Whether you’ve been living under a rock or not, everybody has heard of the legendary Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. For years it’s been hailed as one of the best luxury complexion products available, with a natural radiant skin-like finish. Perfect for all skin types, the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation offers oil-control, a medium buildable coverage and a fantastic base for concealers, blushes, bronzers – you name it – whether powder, cream or liquid. It’s no wonder why it’s loved by so many, and it’s been my all-time favourite since I was 15. So you can imagine how ecstatic the makeup world felt when the Luminous Silk Concealer was announced. With high expectations for being radiant, glowy, buildable and smooth, the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer was no doubt one of the most sought-after complexion products of late, so let’s get into the review.
APPLICATION, COVERAGE, TEXTURE & FINISH
The Armani Luminous Silk Concealer offers medium, buildable coverage. As concealers go, it’s exceptionally glowy, so it’s no surprise that it offers a lighter wash of pigment compared to more full-coverage concealers with a semi-matte finish (such as the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer, a personal favourite of mine). I find that to achieve the level of coverage I want, I have to apply around 3 layers of concealer. In saying that, the formula never looks cakey. In fact, despite the amount applied, it remains looking lightweight, smooth and skin-like.
The doe-foot applicator is fairly hard. It transfers less concealer onto the skin per application compared to other formulas, which simply means you may have to spend a little more time applying the amount you desire. It also allows for very precise application – you’ll never accidentally apply ‘too much’.
If you struggle with hyper-pigmentation, the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer may not provide quite the amount of coverage you want. In terms of concealing spots and acne, I tried the ‘dry down’ method and didn’t find it helped much. However, if you’d really like a lighter-weight, dewy complexion, I love using the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in conjunction. The smallest dot offers intense and precise coverage.
SHADES & WEAR
The Luminous Silk Concealer comes in 20 shades, and from what I can see, the depths and tones reflect the shades of the Luminous Silk Foundation. I know it may seem like a funny thing to rave about, but I absolutely love this. If you’re like me, you need concealer in multiple areas across your face, not just under the eyes or in the t-zone. So it’s incredibly helpful to have a foundation and concealer match so the undertone remains as you wish.
In terms of wearability, as the Luminous Silk Concealer is a glowy formula, it does go more dewy as time goes on. The oil-control isn’t as strong as more full-coverage formulas, which isn’t at all surprising. If you have combination to more oily skin, you definitely will need to blot during the day. However, the glowy finish is so lovely that it’s worth the quick touch-up. In saying that, I haven’t known the formula to slip and slide around, and never to break up even across my most oily areas.
PACKAGING & PRICE
I really love the packaging. In fact, it’s probably my favourite feature of the Luminous Silk Concealer. Armani truly nail their packaging each and every time, with luxurious, high-quality looking and feeling products. The lid has a soft-snap close, and the doe-foot applicator is sturdy and strong. In saying that, the the Luminous Silk Concealer does, unsurprisingly, come with a hefty price tag of £37. However, when you look at the fluid ounces per bottle compared to other famous formulas, it offers a different picture…
Armani Luminous Silk Concealer 0.4 fl oz for £37
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer 0.26 fl oz for £28
Dior Backstage Flash Perfector Concealer 0.37 fl oz for £27
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 0.2 fl oz for £26
Without getting all mathematical, this essentially means per fl oz the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer is significantly more affordable than NARS and Laura Mercier. Although per bottle you’re spending more cash, you’re getting more bang for your buck. However, in saying that, £37 per go is a lot. I always recommend keeping an eye out on LookFantastic in particular, as there’s regularly fantastic discounts and deals (try @JosieLDN‘s code JOSIEFEARLF if you get stuck).
If you’re after a more full-coverage concealer, take a look at my review of the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer.