this is the best foundation on the market. it's won multiple awards, you can expect the same caliber of quality from his foundation as one would expect from Giorgio Armani's apparel. I don't think GA has ever created anything that doesn't look stunning, and his makeup is no exception to that. I've found that this application technique works best for me: One pump into palm, dab swatch of foundation onto seperate areas of your face (you can concentrate on areas where you might need more coverage), using Sephora Professional HD brush, blend foundation all over, using light strokes (hold brush closer to end of the handle), in circular sweeping motions. For spots that you may be trying to conceal, dab a spot of foundation on top of the blemish and w/ HD brush, dab with light, quick motions until blended.
Well, I guess I'm still on my search for the perfect foundation. I like the smoothness of this foundation and the subtle sheen that it gives--and also like that it contains SPF 20 (most foundations only go up to 15). However, for some reason I'm having difficulties finding the right color, that looks natural. It doesn't seem geared towards Asian women like me. Something about the undertone makes it look slightly mask-like on me. For the winter months, I'm also finding it drying. I've actually switched over to Bobbi Brown's moisture rich foundation for these reasons--that yellow base undertone and the formulation is better for my skin. I like it okay to finish up my bottle, but probably won't keep buying it.
I have to say that the hype about this product is correct! I love it . On vacation in Las Vegas , I was matched by an sales associate at the Armani store in the Bellagio and it was a perfect match. I was given number 5( I have medium neutral/warm skin in MUFE 118 and MAC NC25) .first i apply my make up for ever mattifying primer and then I only have to use a very small pump on the back of my hand and blend it on my face a bit at a time. The finish looks flawless and it lasts all day. I highly recommend this product for those with normal - combo skin.
I'm sorry, I just can't get this to work for me. This foundation has glowing reviews, but it's not for me.
I purchased this foundation after trying it on instore and liking what I saw. In practice, though... it's a different kettle of fish. I find that it is difficult to apply. I found that the best way is to either moisturise, or spray my face with Fix+, put one pump on my fingers and dab and blend it lightly (VERY lightly) onto my face. This gives a satisfactory finish.
At worst, when applying with a foundation brush, or a stippling brush, I find it is impossible to blend and very very cakey.
It tends to highlight any flakies I have (and I have oily skin) and it clings to the teeny hairs on my face. I also find it difficult to blend, perhaps because it dries quiet quickly. In photos my skin looks nice, but in real life after a while the foundation tends to migrate into pores and any dry spots you may have.
Try this for yourself, because it obviously works for a great number of people, but I would suggest definitely wearing this foundation out of the store before purchasing, because it looks very different in real life...
ABSOLUTELY WORTH EVERY PENNY. I almost don't have words to express how thankful I am for this... I have really upset skin and this stuff made my life so much easier. I was slated to act in a film two weeks before I start acne treatment and needed something that would cover major blemishes yet look natural in extreme close-ups and under heavy lights. I didn't worry about my skin at all. Yes it's expensive but if how you look on film or in photos matters to you, think of it as an investment and one less thing you have to worry about.
I've worn this fdtn 6 out of the last 7 days and I love it. At first, I wasn't convinced that the color was right, but it does seem to be a pretty perfect match so long as I don't wear my Chanel DP powder over it (the Chanel shade is slightly orangier and was giving my face a weird shade). I wear shade 021 Linen in Dior Nude and a combo of Sweet Almond and Golden Medium in Everyday Minerals and in this I was matched to a 5.5. I wear shade 2 in Face Fabric, for comparison. I would say that my skin is dry but will tend towards shininess pretty easily. Lasting Silk UV doesn't make me shiny at all. It covers everything up but somehow still doesn't look like you are wearing makeup. It does cling to really dry spots but does not settle into lines or pores. I think you could get away with not wearing any powder over this, but I've been wearing BE Mineral Veil over it and I'm not sure it's even a good thing...I'm waiting for my Luminous Silk Powder to arrive by mail, so once that gets here, I'll see how that tops it off. Most makeup does tend to disappear on me by the end of the day but this doesn't...it really does last! I've tried two different brushes for application and I prefer a regular fdtn brush (Sephora's Professional Fdtn Brush; the other one I used was Sephora #55 Airbrush). Scent isn't noticeable, either, which is a plus. So far, no irritation or breakouts. As of right now, I'd say this is worth the money and something I will repurchase! If I change my mind, I'll be back to let ya know!
