GIORGIO ARMANI Luminous Silk Foundation seems to be everyone's all-time favorite base. Year after year, it wins big magazine awards and a spot in the makeup bags of celebrities and beauty lovers. I'm an incredibly curious person, so I just had to see what all the hoop-la's about.
If I'm going to make an investment on a pricier makeup item like this, I like to let the hype (that surrounds almost every new product release) die down before I decide to purchase. The hype surrounding Luminous Silk has never died down nor did my curiosity, so I decided to take the financial plunge and pick up a bottle.
First off, I want to start by saying the shade I chose (4.5) matches my skin's current state (extra pale) perfectly! The foundation comes in a fantastic range of colors, so I'm confident almost anyone would be able to find their perfect match.
COVERAGE + FINISH
The coverage is excellent! Although the liquid is a thin to medium consistency, one layer gives nice medium to full coverage without looking cakey because it's so well pigmented. The foundation dries to a nice glowy, skin-like finish -- not really matte and not too dewy (although I'm not one to complain about a nice dewy finish).
BLENDABILITY / TEXTURE
Luminous Silk is said to work for a wide variety of skin types, but the only drawback I've found is that it's not as easy to blend as it could be/should be -- I'd assume because I have such dry skin. Even when I use a great primer like my Hourglass N° 28 Serum Primer or Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer, and my Real Techniques Buffing Brush , it takes a while to blend out the brush strokes to achieve a nice even finish.
Luckily, I've found a great solution to this issue. I mix Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator in 1L01 Sheer Beige in with my foundation on the back of my hand before applying it to my face. The added moisture from the illuminator gives the foundation just the hydration boost it needs to blend beautifully on my skin.
WORTH THE HYPE?
Yes. Also, there's no SPF in the mix, which means it photographs beautifully, and there's no flashback!
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