Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Although UVA protection is assured thanks to the in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, alcohol is the third ingredient. Sometimes, depending on the formula, that isn’t an issue, but in this case, you can smell the alcohol and feel its tingle on your skin—and that’s never a good sign because alcohol causes free-radical damage and irritates skin, which is not silky, but rather rough and unpleasant on skin. This liquid foundation has a sheer, fluid texture that blends well and sets to a satin matte finish, but so do many other foundations that don’t cause the problems this one does. For significantly less money and no irritation, consider L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup SPF 17 (L’Oreal owns Giorgio Armani).


Active: Octinoxate (3%), Titanium Dioxide (6.2%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denatured, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Squalane, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Talc, Nylon-12, Maltitol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sorbitol, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Giorgio Armani At-A-Glance

Strengths: Outstanding foundations; superb powder textures; a brilliant shimmer fluid; perfect bronzers; some excellent lip color options; a neutral palette makes this line a must-see.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare is underwhelming, especially given the cost (though the claims sound good!); some of the SPF-rated products do not supply adequate broad spectrum protection; most of the mascaras aren't as impressive as they should be.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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Disagree with PC on this one

I love this foundation. For such a lovely, semi-matte finish with spf, it's worth the steep investment. For me, a pump can cover my whole face. The coverage is excellent and I have never experienced any "smell of alcohol" or uncomfortable "tingle" by this product.

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Angelica H.
Respectfully disagree with review

I agree with everything the previous reviewer said. Having tried numerous foundations over many years, this is my all-time favorite. I get so many compliments on my "beautiful skin" with this foundation. Have used it for years, too.

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Not sure why this got such a bad review

I'm not sure who reviewed this foundation, but I use this regularly and have NEVER "smelled the alcohol" or "felt the tingle of it" on my skin. I have dry skin with rosacea, and I have never been irritated or broken out by any Armani foundation, least of all this one. It provides buildable, but natural coverage for the redness in my cheeks. It dries down to a nice demi-matte finish and as the name implies, it lasts beautifully throughout the day. Try a sample first if concerned about irritation

Reviewed by
Elle M
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