Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review- Is It Worth It?

I’m quite the fan of Armani foundations, from the Neo Nude Tinted Moisturizer to the discontinued Face Fabric Foundation, the quality is always top notch! The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is no different. Called a silk foundation and that’s exactly what it feels like on the skin.

Giorgio Armani foundations are known for their superior quality and price! Are you paying for the designer name or is the foundation that amazing? Let’s get into the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation review and see what the foundation is all about.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Main IngredientsGlycerin
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, Sensitive, Oily

The foundation is formulated with an exclusive unique “Micro–fil™ technology which allows buildable color pigments to lay flat on your skin for seamless blending and layering, improving skin’s texture, and blurring imperfection”. This unique formula gives the foundation the flawless finish that we all love!

Shades and Ingredients of the Luminous Silk

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation comes in 40 impressive shades. The colour range for light skin is really good, it has a shade for even the palest skin. The darks also look like a nice colour range, although I don’t think the darkest is dark enough for some. Each foundation colour comes in warm, neutral and cool to match every skin tone.

The foundation was inspired by charmeuse silk which apparently is the fabric of emperors. Giorgio Armani aimed to get the foundation to feel like the softest silk fabric, and I can confirm, it definitely feels like silk.

Also made with glycerin which helps give the skin hydration throughout the day.

Using the Luminous Silk Foundation

So I have a little disclaimer. Perhaps I’m late in discovering this secret, but most makeup shops when asked will give you a sample to try out.

I love this because instead of buying an expensive foundation and then regretting it, you can ask for a sample and then use it for a few days to see if it works for you. Giorgio Armani is one of those brands that’s worth trying out before spending the full amount because it is on the pricey side.

I went to my local Fenwicks and got a small sample that has actually lasted me a week now since all you need is a small amount each time.

All I can say is that after giving the Luminous Silk Foundation a fair amount of time to get to know, I absolutely love it.

Giorgio armani foundation sample

Aside from the silky feel to it, it has many other features that I love too. The foundation glides on smoothly and literally blurs every line and pigmentation. What’s more, is that the foundation blends into the skin so perfectly that you can’t see you’re wearing foundation at all. It is one of the most natural-looking foundations on the market and it covers my open pores without makeup them appear bigger.

The coverage is medium, however, it is very buildable so if you are looking for a full-coverage foundation you simply apply a few extra layers to your skin and blend it well.

luminous silk foundation swatch

The foundation has a satin finish to it which gives the skin a beautiful radiant glow throughout the day that doesn’t looks shiny or oily.

I wear my foundation for about 12 – 14 hours at a time and it doesn’t move. At the end of the day, my foundation looks exactly the same as when I applied it in the morning. It doesn’t get oily or sticky either.

What Skin Type is the Armani Luminous Silk for?

I have a combination to dry skin type that has a lot of open pores that need covering and this foundation aces it! Another thing you should know about me and my foundation is that I hate it when foundations settle into my lines. A natural-looking foundation is an absolute must for me and the Luminous Silk is like Photoshop in a bottle.

The Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ticks all the boxes! It is particularly good for mature and ageing skin as well as dry skin. This is because it doesn’t look thick or heavy on the skin, and it doesn’t exaggerate any lines or blemishes. It also works really well for sensitive skin.

Applying the Foundation

Like most foundations, you can apply it with whichever method you like best. I found that because the Luminous Silk Foundation is so creamy and silky, it applies really easily and therefore does not need a sponge.

Everything absorbs perfectly with a brush or even your fingers. I recommend using a primer before applying your foundation, simply because it creates a barrier between the foundation and your skin which is always a good idea.

Eventhough the foundation lasts beautifully, I recommend using a setting powder and setting spray for longer-lasting results.

The Pros and Cons of the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation


  • Longlasting
  • Hydrating
  • Natural-looking
  • Silky formula
  • Smooth finish
  • A little goes a long way
  • Buildable


  • Pricey

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My Thoughts

If the Luminous Silk Foundation is within your budget, it’s worth every penny! My advice is to help the bottle stretch for as long as possible. A little goes a long way so don’t use 3 pumps in one go, try one and add a little more if needed.

If it’s not within your budget, don’t worry, I have loads of foundation recommendations, like drugstore foundations, full coverage foundations, and foundation with the best shade ranges.


Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

Beauty profile – 35, dry, aging skin, focused on aging well with a healthy glow and natural makeup look ✨

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  1. Hi Hollie, I usually use a bb cream..I’m just terrible when it comes to make up. But since I’m slowly running out of my bb cream I might as well upgrade and get a proper foundation. My skin is somewhat dry, specially during winter so I love that the Armani luminous silk foundation is good for such skin type as well.



    1. Even if you don’t have experience with applying foundation, the Luminous Silk Foundation will be a breeze for you. 

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  2. The Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is one of my favorite make-ups. It didn’t get cakey. It looked very luminous, just like the name of it says! People commented that I had a great glow. A very natural looking glow. My friends said it didn’t even look like I was wearing foundation. Also it doesn’t come off on my phone or my hands. It stays put and helps to even out my complexion. 

    I will definitely keep using this foundation. Great review!

  3. Hello Hollie. I have heard about armani products a lot but not this Luminous Silk Foundation. It sounds really cool especially because one can apply it like a cream on the face. Its good that you’ve tried it which means it is really credible. You say that its best for those who have dry skin or aging skin. Does that mean that it wouldn’t be suitable for someone with oily skin?

    1. It is suitable for all skin types, but more suited for dry and normal skin. If you have oily skin be prepared for some shine during the day. You can use blotting powder or setting powder to combat it. 

  4. This foundation looks lovely. I have maturing skin and it’s hard to find foundation that doesn’t get ‘cakey’. I love you can go all day with it still looking fresh. (That’s what I’m looking for.) The color range is awesome also, Often I can’ only find a few shades in my color range. Thanks for the great description. This looks like a ‘must have’. 

    1. It has everything a good foundation needs! And it does magic on mature skin:)

  5. I’m not really baffled by the price since armani is known for giving out best products but then, before taking my cash to get such an expensive product, I guess I would have to be sure it works well with me. I would try to visit a shop here to check for the sample trial of the luminous silk foundation and hopefully it will work well for me as that would increase my eagerness to get this product. Thanks

    1. Thanks for stopping by:)

  6. Hello there, I love the plain honesty shown in this post, its one very important way to having me around your post. I usually don’t give much importance to applying foundation during make ups but from your description of this Giorgio Armani foundation, its something I would love to try. Although you’ve said the price is on the high side, I would not mind spending the money since uts worth it. Expect my feedback.

    1. I’m sure you will love it, it’s hard not to:)

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