GIORGIO ARMANI – Luminous Silk Foundation

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GIORGIO ARMANI – Luminous Silk Foundation (4) Review & Swatch

Price: $68 CAD
Size: 30 mL
Shade: 4 (light skin with golden undertone)

This foundation is extremely popular among beauty gurus on the internet however, for $68 I really could not justify the purchase for a while. So when the Sephora discount came along I thought I would pick it up and give it a try – and here are my thoughts! Also, I wanted to mention that Giorgio Armani has a couple of foundations in different formulas and this review is just on the luminous silk formula.


The foundation comes in a clean and luxurious packaging (which I expect at this price). The bottle is a matte glass with a plastic cap and pump. The look and feel are great however considering the price – it really does not blow me away. Functionally the pump is alright as it displaces a good amount of product, not too much not too little. However a tiny bit of product gets left over at the mouth of the pump and over time it creates a little clump of product – which is not the most fun thing to happen to such an expensive product. Overall, the look and feel did feel luxurious however the picky side of me hoped for a little more – however, product does gather at the pump which eventually creates a little bit of a mess and makes your product look dirty.


To break down my review I will talk about the foundation’s application, formula, pigmentation, colour, and longevity (in this order). For application the product applies smoothly and blends out seamlessly with a beauty blender, brush, and even your fingers. The foundation is really easy use and applies a lot like a serum; it does not streak or slide around and smooths onto the skin quite flawlessly. The formula sits between a ‘watery’ foundation and liquid foundation – so for comparison it sits between the YSL fusion ink foundation and the Nars sheer glow which are both my all time favourites. This makes the formula extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear while still maintaining a slight dewy finish. With this said the pigmentation is definitely on the sheer and light – medium side so it acts a lot like a boost for your skin to help it look ‘naturally flawless’.  It will even out your skin tone but will not cover darker spots like acne or dark circles. This makes this foundation great for day to day use however; I would opt for a heavier coverage foundation if you are going for an event and want that higher coverage. For the colour selection the shade I choose turned out to be perfect for my skin’s yellow undertone. The selection is good but – not as extensive as Make Up For Ever. Just a heads up, do go into a store and swatch the foundations as I noticed the photos online are not very accurate but the descriptions are good. Lastly, the foundation (if set with powder) lasts great throughout my commute and work day (~12 hrs) including walking through snowy and rainy weather. Even by the end of the day the foundation still feels great without being greasy or dry and that’s without any touch-ups (extra powder or setting spray) throughout the day. Overall, the product really did surprise me as I went in thinking the product cant be ALL THAT but I have tested it out through long hours and long walks in the snowfall and it seems to still look and feel great by the end of the day. The foundation formula did wow me and I have been using it on a daily basis however – its more of a day to day foundation and not an event kind of foundation (personally speaking). With all this said, for $68 I am hesitant to say I would repurchase the foundation in a heartbeat as that is quite a bit for a foundation. On the plus side a little goes a long way so we will see how long it takes me to get through the bottle and judge it’s price based on that.

– SL.

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