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.


PACKAGING

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.


PRODUCT

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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INNISFREE – Mineral Moisture Fitting Base

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INNISFREE – Mineral Moisture Fitting Base Review & Swatch

Price: $21.90 CAD (yesstyle.ca)
Size: 40 mL

While in Asia I made it a point to visit Innisfree – because Toronto does not have any locations yet. I managed to pick out a couple of skincare and makeup items and I thought it would be fitting to review their Mineral Moisture Fitting Base as it is winter right now and skin tends to be a little dryer. Continue reading “INNISFREE – Mineral Moisture Fitting Base”

BURBERRY – Cashmere Concealer

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BURBERRY – Cashmere Concealer (Ivory) Review & Swatch

Price: $42 CAD
Size: 0.08 oz
Shade: Ivory (No. 00)

Burberry came out with a lot of beauty product recently and I picked up this one after hearing great things. It has become a staple in the routine and here is my review.


PACKAGING

The concealer comes in a tan colour and textured box which is quite unique. And the concealer itself comes in a plastic grey tube with a felt tip applicator that allows you to apply the product in an even amount. The applicator has a twist backing which controls the amount- to keep you from using too much (since it is not a cheap product – could also save you some money). Personally, I felt like the concealer did not come with a lot of product so the twist backing helps reduce displacing too much. Overall, the packaging is great however, for a $42 concealer I do expect a little more of a luxurious touch – otherwise the packaging looks pretty and functions well. Not to mention travel friendly too.


PRODUCT

The concealer comes in a couple of shades, and I found that the Ivory shade worked well for my yellow under toned skin (unlike many other brands). The concealer has a light to medium coverage that is buildable and is thin and weightless on the skin. I do not recommend this concealer if you are looking for a high coverage concealer as you will waste a lot trying too achieve what you want (not worth the money in that case). The concealer acts a lot like a light boost to the skin to freshen out the appearance under your eyes. The concealer does not crease (especially when set with powder) and wears well throughout the day, in addition the formula is lightweight and wears comfortably. Overall, the concealer works well to brighten and cover my undereye area while still being lightweight and natural looking. I would definitely, recommend this concealer if only the price tag was a little lower, especially since you only get a small amount of product.

– SL.

LAURA MERCIER – Secret Brightening Powder

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LAURA MERCIER – Secret Brightening Powder Review & Swatch

Price: $30 CAD
Size: 0.14 oz

Laura Mercier has a couple of powders that are quite popular across different social media platforms; so I chose the brightening one because it kind of stood out among other powders. It is commonly used under the eyes to brighten out the skin tones, especially if you have dark circles or fine lines. Continue reading “LAURA MERCIER – Secret Brightening Powder”

TARTE – Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

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TARTE – Clay Pot Waterproof Liner (Goldilocks) Review & Swatch

Price: $25 CAD
Size: 0.08 oz
Shade: Goldilocks

I thought it would be fitting to review another colourful product – so here is the review on the Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Goldilocks. I only purchased this shade so my review on the formula will only pertain to the one shade – other shades may have a different outcome. Continue reading “TARTE – Clay Pot Waterproof Liner”

URBAN DECAY – Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

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Urban Decay – Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Review & Swatch

Price: $59 CAD *on sale: $24 USD*
Size: 10 x 0.04 oz

I thought it would be a good time to review this palette since October just arrived – so HALLOWEEN season has begun.*just a little plug – but I will be doing Halloween looks on my Instagram so hope over there if you are interested to see that* However – without realizing Sephora actually no longer carries this palette and the only place to find it, is on the Urban Decay website (it’s on sale though!). This probably means the palette is going to be / is already discontinued – so if you were interested I would say purchase it before it is gone!

Continue reading “URBAN DECAY – Electric Pressed Pigment Palette”

KAT VON D – Metal Crush Eye Shadow

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KAT VON D – Metal Crush Eye Shadow (Thunderstruck) Review & Swatch

Price: $25 CAD
Size: 0.10 oz
Shade: Thunderstruck

Following the metallic trend I wanted to do a review on the extremely popular Metal Crush Eye Shadows. I was only able to pick up the thunderstruck shade because they are often sold out but I will review this one for now. Continue reading “KAT VON D – Metal Crush Eye Shadow”