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).
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:
- This foundation feels so ridiculously light on my skin. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything at all.
- It smells nice... and it doesn't smell as strong of perfume as Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
- It has a pump (unlike Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua... I was using Chanel prior to Giorgio Armani)!
- It's so easy to blend (I use my fingers)
- 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.
- It is water based (which explains why it feels so light), and hence great for oily skin.
- Hasn't broken me out.
- It oxidizes, which is fine because it stops oxidizing after 20-30 minutes.
- Light to medium coverage - it doesn't cover all my acne scars and pimples, but that's what concealer is for.
- 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).
- 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.
Have you tried this foundation before or spent stupid money on a foundation? Also, any recommendations for a wedding foundation?