With summer ending, my skin is already becoming finicky with the warm days and cooler nights, so I decided to try out a foundation which I purchased in the beginning of the summer, which is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.
This foundation has been hyped up to no end among the Youtube community back when I first was introduced to the world of makeup tutorials, and I never thought that it would be a foundation to try because of my lack of interest in dewy and lightweight coverage. However, I decided to bite the bullet and see what the hype was all about. I got it in the shade 6.5 and paid a whopping $66 CAD on the Sephora website. Now for this price, I wanted this to make miracles otherwise it was definitely getting sent back. I’m not sure why I even decided to make the investment since my skin leans more toward the oily side, especially in my T-zone, however everywhere else is slightly drier – definitely a true combination skinned gal. I haven’t had any previous experiences with dewy foundations since I always thought matte was the way to go. Being an oil slick was definitely not the look I wanted to go for either, but I went against my inhibitions, and surprisingly, the foundation was actually quite nice.
Application + Colour Match
It has a very natural finish, not too dewy and not too matte, just a nice satin look. The coverage is about light to medium, but definitely buildable. The foundation itself is somewhat thick in consistency, and while I only ever use one layer of this foundation, I would imagine that multiple coats would not look cakey. I use a damp beauty blender to apply the foundation, which is my preferred method of application over a brush just because it gives the foundation a more skin-like appearance, however using a brush would provide slightly more coverage.
As I mentioned before, I purchased the colour in the shade 6.5. For reference, I am usually an NC42 in the summer, NC40/Nars Stromboli in the winter. Currently, the perfect shade match for me is in Medium-Tan Sand when using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation (i.e. I have really strong yellow undertones and am quite tan). To be perfectly honest, this foundation is slightly too light and pulls a tiny bit too pink for me at the moment, because I am so tan. I had to correct the discrepancy in colour by applying a generous amount of MAC Give Me Sun! to give myself a warmer tone, however I think the shade will be better suited for me once I start to lose my tan.
Wear + Longevity
Because my skin is slightly on the oilier side, I definitely had to wear an oil controlling primer and had to set my foundation with a powder to increase its longevity. I thought this would be the kind of foundation which would require a good bit of upkeep during the day, however I found myself blotting only once half-way through a 10-hour work day. The foundation never separated on my face as the day went on, however I would say that the foundation lasts around 8 hours if you are well primed and powdered. The foundation is very comfortable to wear and does not feel like a greasy mask at the end of the day that is begging to be taken off.
Final Thoughts + Potential dupes
I personally love this foundation. I’m feeling a little bittersweet about it because of the price point, however if you can find a shade match and have either dry, normal, or combination skin, I highly recommend trying it out. It is so natural and gives your skin the perfect amount of coverage and radiance.
As for dupes, it’s really hard to recommend one that is highly similar. In terms of coverage and wear, I would suggest the L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation. The consistency is quite runny compared to Luminous Silk, however it provides very good coverage and is very lightweight. This foundation is slightly more dewy than the Luminous silk, so if you have an oiler skin type, perhaps the regular L’Oreal True Match may be a better alternative. However it is definitely more matte and tends to cake if applying multiple coats. Another foundation that is similar to Luminous Silk is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. It is also a dewy foundation that provides light-medium coverage and is similar in consistency, however their shade selection is quite limited and this specific brand is not widely available in the United States. However, if you live in Canada or the U.K., it’s definitely one to check out if you can find a proper shade match.
Before + After photos
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5 + Becca Ever Matte Primer