I could have sworn I already talked about this product on the blog. However, I did a quick search for Armani Luminous Silk and found nothing. Maybe I dreamt about writing a post? Anyways, I’ve actually had this powder for at least a couple of months now. I usually write reviews for new launches, or products that are new to me. However, this powder somehow fell off my radar. That in itself is probably an indication on how I feel about it haha.
The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation is a $62 luxury foundation powder. It is supposed to be the powder version of Armani’s very popular liquid Luminous Silk foundation. It claims to be a hydrating, buildable coverage foundation with an ultra smooth finish.
I’ve actually owned the liquid version of this product, and as far as I can remember, I wasn’t a huge fan. The color wasn’t great on me, and it was a bit too luminous for my combination skin. However, after loving the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush powder I though I’d give luxury powders a chance and bought this. So let’s get to my thoughts:
+ I really like the packaging of this product. It comes in a fancy compact that has a mirror and two compartments. One for the powder, and a bottom space with a sponge. Although I wouldn’t use the sponge regularly, it’s nice that it comes with it for touch ups. When you use loose powder or other powder compacts with no sponge, you basically have to carry around a brush which isn’t practical. The Armani Luminous Silk powder is pretty convenient travel wise.
+ The texture of this powder is very soft and velvety. It’s easy to pick it up with a brush, but there is also very little fall out.
+ There is a decent range of shade options available. Usually with powders you get light, medium & dark. This powder has 8 shades in the range.
+ I read reviews so I already knew this would be a problem, but it’s worth sharing here – this is in no way a powder foundation. There is so little coverage that I’m shocked they called it a powder foundation. It’s a setting powder, nothing else, nothing more.
+ If you have oily or combination skin, this powder won’t keep you matte for long.
+ Nothing about this powder (other than the packaging) makes me think it’s worth $62. It’s just a powder. My face doesn’t look airbrushed or poreless, it doesn’t extend the life of my foundation longer and it doesn’t keep me matte for long. I’m pretty sure if I did a blind test between this and the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two.
Although this powder isn’t bad, I just don’t get the hype. I’ve tried several drugstore powders that are very similar, so ultimately the price is just because of the brand. After LOVING the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Powder (read post here) I thought perhaps I was missing out not trying other high end powders. However, after using this one, I don’t think that’s the case. Similar to every other makeup product, there are some amazing & crappy high end and drugstore products. Sadly, this one for me is a dud. I’ll definitely use it up (don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad powder!), but for me it’s not worth the price.