Product Reviews

Fancy vs. Frugal: Luminous Silk vs. Pro Glow

February 28, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I’m back for another installment of fancy vs. frugal. This time, I’ll be comparing a super expensive foundation to a much cheaper ($17 vs. $68!) drugstore alternative to see how they compare.

I have been in love with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation for almost 2 years now, but recently I have been noticing many similarities between it and the L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t own a ton of drugstore foundations because it’s challenging to find my shade and the drugstores in my area are chronically under stocked. I picked up the Pro Glow several months ago and it has quickly become one of my favourites. I started noticing how similar it was to the much pricier Luminous Silk so I decided to compare them directly and here’s what I found.




We’ll start with packaging. These definitely don’t compare in terms of packaging. The Luminous Silk comes in a fancy frosted glass bottle with a pump, while the Pro Glow is a basic squeeze tube without a pump. I do like the pump on the LS because it’s a lot less messy, but I do feel more secure travelling with the PG because I don’t fear it breaking. Although I appreciate the nice packaging on the LS, I don’t think that makes it worth the extra $51.



Luminous Silk (top), Pro Glow (bottom)

Both of these foundations match me pretty well. when comparing side by side, the LS looks a hair darker than the PG, but on the skin (as you’ll see shortly), you cannot tell a difference. Beyond my skin tone, these foundation are hit and miss with the shade range. The PG especially has a terrible shade range and doesn’t really offer much beyond medium. The LS is a little better with 20 shades to choose from.

Consistency and Wear

These foundations differ slightly in consistency. Neither are very thick, but the PG is quite a bit runnier. oddly enough, despite the thinner consistency, I get better coverage with the PG than with the LS. These foundations both give a beautiful glow to the skin and look very fresh and healthy. Although the PG claims to be 24 hour, I wouldn’t call either of them long wearing. I have normal to dry skin, so with regular activity I have no issues with wear for either, but neither are sweat-proof or anything. In my climate and with my skin type this isn’t really an issue for me, but it is something to keep in mind if you have oily skin or live in a hot humid climate.

Comparison on the face


Just foundation and concealer

In this photo, I’m wearing LS on half of my face (left) and PG on the other half (right). The difference is basically undetectable. When I did this, I asked my boyfriend if he could tell a difference and he said that the PG side looked better, which is interesting.

Here is how the foundations compare with my full face completed:

LS (left), PG (right)


Final Verdict

I’m always hesitant to call something a dupe because as I’ve learned, people are really particular with dupes. I think that the L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation is an excellent cost effective alternative to the Luminous Silk. On my skin, the PG looks great if not slightly better than the LS for a fraction of the cost. Of course, different skin types might have different results, but for me this pairing is basically identical.


Could you tell a difference?

Let me know in the comments below!

Bye for now!



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