So I've been hearing and reading about Armani's Famed Luminous Silk Foundation for a couple of years. At first, it was the price that held me back. Then I became a blogger, and my ideas about what constituted a high price changed dramatically (as did my ability to justify said prices). Still, I held back. It seemed as if everyone had jumped on the bandwagon, yet I didn't join them. This was partly due to the fact that my nearest mall doesn't have an Armani counter. More than that, it's due to the fact that I have the attention span of a flea, and every time I'd read a great review about Luminous Silk and swore to myself it would be my next foundation purchase, I'd forget all about it before my next shopping trip. Then I'd get distracted by some other wonder product, and the rest, as they say, is history. Years passed, and I was still missing out.
Then last month, finally, the stars aligned, the trumpets blared, and I found myself at the Armani counter looking for foundation. I'm not going to name the store because it's a wonderful one where I normally get great service at every counter. Sadly, this was not the case at Armani that day. The SA was new, knew very little about the products she was selling, and was basically completely lost behind the counter. After a frustrating 15 minutes of half-assed color matching, I gave up. But as I said, the stars aligned that day, because when I walked across the cosmetics department to make a separate purchase, one of my favorite SA's heard my tale of woe and marched me right back to the counter, where she accurately matched me as a 3.75. Aaaannnddd...they were sold out. So she made me a couple of large samples and sent me on my way.
I'm going just get right to the point on this. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is, hands-down, the best foundation I've ever tried. I have quite a few that I love, but this one blew them out of the water. It's everything you could ask for: lightweight but with medium coverage, silky without being greasy, it sets to a lovely satiny-matte finish that blurs imperfections and holds all day. When I apply it, I literally feel as if I'm not wearing foundation, yet it covers flaws perfectly, evening out my skin tone and concealing my slightly ruddy cheeks with ease.
As you can see, it's a liquid, not a cream. It's extremely lightweight and spreads evenly with minimal streaking. I've tried several application methods, and find that for right now, my fingers are working best. I like to apply my foundations and other creamy products by hand because I feel they adhere to my skin better, plus the warmth of my fingers allows them to spread more easily and blend more readily. Not to mention the fact that foundation applied with the fingers gives better coverage than that applied with a brush.
The above shot showcases just how lovely this foundation is. It looks completely natural, even close-up and in bright sunlight, yet it covered my freckle and the blue veins at my wrist effortlessly. It disguised the fine web of lines that naturally appear at my inner wrist where it meets the hand. It's as if I'm looking at my skin through a soft-focus lens.
Bottom Line: If you have normal, normal/combination, or dry skin, you need this. You really, really need this.