Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review & Swatches Shade 4.25

You might have thought you could never love anything more than this picture:

Cutest pic ever

And you’d be right, it is a challenge to love something as much, but I have a serious competitor in the ring: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

I had been hearing makeup artists and magazines sing this foundation’s praises for years.  Everyone raved about it being the Holy Grail of foundations.  It is a fancy lady foundation at $62 for 1 oz.   So let’s be frank, because we are all friends here.  To me, that felt like a lot of dollars for a foundation.  I needed to see and feel the foundation in real life before I plunked down The Big Benjamins for it.

Sephora at the Century City mall carries Giorgio Armani.  (I don’t know why most of the Sephora’s don’t carry the line, I think it would be their top seller.)  So I got color matched there and took a sample home.  I used that sample exactly one time, fell head over heels, and went back and bought the full size.  I put the first dab of foundation on my cheekbone and my first thought was “Oh, I get it.”  Totally understood all the rave reviews.  I have also found it at Nordstom.

I am shade 4.25, it matches my skin perfectly.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a foundation match so well, actually.  There are 24 shades available.

How I applied it:

I used two pumps to cover my entire face, blending with my fingers.  I applied one more pump around the side of my nose and over my light red acne scars on my left cheek.  I then set it in my T-zone and forehead ONLY with Cargo HD powder, applied with a powder brush then buffed with my Cargo Magic Brush.

Here’s why I love it and it has achieved Holy Grail status for me:

1.  It blends so beautifully.  No seams or foundation lines here.  Just skin.

2.  It covers every imperfection, yet still looks light.  This is the really baffling part to me.  I can’t figure it out.  It doesn’t feel heavy or tight on your skin, like medium-to-full coverage foundations can, but still covers everything up.

3.  Your skin has a glow with this foundation.  Most foundations matte out your whole face, but this still gives you the luminous skin it promises.  It is literally your skin, but better.

4.  I have put this foundation on and come home 10 hours later and it looks exactly the same, with some slight fading around the corners of my nose.  I might try the Giorgio Armani “Lasting Silk” next to see what the time/coverage difference is between these two.

Really and truly, the only downside I can see is that the foundation is pricey.  But this is definitely a you-get-what-you-pay-for product.  I recommend it so, so highly.

And now, le photos de Luminous Silk, shade 4.25:

Giorgio-Armani-Luminous-Silk-Foundation-4.25.jpeg Screen shot 2014-01-27 at 7.27.08 PM

Shade 4.25 blended with my fingers, no other makeup on.

Shade 4.25 blended with my fingers, no other makeup on.

Only wearing foundation.

Only wearing foundation.

With other makeup added.

With other makeup added.

After wearing for 8 hours then hiking for another hour.

After wearing for 8 hours then hiking for another hour.


Outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting.

Luminous Silk covers so flawlessly, but still gives your skin a glow.

Luminous Silk covers so flawlessly, but still gives your skin a glow.

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  • Candace
    January 28, 2014

    Looks so beautiful! But then again you always do!!
    xoxo Candace

    January 28, 2014

    Thank you, Candace, that’s really sweet of you to say! Miss you!!!

  • Meggan
    March 19, 2015

    Hi Molly, what did you use for a primer or bb cream, what works well with this foundation?

  • BC
    September 20, 2015

    What lip color are you wearing in these photos with the Georgio Armana foundation? Love it and love your blog. Thank you for providing tips for golden/strawberry blondes! It’s a niche and you’ve nailed it! Also would love updates!

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