ;[

  3. Hi Amy,
    Do you know how this compares to the Chanel Pure Brilliance? I’m hoping it’s less “shimmery”. It looks awesome- I can’t use any of Armani’s other Maestro products because they contain too much alcohol- but I’m hoping that using just a bit of this will work!

    • It is nowhere near as shimmery as Chanel Pure Brilliance. Other liquid bronze-toned options that are low in shimmer include Koh Gen Doh (at Sephora), Rouge Bunny Rouge As If It Were Summer Still, and MAC Bronze BB Cream (new product, three shades, in two formats–liquid and cream compact).

  4. Hi Amy, I just wanted to say thank you for this review! After I read your review, I ran out to purchase Liquid Summer, and absolutely love it! I had hesitated to purchase the product before reading your review, given the price point and because I didn’t know if I really needed yet another bronzer. But, I’ve used it daily since purchasing it weeks ago and love this product. (In case you’re interested, here’s my review of Liquid Summer: http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/giorgio-armani-maestro-liquid-summer-bronzer-review/)

    Thanks again for helping me find this new makeup love!

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