Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is more like a fluid texture that goes on like, well, silk. It dries to a natural, almost satin-finish, and looks incredibly realistic.
Unlike other foundation formulas that are creamy like moisturizers, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is thin and fluid, almost like a serum. It feels weightless, goes on incredibly smooth, and dries down to a satin- finish that looks and feels like your skin.
That doesn’t mean you’re not getting coverage though – it’s actually really buildable from sheer to medium, and you can easily mix it with moisturizer, sunscreen, or even a facial oil to customize your base.
Because the texture spreads so easily, I only need half a pump for full-face coverage – which is great, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is definitely a splurge. Considering you’ll only need a little for coverage, it’ll last a seriously long time.
The formula includes what Armani calls “Micro-fil Technology” which helps blur the appearance of pores and lines for an airbrushed look. It sounds a little high-tech for a foundation, but I think it does help make my face look smoother. I love it, my models love it. It provides full coverage, but feels like nothing once you’ve smoothed it on. That’s because, unlike most foundations, it contains oils that evaporate on skin—instead of water and powder, which sit on top of it—so it can even out skin tone and veil imperfections while remaining utterly undetectable. And the impressive shade range means you’ll find the perfect match for your complexion. All this is to say that it’s an overwhelming crowd favorite.
There are 30 shades, which isn’t an overwhelming amount compared to some of my other top picks which have 40, but it’s not too limited either. The range was extended to 31 in 2018, but it looks like it’s back to 30 as of publication time.
Pros: Thin fluid texture, buildable coverage, oil-free formula, 30 shades
Cons: Expensive, might not be moisturizing for those with dry skin, shade range isn’t as extensive, doesn’t have SPF