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