This review alongside this one finally made me take the plunge into buying a Giorgio Armani foundation. I adore my Blushing Fabric blushers, so when I was in Selfridges lately, I thought I'd complete the set.
A 40ml tube will set you back £29 which is fairly expensive, but you use so little that I estimate that the tube will last quite a while. It's not a full-coverage foundation, by any stretch of the imagination, but it's meant to echo how real skin looks, for a "makeupLESS" look. It's a thick mousse-y style foundation, but it's whisper-light on the face. Here's how it appears on my skin - compared to how my skin looks without help (for which I apologise, please don't look too hard at my pores in the pic at left, thank you):
As you can see, it smoothes out my skin tone, makes it look, well, less pink. I find it adds a softly "powdered" effect to my skin, but on really hot days, it does have a tendency to disappear fairly quickly, and, because of it's light coverage, I find it's better for "good skin" days. But, I LOVE this foundation beyond all reasonableness in spite of that. Why? Because it's chock-full of silicones, and it makes my pores disappear when I'm wearing it. Seriously, click on the picture above to enlarge it, if you don't believe me. Just, you know, don't say you weren't warned. If I need a heavier coverage, I layer it over my beloved Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturising Balm, which gives this just a little more "oomph".
Of course, if you're at all sensitive to silicones then this is most definitely not the foundation for you, but if you're looking for a light-coverage foundation which will negate the need for a primer, then this is one of the best you'll find. It comes in 8 shades, (I'm shade two), but the coverage is so light and "realistic" that an exact match with this foundation isn't as important as it might be with full coverage foundations.
Giorgio Armani cosmetics are available from Selfridges.
The Fine Print: I bought this. And I'd do it again, I tell you. AGAIN!