Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 Review & Swatches

The thought of using liquid bronzer never really entered my mind. I always thought it was a hassle, a highway to disaster, and plainly speaking, it just has to be really difficult to use. Of course, this was all before I met the new Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer! This thing literally changed my whole perspective of liquid bronzer, and let’s just say, it’s going to be hard for me to go back to powder now. :)

First I would like to give a big shout out to my lovely blogger friend Carolyn at for introducing me to this product! You can follow along and read her brilliant review here!

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Note about the packaging: do be extra careful when you open the bottle for the first time! The liquidy product was literally filled to the brim of the glass bottle and if you are not careful, things can get really messy! :) I’m not too crazy about this style of packaging to be honest. It’s quite unhygienic and non-user/travel-friendly. The dropper dispenser is nice since it allows you to gauge the exact amount to use each time but you can achieve the same result with a pump bottle. Ugh, I’m so picky about packaging sometimes! ;D

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Liquid Summer (don’t you just love the name? How very fitting!) is a highly saturated, warm-toned, medium brown liquid bronzer that contains enormous amount of gold shimmer. The shimmer, luckily, is ultra fine and doesn’t translate to anything but a healthy radiance and flattering sun-kissed glow on your complexion. To me, Its texture feels more oily than liquidy, making it easier to apply on the face. It may look a little dark in the bottle but it actually sheers out a lot once blended and spread out. The first time I used it I was so afraid it would make me look too dark so I only used just a touch of it (not even a full drop), only to find out that it sheered out into almost nothing! I’d say a few drops is a good start to see a difference.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

There are several ways you can use this multi-purpose liquid gold. ;D

  • Mix a few drops with your usual moisturizer to add a subtle, healthy glow to your overall complexion. Increase the amount for a more dramatic effect!
  • Mix with your current foundation to darken the color as well as illuminating the complexion. I have actually been doing this everyday since right now most of my foundations are too light for my summer tan.
  • Apply directly on your bare skin or over foundation to the high points of the face (where the sun normally hits), or around the perimeter of the face to subtly sculpt or to add warmth to your complexion.

For all over the face application, fingers work well and are the easiest way. For precision placement, however, I like to use a small blush brush or stippling blush to apply. :)

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15

Liquid Summer leaves a flattering, skin-like finish with a smooth satiny feel that is extremely long-lasting. It wears comfortably throughout the work day without causing excess oil production in the skin. It also blends like a dream and the more you blend, the sheerer the coverage becomes. I like how the solution is so pigmented but at the same time it can be sheered out so much that it’s hard to overdo. There is enough play time from when you apply to before it sets, so you have plenty of room to adjust the intensity as you go.

It also provides a sun protection factor but I wouldn’t rely on it to keep my skin fully protected. Always apply your usual sunscreen underneath! :)

One last aspect I’d like to touch on is the shade availability. This magical liquid only comes in one shade! Luckily it shows up on my medium skin tone but for darker skin, I’m not too confident it will show up. Here’s to hoping that the brand will release more shades in the future! :)

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15
Wearing Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 on face and neck (R)
Wearing Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 on face and neck (R)

Liquid Summer is a limited edition product that comes with a steep price, although the cost is easily justifiable based on the amount of product you receive. With continued use, I have a feeling it will still last you a lifetime (OK, not quite, but close). I’m actually thinking of making small aliquots of this and give them to my girl friends; there is no way I’m going to use it all up before it expires. After all, sharing is caring, right? :D

Have you picked up your Liquid Summer? Or do you already have a similar product that you swear by? Do share in the comments below! :)


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  1. says: Divya

    The bronze effect is definitely there! I have the Chanel one for a long time.. never ends.. but I love it! it’s more subtle than this but gorgeous!

    1. says: Jaa

      I have yet to try the Chanel one. Been hearing about it so much and everyone pretty much raves about it! Must be really good. ;D

  2. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, I have tried the liquid blush, but not the bronzer! I like how the shade isn’t too orange. Based on my experience with the Maestro foundation and blush, I’m sure this one is just as easy to use! It makes a lovely difference to your skin tone. Gorgeous!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Sunny! Now that I know the liquidy formula is super easy to use, I’m probably going to try the blush soon! ;D

  3. says: Erin

    I really like this on you. I’d be worried that for me it might be too dark but I think your idea of just a few drops in moisturizer might be a flattering way to wear it if you’re really pale!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you, Erin! Mixing with moisturizer gives a really subtle radiant effect and adds a hint of warmth to your face. Perfect for pale skin!

