Is It Worth It: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Long time, no see! I am sorry it has taken me so long to post again, but you know how it goes; life happens. I have been overwhelmed with responsibilities and a little underwhelmed with makeup lately. I bought some new products this week though so I am feeling inspired at last and figured now was as good a time as any to get back to the blog. So let’s get into what you came here for!

If you watch YouTube beauty videos, chances are you have seen people talk (& rave) about the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. And if you have dry skin, I bet you have been curious to try it. So, as always, I wanted to throw in my “typical” girl prospective on this ridiculously priced product.

First things first, let’s talk price. You can buy this foundation in two sizes. Side note, I think that is a really nice option so you don’t have to buy a full bottle in case you don’t like it and the smaller bottle is nice for travel. Anyways, the lager bottle is the size of a typical foundation. You get 1oz of product and it is going to set you back $64 (are you cringing yet?).  The smaller option contains 0.6oz and costs, wait for it, $42. I can’t get past it. FORTY-TWO dollars!!

Storytime: I bought the small one not realizing just how small it is. To be honest, I didn’t even look at the amount of product. I saw that the price was $42, thought to myself “Hey, that’s about the same as my beloved Too Faced Born This Way, let’s give is a shot”. I nearly lost it when I received it in the mail a couple days later. Honestly, I just had to laugh at myself and consider it a lesson learned. Trust me, you will understand when you see the picture.

Next up, packaging. If you buy the full size of this foundation, it comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle. It includes a pump which is always a good thing and gives you the overall feel of luxury. If you opt for the smaller size, it comes in a glass bottle (not frosted) and has a pump. With that being said, the smaller packaging does not feel “luxurious” to me. It is just kind of typical. Also, the smaller size doesn’t have a lid that covers the entire top like most foundations do. It has a small cap that slides over the part where the foundation actually comes out. That cap isn’t very secure either. So as far as packaging goes, I like it for the full size and I am disappointed with the small size.

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It is seriously so tiny! Can you see what I mean with the lid? This is with it on, so hopefully you can tell it is not very substantial. 

Okay, on to what is really important; the foundation itself. My skin fluctuates between being very dry to normal, so I typically go for foundations that claim to be moisturizing or luminous or an variation of that term. This foundation definitely delivers in that respect. It is very wet looking. Now I like that to an extent,  but I feel like this one never dries down. I feel like two hours later I could just take my hand and move the foundation around on my face. For that reason, I would 100% recommend setting it with a powder. I also feel like it can be a little streaky. I use a beauty blender to apply it and I feel like I have to be fairly careful with my application. Also, after I set it with powder, 9 times out of 10 I have to go back with my beauty blender (no additional product) and smooth things out again. As far as coverage goes I would say it is a solid medium. I think you can build it up if you want or sheer it out, so I like that flexibility.

Overall:

Pros: The small bottle is good for travel. There is a large color range. It is hydrating.

Cons: Price. It’s not the easiest to apply. Price. I have to set it. Price.

Million dollar question: Is it worth it? No. Is it the worst foundation I have ever used? No. Is it the best? Definitely not. And for $42 for 0.6 ounces, I think this stuff should be mind blowing. Think about it, I have to work at it to get it to apply smoothly and then I HAVE to use a powder on top (which is a big deal to me since I have dry skin) and then I am still not blown away. No thank you. I can find much better for $40 or a lot less at the drugstore.

I hope you all found this useful! Thanks so much for stopping by! As always, I would love your feedback so feel free to comment or email me! Talk to you soon!

~Lakin

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New by Becca

Hello, hello! I am so excited to share my thoughts on some of the new products Becca Cosmetics has launched recently. These products include a new primer, powder, and brush! Let’s jump right in!

First, I want to talk about my favorite product in the line up: the primer. It is called the First Light Priming Filter and retails for $38 at Sephora. You get 1 ounce of product in it. First things first, packaging. It is gorgeous. It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a very nice pump. The pump allows you to control how much product comes out and dispenses very evenly. So no complaints in that department.

Next, let’s talk about the product itself. You can read all the claims on Sephora’s website (I am trying to figure out how to do the fancy “here” hyperlink, if you know help a girl out. But until then, I am sure you know how to search on Sephora). Basically, it is supposed to brighten and hydrate you skin and make you look more awake. The first thing you’ll notice with this primer is it’s purple. Straight up purple. This can be a little scary at first, but rest easy, after blending it out, your face does not look purple. The next thing you’ll notice is it smells like lemons. It honestly reminds me of Pledge furniture polish; not in a bad, chemically way though, lemon scent always reminds me of pledge. Anyways, the fragrance is pretty strong upon application, but I do not notice it throughout the day. If anything, I would say it is a nice refreshing scent that goes along with the “wake-me-up” factor of the product. As for the product claims, I would say yes, it does hydrate and brighten my face. Other than that, it doesn’t do a whole lot in terms of priming. I do not notice any effect on the staying power of my foundation and it doesn’t do anything to blur or mask pores/imperfections. I actually like to wear this on its own just to refresh my face a bit for makeup free days.

Do I recommend it? Yes, if you have dry skin and don’t need a primer to extend the wear time of foundation or fill in pores. However, I will say I still prefer the Backlight Priming Filter by Becca and personally would buy it instead.

Next up, the powder. The Soft Light Blurring Powder is $38 and you get 0.35 oz of product. The packaging is honestly stunning on this powder. It is in a sturdy, clear acrylic container. The sifter on the inside is nice and doesn’t let too much powder fly out. The lid is easy to get on and off. Overall A+ for packaging in my opinion.

