Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation | Review + Swatch Shade 4.25

by Molly Gardner

Today’s review is all about one of my new favorite products, 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 and I finally had to see for myself!

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I got color matched at Sephora and took a sample home.  I used that sample exactly one time, fell head over heels, and went back and bought the full size.  Once I put the first dab of foundation on my cheekbone I totally understood all the rave reviews.

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 30 shades available and a range of undertones.

It’s hard to find a great peach undertone in a foundation and shade 4.25 is perfect!  I do wish they’d come out with one level lower, a shade 3.25, for my super pale winter skin.

How I Apply Luminous Silk

I use one pump to cover my entire face, blending with my fingers or a foundation brush.  I applied a half pump additional around the side of my nose and over my light red acne scars on my left cheek.

Then, I finish the look with a beautyblender.

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Why I Love It

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.

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.

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And now, photos of Luminous Silk, shade 4.25 |

armani luminous silk shade 4.25


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Candace January 28, 2014 - 5:47 pm

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

Reply January 28, 2014 - 10:29 pm

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

Meggan March 19, 2015 - 5:07 pm

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

BC September 20, 2015 - 12:21 pm

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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