I am usually a drugstore foundation type of girl. Sure I have dabbled with Mac in the past but realistically I wear foundation almost every single day and I cannot afford to splash out on something that I get through so quickly. However, with my wedding ever so quickly approaching (six weeks tomorrow!), I have been using it as an excuse to try more expensive products. I’m doing my own wedding makeup and so feel tremendous pressure to make it the best ever.
I had heard so many brilliant things about the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation so really wanted to give it a go for myself. I am a stickler for coverage which makes me very fussy when it comes to foundations so I decided I definitely needed a sample of it first before splashing the cash. It took me three visits to the counter in Brown Thomas for me to get a sample. The first time I was quite rudely informed that they were out of sample pots (in the whole of Brown Thomas?!). The next time I stopped by, there was only one girl working at the counter and two people waiting to be served by her. A third girl swooped in ahead of me so I got frustrated and left. On my third attempt, I finally bagged a sample and the girl was so very friendly and lovely. It took perseverance but I think it costs far too much to just pick up on a whim and hope for the best.
I wasn’t even finished my sample before I was back at that counter buying the full size. I love this foundation and I honestly think it is something special! I have filmed a YouTube video giving this a thorough testing which you can watch here.
If videos aren’t you thing, read on!
As you would probably expect from an Armani product, the packaging is beautiful. It is a heavy frosted glass bottle with a sleek black lid and the Armani emblem on the front. This is a thing of beauty and is a real dressing table piece – something I would actually deem quite important when splashing out on something high end. Part of the charm of a luxury buy is the decadence of it all, in my opinion. It also has a pump dispenser which I know is vital for many!
Armani claim that this is a silky, lightweight, fluid foundation that blurs away imperfections without a mask effect. It is said to have a velvety, luminous, natural finish on the skin. It is oil-free and promises to hydrate with buildable, all day coverage. According to the Armani Beauty website, there are fourteen shades in the range.
I am always matched to the lightest shade in any foundation so when the girl handed me shade 2 as a sample, I had to do some research. It turned out to be the lightest shade they do (where’s 1?) which they call Ivory.
If I am to be an absolute stickler, the colour is slightly too warm for me. It is next to impossible for me to find a dead on match for my ghostly palour anyway so this isn’t actually a dealbreaker for me. In fact, I actually really like the way it breathes a little life into my pale face. Once I blend it down my neck a little, it is completely passable and so I will forgive Armani for that. It is still decent as far as pale foundations go. Some brands’ idea of ivory is laughable!
I love the pump dispenser as it doesn’t dispense too much product. I definitely don’t want waste with an expensive product like this. I think two pumps is the perfect amount for a full face and if you really want to build the coverage, a third pump will more than suffice. The foundation is quite liquid and a little does go a long way with it, while still providing brilliant coverage. As I already mentioned, I’m really fussy about coverage so this foundation definitely impressed me on that front.
What I really love about it is how fresh, dewy, healthy and generally alive it makes my skin look. The photo above shows it without powder or concealer – which I would always add – but I still think that once all of my makeup is completed, my skin still has a gorgeous glow. This is a foundation that has me admiring my skin every time I pass a mirror.
I was interested to discover this foundation is oil free because I do find that it gets quite shiny around my nose area as the day progresses. This is quite normal for my combination skin but I definitely think that this foundation in particular gets shinier than most. I also found that the wear time on it is a little less than the L’Oreal foundations I wear on the daily. To be honest, I don’t think the difference is so much as to put me off this foundation. I am completely obsessed with the way it makes my skin look! It is just something to note. I think it is because it is more of a glowy foundation to begin with, it offers a little less wear time and obviously gets a little glowier than say, a foundation with powders and longwear promises.
In all, I love this foundation. At €45, I feared that I would fall for it and while I swore to myself that this was a wedding-only type purchase, I can see myself buying it again in future – if only to reserve for special occasions! This will be my wedding foundation and the only bad thing is waiting the six weeks until I can wear it again! It is so hard to resist putting this on every day for incredible skin.
So let me know, have you tried this?
Which is your favourite high-end foundation?
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