Hi guys! So this review should have gone up agesssss ago but a girl has been feeling a little lazy 😂😂 so anyway, just dive straight into this review.
This foundation is probably the most expensive foundation in my collection so let’s find out if it’s worth the buy.
I’ve been coveting this foundation for foreverrrrr but couldn’t bring myself to pay with 64 big ones for just a foundation. The name already pretty states that it is luminous so I always assumed it wouldn’t be the best fit for an oily gal like me, but after I watched countless reviews that said it wasn’t so bad on oily skin and that praised the beautiful finish of it, I was instantly sold.
It comes in a range of shades, 24 to be exact, with about 7 for tan to deep skin. The shade for dark to deep skin is pretty scanty which I find pretty crappy, and I picked it up in the shade 13, which is the second to last shade. Yup. And I’m not even that dark.
Shade 13 is described on the Armani site as deep with neutral undertones. I feel like the undertones lean more warm because the shade matches me so well.
“Reveal your inner light. Inspired by charmeuse silk, “The Fabric of Emperors” this luminous foundation glides on weightlessly for a flawless lit – from – within glow”
The foundation comes in an odd shaped glass bottle and it comes with a pump, which I really like. It does have a luxurious look and feel to it, and the bottle has some heft to it. The brand claims the foundation has medium buildable coverage but I find that coverage on the foundation is pretty sheer, which can be built to medium but just barely. I go in with two full pumps but it barely covers the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. It has a satin finish, which surprised me because I didn’t expect it to set at all. I could even wear it without setting it with a powder because it has an absolutely beautiful finish. I kid you not. The finish on this is a lovely glow – from – within type of finish and it gives my skin a very beautiful glow to it. It leaves my skin looking very natural but radiant when I wear it, you can definitely tell I’m wearing something expensive.
The shade match is close to perfection, and like I already mentioned, matches so amazingly well. It blends amazingly, is so silky and glides on so effortlessly. I compared the shade to a few of my existing foundations.
You can tell that the shade 13 is pretty similar to the other shades I wear so I think I did a pretty good job matching myself.
Now let’s talk about a few elephants in the room.. so this is supposed to be a luminous foundation and I’m an oily girl. Of course I didn’t go into this foundation expecting oil control, and this definitely does not help to control my oils. However I’m not mad about that because it doesn’t claim to control oil. About 4 hours into my day, my oils start to break through around my nose (which is probably almost always the first place on my face to get oily) whether I set it or not. However it is quite long wearing. It lasts me through my 12 work day. I do find that it starts to separate around my cheek area about 7 hours in but that’s not bad at all, because it doesn’t claim to be particularly long wearing.
Also let’s talk about the price. Is it really worth 64 American dollars? I don’t think so. Yes it has a beautiful finish, I love the lit from within glow but you really don’t need to spend $64 to glow. Also I think the shade range needs some work. There could definitely be anointed the a shade or 5 in between my shade (13) and the darkest (14) which is pretty dark so it includes people who are darker than me but not necessarily the darkest shade.
I don’t think I will be repurchasing this when I run out, not because I don’t like it – I actually really do, which surprised me because I didn’t expect to like a luminous foundation – but I really don’t think I should have to spend so much on a foundation, and I prefer matte foundations anyway. I really like it and will continue to use it but I would not really recommend it, unless you want to splurge on yourself.
In this picture that I posted to my Instagram, (are you following me on there? if you aren’t you totally should) I’m wearing the luminous silk foundation. See how beautiful it looks?
What is your favourite high end foundation?
Thanks for reading xx