My Skin: NC25 that leans *slightly* neutral than overly yellow. Combination-Dry (oily in the nose area, but dry-to-normal everywhere else). Texture issues (mild to moderate acne pits/pock marks) from teenage moderate acne. No wrinkles, but fine lines on forehead and under eyes.
My shade in Luminous Silk: 3.5
I can't believe that I had not previously reviewed Luminous Silk!! This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE foundation! I discovered Luminous Silk in December 2017 and haven't looked back. I believe I first encountered this foundation when I received a sample in the shade 5.5 in a Sephora shipment. Although the shade was off I fell in love with the natural, skin-like finish. I like wearing makeup but I don't like makeup wearing me lol I go for a more natural look, and play up my eyes with heavy mascara and my lips with bold colors. I don't like a flat, matte face, but of course I don't want to look oily either. I want that dewy, healthy look with my skin shining through, and Luminous Silk really does deliver in those ways. I have combo-dry skin with acne scars and I think this does a great job blurring acne scars/ acne pits aka "pock marks". It's not a miracle, but I think it does a good job. You will need to set with a powder, but the finish is very skin like and natural.
Although the days of teenage acne are over for me, I still remember the frustration. I think that if you are dealing with moderate to heavy acne that Luminous Silk might not provide enough coverage. Also, if you have oily to very oily skin, then Luminous Silk might not work for you either. Of course with makeup everything is case-by-case, so I'm not saying you should just write this foundation off. I'm meaning to try before you buy. Get a sample first and see how you like Luminous Silk. Plus, this is pricey, so sampling might be a good recommendation for anyone interested in this foundation.
My ONLY gripe was how hard it was to find the correct shade, and I've heard many others with the same complaint. As I previously stated, my initial sample was in shade 5.5 and I knew it was too dark (like the type of dark where you know you could wear it in the summer but can't pull off in the winter). So, foolishly, I blindly purchased a full bottle of shade #5 thinking it would be light enough. However, shade #5 is too neutral and light for an NC25. In fact, shade #5 is almost pinkish or perhaps just too beige for warm toned skin. So, after I returned shade #5, I decided to do some research before making another purchase. I never tried 4.5, 5.75, or 6, but I've heard 5.75 is darker than 6 and that 6 is for NC30 olive skin. I read someone in a blog mention shade #3.5 for her NC25 skin and that was the winner for me. Shade #3.5 is warm toned but isn't overly yellow, is not at all pink or beige... It's just the perfect shade for me. I haven't had trouble with oxidizing either.
These shade recommendations might not be perfect, but hopefully it is a helpful guide:
4.5= maybe a more neutral NC25 ?? Could also work for a lighter NC30
5= beige NC20
5.5= somewhere between NC30 and NC35
5.75= maybe NC35 ??
6= NC30 olive
Because Luminous Silk has a thinner, more liquid consistency I prefer to apply it with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush rather than a damp BeautyBlender. I usually only need 2 pumps of foundation to cover my whole face, so although this foundation is pricey, a bottle will last for quite awhile.