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!