REVIEW: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation

I feel like I’ve been writing about foundations so much lately, but as a foundation junkie, I think I’m obligated to report back as soon as possible with these kinds of updates! As of late, I’ve been on a major foundation kick — and truthfully, it’s because I haven’t been enjoying anything that I already have. Perhaps it’s because the weather is changing or my skin is changing — now that I’m approaching my 30s — who knows. LOL. Today’s post is about the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation, and I have to say, I think I’m liking this the best right now.

As you know, my recent foundation posts have been the Diorskin Star Studio Foundation and the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Also, posts about the VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation and the Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Powder Foundation are related to base makeup as well.

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The Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation is “high resistance makeup [that] is inspired by extreme backstage conditions.” This “revolutionary new water-based foundation” promises to provide sun protection, “14-hour satin matte coverage without the coverage feel,” and resistance to external factors such as humidity and sweat. The texture of this foundation is more runny than I thought; and, even lighter than the Luminous Silk Foundation. Its thin consistency doesn’t compromise the coverage, and it feels light and airy on the skin. Without the traditional, thick-feeling of high-coverage foundation, this is ideal for special occasions or when you know you’re going to be in makeup for hours into the night!

This foundation is good for normal to oily skin and provides medium coverage. It dries down semi-matte with very little glow, so I like to wear it with a highlighter. Lately, I’ve been liking it mixed in with liquid highlighter since this foundation can look “too perfect” on the skin for me.

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I purchased shade 2, which is the lightest shade available and matches my current skintone well. My other Armani favorites are the Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation, the Micro-fil Loose Powder, and the Maestro Fusion Foundation. I’ve tried the Luminous Silk Foundation two other times in two other shades, but wanted to try the Lasting Silk Foundation this time around.

So far, I really like it for its long-wearing abilities. It wears nicely on the skin without looking heavy or oily. It’s smooth and light on the skin so I don’t feel like I’ve got a ton of product on my face. Between this foundation and the others I’ve written about the last few weeks, I think I prefer this one and the MUFE HD Foundation. This foundation is expensive and so I know that can be a deal-breaker for many. While I recommend it, it’s not a life-changing foundation for me. In fact, if I had to choose between this and the MUFE HD Foundation, I think I’d choose the MUFE HD Foundation for its glowiness.

Retails for $62.00 USD.
Made in France.

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation

It’s April already, and I can hardly believe it, lol!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to getting around to purchasing the Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation, but it’s quickly climbed its way to the top of my list of foundations so far. While I know that I’m a foundation-snob for sure, this foundation has made my life so much easier because it’s so easy to use and the finish is to die for.

Described as a foundation with “unprecedented fabric-like texture,” this product provides translucent color without sacrificing finish and texture. Despite its claims to be “invisible makeup with 3D Micro-filâ„¢ technology,” the finish is natural on the skin without looking too bare and sheer. Armani’s formulations brings “lightness and fluidity to makeup, allowing infinite blending and layering to enhance the natural glow of the skin.” In this aspect, the name “Face Fabric” really is fitting.

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The texture of this foundation is soft like a cloud and kind of mousse-like. It’s not like a liquid foundation and isn’t creamy or waxy like a cream foundation either. The moussey texture makes it easy to blend onto the skin and it disappears instantly with very little effort. With a subtle and neutral palette within the range of colors available, GA combines two shades — Porcelain and Apricot — to be used to create a healthy-looking glow. You can also compliment your complexion by combining various shades of the Face Fabric Foundations to boost skin tone or to sculpt or highlight the complexion. Shade 1 is the perfect amount of porcelain peachiness without leaning too pink or too yellow.

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The coverage is sheer and not really buildable. This foundation is for those who are low-maintenance with their face makeup, and for when we want to celebrate “good skin days.” The finish is velvety-smooth and semi-matte, so there’s no need to powder and oil control is pretty decent. The glow that this product gives makes it seem like there’s a glow from within, since there’s no glimmer or shimmer in this product. It’s super easy to apply, covers pores and pigmentation/redness, and leaves my skin looking and feeling clean, healthy, and refreshed. This foundation is pricey but worth the investment, and can function perfectly for every day or for work/school. I love this!

Retails for $51.00 USD.
Made in France.
Contains 1.35 oz.

Face of the Week

Greetings! With the semester coming to a close and having a rough past few weeks in general, I’ve neglected to have “a routine” for awhile. Since being back home to re-cooperate, I’ve slowly found the inspiration to slap on some real makeup; and, these are the products I’ve resorted to…

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For my primer, I’m still using the Benefit POREfessional and it’s still my current fave. I admit, there are times I wear this on its own after sunscreen — just because, even on a makeup-free day — it’s nice to conceal and “block” your pores!

For base makeup, I’ve been mixing my GA Luminous Silk Foundation with the NARS Illuminator in Copacabana. It dilutes the foundation a bit, giving it a thinner and lighter consistency while giving my face a brightening effect. I apply the mixture with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as always. Because the weather’s been getting hot and humid, I’ve been using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder for the t-zone to avoid looking like a grease ball.

Recently, I re-purchased MAC’s Well Dressed blush. That’s how much I love this blush; I actually finished the first pot and I’m now onto my second. That’s amazing! ;)

I’m still in a rut with lip products, so I’ve just been relying on Nivea’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss. I love these things and have purchased multiples to leave them in my purse, my school bag, my desk, my vanity, etc. :) I’ll be posting another Face of the Week soon. Now that I’m resting at home, my routine is totally focused on radiant and dewy skin rather than wearing foundations or BB creams.

Foundation Update: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – Shade 3

After finishing shade 4, previously reviewed and posted here, I re-purchased this iconic foundation in shade 3.

I try to give all my favorite foundations equal attention by keeping them on rotation. This is also because I’d like to use up what I’ve purchased. Every now and then, I’ll neglect a particular foundation for whatever reason and re-discover it later. :) This — is one of those foundations.

Previously, I purchased shade 4 and wasn’t too happy with it. I went back and forth between shade 3 and 4 and opted for 4 in the end. After awhile, I felt that it wasn’t that good of a match for me, but by then, I’d already thrown away the box and the receipt. Boo. I finished the foundation anyway and re-purchased it in shade 3. I’m very happy with the shade and the texture and formula are still the best.

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I started wearing this without primer and like it even more. When I do wear primer, I just apply it to my nose and chin. I feel that this foundation performs perfectly without the help of a primer and the finish is luxurious and luminous. I love the weightless-ness of it and you can’t go wrong with it. Since re-discovering it and re-purchasing it, I’ve been using it no-stop. I don’t tend to re-purchase foundations because I like buying new ones. But this is a classic favorite to have on hand in your collection. Totally worth the money.

Apparently, the packaging will be changing soon. I like the sleekness of this bottle regardless. I’m kind of over Chanel foundations because I’ve purchased them and used them regularly; but, I’d choose the Luminous Silk over Chanel any day. I’m interested in the Maestro and contemplated purchasing that instead of this one, but the time will come for that one in due time.

As for the shade difference — it’s VERY slight. In fact, the only real difference is that I feel that shade 3 is brighter because it’s a bit more peachier than shade 4. Shade 4 isn’t all that dark, but it tends to run more yellow than shade 3. For pale, fair Asian skin tones, shade 3 or 4 would work — but if you’re yellow-heavy, I’d lean more towards 4. I like having some peach in my shades because I think it balances out my tone more since I’m not all that yellow on my face.

What’s your favorite foundation? Have you re-purchased any?

REVIEW: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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-filâ„¢ 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.
*Click on images to enlarge.