Review of Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF20 by swolf123
Swatches #4-5 at the end of my review.
Update: I live in a dry climate (SF) and this seems to give me some dry patches throughout the day. I still like it but I have recently tried LSF in #5, which I think allows my skin to breathe a bit more and the color is a little less pink than #5 in LSUV.
My History/1st impression:
I've been on a hunt for months trying to replace my old standby (EL DWL #1). I have searched high & low, but nothing has come close to being a suitable match in color, texture and coverage. This new foundie might be what I am looking for, but it's still too early for 5stars. It is classified as Semi-Matte. It has a buildable coverage from light to medium (LSF is sheer to light). It applied and seemed very similar in texture to Shu Face Architect & MUFE HD, but w/ a better color selection.
What I first got/Colors:
I purchased #4 sight unseen from Evilbay, to match my light-medium olive complexion. For reference, I also wear BB Sand #2, Chanel Cameo, & EL DWL #1. Upon first application and inspection, I thought the color was very light, especially compared to my EL DWL #1 & LSF #4. It actually looked as light as Shu #774. Then I noticed it darkened a bit. So then I ran a side by side comparison on my hand, and found that after about 10-15 min it dried down to the same level as my EL DWL #1. Regardless of my unscientific test, application and dry down on my face was similar to the color it started with on my hand. Making it way lighter than LSF #4 and my old EL in #1.
I went to the GA counter to find my right shade, but they were out of 4.5 already. I went w/ #5 since it was more neutral than 5.5. I also got a sample of 4.5 to try at home; still too light & looked artificially yellow on my olive complexion. FYI, the tones are really about a half a shade apart, w/ numbers ending in .5 being yellow. All colors w/ no .5 added to the end, are neutral to pink. However I noticed they left out tones #3, 6, & 8 to name a few. LE?
Upon first application my skin looked the most airbrushed & healthy it has ever looked w/ any foundie. It covered pretty seamlessly over my recent recovering breakout, and looked flawless over my nice skin. It is long wearing (not like EL DWL though) and it doesn't rub off very easily (except on my nose). B/C of the finish and type, I would not suggest this for someone in a a cold, windy or very dry climate. It would also be bad for dry skinned types, who do not moisturize. I am acne prone & sensitive, and this has actually improved the condition of my skin.
Update on Wear:
It's been warmer in the Bay Area the last few days, so I've finally been able to appreciate this semi-matte formula. Long wearing yes, but my nose and upper lip area were a tiny bit oily by the end of the day. I usually use MUFE Super Matte on my T-zone in the morn, but I'm usually too busy to reapply through the day. I also found that the formula does oxidize a little, but not in a bad way. It actually looks better after it finishes adjusting. It is also the most lightweight medium coverage I have ever tried & I don't look too made up either. Another happy surprise is that in a short time I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my hyperpigmentation; which I can only assume is from the added SPF 20 protection (I wear SPF 30 lotion as well). Nothing is perfect, but this is as good as I can find w/ my coloring, skin type, & coverage needs at the moment. Not sure if this will be in rotation during winter, but that is a long time away. Bye, bye EL. Also, I found MUFE Full Cover in #4 matches Lasting Silk #5 perfectly. For reference I used the GA Designer brush for application.
Swatches #4-5 after the Jump.