1/29/10 Update - This foundation is HEAVY...I have tried everything and it's just not working which is a totall bummer considering the price. It just is not working and settels in every pore even with primer and pore minimizer. Will probaably be adding this to my swap list.
I am in the group who has tried a ton of foundations. Recently got into a foundation slump, using various minerals. I got two generous samples of the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation from Nordstroms and the #7 matched me perfectly, that in itself was a miracle. I used the sample for a few weeks, and couldn't wait to make a purchase.
This goes on beautifully, I am using Stila's foundation brush. I find the brush better then fingers. It does stay on all day and I don't need to powder at all. I have normal skin. I do use Clinque Pore Minimizer to finish off.
I received a sample of the GI primer, nice but I wouldn't spend $58 for a primer.
I have NEVER in all my years buying a foundation called one my HG but would say this is (at themoment anyway).
PS for traveling just pump out into a small sample jar, it lasts a few days.
I use it everyday for the past two weeks and i love it. Its light sheer to medium coverage, lasts all day ( i use on top laura mercier mineral finishing powder) covers my acne scars and most important doesnt break me out. It has a smell but it doesnt bother me. I wear no4 ( diorskin nude no.10- laura mercier silk creme Cream ivory- chanel pro lumiere no10 - nars sheer glow deauville - double wear light 1).
I have oily skin with lots of brown spots. I like a foundation that won't make me oilier and has good coverage. I was on the hunt for Guerlain Parure Extreme when I came across this. It goes on very smoothly, has good coverage, and doesn't contribute to the oil on my face. It stays on all day and evening until removed. The color I use (4) isn't a perfect match, but with a little bronzer I can darken it up slightly. It is best applied with the Armani foundation brush. I'm really happy with it overall.
I do love my Revlon ColorStay, but I have a wandering eye. My only gripe with the CS is the color match isn't perfect. Buff is slightly too dark and Ivory is much too pink. So I began the hunt for a new foundation and narrowed down my list to three foundations: Bobbi Brown Skin, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + and Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk. Whichever I decided to try, I was going to take the plunge blindly because I had no way to test any of these products. So of course I choose the one without a return policy and that just so happened to be the most expensive...
The formula of the Lasting Silk is quite thin - much thinner than my Revlon and with no detectable scent. As the name suggests, it is a long wearing foundation that doesn't slide off my face or turn cakey and orange throughout the day. It has medium-full buildable coverage that covers as well as ColorStay but manages to look more natural. I also find I get the smoothest and most seamless finish with my Beauty Blender rather than using my fingers or a foundation brush.
I haven't had any issues with breakouts or other adverse reactions...and that is saying a lot as my skin is very picky about foundations it will allow me to use. Also, and very importantly, the color match is perfect. I have this in (2) Ivory, the lightest shade. While the swatch on the GA website looks like a shocking pink shade, it is a truly neutral color. During application, the color seems almost too light, but it does adjust within minutes to suit my skin perfectly. And for this reason alone, it's worth the $58 and a "Yes" on whether or not I'd repurchase.
I really only have two complaints with this product. One, obviously, is the price and the other is its ability to really emphasize any flakiness. I use Retin-A, and it the winter it can really dehydrate my skin. The thickness and the somewhat creamy texture of my Revlon seems to glide on top of flakiness rather than exaggerate it. The Lasting Silk, on the other hand, is thin, almost watery, and I think that attributes to it grabbing on to the flakes you didn't even know you had. If you're constantly dealing with that skin issue, I can assure you that you won't be happy with this foundation. I've recently decreased my Retin-A to only a couple of times a week, and since then I've been able to resume using this foundation.
Overall, Lasting Silk is a really nice, durable foundation that looks like my skin but better. The only test remaining is how well it holds up in the hot, humid summer months...