I am actually in love with this foundation! I’ve had it for a while now- just had to make sure I love it so I can actually review it!
The Giorgio Armani “Lasting Silk UV foundation” looks very similar to the Designer lift and luminous silk foundation from Armani in terms of packaging- however- it works very differently!
Just in case you are wondering, it is available in Sax Fifth Avenue (Bahrain). This foundation is available in 8 shades.
According to Armani, the Lasting Silk UV foundation is made for extreme backstage conditions – staying up to 14 hours. It also contains SPF 20
After testing the product I realized that this foundation is very light weight in terms of formula- ( the majority of Armani’s foundations are light weight)-and what I loved about it – it felt like second skin.. Very natural and flawless. It gives off such a beautiful and healthy glow! If you are tired of matte foundations- then try this for a change- for a beautiful satin finish! The coverage I would say it is light to medium… so if you have major imperfections this won’t really cover (you would need to correct/conceal).
If you look closely at the bottle you will see fine shimmers.. This will give your skin a luminescent glow!
It is an award winner too: Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner, Allure “Best Medium Coverage Foundation” 2010 Award Winner and CEW Beauty Awards 2010 Finalist, “Best Face Product Prestige”
This foundation however is water based… meaning that it will work great for oily skin and normal skin. If you have dry skin or dry patches- this product will not work well with it. For dry skin I do recommend the Luminous silk foundation. But anyways it is very moisturizing and you barely feel like you have anything on your face.
I love using it with a Sigma Beauty “flat kabuki” F80 brush or a Real Technique’s “buffing brush”. I just love working it into my skin with a buffer since it’s very lightweight.
I’m slightly disappointed- as Armani claims it will stay up to 14 hours- this doesn’t. I would give it maximum 6hours.. and that is with a proper base & a fixant.
What I also love doing is NOT applying any powder on top! It’s your choice to (if you want it to set), but I don’t want to remove that dewy glowy look- so I just leave it as it is and use cream/liquid blush and highlighters to give a healthier look than a mattified one.
See below for pictures on how the foundation looks like
Starting to blend the product
The picture below shows after blending- see how the skin looks cleaner, fresher, healthier & more glowing!
It’s a pricey product though- compared to other foundations in the market such as MAC etc.
This collection is focused on the 1930′s! Sophisticated colors..
The term “Madre Perla” translates to “mother of all pearls” in Spanish….
The MADRE PERLA PALETTES are LIMITED EDITION.. ONLY 3000 women will have the privilege to own them!
In Giorgio Armani’s famous black case is decorated in real REAL PEARLS! There are satiny powders which come in “sand”, “Champagen” & “aqua”. Those silky shadows all have radiant color and amazing soft feathery texture: Harmony 1 (Face and Eyes) , Harmony 2 (Eye)
Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow
Comes in three metallic shades: gold, silver, and one with a mix of both. These shadows are creamy, highly pigmented & resistant to heat & humidity: #17 Silver, #18 Gold, #19 Blended gold and silver
Lip shades- colors are very vibrant: 4 limited edition colors…Pink Iridescent rosewood, amaranth red, Brown Sienna, Purple Amethyst
The collection is available now in Nordstorm USA.
Jacquard: (n) A fabric with an intricately woven pattern
The woven pattern seems to be the inspiration for both CHANEL & Giorgio Armani this fall. Texture is what matters. Beautiful colors are portrayed in this collection- exploring contrasts (light & shade).
Jacquard Eye Palette: (limited edition)
Textured eyeshadows with 4 shades in each palette. Each consists of an eyeshadow duo, a highlighter & a deeper shade.
Eyes to kill mascara in (Blacker than Black) & (Night Violet)
Powder foundation +Blush:
Two sculpting shades (illuminator & a red blush)
4 unexpected colors in a blush tube (Sienna, Raspberry, Camel, & Scarletto)
Glowing nudes and touch of mauve to contrast. Shades are (Sheer beige, sheer pink beige, red, & sheer mauve)
Availability: September 2011 worldwide, USA- available NOW at Neiman Marcus