Whether you're a full-coverage lover, medium fiend, or sheer bearer, you need at least one of each foundation in your stash. Although, hold on--maybe you shouldn't take this advice to heart; I am a little beauty psycho, after all. Nevertheless, I believe in the statement. And to satisfy one of such categories, I souped up my foundation array with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Within the last year, it's gained quite the blogger publicity. And the fact that this really is the only full-coverage foundation I've tried doesn't quite make me the most apt to do this review, but I'm presenting my two sense--my sheer coverage loving two cents.
My preferred way to apply and use this Silk Foundation is by applying the majority of the product just where I need it (my chin and forehead) and using the excess left on the brush on the rest of my face, just for a pinch of coverage. Not only does this result in a strikingly non-makeup-y finish, but your skin will look perfected; sometimes, I don't even need concealer. But, perhaps the most amazing part about this foundation is that, even when applied in full blown mode, it never looks cakey and the skin looks surprisingly bare. Either for daytime or nighttime use, it works perfectly, and the void of SPF means that you'll want to slap some protection on during the day (as you always do, right?), but it is also lovely for photographic purposes. The finish isn't overtly dewy, nor matte--just somewhere in the middle. Whether you apply it with a brush or your hands, the finish stays nearly the same. I like to use a combination of both. As for the lasting power, I'd say it's pretty fantastic, but I owe it to the heavy coverage which means there's more to lose, so the skin doesn't look too empty.
So, whatever type of base you prefer, Luminous Silk is a good starting point for pure versatility, especially for those days where you want to wear a brown bag over your head, because we all have those.