Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review

Sunday, 12 August 2018
When it comes to foundation, getting it right can be a real feat. I've spent years trying different formulas from all different price points, searching for the one that's right for me. With a pasty complexion and combination skin, it's always been one disappointment after another. The idea of spending any more than £10 on a foundation used to make my skin crawl but when you add up the amount of high street brands I've tried and failed, I could've bought bottles of this stuff and actually used them.
At last, I may have found my holy grail.


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Let me join the countless positive reviews for this foundation. Over the years I'd seen it floating around the blogging and youtube landscape and never paid much attention, mostly because of the heavy price tag – this gal didn't even dare to dream. That said, for the last 18 months or so, I'd been using a mix of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y215 with BareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Birch and Collection Lasting Perfection Corrector in Lemon to achieve my perfect colour, consistency and coverage. Complicated, I know. So, when both the foundations started to run low, I realised it'd be quite the kick in my bank account to replenish them. So it was, the hunt for perfect skin resumed. I scoured my local beauty counters to pick up some samples, because hell no will I buy before I try – we all know the artificial lights in the stores lie.

I picked up the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk sample in Fair 2 on a whim, really, just as I was heading back to my car after a hard day's shop. I asked the lady on the counter for a sample and she quickly decanted my chosen colour into a 2ml pot, with a label to remind me of the formula and colour. The next day when I applied it to my freshly cleansed and moisturised face, sweet lord, I was transformed. My blemish scars? Concealed. Skin tone? Even with a healthy glow. Colour match? P E R F E C T!  Finally! The consistency is surprisingly thin, slightly runny but certainly creamy, while the smell is pleasantly perfumed or 'luxury' scented, but not overpowering or off-putting. The sample pot lasted me roughly ten wears, so you don't need a lot of the product for it to cover imperfections. It's buildable and smooths over any dry patches without any clinginess, whilst setting down and staying put, even on my oiler t-zone when adding a touch of powder. Added bonus, this formula does not break me out, hurrah!


After such a successful period with the sample pot, I took the plunge and purchased the full size. The frosted glass packaging feels very luxurious while the pump makes the product easy to apply and hygienic. The real dealmaker for me was the colour match. As a painfully pale gal with neutral to yellow undertones, it's incredibly difficult to find shades that don't look pink or orange on my skin. To find a product that has great medium to buildable coverage with a luminous finish that blends seamlessly into my skin is, well, what we're all looking for really, right? Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia used to be my only real match, but I found it broke me out and caused other texture problems on my skin. At last, perhaps I have finally got it right.

I really believe when it comes to products, there is a right and wrong time to splurge. Many high street brands perform equally well – if not better – when it comes to mascara, brows and even skincare. But for foundation when you're outside the average colour spectrum, apparently not. It turns out that the right splurge can leave you satisfied and richer in the long run, so don't strike it off the cards just yet. In our consumerist society with marketing flying at us from all sides, it's never been more important to be savvy with our spending. Getting a sample first has changed the way I shop for beauty, I completely recommend it if you're not doing it already.

Have you tried GA Luminous Silk? What are your favourite products for pale skin?

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