Review of Giorgio Armani Silk Powder Foundation by Gaeia
I bought Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk powder at Saks in color #5 several days ago because I wanted to replicate the effect I got from the powder in an Armani palette- which is perfection incarnate. I have many compact and loose powders already but I wanted something new, spectacular and slightly smaller for my purse.
I actually would have bought #5.5 if left to my own devices (I'm @ NC25) but the salesman at Saks helpfully explained that #5.5 would be too dark- he insisted 5 was my color: "It's Perfect!" Though #5 looked too light I suspended my disbelief (the reason I own SO much makeup, after all, apart from ebay!!) and I bought it along side their lip wax, cream blush and silk foundation.
Once I got home, I applied the powder & looked at myself in the mirror- and cringed: within seconds I realized it was way too dark- and so orange! In the pan it looks like the perfect light neutral beige but this is deceiving as it instantly oxidizes on your skin- or at least it did on my skin...Also, the texture of the powder is coarser than I expected after using the powder in my Armani palette, as well as my (powder) Armani blushes & eye shadows. I had never bought powder by itself from Armani but the other stuff I do have of theirs is so finely milled that I'd been lemming after this forever, it seemed. Unfortunately this Armani Silk powder turned out to be a disappointment for me- my first bummer GA product experience- - really, since my initial foray into Armani Beauty everything has always performed wonderfully.... (my second one happened the next morning, with the foundation- but that's for a different review.)
I believe at this price point this purchase should have been effortless. What if I were also buying from their site- rather than in person?! I guess it's one way to up your sales quota (hoping customers won't return wrong color and buy a second hopefully better color match- but I seriously hope this is not a harbinger of things to come out of Armani as it would break my heart.... People rise to the expectations and standard you set, one should not lower one's standards to meet the lowest common denominator, for nothing would ever be sublime....
Lastly, If you can find it, you will fall in love with Armani's Black Gem Palette (2008?) - I have both the "light" and the "dark" version but just love the "dark" version's lighter powder on the lower level- in fact I think it would be suitable for all but the very palest beauties- try the "Light" Gem palette- but hmmm actually even they should try the dark version (of the lighter powder) during the summer! I bought both blind and am still SO loving them: they cover completely- & without heaviness- and are just incredible. Why can't Armani's Luminous Silk powder do the same?