The first review from my recent purchases (missed that post? it’s here) features the lovely Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. The main reasons I bought this are it is oil free and I found a shade that is a reasonable match to my skin tone. No pink or orange tones – I have had poor luck with finding something that is suitable for olive-toned skin. But you know this already if you read my post on foundation frustration.
Without further ado, here’s the review . . . .
|VOLUME/SIZE||30ml / 1fl.oz.|
|FORMULATION||Oil-free, no SPF, all skin types|
|LONGEVITY||~4-6h without primer
>8h with primer
|COLOUR PAYOFF/ COVERAGE||Medium, buildable|
|PACKAGING||Glass bottle with pump dispenser|
|RANGE||12 shades in Australia of a possible 21|
I bought this in shade #6.5 Tawny.
The matte glass bottle is elegant and has some heft to it as you would expect from a high-end brand. The plastic cap is nothing special but I suppose GA monogram gives it a bit of a luxe feel. There is a different (read classier) version of this bottle available overseas.
I warmed to this foundation. Or rather, it warmed to me. I found that a little while after I applied it, the warmth from my skin helped it sit better and it looked even better.
The texture is lightweight but it certainly isn’t runny. It makes for a good formula to apply evenly and quickly. Blending is easy and coverage is definitely buildable. I found a single pump was more than enough to cover my whole face and neck. I have learned to control how much I squeeze the pump so it dispenses a smaller amount. Given this, it is feasible that the whole bottle will last me well over 8 months.
I applied this foundation by dotting it on my face and blending it out using a buffing brush (which is what I use for most of my foundations). I found it blended seamlessly although it is more visible in photos, it is rather undetectable in person. In photos, it has a slight redness/ peachiness to it which means it can’t be Holy Grail material but seeing as I am not hounded by paparazzi day and night, I think I can live with it for now.
Luminous Silk has a slight scent, certainly not perfume – it is almost a little like wood glue. It didn’t bother me and it faded very quickly after application.
The finish is very nice – not matte but neither is it glossy. Just an in between that looks like healthy skin. On touch, it has a slight wetness/ tack but this is easily fixed with a dusting of some loose translucent powder. To be honest, I was impressed that it produced a glowy look despite being oil-free which is not the case with many foundations of this variety.
Without primer, Luminous Silk held up for about 4 hours before I started to look a tad more than dewy. By no means did it look bad or sweaty or run patchy on me. Some people might even prefer the level of slight shine at this point. It wasn’t the look I was going for so I simply powdered lightly and did not have to again for the next 4 hours.
I seldom wear foundation more than 8 hours so the longevity was more than enough for me. When I wore it with Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Yellow Primer, it stayed on flawless all day!
There’s no denying it is an expensive foundation (but we do pay dearly for things here in Australia) but with this one, I think you get what you pay for. Great coverage, lovely finish, longevity and a longer-than-average-lasting bottle.
Here is what it looks like on me on different days, in different natural light – this is Melbourne, and it is winter so do forgive 🙂
Have you tried Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk? Did you like it?
Would you wear Luminous Silk?