I chose shade No. 02, the lightest tone on Nordstrom’s website. Confession: I’ve never been to an Armani counter, so I’m not sure if Nordstrom’s website bears every one of the shades available. Shade 02 turned out to be a good match for my very reasonable skin and works together with my cool undertones despite having a little yellow. The undertone of the building blocks is neutral-yellow, which works for masking my natural inflammation. This feels like an expensive basis in the tactile hands – the glass container has a good weight, the cap isn’t flimsy, and the pump (every base should have one!) dispenses an acceptable amount of product.
Not only will it feel luxurious, the bottle looks beautiful sitting down on the vanity. Expensive, yes, but at least it looks the part. Luminous Silk is an average liquid foundation viscosity. I find that the pump of product doesn’t elope the trunk of my hands unless I tilt it aggressively, but it is a lot more runny than a typical CC or BB cream.
On my dry pores and skin, one pump of product gives me light, smooth, invisible on the skin coverage. I would suggest two pumps (three tops) for picture taking and special events. This foundation builds decently and works best either patted in to the skin with fingertips or applied with a damp beauty sponge (my favorite – the Real Techniques miracle tone sponge). On me, the final is a natural luminous satin. I’ve dry skin which foundation is effective for me, but I prefer something more emollient and creamy when I am working with eczema flaky or patches, irritated pores and skin.
I think this method works well for dry, normal, or normal to oily skin, rather than as well for super dry or very greasy skin. The lasting power of Luminous Silk without primer and a very light setting powder is pretty average. After 6 – 8 hours, I wish to powder my epidermis to blot away shine.
With a touchup, I could happily wear Luminous Silk for 10 – 12 hours. I don’t wear primer or use setting sprays because I’ve dry skin and rarely have longevity issues with bases, but I’m sure either one of those products would help you prolong wear. As always, swatches are on bare, unprimed skin. Please pardon the dirty windowsill. This before & after picture shows the finish and coverage of Luminous Silk applied with a damp beauty sponge.
- A sonic cleansing brush, if you have oily skin
- Favorite number 4- NYX Pot Concealer in green and yellow
- It doesn’t work on dark skin tones
- Maybe your cell phone heats up a bit? So it irritates you
- A smile is something you can’t hand out; it always comes back to you
- 1 lemon – peeled (ideal for detoxifying and alkalizing )
- EMAIL ME
You could build it up and get a second pump, but I am happy with the coverage given one. Close ups on skin texture aren’t particularly flattering, but Luminous Silk will a good job providing natural looking coverage for cosmetic redness, pigmentation spots, and doesn’t highlight pores. I can still see freckles and that pimple lurking by my mouth, but my epidermis appears overall healthy, even, and natural.
The most similar basis in my own arsenal to Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is the best drugstore foundation – L’Oreal True Match. My color in True Match, N1 Soft Ivory, is a bit more red and a locks lighter. True Match has a similar viscosity but a bit more opacity and coverage – I find that it requires a bit more care with application for the final to appear to be skin. Compared to Luminous Silk, True Match has a far more flat finish, but looks more natural than fully matte still.