Luminous Silk Foundation
I have been dying to try the Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation* after hearing so many positive reviews. At the age of 24, I am still on the quest to find my perfect foundation and this is no easy feat suffering from skin issues and combination skin! I will say straight up however, that this has been one of the best I have tried. It feels lovely on the face to the point that I forget that I am wearing makeup. Another main selling point is that this foundation actually looks fab in photos! Not too matte and not too shiny. It creates the perfect photo ready complexion.
My experiences found I needed some adjustments to make the product work well with my thirsty skin. To avoid it being gobbled up, leaving my foundation appearing flaky, I ensured I moisturized well and gave the moisturizer time to soak in before applying makeup. Furthermore, use of a primer was essential and depending on how dry my skin was I also had to mix a drop of face serum in the foundation to achieve a flawless application.
The coverage of this product is quite light and buildable which in some cases can either be a positive or negative. One layer with concealer, for example, was great on casual days running errands to even skin tone. Even though the product is completely buildable, I sometimes prefer a foundation that provides great coverage on the first application just to save me a little time. I have blemishes such as a small birthmark, a few freckles and some dark spots, which I prefer to cover up. This foundation in one layer just wasn’t enough coverage, even with concealer, for the times where I was attending events or being photographed. As a result, I would have to spend that extra time applying more, which was a nuisance despite being worth it in the end.
Obviously everyone is going to have a different experience with this product depending on their sensitivity, hydration levels, amount of coverage required and skin type. However the great thing is that the Armani luminous silk foundation is perfectly mixable and buildable to achieve a finish that is right for you.
- Photographs well
- Doesn’t irritate my skin (and I have psoriasis)
- It’s versatile, helping you to achieve any look depending on application. For example, it can act as a light base to even out skin tone during the day, or be built on to take you to full coverage.
- Non-comedogenic in my experience. I even slept in it out of sheer tiredness one night (I know so bad), and that didn’t even break me out.
- Can look flaky on dry or combination skin types like me. Moisturizing well, using a primer and mixing a drop of face serum in with the foundation can help combat this issue.
- Works optimally on normal skin types
- Coverage can be too light for those wanting to hide major blemishes quickly. Don’t get me wrong, the product is buildable to achieve full coverage, however this takes time.
- The price point can be quite expensive, so it’s best to sample it in store first to ensure it works for you.
Fluid Master Primer
I will start by saying that primers are tricky products to review as they are not a one size fits all kind of thing! There are so many variables ranging from skin type, pore size, skin sensitivity, intended purpose, humidity or even how much you perspire.
My experiences, having combination skin is that this product worked well for me, especially when paired with the luminous silk foundation. It held my make-up in place and the clear, silicone based gel formula glided on with ease.
In the colder autumn weather conditions we are now experiencing in Melbourne, my make-up stays in place the whole day when wearing this. I should note though that on humid, hot summer days this product did not make any difference to the longevity of my make-up. After a few hours my face still felt like it was melting away thus requiring the need for touch up powdering and blotting (btw thanks @theexampleau for the amazing blotting paper!).
Also do not be fooled by the small tube size. A little goes a long way!
*Full disclosure, these products are a PR sample but were ones on my list to try. All opinions stated in this article are true to my experience.