March 11, 2014

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation ¦ Review & Video

My obsession with foundation knows no bounds. In my quest for the perfect base, I was really interested in Luminous Silk after both Sinéad and Sarah's positive experiences, but somehow, I was sidetracked by that foundation's slightly neglected older sister, Lasting Silk. I thought that maybe my oily, temperamental skin would get on better with a foundation that is specifically billed as 'long-wearing', and overall, it has been a gamble that paid off. I've a quick video review of this foundation below, but I'm also going to include a few extra points at the end of this post in order to give a fairly comprehensive run-down of what I make of Lasting Silk.

I was attracted to this foundation because of the promise of lasting power and also because it was described by MonsiieurAlex as a higher coverage, slightly more matte version of Luminous Silk. It also boasts an SPF of 20 which Luminous Silk does not have  - but I don't really rely on my foundation to give me sun protection, so this isn't really an important point to me.

If you are looking for a medium-high coverage, foundation without the thick feeling of something like Estée Lauder's Double Wear, this is a great option. I really enjoy how light it is but it still has a lot pigment in it - as I say in the video, this makes it quite difficult to work with at times, especially if you're in a rush. I like to take my time blending this out to perfection - and I love the natural, glowy, convincing skin-like finish it gives. It's definitely worth learning to work with.

Overall, I really, really like this stuff but I do still prefer Laura Mercier Silk Creme as it lasts me longer than this will and is a similar price. Silk Creme is also more of a suit-all-situations foundation, in that I know I can wear it even when suffering with a bad breakout. Lasting Silk would not be my foundation of choice in a breakout situation, but having said that, my skin has been remarkable well-behaved over the last month and a half. This leads me to think that, should my skin continue to behave itself, I could very well enjoy Luminous Silk, too. And so the cycle continues...!

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