|Both products were bought by me.|
Armani Luminous Silk is my most repurchased foundation (it would have been Hydra Glow had they not discontinued it - it's been years but I'm still not over it!) so when they released a corresponding primer, I knew I would have to try it, despite the fact that I really didn't need a new primer!
I first purchased Luminous Silk foundation in around 2008, as the counter assistant suggested it as a good alternative to Hydra Glow. It pretty much ticks all of the boxes for me, which is why I have repurchased it so often. It offers medium coverage, glides over pores, is long-lasting and has a luminous finish without looking overly dewy. I always pair it with a hydrating primer because my skin is so dry that it's tricky to find a foundation that will apply evenly on it (or not sink into fine lies) without being primed. Not everyone will need to use a primer and I'm sure that many will feel that when you spend so much on a foundation, you shouldn't need an additional product to make it look good, which I understand but my skin is like the Sahara! On that note, I will mention that if you were to purchase the foundation on Look Fantastic, you can save 20% off the original price if you use the code LYMIN at the checkout. This code works on numerous other brands and products on the site too.
The primer is slightly pearlised in finish so it could technically could be used as a subtle highlighter over foundation, dabbed gently onto the cheekbones. The texture is quite lightweight and watery, which surprised me as hydrating primers usually tend to be on the richer side. I find that I don't need to use very much product as it spreads very easily and the result is luminous/verging on dewy, hydrated skin that look plump and alive. It would also be perfect for no makeup days to give the skin a bit of a lift without the discoball effect.
The primer contains glycerin, which is a humectant, making it the perfect base for any matte or satin bases. I find that the Luminous Silk foundation applies beautifully over it, making my skin look plump, juicy and hydrated and it also ensures that it doesn't break down or settle into fine lines as the day goes on. The foundation is long-wearing anything so I don't need anything to extend that time however it also doesn't shorten the wear time in the way that some hydrating primers can.
I find that the combination meshes really well with my skin so it doesn't look very obvious that I am wearing foundation, even though the coverage is medium. Overall, I can't praise the duo enough and I can now see that the primer will be a staple in my routine too.
The foundation is priced at £42 but is reduced to £33.60 with my discount code LYMIN and the primer is priced at £34 but is reduced to £27.20 with my discount code, which is valid until the end of February.
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