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Every now and then I like to give my skin a little treat. You can treat your hair by having highlights; you can treat your nails by having a manicure. But how do you treat your face? Give it a luxury foundation and watch it glow to thank you. Some people are rich enough to use a designer foundation all the time but I think that takes the fun out of it! I usually opt for Gucci or Chanel but this time I decided to try something completely new in the form of Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20. I wanted to try this one as it claims to be a high resistance make up inspired by the 'extreme backstage conditions' at shows and shoots. Formulated for normal to oily skin it gives a medium coverage. The 'revolutionary new water based foundation' is said to provide 14 hour satin matte coverage without feeling like a mask or cakey. It also protects you against the suns harmful rays with SPF 20 and also the ageing effects from the sun. It sounded very good to me so I didn't feel as guilty handing over the £32 in exchange for my new foundation!
The packaging is very classic of a designer brand - simple yet effective. A sturdy, strong glass bottle that is coloured the shade you pick which helps you pick the perfect one for you. No details are on the bottle at all except the name very small at the bottom. The lid is a matte black with Giorgio Armani imprinted onto it. So simplistic but yet very appealing and attractive. Less is more as they say.
I don't like to waste designer foundations just going to Tesco or to work so I only use it for special occasions. When I do wear it I like to apply it in one of two ways. The first is using a concealer brush and a tiny bit of the foundation to put it where I would normally put concealer (as with this foundation I find I don't need to use a separate concealer as well) then I take a foundation brush and using a 5 pence piece amount, sweep it over my whole face. Then blend it out with a buffing brush into my neck and hair line. This way gives a full coverage when built up. The second way is with my fingers as it gives a slightly lighter coverage and makes it last even longer. However you can apply this an way you feel comfortable - just don't use too much as you don't need it. A little really does go a long way.
Whatever way you choose to apply it you will be wowed by how smooth and gently it glides on and sinks into your skin and almost becomes a part of it! It's SO creamy to the touch that its like putting real silk onto your face. It makes your make up look delicate and perfect. It's a very matte finish but not dry which is always a worry with matte foundations. I find I have to apply a small amount of powder to my T-Zone but you could wear it on its own if you wanted.
There are six shades available that are quite varied but I would strongly advise going to a department store such as Harrods or Selfridges to get your shade matched perfectly because you don't want to waste all that money on the wrong shade when buying online. However they are:
2 - Lightest shade but still has some colour too it - not completely pale.
4 - A pale, light beige colour almost a light medium shade.
4.5 - A slightly darker shade that 4 but still a medium shade.
5 - A darker medium shade with golden undertones.
5.5 - One of the darker shades in the range with bronze undertones
6.5 - Darkest shade of the range with golden undertones.
I chose number 2 which is the lightest and although it is not a prefect match for my fair complexion I find that because it blends so well, I can get it to match me easily. It also gives me a warm complextion for summer which is always nice! I team this with a pink or rouge toned blush as I find it adds to the English Rose effect, however I don't like to wear rbonzer over this foundation as I think it takes the colour out.
Available at Selfridges, Harrods, House of Frasier, Debenhams and any store that sells Giorgio Armani. You can buy online but like I stated earlier it is best to get your shade matched so you don't waste any money.