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Becca claims this is “a translucent, loose, setting powder that acts as a veil to blur imperfections, set makeup with a subtle radiance, and add dimension while eliminating shine for a natural, perfected finish.” First off, I would not call it translucent.  You can see in the picture that it definitely has color to it and while it’s not super noticeable on the skin,  it is there. I tried setting my undereyes with this and I could see the color of the powder covering up my lighter concealer. All over the face, I do think it is a really pretty powder. I have dry skin so most of the time I don’t powder my face at all, but I can dust this all over and it sets everything nicely and doesn’t dry me out. I also like the way my other products (contour, blush, etc) layer on top of this. Also, it has a very subtle shimmer to it that gives the face a natural radiance which I like.

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Would I recommend? It is hard for me to say because I don’t use powders often so I am not sure how it compares to others on the market. What I can tell you is I like it and I will continue to use it. If you have dry skin and are looking for a powder that doesn’t accentuate that, I think this one is really nice.

Finally, lets look at the brush. It is simply called the Soft Kabuki Brush. It is $30 at Sephora and has synthetic bristles. They recommend using this brush for everything “From setting the face to contouring”.

So just from looking at it you can tell it is a relatively common brush. The bristles are very soft, the handle is really sturdy feeling, and I haven’t had any trouble with shedding. Those are all great things to have in a brush. The bristles are not densely packed so I would say this is strictly a powder brush. My favorite use I have found for this brush is blending out blush if I go a little heavy with it.

Would I recommend it? Probably not. The kicker for me  is the price. It is a nice brush and I don’t really have any complaints, but I think I could get something that works just as well  for a cheaper price.

Thanks for sticking around if you made this far!

Talk to you soon!

-Lakin

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Is It Worth It: Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes

Soo.. it’s about time I got around to writing my first blog post! I wanted to start this blog off with an “Is It Worth It” type series. Basically, I want to talk to you all about the stupid expensive makeup products I have bought and let you know if I (an average 20something year old girl) think it was worth the high price tag. I also knew I wanted to start off on a positive note so I decided to talk about the oh-so-popular Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes. So let’s do this!

First things first let’s talk price, because that’s sort of important in this situation. One of these palettes will set you back $80. Crazy I know. For that you get 12 eyeshadows at a total weight of 24 grams. So that breaks down to about $6.67 an eyeshadow at 2 grams each. Compared to a Mac eyeshadow, which is $6 for 1.3 grams of product, the price doesn’t seem so bad in my opinion.

Moving right along, lets talk packaging. They are pretty compact; about 3.5×5 inches. The packaging is a thick plastic; clear on top, black on the bottom. Overall I like it. It isn’t the prettiest, but it is functional. It is well made for travel, easy storage,  and easy to see what you are grabbing.

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Now for the most important part: the eyeshadows themselves! Something interesting to note with these palettes is they come in either a matte or shimmer finish; no mixture (at least in the larger palettes). So of course I had to buy one of each.

 

Let’s start with the shimmer palette. I chose 05 Sultry Muse.

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It is mostly warm toned, with a couple cool toned shades thrown in. Right of the bat, these are not super metallic shades. They are a more subtle shimmer, but they can be built up and/or foiled. For the most part, the shades in this palette are very smooth and buttery to the touch. They are nicely pigmented and blend well. Let’s see the swatches:

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Top Row: The first and third shades are the only ones in the palette that I would not describe as “smooth”. They have some glitter in there that can be flaky.

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Row 2: All of these shades are buttery, pigmented, and beautiful. These are the most “metallic” of the bunch.

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Row 3: These shades are just so so for me. They are pretty, but not super special in my opinion. Quality wise though, they really are great.

Pros: These shadows are buildable and most have a very nice texture.

Cons: You cannot get a look out of this palette alone. You will have to pull in a matte transition at the very least.  For me, the colors just are not super inspiring. I think I have others like it in my collection.

Worth It? I will say this: if I hit pan on this palette I don’t see myself repurchasing it. Like I said, it doesn’t inspire me. However, if the colors of it, or any of the other shimmer palettes, call to you and you have $80 to spend on eyeshadow, the quality is there.

The next palette I purchased was 01 Neutral Matte.

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These matte shades are really something special. They are SO pigmented. They apply SO beautifully. They blend like a dream. I honestly don’t have a bad thing to say about them. They are everything I could hope for in a matte eyeshadow. I think the swatches do the talking so I’ll just show you.

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Row 1: This row has a great variety of highlight shades for different skin tones. Personally, I am really pale, so I use the last shade to highlight and the others as a base all over my eyes.

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Row 2: This row is full of the warm tones. These are nice for blending into the crease and deepening the outer corner.

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Row 3: This row has the cool tones. Again, the lighter shades in this row are great for blending in  the crease and then there is this beautiful, rich black that can be used as liner or to darken things up.

Pros: These shadows are AWESOME. Blendable? Check. Pigmented? Check. Variaty? Check.

Cons: The price…

Worth It? Absolutely. I would 100% recommend this palette and I will 100% repurchase it.

If you made it this far, you deserve a cookie. Unfortunately, all I have to give you is my thanks! I hope you found this post helpful! I would love to hear any recommendations or requests you have for me going forward. Also, if you haven’t already, go check out my instagram @colourpop_collection to see a lot more posts from me!

Thanks so much!

-Lakin