Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

If you were to poll the makeup artists of iconic beauty brand Giorgio Armani, you’d find more often than naught the Luminous Silk Foundation is the preferred pick. That leaves us with one question: What is it about the cult favorite of makeup artists and enthusiasts alike that has the beauty world abuzz? We took a deeper look into the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to find out.


Behind every good product is a good story, and the one behind the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is no different. Inspired by the method in which Mr. Armani chooses the fabric in his celebrated fashion designs, the Luminous Silk Foundation was inspired by diaphanous silk worn by ancient kings and emperors. The intention? To create a foundation that blended so seamlessly into skin it evokes memories of charmeuse and silk.


To get better acquainted, let’s lay out all the details of this alluring foundation. Available in 24 shades for skin tones ranging from fair to deep in an array of undertones, this lightweight liquid foundation boasts that it will leave your skin with a radiant silky finish after applying. Using innovative technology, this foundation combines intense pigments with weightless texture producing a versatile foundation that dries matte with a hint of shine. It’s light and seamless application works as a skin enhancer rather than a cover up.


Next, we break down the formula to get more intimate with the foundation. What’s in it? What’s not? And what is the fan favorite products claim to fame? The full ingredient list is as follows:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isododecane, Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tristearin, Cellulose Gum, Nylon-12, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Mica

While the foundation ingredients are pretty typical, where the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation shines is it’s use of innovative Micro-Fil technology. This is what gives the foundation it’s weightless texture. Though it is a solid formulation, it is important to note that some experts have been less enthused about the amount of alcohol found in the product— which can be drying to skin—and also the fragrance has been found to cause skin irritation. It also should be noted, this foundation does not contain SPF so additional products should be used in combination to protect your skin.


Everyone knows there’s more to foundation than the formula with many other factors being equally or even more important depending on the person. Things like coverage, application, and how it photographs are a major part of the buying decision.

Coverage: Build-able. Regardless on the look you’re aiming to achieve, this foundation can likely help you get there. It can be worn as a light base to even out skin tone on fuss free days or built up to medium/full coverage for a full face of makeup.

Application: It’s best applied with the Armani Blender Brush but can work just as well with any buffing face brush, beauty blender or —on those lighter days—blended in with fingertips.

Photographs: Like a dream. The seamless finish transfers well in photographs and the fact that it does not contain SPF works in your favor when it comes to flash photography. For those special events, wedding day pictures, or photoshoots this foundation is your best bet.


And finally, one of the most important questions to ask when it comes to any foundation is who it is for? A quick Youtube search or scrolling the endless beauty blog reviews and you’d likely believe that the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is universal. However, it is most suitable for those with normal skin or those with slight tendencies to either oily or dry. Too extreme in either direction and this may not be the foundation for you.


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