Review of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation & Fluid Master Primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Fluid Master Primer

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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.

Pros

  • Photographs well
  • Lightweight
  • Buildable
  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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63 Comments

    • April 5, 2017 / 23:33

      It’s definitely worth a try. See what you think. 🙂

      Thanks Naznin xx

  1. Maria
    April 4, 2017 / 23:28

    I am 28 and I still haven’t found my perfect foundation 🙂 I think it’s not so easy and your wishes change through time, too. The products I used 6 years before do not work for me now (or I want to get other results). I like this review very much and I think I have to try this foundation, maybe together with primer, too! Thanks for the idea!!

    My Fashion BLOG by Maria

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:23

      It’s relieving to not be the only lady that struggles to find the perfect foundation! You’re so right, skin definitely changes as we age so it’s important to tailor our make-up regime to suit what our skin needs right now! I am so glad you enjoyed the review. Let me know if you like the primer.

      Adrianna xx 🙂

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:20

      It’s definitely hard deciding whether to spend the $$$ on certain designer beauty products. Not all of them are worth the hype, but this is a gem. If you ever get a sample, give it a try 🙂

  2. April 5, 2017 / 02:26

    I have heard so many good things about this Georgio Armani foundation and I’m actually really tempted to try it! I’ve been using Make Up Forever for the longest time but I feel that it just slides off my face even with a primer.

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:27

      I really hope you give this one a try one day gorgeous! It is a lovely foundation for bloggers like yourself, as it photographs well. I have never tried the Make-Up forever one, but it sounds like it would not go down to well on my skin! If it slides off on your beautiful face, I can’t even imagine what it would be like on me.

      Adrianna xoxo

    • April 5, 2017 / 23:31

      Thanks Vanessa 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  3. Rebecca
    April 5, 2017 / 21:43

    What shade do you wear in the foundation please? I found the shades hard to match.

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:33

      Hi Rebecca,

      I agree, I had trouble finding the right shade too with this range. I went for 3 as it has slight yellow undertones which match my skin, and when blended perfectly was a good match. I always recommend going for a lighter shade if you can’t achieve an exact match as you can mix it with a product like Chanel’s soleil tan to darken it up a touch to suit you perfectly! Hope this helps xx

  4. April 6, 2017 / 00:30

    I haven’t tried either of these! I tend to not like spending too much money on makeup, as I can’t justify it but the two products do sound nice! x

    http://www.bisoushollyolivia.co.uk

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:35

      It’s so hard with make-up, I agree Holly. I always think it’s worth testing it thoroughly first to ensure it’s worth the $$$

  5. April 6, 2017 / 02:58

    I also want to try this one! Hahah, seriously though, it sounds like a great combo of light coverage and buildable. I don’t use foundation that often, but if I were to, I definitely want it too feel light. I’d probably also make sure that my face is moisturized before, as flaky is the worst for a foundation hahah. But anyways, would love to try it!

    Hope you’re having a lovely week babe! Xx
    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:58

      I’m loving the make-up free days at the moment too as I have been working a lot from home and don’t need to look too presentable to the world haha! I hope you get around to trying this foundation one day as it is such an iconic beauty product for very good reason! I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend xxx

  6. April 6, 2017 / 06:00

    I have been wanting to try the new Giorgio Armani make up! I would never know you had psorasis! I have combination skin that last year turned into acne along the cheekbones and jaw lline area. It’s clearning but I have acne scars that haven’t completely cleared yet, so it sounds like I may need extra coverage. I like that it seems lightweight though. I am a little horrified to admit that I haven’t used primer for some time. I definitely need to find the right one. I might have to ask for a sample of this. This is a fantastic review that’s to the point!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • April 16, 2017 / 00:05

      Definitely give it a try gorgeous! For bloggers like us it is a great product, as skin looking flawless is a real must for when we are being photographed. Never feel bad for not using a primer as well! Some people need them, while others don’t! Use can also depend on the occasion too e.g. I would be more like to recommend for a red carpet event over a casual shopping trip.

      Oh yes, I definitely do so much to keep the awful scales and flakes from making a dreaded appearance. I am nearly a qualified naturopath so I have discovered a lot of healthy eating hacks and natural skincare products that make a world of difference with my psoriasis.

