07 October 2013

Review: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation

I've been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my wedding. I got some samples of the Giorgia Armani Lasting Silk Foundation from David Jones before biting the bullet and purchasing a full size bottle. I thought I'd share why I decided to spend a crap load of money on this foundation.


The sales assistant (SA) from David Jones gave me shade #7 to try first, which is absolutely shocking. She couldn't be anymore far off (see swatches below). I then went back the next day, and she gave me an attitude when I asked for another sample, as #7 was way too dark and I could not use it at all. She eventually gave me shades 4.5 and 6.5 to try (didn't swatch #6.5, as I ran out of arm space).
 
The bottom half of the three swatches were done approximately 20 minutes before the top half, as I wanted to show how much the foundation oxidizes.


I was quite tempted to purchase shade 4.5, but I'm glad I didn't as it's just a smidgen too light for me. I did not purchase the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation from David Jones for two reasons - I refuse to pay AUD$90 for a foundation, especially when it retails for USD$60 in the states. Also, the SA wasn't nice. I ended up purchasing it from strawberrynet when they had a 10% off all makeup sale.

So why did I spend stupid money on a foundation that has SPF (a no-no when it comes to photography, thus a no-no when it comes to weddings)?

Well, here is a list of reasons why I love this foundation:
  1. This foundation feels so ridiculously light on my skin. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything at all.
  2. It smells nice... and it doesn't smell as strong of perfume as Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
  3. It has a pump (unlike Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua... I was using Chanel prior to Giorgio Armani)!
  4. It's so easy to blend (I use my fingers)
  5. It dries in about 5 minutes (depending on how thick of a layer you've slathered on your face), and the finish is satin-matte.
  6. It is water based (which explains why it feels so light), and hence great for oily skin.
  7. Hasn't broken me out.
It has a few cons, which I can overlook:
  1. It oxidizes, which is fine because it stops oxidizing after 20-30 minutes.
  2. Light to medium coverage - it doesn't cover all my acne scars and pimples, but that's what concealer is for.
  3. Expensive, but sometimes a girl needs to splurge and treat herself to something luxurious (it's cheaper than a LV bag... that's my excuse anyway).
  4. SPF, it's a pro as well as a con, but I'm putting it under "con" because I really wanted to use this as my wedding foundation. Although I've tested it on myself and taken selfies with flash, and there isn't much white cast, but I don't really want to risk it.
Pros have clearly outweigh the cons (at least it does in my opinion), and I've been using this foundation everyday since it came in the mail. No regrets spending stupid money on this foundation.

Have you tried this foundation before or spent stupid money on a foundation? Also, any recommendations for a wedding foundation?

26 comments:

  1. I really wanted to try this one but I started to have second thoughts after finding out that it has light coverage. I really like full coverage foundations :)

    I don't think you should risk using this for your wedding... it'd be awful to look at photos and see a white cast.

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    1. You're right. I'm still on the hunt for a good wedding foundation! :(

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  2. I tried this a while ago as my first "big splurge" foundation, unfortunately the first time I tried it after about an hour it went dreadfully splotchy on me and immediately went back! Glad to hear it went better for you though :)

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    1. Aw bummer! Sorry to hear it didn't work for you. At least you were able to return it and get your money back :)

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  3. It would appear the Giorgio Armani consultants aren't very good at colour matching! I ended up with Luminous Silk in a very yellow tone when I am very pink.
    I have been loving the Burberry Sheer Glow foundation lately but I don't know how it would go on oily skin.

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    1. Will check out the Burberry Sheer Glow Foundation!

      I'm not sure where Giorgio Armani consultants get their training from! Their service is shocking!

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  4. Snarky sale assistants are so annoying! Good to know it doesnt feel heavy!

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    1. I agree! It's an amazing foundation. I highly recommend it :)

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  5. This sounds so good! The most I have spent on foundation is on a paris mineral makeup brand Averine.. think it was around $60. I'm more likely to spurge on eye shadows actually!

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    1. You're amazing at eyeshadow application! If I had half your skills, I'm sure I'll be splurging heaps on eyeshadows too!

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  6. I hate SA's sometimes! She sounded horrible! A shame it's got SPF.. otherwise it sounds perfect for a wedding look! Hopefully you find something just as great without the SPF for your big day! xx

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  7. Oh my,i want to try this Giorgio Armani UV Foundation. Sounds good to me!

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    1. It's great! Grab a sample if you can :)

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  8. I have never tried Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation, though Luminous Silk Powder is my favourite one. Would love to try this foundation!

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    1. Do it and let me know your thoughts :)

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  9. I am loving the sound of the formula. Don't think I would ever splurge that much money on it unless it was is a HG. It's a shame the sales assistant wasn't that helpful

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  10. I am sure this is nice makeup, but I do not see paying that much money for foundation. Avon's Anew works great for me. :)

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    1. I haven't used Avon cosmetics in so long! I don't mind paying the price if it's a great product. A bottle of foundation normally lasts me about 3 months, so it's worth it (at least to me, it is). :P

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  11. I would love to try this foundation, too bad that they don't sell the brand here.

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    1. That's a shame :( I'm sure you have heaps of other amazing foundations that I can't get my hands on!

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    1. It's fantastic. Highly recommend you give it a go if you can grab a sample :)

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