Today, I wanted to share an oldie-but-goodie with you: the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it previously in any ‘favorites’ posts or anything, but trust, this baby has been in my collection for the past year. Because I’m a product junkie, I rotate numerous foundations on a daily/weekly basis – mainly, it’s so that each loved product gets some use and attention; and, no single product has captured my heart enough to have me devoted to it for months straight. Luminous Silk is just that – provides luminosity and feels like silk. Now that’s what I call M.A.G.I.C. :)
Currently, I wear this foundation in shade 4. I would say that shade 3 would come in a close second; but, the reason why I stuck with shade 4 is because 3 is a bit lighter but looks white on my skin (which has strong yellow under tones). I’m happy with shade 4; it matches me well, stays put, and feels light to the touch. This foundation is “oil-free fluid with exclusive Micro-fil™ technology.” Nordstrom’s website claims that this foundation is “so weightless, it redefines foundation,” and “its hydrating fluid glides on seamlessly with a silky texture and all-day, buildable coverage.”
I would say that I agree with the product’s claims. The texture of the foundation is quite creamy, but once you start blending, it disappears into the skin quickly. It adheres to the skin well – with or without primer – and the color stays true on the skin all day – which means there’s no oxidation.
The coverage is buildable, but one layer should suffice on “good skin days.” For the most part, it stays on well throughout the day and appears to have decent oil control. This foundation leaves a very natural sheen on the face after application – which is what gives it its “luminous” effect. It’s a faint glow that gives a rather healthy appearance. I do set my t-zone with loose powder though, because if I don’t, my nose gets oily too soon in the day.
The packaging is sleek and simple. The glass bottle is frosted and curves to fit into your hand. The black lid fits snuggley around the nozzle, so it doesn’t feel loose (like Chanel’s). There’s no writing or any kind of print around the glass, which kind of bothers me in some weird way. I think it’s because I’m used to seeing other companies print the title of the product and the brand on the outside of the container. The foundation comes with a pump – a must if you want maximum control and no wasted product. The pump is controllable so it works well whether you want to pump 3 pumps or you want to pump 1/2 a pump.
My only gripe is the smell. The foundation is fragrance-free – and while that is a plus for me – it still has a smell. I can only describe it as a faint plastic-y smell that is noticeable upon application, but fortuantely, it doesn’t linger so it’s easy to forget about. Not a major issue, but it can affect those with sensitive noses.
At 1 fluid ounce, the Luminous Silk foundation is a whopping $59 USD. It’s quite hefty, but out of the base products I have tried, I would say that this one is my favorite and on most occasions, it surpasses the performance of Chanel’s foundations. When I decide which foundation to wear, it mainly depends on my mood and how I’m feeling before I decide if a particular occasion is important.
Of course, like everything high-end, this isn’t a must-have; and, it certainly won’t kill you to pass it up. However, I do recommend this foundation above all others because it’s so fool-proof. You can’t mess up applying this foundation, and I feel that no matter what, it looks good on the skin. If you get a chance, do check it out!
Don’t mind my library-like background, haha. I like to read! Anyway, here’s a sideways shot of me wearing this foundation. It blends seamlessly into my neck and appears to “be one” with the rest of me, which is important when applying foundation correctly. Also, ignore my messy hairstyle – clearly, my hair wasn’t photo-ready this particular day, even though my face was!
I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus after a thorough consulation. What’s your favorite foundation? Have you tried Luminous Silk?
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Images have not been altered and were taken in natural lighting.
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