I’m in a foundation quandry right now. I’ve always been a matte foundation girl – Double Wear is my saviour but recently I have been crying out for a dewy glow as my skin just feels so blah. My combination, oily T-Zoned skin isn’t helping matters, as I want to be dewy and as far away from oily as I can get. Maybe it’s the change in weather, but something is going on with my skin and it’s getting me down. Whilst hunting through my beauty drawers of goodness, I found myself reaching for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer #5 which at first glance, I thought summer sun kissed skin but it may have been the thing I needed.
I’ve had the Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer since last summer and at first I thought it was a massive dud and huge waste of money. It seemed to be difficult to work with, didn’t show up underneath foundation and blended out into nothing on top of foundation. It’s been described as a blush, an illuminator, a highlighter and a lit from within glow in reviews that I had read, yet I wondered why it wasn’t working for me. As shade #5 is a coral colour, it should work well with my skin tone which is usually a medium beige or slightly darker with a tan. I did call in to see Armani in Selfridges to ask what I could do to make the shade work for me, as I just couldn’t see it and apart from wanting to buy a different shade that was bright gold yellow, I came home with some new tips.
Rather than putting the Fluid Sheer on my skin as a base, or over my foundation, I tried mixing it with my foundation instead. I started off with my full coverage formulas as I still wanted a semi matte finish with a nice dewiness. When mixed and applied, the coral colour picks up the tones in my skin to give that glow that I had been expecting from the fluid sheer. I’ve also been using a synthetic brush to apply the fluid to the high points of my face as an extra burst of light. With it being a coral colour, it is very subtle and almost not noticeable, but it just gives a little extra something when mixed in my foundation. I still can’t get it to show up as a blush – maybe it’s too close my skin tone for it to give my cheeks some colour. You can see from the photographs how it blends to almost nothing.
As much as I love the Armani Lumious Silk foundation, I don’t think the Armani Fluid Sheers are worth the price tag when there are so many more illuminators and highlighting products out there. I love the sheerness and that it just gives that added extra to a matte foundation and as a whole can change the look of something that does look like dull, but when I compare this to something like MAC Strobe Cream, there is no comparison. There are definitely better products on the market, with a much more affordable price tag. Sorry Armani, you haven’t done it for me this time.