If there's one thing that I enjoy a lot, it's a good glowy base. I've spoken before of my quest for glowy skin and even written a post on last year's glowy spring make-up look, but they were both before I discovered Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.. The base that my favourite beauty blogger Vivianna Does Makeup has raved about for years.
Here's a little review of the base that's stolen my heart in the past few months.. ♥
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation has been promoted as being:
"... developed with exclusive Micro–fil™ technology, for a weightless, silky texture. The oil–free fluid glides on seamlessly, offering hydrating all-day coverage that can be layered for a personalised finish."
That's a pretty hi-tech claim.. what's the real score here?
In reality, the claim really does live up to expectations. One of my favourite parts about this base is that it contains no SPF which, of course, for some may be seen as a drawback. However, this can easily be remedied where required by applying a separate facial SPF (for example, La Roche Posey's SPF is my go-to on a daily basis). My reasons for loving the lack of SPF? No photo flashback, ladies! No ghost face, or whatever you wanna call it - it's the worst. Ain't nobody got time for Moomin face. Even if The Moomins are bloody great (just sayin'). It means this base is fab for the evenings, particularly when you don't want a heavy foundation caked on, as Luminous Silk can be buffed in gradually to achieve the optimum coverage. It's generally pretty medium coverage on average, however, and that's good enough for me. It still feels light and wearable for in the office. When I fancy a lighter option, I go for the Bourjois CC Cream anyway.
In terms of staying power, I'd stay it ticks the boxes if you apply a good powder in the mornings. I use the Laura Mercier Loose Powder to set it all in place. I also use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as my concealer of choice, which really complements the Luminous Silk and adds a little extra coverage where needed. However, redness is generally erased by the foundation stage, so this is more for break-outs.
Another thing I love is the fact it has a pump function - so rare nowadays! I know a lot of people who end up buying separate pumps for their NARS Sheer Glow bottles; something I couldn't be bothered with, so this ticks a box for me. I generally use a pump and a half for a full face each day, so I feel I'm getting a good amount of use from my bottle. It's still going strong 6 months later at least! Fingers crossed it lasts the year.
Worthy of Re-purchase?
I'd say so, yes! I certainly have limited complaints to make about the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation. The only thing that may put people off is the hefty price tag at £36.50; a smidgen above other foundations, but worth it in my eyes.
N.b. My skin type is generally described as normal with the odd bit of shine through my t-zone and mild dryness around the eyes. I suffer from hormonal break-outs occasionally. I use the palest shade '2'/Ivory in this foundation.
The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation retails for £36.50 in Debenhams, House of Fraser and all other Giorgio Armani counters nationwide.