Review: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #5

giorgio armani luminous silk foundation review n5 #5 nars sheer glow punjab nc30 swatch match
Even though NARS Sheer Glow is still my favorite foundation, I will occasionally try other formulas to see if there's something I like just as much. Since I already own wonderful matte formulas (like the MAC Pro Longwear and MUFE Mat Velvet+) and Sheer Glow offers a natural satin finish, I was looking for something along the lines of a dewy finish. Practically every review of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62) is a positive one so I decided to try.


giorgio armani luminous silk foundation review n5 #5 5 nars sheer glow punjab nc30 swatch match
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giorgio armani luminous silk foundation review n5 #5 5 nars sheer glow punjab nc30 swatch match

My foundation reviews tend to get the most views and I understand why. I will also thoroughly research a foundation before purchasing it (specially if it's expensive). For that reason I will try to be through, specific, and concise. 

Color Match
As always, the best way to get the optimal shade for you is to go to the makeup counter personally and get matched. If possible, ask for a sample to take home. Most stores will do this without a problem (such as Nordstrom, Sephora, Macy's, etc.) but I know that not everyone lives in the U.S. where there are great return policies and generous samples. Or you might simply not have accessibility to physical stores. I tried to gauge which shade would suit me best online, but the results were varied. Search engines tend to struggle when you're trying to compare shades with numbers and without actual names. Anyhow, bloggers generally said that either 4.5 or 5 would suit a light-medium yellow undertone (NC30 in MAC). Someone mentioned that 5 would be slightly too dark for an NC30 but I actually disagree. I find 5 to be equal to a NC25. With blending and contouring, 5 suits an NC30 skin tone well but if you're on the darker spectrum of NC30 then I definitely suggest going a shade darker. Also, I found that the Luminous Silk in number 5 does not have such a strong yellow tone as my NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab. 

Formula
This is a lightweight foundation with a runny texture. However, once you blend it into the skin you begin to notice that it has a "slick" resistance. I don't want to say it feels oily or silicone-like but it definitely doesn't feel as watery as my other foundations. Surprisingly, this translates into a blurring effect that makes your pores appear smaller and your skin look very soft and luminous. The finish might vary a tad depending on climate and skin type but I would describe it as satin or slightly luminous (not full on dewey). The coverage is buildable light-medium. This foundation doesn't look cakey in the slightest but it doesn't have the most skin-like finish out there. What I mean by that is that people who don't tend to wear foundation might feel like they look like they're obviously wearing it with.

Longevity
This might be my favorite characteristic of the Luminous Silk. This foundation looks better the longer you wear it. I've worn it both to school (indoors) and during nights out (outdoors) for over six hours and it still looks amazing as I'm about to take it off. You do get slightly shinier throughout the day so it's a foundation I always set with powder. 

Pros
Luminous perfecting finish that is not overly dewy
Minimizes pores
Looks better throughout the day
Suitable for dry skin, combination skin, and normal skin

Cons
I don't recommend this for oily skin
Not suitable for people who want medium-full coverage
Very expensive


The verdict is that I absolutely love this foundation. The hype is real. I'm not a fan of dewey finishes because of how they feel and the fact that I live in very humid weather, but this has the right amount of luminosity. The finish is so flattering, it's something you have to experience for yourself so I urge you to get a sample if you can. It's the most expensive foundation I have ever tried but it definitely delivered.

xx Coco

34 comments

  1. I've heard so many good things about this foundation. I think I'm going to have to go and get matched, oops!

    Anastasia x
    daintydesires.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I also hear so many good things about this foundation, it sounds really nice, I like a dewy finish but not too dewy!

    alice x | beautybyalicee

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  4. Glad to know you love this foundation as it's very pricey. I think Amrezy uses this foundation and her makeup always look flawless.

    Wendy xx
    letsrunawayx.blogspot.com

    p.s I had to delete my comment because of an embarrassing typo haha

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  5. Good to hear that it lives up to the hype - it's sounds amazing! I'm SUCH a fan of foundations that look better as you wear them!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  6. I have been eyeing this foundation for a while but with a price like that I am waiting to go the a store and get a sample to try at home. I am tired of getting the wrong foundation shade... =___='' Anyway, amazing review ! Thanks !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  7. This foundation has been on my wishlist for so long now, but since you don't recommend it to people with oily skin, I guess I'll pass!

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    1. Aw, shame. I think there are more suitable ones in the market for your skin type xx

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  8. Makes the skin look really flawless! Really want to try giorgio armani makeup! <3

    zaras-bowsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I've heard such amazing things about this foundation, if it wasn't for the price tag I'd pick it up instantly!

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  10. How would you compare it to the Nars Sheer Glow, as its my favourite as well! X

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    1. NARS Sheer Glow has more coverage and is satin (more matte).

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  11. I got a sample of this from a GA counter and was really impressed, would love to get myself a full size version!

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  12. Great review! This has always been a foundation I'm dying to get my hands on, but NARS Sheer Glow is top of my wish list at the minute! x
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Fab review this foundation sounds really lovely and I love the fact that it minimises pores always a winner for me :) I’m not sure if this would be suitable though with having oily skin, I’d be tempted to try and get a sample though :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Hahaha, who knows. It might work out well for you x

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  14. This is my favorite foundation for special events! So happy you loved it too!

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  15. Everyone loves this foundation! I'm happy to say that I'm not interested in buying it at the moment since I don't use foundation often but when I run out of my NARS Sheer Glow, the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk will be the one I'll be trying out. Thanks for the in-depth review, I think foundations especially need to be scrutinized.

    becky ♡ star violet

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  16. Great review, Coco! I've never heard of a foundation that looks better as the day wears on - you have me very curious about this one! Also, your write-up on the shade itself was easy to follow, detailed, and will definitely help a lot of people! Thanks, girl! :)

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  17. This foundation looks great on you! It looks dewy but definitely not in an oily way. I will have to stay away from the foundation though since I have a ridiculously oily skin. lol

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    1. Yeah, I could totally see it slipping around if that's the case. Specially in Cali x

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  18. Wish this would be a bit more suitable for oily skin. They do have other foundations though right? I've been giving high end foundations a try lately and it's getting addicting :p

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    1. They do! I bet they're great as well.

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  19. Geez I almost wished you didn't like it so much so I wouldn't have to put this on my wishlist ;) I'm guessing 4.5 would be somewhere between NC20 and NC25 then? Finding the right shade is definitely the hardest part of any base product. Getting it right can sometimes seem impossible! I'm really interested in Laura Mercier Silk Creme (though I'm tossing up between Medium Ivory and Beige Ivory ... so hard) though this GA one is a must try somewhere down the track.

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  20. It looks amazing! The foundation looks lightweight and silky, almost perfect...But the price...yikes.

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  21. Beautiful on you and holy heck, your eyebrows are amazing!

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  22. This really looks stunning on you. I think the undertone is quite neutral but I'd always prefer something more yellow. It looks amazing on, so flawless and so natural in finish. I would love to try this but it's out of my budget right now!

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  23. Glad you're loving this! Thanks for such a balanced, thorough review. I've always hesitated because my skin is on the oilier side, but nice to hear the wear time is pretty impressive. I may have to grab a sample sometime soon :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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