Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Compact Foundation Review

Giorgio Armani foundation and base products are generally accepted being some of the best on the market and as someone who is always trying to find a non cakey powder foundation I was up for testing their new Lasting Silk UV Compact Foundation.


The powder foundation contains SPF34 and is supposed to last for 8 hours using the micro-fil technology, seen in their loose powder.

They say:

For the first time, a combination of highly selected spherical and bouncy powders and small particle talc create a soft, supple and gliding transparent texture that allows for a smooth even application which blends well into the skin with an even natural finish. There are 8 shades to choose from I picked 6 – Tan which is a great match for for NC35 tone skin (it’s not too yellow either).

Here is the case:


This powder is silky smooth but without being too heavy and creamy. Sometimes if a powder is creamy, it can be easy to apply too much and it looks cakey. I struggle with Japanese brand powder foundations because of this.

With my skin being dry in areas, I need something that sits nicely on the skin without sticking to flaky bits.

The foundation:


Can I just say I love the sponge that comes with this! It’s a really thick rubbery sponge – a proper one you can really use all over.

The foundation can be used wet or dry but I found it gave a better result dry, because it did that odd thing where the surface goes a bit hard if you put water directly on it.


I took this powder foundation away with me for a long weekend and nothing else (I never do that! I need my liquid foundation!) and it worked a treat. Despite it being a firmer textured powder (it feels more like a pressed powder than a powder foundation) it gives a good level of coverage when layered and it really doesn’t look cakey.






This is a really good powder foundation if you want a decent level of coverage and a smooth even finish. Another way to wear this is with a primer and a loose powder brush – also seems to give a good result.

My other favourite western brand foundation is Nars but I think the Armani one is better, the finish is less cakey and the coverage is buildable without looking unnatural.

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  1. says

    I might try this next time. I am using Dior extreme powder foundation which is good but can look a bit cakey if you try to build it too much.
    Stacie xoxox

  2. Jen says

    That’s a really nice natural finish for a powder, impressive! I tend to shy away from powder foundations as they seem to dry my skin out a bit, and I prefer the dewy look of liquid foundations over matte powders, but this one actually looks pretty good…plus I love the packaging (packaging always does it for me lol)