    1. says: Jaa

      Can’t go wrong with either one! I like them both but when it comes to “tinting” my foundation, I tend to grab the Liquid Summer since it’s much more pigmented and I don’t have to use a crazy amount. :)

  4. says: Izzie

    Beautiful on you but a bit too light for me I think. Your placement is perfect.

    I’ve been eyeing the By Terry Tea To Tan Water Color Bronzer but I’m slightly put off by its shimmer and I haven’t been able to find any reviews to suggest it would be suitable for my skin tone. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, at the least I could mix it in with my foundation.

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks so much, Izzie!

      I’d loooove to try anything By Terry but most (all) of their stuff come with high prices that are way out of my range. I’d love to know how you like the Tea to Tan Water Color Bronzer if you end up buying it. The water formula sounds like fun!

  5. says: Carolyn

    Yay! I’m so glad you are loving your Liquid Summer, Jaa! And thank you for being so sweet and linking to my review as well :). I’ve been using Liquid Summer every day since buying this and absolutely love it. I haven’t been using any of my other bronzers since (kind of feel bad neglecting them, but this is such a foolproof bronzer that’s so easy to use)!

      1. says: Carolyn

        It looks beautiful on you, Jaa — I’m so glad you tried it!! I can imagine your hesitations prior to trying this, as I’m normally a powder bronzer type of girl myself :). The first liquid bronzer I ever tried was Chanel’s, however I must say that I find that more of an illuminator rather than a true bronzer. Now if only Liquid Summer wasn’t LE! :(

  6. It really looks so good on your complexion and since it is a little cooler than most bronzers, also the cooler complexions can use it. I really like the shade but I didn’t come to terms with their Maestro foundation, which made my face really dry, so I decided not to go for this one, which would probably have a similar effect. Do you have normal to oily complexion?

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Sara! Yes, my skin is normal to oily, maybe that’s why I didn’t feel the “drying” effect of it? I actually really like the formula and can’t wait to try the foundation and blush! :)

    1. says: Jaa

      That was my initial thought, too, Laarni! But this one is, trust me, soooo easy to use! It’s not runny liquid so it’s super easy to apply. The effect is extremely natural, too. :)

  7. Hey jaa , this bronzer looks extremely pretty on you. It doesn’t look made up at all and gives a very pretty sun kissed effect on you. I have always been skeptikal about liquid bronzers as I have always used powder ones till date but seeing the results here I think i should try a liquid one.

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Purva! The liquid formula is surprisingly really easy to use and looks really natural. The staying power is awesome as well. I hope you will give it a try! :)

  8. says: Sylirael

    O_o you do such an amazing job with that bronzer! I’m sure if you gave it to me I’d end up looking like a vampire kid who had been attacked by their butterscotch icecream cone…

    I find it so interesting that GA is so generous with the quantity of the product, especially given how little you need to use to get the effect. I think it’s a really nice thought of yours to share it with your girlfriends – I can imagine such a generously sized liquid product going bad before you get to use all of it, which would be a terrible shame!

    1. says: Jaa

      I think they give you so much product in order to justify the high price tag! I still have quite a bit left after giving some to my friends. Maybe I should make more aliquots and save them in the fridge. LOL. What do you think fellow Scientist? ;D

      1. says: Sylirael

        LOL, definitely. Make sure you Parafilm the vials up properly though! :-D

        Or you could get out the Schlenk apparatus and seal it under Argon/vacuum…

        …or you could seal it in a bottle with a septum and just syringe out what you need so the air doesn’t get at it…

        …or you could go cryogenic and dunk ampoules of it in liquid nitrogen…

        The possibilities are endless, really…

  9. says: Dee

    So pretty on you! I did admire how pretty this swatched in store but convinced myself that I don’t need another bronzer…or not SO MUCH of one bronzer anyway..I’m too fickle for that lol. I love the concept of the bronzing pencil that Tarte has come up with ( reminds me of the Mac shadesticks) and may try that next if they come out with more shades!

    1. says: Jaa

      It’s ridiculous how much is in the bottle! -__-”

      I saw the bronzing pencils on Sephora and I’m quite intrigued! Maybe when the next good deal rolls around I might just pick one up!

  10. Hey Jaa! I’ve been wanting this ever since you reviewed it, and today, I finally ordered it! I recently started using the GA Lasting Silk Foundation (so far I am in love) but I know it’s going to be too light once I start spending more time outside. I remembered this post, re-read it, and hit the buy button! Thank you so much – mixing it into foundation seems like such a simple but genius idea! 555 ;)

    1. says: Jaa

      LOL I like that you always end your comment with 555! ;D How do you like it so far, Kristen? We have Carolyn to thank! She enabled me and now I enabled you. Let’s see who you’ll enable next! ;)

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