Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation - the blogger favourite! I've been smitten with Armani foundations ever since falling in love with Lasting Silk two years ago and couldn't wait to try one of the most hyped foundations of all. I've had this for a while, but as I've been using it a lot lately I figured this was the perfect time to write a review.
I now own a total of 4 different Armani foundations; Lasting Silk (my personal favourite) ( review ), Maestro ( review ), Designer Lift and Luminous Silk. Luminous Silk has the most matte finish of them all. Going on names alone, one would probably assume 'Lasting Silk' would be the typical long-lasting, mattifying, fuller coverage foundation, as the name certainly suggests, but it isn't so. The one fitting that category the most is Luminous Silk. While the finish isn't full-on matte, it's more matte than the others, and if my skin is already looking a bit dry and lacking of that much wanted 'glow', this isn't going to help matters. In fact, it makes it worse. However, when paired with a thicker moisturiser, and a glow-boosting primer, this still works wonders and looks beautiful on the skin with a very natural finish.
While Armani's foundations are known for being buildable, I don't really find this one to be. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I have to call it like I see it. When applied in a really thin layer - this gives a really nice finish (provided your not working with dry, and looking as such, skin), covers more than the thin layer would suggest and is almost undetectable on the skin. However, if you start building this up all you get is that very unwanted thicker obvious foundation look. As always, to be honest, I recommend applying a thin layer and then going over with a concealer where needed. I will say though, that if you do like to build and build Lasting Silk is certainly more capable of being built up to almost full coverage whilst still looking pretty natural and glowy, this isn't.
Lasting power of Luminous Silk is good, but not fantastic. I find this foundation overall depends a lot on the products you apply underneath, both in terms of how it looks and how well it lasts. It's obvious that if I pack on the moisturisers and glow boosters my foundation will probably last a bit shorter, and I'll take that on board. Having said that though, I've been using this with the Guerlain Meteorites Perles primer, which in comparison kept Lasting Silk perfectly on through whole days of burning summer heat in July - in New York! I might not have been wearing as thick a moisturiser underneath, but it's in the minus degrees here which should equal the comparisons somewhat. I will say though that if I really want to make this stay on, it stays on pretty well, and it's certainly not the foundation that fades that fastest - it's just not as long lasting as Lasting Silk, but perhaps that is as intended, if, again, going by name.
Luminous Silk comes in typical Armani foundation packaging - frosted glass with a black cap and a pump. A good pump as well, I must say - the kind that dispenses exactly the amount you want. It's sturdy, and surprisingly travel-friendly. Whilst being glass, it's not very heavy and I've never had any problems with it leaking or breaking. I have it in the shade '4' which is a very, very good colour match for me.
I can't help but compare this to Lasting Silk - which is my absolute favourite foundation. Even though I really enjoy this one, that's still the winner for me, if you couldn't tell. Putting Lasting Silk aside though, Luminous Silk is absolutely a really good foundation worthy of all of it's hype. It gives a beautiful, natural finish and covers well with just a thin layer. It's fairly long lasting and doesn't irritate or affect skin in any way (not drying, not overly moisturising). It's a pretty safe bet that I feel safe recommending to just about everyone with any skin type. Whilst Lasting Silk is my favourite, I'll still re-purchase Luminous Silk no doubt when I run out. The two are comparable, but still different enough to warrant owning both. If you've been on the fence on wether to try this or not; I say do - it's about as safe a 'bet' as one on a foundation can be. I doubt this has met many faces it didn't get on with, and got on with fantastically with most.
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