As my Light As Air foundation is currently squeezing out it’s last droplets, I started the search for a replacement to it’s discontinued holy grail predecessor (it is just me or do all the best makeup items bite the dust?). The Laura Mercier Silk Cream? Too heavy for daily wear. YSL Touche Eclat? Nice, but too dewy for very warm days. Countless tinted moisturisers and BB creams? Laaavely – but obviously lacking in coverage. I had my eye on the Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish, but got a little side tracked by the Georgio Armarni counter which sat opposite on my recent trip to London. The MUA applied, the girls and I ooh”d and ahhhh’d and thoughts of moving out went out the window quicker than this was scanned by the sales assistant.
The Georgio Armarni Luminous Silk comes highly recommended by some of the best girls in the blogging business, and I can see why. The shade range is excellent with (correct me if i’m wrong) a whopping 21 shades, I’m 4.5 and could have gone for a five but chose the shade down so it will last me through the winder too (it’s all about the pennies at the end of the day). And that’s the thing – I will be able to use it in the winter. Although it’s a natural finish, my normal – oily skin gives it a nice little glow without looking shiny at all, so once my skin returns to it’s normal state come autumn time this won’t be pushed to the back of the drawer.
I apply it with my Real Techniques buffing brush for a medium coverage – I find fingers are just a tad too much as it gives a much heavier application. The lasting power is also pretty darn good. I always expect a little wear seeing as I sit with my hand on my cheek every single day at work and I have a tendency to rub my temples when i’m having a stress. But on weekends when that doesn’t happen it stays put for a good 8 hours.
The only downer? It’s no Jemma Kidd in terms of price (£23?! Seriously, who was the crazy cat who decided on that price…) retailing at £35 in Selfridges – certain shades are slightly cheaper – only £5 more than Bobbi Browns offering, but still on the more pricey side of the foundation price spectrum. But price for product it’s a good’n and I’ll happily pay a little more for a decent base.