Product Reviews

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review

June 11, 2015

Hi Everyone!

So my birthday is this week and I got seriously spoiled. My sister knows I’ve been eyeing this FOREVER but had yet to bite the bullet and pick up the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I mean there’s high end and then there’s this so I was hesitant to dole out the dough to pick this up. My sister was beyond generous and gave this to me for my birthday which of course is why I’m reviewing it today. This is by far the most expensive foundation I own, so I do think it’s important to review it.  I know I looked for reviews before I purchased it and I really didn’t find as many as I thought, which was surprising. If you were considering treating yourself, then hopefully this review will be useful.



The packaging on this is pretty luxurious, which it should be for it’s price tag. It has a frosted glass bottle in a cylinder shape that is slightly wider at the bottom and tapers towards the top. The cap has a raised Armani logo in the centre and underneath the cap is a pump. If you’re following along, I’m sure you get that this shiz is fancy.


First let’s talk about the shade. In most foundations I own my shade is the first one, the lowest number etc. This foundation uses a number system (2, 3.5, 4 etc.) and rather than being 0.5, 1 etc my shade is 3.75. Since it’s organized this way I would definitely recommend being matched at a counter or matching yourself against your other foundations online using Foundation Matrix. With that being said, 3.75 is one of the best matches I’ve ever found for my skin. I find that in some foundations for pale skin, the pink or yellow undertone is very prominent. When you look at it, you can almost see the pink or yellow. This foundation isn’t like that. Despite matching my pale, cool toned skin perfectly, the undertone isn’t obvious. It just looks like my skin tone in a bottle.

Application and Coverage

To apply this I use my beauty blender since that’s my most favourite method of applying foundation. I find a brush to be much more work and I just prefer the beauty blender. So for my demo pictures, that’s what I used. I started by pumping 1 pump onto the back of my hand, dotting it on my face and then blending it in with the beauty blender. With one pump, it looked nice but not out of this world. The coverage was alright, but I just wanted a little more, I wanted it to wow me. Luckily this pump is really good quality and you can control how much you pump out, so I pumped out about half a pump more to build up the coverage. I’m not sure what it was, but by adding half a pump more my skin literally looked airbrushed. It was like BAM! Bye bye flaws. But it just looked like my skin was already like that. And it just felt like silky soft skin. You definitely cannot see it on your skin. It blends in flawlessly.


The finish of this is subtly glowy. It’s like a very natural, healthy glow, which i prefer. This has been compared to the L’Oreal True Match Lumi but the finish couldn’t be more different. The Lumi foundation almost has a wet look on this skin and the glow is extremely obvious. This is much more natural looking, which will suit more skin types in my opinion.

I went for a ‘no makeup makeup look’ for the purpose of this review, just so there wasn’t a ton of product to take away from the look of the foundation.



Generally speaking I don’t have issues with foundations staying put. My skin is normal to dry so most foundations stick like glue. I wore this for 14 hours (my whole work day until bedtime) and it looked pretty much identical to when I first put it on. It did feel a little tacky by the end of the day, but 14 hours is an exceptionally long time considering it doesn’t claim to be long lasting. Since it did feel a little tacky on my skin by the end of my day, I do think oily or combination skin would need to power and blot and it likely wouldn’t last as long as I wore it for. That being said, on my normal to dry skin, it performed really well. Even though it was a little tacky it didn’t transfer and I wasn’t oily.

Overall I am really impressed with this foundation. It really does make my skin look silky and airbrushed. As much as I want to save this for special occasions, I have a funny feeling that my other foundations might not measure up.

In all I think that if you have normal to dry skin this would be a good splurge. I don’t get any sort of natural glow on my own and this gives me exactly what I look for.

I hope this was helpful if you were wondering if this is worth the splurge! If you’ve tried this foundation, let me know in the comments!

Bye for now!


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  • Reply CosmeticChaos June 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Tackiness is gross. I get that at the end of the day as well. Doesn’t matter what I have on my face! WAH!~

    • Reply Chelsey June 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Ya that did feel a little odd, but considering how long I had it on for, the fact that it still looked good was impressive to me.

  • Reply makeup_by_makena June 11, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Now that is how you write a review!!!

    • Reply Chelsey June 11, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you! That’s a huge compliment.

  • Reply TheMakeupCase17 June 12, 2015 at 2:00 am

    I got a sample of this foundation at Nordstrom and the shade I was matched to was slightly too light. But I thought the foundation was nice but not mind blowing for me like the Estée Lauder Double Wear was.

    • Reply Chelsey June 12, 2015 at 8:28 am

      I think it’s all personal preference. The dw is a great foundation but a little too matte for my skin type on its own. Plus I’ve discovered that I’m allergic to it so I can’t wear it anymore.

      • Reply TheMakeupCase17 June 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Very true. That’s too bad you’re allergic to the Double Wear. I prefer a matte finish but like you said, it’s all personal preference.

  • Reply Lauren June 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Love the look of this foundation! I definitely need to give it a go sometime!

    • Reply Chelsey June 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Definitely! I’m very impressed by it!

  • Reply tatumwrites June 13, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Wow this looks terrific on you! I’m contemplating between this and Marc Jacobs genius gel foundation… Need to know which doesn’t make my face all oily and shiny (ew!)

    • Reply Chelsey June 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t really heard much about the Marc Jacobs so I’m not sure which would be better for oily skin. I definitely think you would need to powder with this one.

  • Reply taylorholley10 June 13, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Absolutely flawless!!

  • Reply adammarbachv2 August 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    My sister knows I’ve been eyeing this FOREVER but had yet to bite the bullet and pick up the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I mean …

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