This foundation comes in a simple glass bottle with a pump and a black cap with the Giorgio Armani logo in silver. The cover closes well and prevents leakage of the product.
The foundation is available in a wide range of colors, specifically in 24 shades for light to medium tones. However the shade system identifiable by numbers is sometimes confusing; while foundations are generally identified by 3 tones: warm, cool and neutral, the Luminous Silk foundation has a numbering system that depends on the colour of your skin (fair, light, medium, tan, deep) and on its undertones (neutral, warm, golden, peachy, rosy, golden and red).
A higher number is thus not necessarily a darker shade than a smaller number. For this reason, we recommend that you first test a sample of this foundation and identify the color that best suits your skin, before buying it online.
The foundation is lightly scented.
The Luminous Silk has a fluid, watery texture. We found it was easy to apply with a brush or a beauty blender.
It is typically a lightweight foundation with light to medium coverage. It blends nicely onto the skin and gives a natural look with a dewy finish.
We would recommend this foundation for the ones of you who like the “no makeup makeup” but enjoy the look of a glowy skin. This is one of the reasons why it is very much used in photoshoots. It has buildable coverage to blur imperfections and the resulting effect does not look cakey.
However we noticed when using it on combination to oily skin that it tends to make the T-zone shiny during the day and will only effectively last for a couple of hours. We felt the need to set it with a powder to extend its wear-time or to use a mattifying primer on the oily zones before applying it.
We would recommend using this foundation for dry or normal skins who would benefit from its hydrating effect and for a skin with few imperfections as the coverage is relatively light, closer to a tinted moisturizer.
The foundation comes in a 30ml bottle and retails at 64 USD (official price). Although a little of product goes a long way (you only need one pump of product to use on the whole face), this makes it one of the most expensive foundations on the market. For an invisible “no makeup” effect you can find alternatives between 20 USD and 45 USD; for a longer lasting effect, brands such as Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Makeup Forever and MAC have options in the range of 35 USD to 47 USD.