I have been lusting over this foundation for probably two years now, but never got around to purchase it. Whether that be the limited availability in my hometown or in Amsterdam (aka non-existent?) or the hefty price tag it comes with. For some reason it was never meant to be. One afternoon in the city of Stockholm while innocently browsing the shops I suddenly saw the Armani counter at luxury department store NK and was instantly drawn to it. Obviously. I got shade-matched and then wanted to see the result outside during daylight and am pretty sure the lovely sales assistant was convinced I wouldn’t be coming back. But I marched right back and bought the bottle oh which all skin-dreams are made of!
Now let’s get down to business and talk facts!
The luminous silk foundation is an oil-free fluid featuring “exclusive Micro-fil™ technology” that is meant to leave the skin silky and smooth while remaining weightless. And to be fair, I can completely agree with this claim. I definitely feel like it’s light and good coverage upon application but smoothes out instantly and throughout the day I barely feel like I have anything on my skin. It gives the most gorgeous finish, matte but not like you took a dive into your setting powder of choice and trust me when I say: it does not move.
While I don’t really have much reason to complain about my skin except for the odd spot, most foundations usually rub off of my chin and cheeks throughout the course of the day. Not this one, it doesn’t break down nor rub off! I have neither noticed dry patches nor oily zones, so I would say it’s good for normal to dry skin types.
For the daytime I use one pump on the back of my hand and then apply it with either my Real Techniques Buffing Brush or my hands, depending on whether I want a more natural or even coverage. At night I will use two pumps and use a brush, just to make sure no redness shines through whatsoever. Not that I am hunted down by paparazzi’s all day and this would be a crucial factor, but I enjoy the fact that this does not contain any SPF and thus doesn’t reflect light. So whether you’re preparing for an event or just like the look of a matte complexion: this is your guy!
Determining whether I like a foundation or not is always down to a few key points. These include the correct color match, longevity and scent.
As I have already spoken and given the Luminous Silk a great pass on the first two points I will quickly mention that the scent is quite pleasant as well. It certainly isn’t as intense as the Dior BB Cream and doesn’t linger as long either. This just adds to the feeling of not actually wearing anything on your face throughout the day.
So as you can tell from my little round-up: this foundation is a clear winner in my books. It was definitely worth splurging on and I can recommend everybody to get color matched and see how you like it. With 18 shades to choose from it shouldn’t be too hard to find something close to your skin tone. Next foundation for me to try is the NARS Sheer Glow foundation – what are your experiences with this?
Read here my review on the L’Oréal True Match foundation.