Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a high-end foundation that consistently finds its way to “best of beauty” lists year after year. Loved by beauty editors, makeup artists, celebrities and the beauty-obsessed, it’s the one foundation that has been on my wishlist for years.
Here’s an interesting statistic: InStyle magazine crowned Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation their Best Beauty Buy Liquid Foundation 13 years in a row! So maybe there is something to all these claims about this foundation being a holy-grail beauty favorite?
The only thing that has deterred me from purchasing Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is the price. It’s $64 for a 1 oz bottle. Ouch. The good news is that it is also sold in a smaller size. So for a lower price, you can try the foundation prior to purchasing a full-size bottle.
The smaller bottle is 0.6 oz for $42. Not a great deal for the price, but it’s less expensive than the full 1 oz bottle. At least the smaller bottle, like the larger bottle, comes with a convenient pump to dispense the foundation.
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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – The Formula
Inspired by charmeuse silk, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a lightweight oil-free foundation that uses Armani’s exclusive Micro–fil technology to blur imperfections and smooth skin texture. It is a buildable liquid that provides light-to-medium coverage.
It took a little digging to determine what exactly Micro-fil technology is, and it’s surprising that the company doesn’t provide more information on what it does. I couldn’t find many details, but from what I’ve read, it appears to be a technology that improves texture by providing a silky and lit-from-within radiant finish.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Shades
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation comes in 30 shades that are classified in the shade groups Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep. Since the foundation is rather expensive, your best bet is getting color matched at a store that provides color-matching, such as Sephora or another department store.
Some retailers have shade matching tools on their websites. Armani’s website has a Foundation Finder. I used the tool and the shade they suggested for me was one of the two shades I was considering purchasing, so it was helpful.
Since my skin is in the cool family, I purchased 4.75, a light, cool shade. I crossed my fingers and hoped that I chose the right shade for my skin tone. I am happy to say that while slightly light, I can use this foundation without blending it with other shades. Whew, I’m relieved that I purchased the correct shade for my skin!
How to Apply Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
On the first application, I used only my fingers and no other foundation EVER applied so smoothly and quickly. It disappeared into my skin even over many skincare products (multiple serums, a moisturizer, and sunscreen), without a lot of manipulation, which is unusual.
Armani recommends using a blender brush to apply the foundation. Applying it with foundation brush such as this one from It Cosmetics works well for me. I don’t use a beauty blender since it might soak up too much product. For the hefty price, you don’t want to waste a drop!
The formula is rather sheer but easily buildable to near medium coverage. Even at medium coverage, this foundation looks so natural and skin-like! Those looking for full coverage may be disappointed, as it takes a few layers to build toward medium coverage. I don’t think you could get the radiant skin-like appearance with a thicker full-coverage product.
Is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Good for Dry Skin or Oily Skin?
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is formulated for all skin types. The foundation is oil-free and water-based.
Upon the first application of the foundation, I was expecting it to be dewier that it was. I typically love matte foundations, so I was happy with the finish. The foundation left a slight glow to my skin, so I think the brand’s description of a silky radiant finish is spot on.
I have combination skin. When I wear Luminous Silk Foundation, by the end of the day, if I don’t touch up with powder, some oiliness will appear around my t-zone. Keep in mind that you can also use makeup setting products like a primer or setting spray to ensure the foundation performs to your liking.
Is there a Dupe for Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation?
I’d heard from multiple sources that if you are looking for a dupe for Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation you can try L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup.
L’Oreal True Match Lumi contains an octinoxate sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 20. Although I don’t care for chemical sunscreen since it tends to irritate my skin, I went ahead and purchased True Match Lumi Foundation anyway. For the low price, I figured that I would at least give it a try. The shade C4 – a cool Shell Beige, was too dark for me, so I purchased N1-2, Soft Ivory/Classic Ivory. That shade was much closer to my skin tone.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup is not quite as thin a formula as Luminous Silk, but very similar. While I think it provides better coverage, I had a hard time applying it with my fingers and needed to use a brush. It took some blending to get Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup to look even and smooth.
The formula wore well for many hours. I think this would be a great dupe at a very inexpensive price. No foundation that I’ve ever tried is quite like Luminous Silk, but this one may be the closest. L’Oreal owns Giorgio Armani, so it would make sense that a solid dupe would come from the same family of brands.
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Final Thoughts on Dupe for Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
I now understand what all the fuss is about. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation sinks into your skin and somehow evens skin tone through its buildable coverage. It’s funny how this foundation has quite an expensive price tag to make it look like you’re not wearing foundation. Somehow it succeeds!
It doesn’t require a lot of blending and leaves a gorgeous blurred finish to my skin. I don’t find it extremely radiant, but it’s not completely matte either. It’s right in between, the perfect balance.
I like Luminous Silk Foundation better than another holy-grail foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. Armani is so much lighter and more skinlike. On days that I absolutely need more coverage, I will add a few drops of Luminous Silk to Double Wear to thin it out. The mixture provides more of a matte full-coverage finish.
I really wish the price tag wasn’t so high, but sometimes you really do get what you pay for. This foundation certainly won’t appeal to everyone especially those looking for more coverage from a foundation, but if you are on the fence about trying this foundation, perhaps you can try the smaller size or test a sample before buying.
You never know, you might find your new favorite foundation!
Have you tried Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation? If so, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your results!
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