Myself and Claire previously shared our thoughts on some cult classic foundations, including MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Makeup Forever HD and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. We tried and tested these foundations against some cheaper alternatives – the dupes we found for them. Advances in the beauty industry mean that many drug store brands now offer foundations that are on par with their more expensive, branded counterparts. In my last Foundation Dupe post, I reviewed Revlon Colour Stay and since doing that piece, I’ve only strayed from wearing it once or twice. So it is possible to get a really great foundation on a budget!
The latest foundations I’ve been comparing and contrasting are Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and L’Oreal True Match foundations. Both have received much attention and praise in the beauty industry so, again, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Brown Thomas, €45)
Beauty bloggers all around the world are raving about this foundation. Described as a silky, lightweight fluid foundation which uses exclusive, trademarked ‘Micro-fil’ technology (whatever that is) to give a seamless, flawless finish, it certainly warrants high expectations. I was excited to try it, although a little apprehensive as I’m not one for light coverage foundations. I was surprised, however, at how much it covered and concealed. It applies very easily, sinking into your skin immediately and actually provides quite good coverage. Also, because it absorbs so quickly, it’s definitely a foundation you can build up. It feels very light on but doesn’t look it which I personally love, plus, it lasted really well all day! This was a good foundation for me as it provides a satin finish so isn’t shiny or greasy looking if you’ve got oily skin. At €45, I don’t know if I’d be in the greatest hurry to go out and buy this as my everyday foundation but it’s certainly worth the hype. I used shade 5.5, which was quite dark for me but good as a ‘tan’ foundation.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in shade 5.5
L’Oreal True Match Foundation (Boots, €14.99)
This foundation is constantly talked about. I was particularly interested in it after seeing pictures and videos of Irish makeup artist Chloe Boucher using it. Chloe always has such a stunning, flawless face so I thought, if it’s good enough for her..! I tried the shade N4 Beige which, again, was too dark for everyday wear but ideal for night-time foundation or one to wear with a tan. I loved the consistency of this foundation. Like the Armani, it comes out quite watery or runny even, but when applied it absorbs really quickly into the skin – turning from liquid to dry finish almost instantly. It also provides really good coverage, like the Luminous Silk, and because of the lightness of it, again, you can layer it up if you want a heavier finish. The only downside of the True Match for me is that, after a couple of hours of wear, I did start to get a bit shiny. The foundation contains oils so it probably isn’t the best for anyone with oily skin like me, as it will definitely need to be powdered regularly.
L’Oreal True Match in shade N4 Beige
These two foundations are so similar. They both have a very light, thin consistency but give excellent medium, buildable coverage. Because they’re both so light and fluid, they don’t take much buffing or blending and really do sink into the skin, particularly the Luminous Silk, so they’re quicker to apply than a heavier, thicker foundation. I usually go for a foundation with a less watery consistency, as I always feel this will be better for my skin type, so it’s great to find a lighter makeup that offers the right amount of coverage for me. If you’re on the hunt for a lightweight foundation which doesn’t give a light-looking finish, then definitely go for one of these. If I had to pick one, I’d go for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk on the basis that it gave me better shine control for longer, but at a third of the price, the L’Oreal True Match is a fantastic one for anyone with dry/normal skin.