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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

FOUNDATION REVIEW | Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Hi loves!

Recently I've been hearing a lot of people talking about the *Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani.

Now initially I was not interested in trying this foundation for two reasons:

1. The name says 'Luminous' - I have combination/oily skin (the two don't sit well together!)
2. It's by Giorgio Armani - in other words... that's expensive!

The more I started looking into it and saw that hardly anyone had a negative word to say about it the more I began to warm to the idea of purchasing it.

So eventually I did it!

I purchased my foundation from Debenhams online for £36.50 and I am in the shade no.13 (I'm an NW45 in MAC).

This is a 30ml foundation bottle which is standard for most foundations. It is a thick frosted glass container with a plastic lid and it comes with a pump for application. I personally do not recall any offensive smells from the foundation which is great.

The consistency of the foundation is not runny, but it also is not too thick. I'd say it is a mid-runny consistency.

Here are the claims of the foundation from the Debenhams website:

Silky, lightweight fluid foundation for seamless application. Capture the glow of perfect looking skin with Luminous silk foundation, an oil-free hydrating fluid with exclusive Micro-fil™ technology. Its lightweight and silky texture glides on seamlessly for an all-day, buildable coverage. Find your perfect match among 21 available shades. All skin types. 

Top pic: Me wearing the foundation on initial application
Bottom pic: Another day wearing the foundation after 12+ hours
I will have to say that this foundation definitely does not disappoint! The claims are definitely true. It is very silky on application, I don't find it to be patchy or streaky
either. It's very lightweight and definitely buildable. I would say that with one application it is a light to medium coverage. It also lasts all day. As it's oil-free I don't find it making me oily or sliding off my face during the day.

The finish of the foundation isn't matte. I also wouldn't call it dewy. I would just say it is a silky finish which allows your skin to look like skin. Very natural. 

One thing that I'm also very impressed by is the fact that it has 21 SHADES in this range! I would say there are about 4 / 5 shades that are suitable for deeper skin tones which is ok, but not great for a lot of women that I know that have darker skin than myself. 

Overall I have to say that I consider this foundation as one of my favourites! Now my all time favourite is the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, and you may be thinking that the two are polar opposites. That is true. Estee Lauder DW is definitely a matte finish, bullet proof for oils in my opinion which is why I LOVE it! Whereas this Giorgio Armani foundation is definitely not matte and does not hold my oils in all day. But I love the fact it makes me look so natural all day and I don't look oily like most luminous foundations make me look like. 

I would say that if you can afford to splurge on this foundation definitely give it a go. If this foundation is too out of your budget, a good drugstore alternative is the newly formulated L'Oreal True Match foundation which I also really like and retails for £7.99 at Boots and Superdrugs.

You can purchase the Giorgio Armani foundation here or find a the cheaper alternative True Match foundation here

Check out my application of the foundation in my latest GRWM below!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think about it? 

Speak soon
Vicky xx

*All products mentioned were purchased by me and I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post. 

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