      Glad you liked my review! Adrianna xoxo

  7. Gabrielle
    April 6, 2017 / 06:14

    I’ve been curious about this foundation for a while now, though have kept to Teint Miracle by Lancome due to it applying so smoothly! I may well give this one a go sometime, though only if my skin remains combination and doesn’t lean back towards being dry! Thanks for the great review 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • April 16, 2017 / 00:09

      You are most welcome for the review! It’s my pleasure 🙂 The Lancome foundation sounds gorgeous btw! I’ll add that to my list to sample, along with a few others some ladies have mentioned.

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:14

      Definitely try it out for yourself and see what you think.

      Thanks Valerie 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 16, 2017 / 01:03

      Yes, the luminous silk foundation is silicone based xx

  8. Miri
    April 6, 2017 / 12:57

    Hi Adrianna,
    I enjoyed reading your review. It is honest and clear. I also prefer foundation that covers well after first layer. Having a baby means that I have less time to get ready for our photoshoots. This foundation sounds great but I will stay with my MAC and Bobbi Brown for now. On the other hand, I will definitely look for the primer!!;-))
    X
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

    • April 16, 2017 / 01:06

      I certainly understand what you mean Miri! When you can save time on your make-up routine by buying a similar product with more coverage, it helps a lot with getting ready quickly! I will have to also look into the products you mentioned for the days when I’m in a rush xx

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:34

      Thank you Mónica. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  9. Amy
    April 7, 2017 / 00:11

    Sounds like a great foundation. Thanks for the honest review.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:15

      My pleasure Amy 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:54

      Photographing well is a huge selling point as a blogger right? I hope you get to try it in the future as it is a gem of a product xxx

  10. April 7, 2017 / 03:21

    Very nice review, clear and stright!
    This seems a good product, but the fact that you have to use a primer makes it less suitable for me that prefer to have not too much products on the skin and usually I’ve not so many tome for make up!^^
    Still seems a very effective product, maybe to reserve for some special occasion!
    xxx
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:53

      Yes you’re quite right about using less products! Of course if you have normal or more oily skin though (and not combination like mine), I feel as if the primer would not be necessary. Make-up reviews can’t always be taken as a one experience fits all type scenario. Everyone is so different and will use their products differently. Ask for a sample and give it go before completely discounting it 🙂 xxx

  11. April 7, 2017 / 08:32

    Ahh babe!! I’m always looking out for a new foundation. I will have to go and get this now! Sounds freaking amazing! Im using Ellis FAAS at the moment which i absolutely love! I can wait to try this with the primer! xxx Ashley http://www.missgunner.com

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:48

      Let me know how it goes for you once you try it! It is so good for photoshoots, which is super important as a blogger/influencer hehe. I have been so happy with my skin appearance in recent pictures. Thanks for the recommendation of Ellis FAAS girlie!! Sounds freaking amazing xxx

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:17

      My pleasure Katherine 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:20

      My pleasure Yuka 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  12. April 7, 2017 / 21:49

    Finding the perfect foundation is so tough! I also have combination skin and so I find that certain foundations can also make my skin look flaky, so I’m always sure to moisturize and use primer before application!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:45

      I hear you girl! It is the worst having combination skin as you need to be super careful with what products you spend your money on. On a positive, at least it makes us more proactive with skincare 🙂 xx

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:25

      Yes definitely see how you go with it.

      Have a wonderful weekend Liz 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 8, 2017 / 19:31

      Try it out and see what you think 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  13. April 9, 2017 / 13:38

    I haven’t tried this foundation yet — I might have to ask for a sample next time I’m at Sephora!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:43

      That sounds like a wonderful idea Lily! It is a wonderful foundation and I’m sure you will be so pleased with it xx

  14. April 11, 2017 / 04:57

    Great review! I’ve heard amazing things about this foundation and would love to try it!

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:41

      I cannot recommend it any more highly Rachel! It’s a lovely product and I hope you get around to trying it soon xx

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:40

      You’re absolutely welcome Brooke! Glad you found it helpful xx

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:38

      Isn’t it the best? Oh yes, definitely give the primer a try Amy and see how you find it 🙂 xx

  15. April 12, 2017 / 19:50

    I think Revlon colourstay does a pretty good job in terms of coverage and it’s quite long-lasting. I also have some skin problem at the age of 24 so an appropriate foundation is really important!

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com

    • April 15, 2017 / 23:37

      Thanks Margaret for the recommendation! I’ll have to give that one a try one day. You’re so right, appropriate foundation and make-up are so important for maintaining healthy skin!

    • April 29, 2017 / 23:22

      I’ve been quite happy with it Jeanie 🙂

      Thanks
      Adrianna xx

  16. Julie
    August 16, 2017 / 19:04

    Great review! I will need to try these out for myself.

    Julie

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