Because why not?

Saturday Sample.

23 November 2013
I think I've found it.

The One

This sample of Giorgio Armani Designer Lift came to me through a friend who works at a Giorgio Armani counter and I feel like I owe him my life.

Foundations are... Amazing, awesome, life saving, confidence boosting, beautifying.. The list could go on and on. They can also be frustrating and heinous, and a bad choice can aide in making you look older, oranger, drier, oilier and just generally like you let a small child apply your makeup.

Foundations are not all the same, they are not made equal, they are extremely personal products, what works for one won't always work for many and some foundations that have a really bad wrap in the beauty community are occasionally loved by some. You will never know, until that fateful moment when you first apply and wear a new foundation, if it will be suitable for you.

Often it is easy to find a suitable foundation, I've found a million, they are a dime-a-dozen as they say (not really, even the cheap ones are expensive but you get what I'm saying), but very rarely do I apply a foundation and think 'WOW, where have you been all my life?'

When I first applied this I expected the colour to be slightly off but I knew I would at least be able to get a feel for the formula, I'd know if it settled in to fine lines, would break me out, could survive my oily skin, etc, etc. I was surprised to see that it was a perfect match colour wise. Bonus!!

So instead of hiding inside for the day after applying it I decided to take it out, run my errands and put it to the test.

Eight hours after applying I got home and inspected my face, I looked first at the problem areas that my usual foundation had issues with: Separation of product on my oil t-zone, settling of product in my fine (and fat) lines and general longevity.

It passed the bloody test.

Where my skin usually breaks down foundation due to excess oil I still had an even coverage of product, I was a little shiny but my skin still looked flawless.

Where I usually find bulk amounts of foundation that have decided to migrate and take up residence in my smile, frown and eye lines I found nothing. No change as to how it had looked when I first applied it, the foundation that had been applied there had stayed there and no neighbouring foundation had decided to join in for the party.

All over my foundation looked as it did when I applied it, I'd done nothing different with my routine except for changing my usual foundation for this new sample.

After washing my makeup off I carefully checked for signs of a breakout, if I'm going to have a problem like this with a new foundation I always start to break out within the first few hours of wearing it. Nothing. Perfect.

So now that you know I'm in love I should probably fill you in on some specifics.

  • This is a medium coverage liquid foundation which is also buildable for those who like full coverage.
  • It's pricey at $90.00AUD a bottle.
  • It comes in 9 shades (as far as I'm aware).
  • It has an SPF of 20 which I don't care about.
  • It claims to firm lines and skin.
  • I'm going to buy it.

What is your all time, best ever, Holy Grail, Unicorn magic foundation? Share your thoughts! I've been having deep urges to buy multiple foundations and I think I'm going to succumb to them.

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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2 comments on "Saturday Sample."
  1. Oh man I gotta get my hands on these (when I have the money that is). They sound like the perfect foundation for my oily/ combo skin! Have you tried the Luminous Silk Foundation? Or the Maestro? Maestro is meant to be great for very oily skin but is light coverage, and LSF gets a lot of rave reviews. Now I don't know which one to try! Haha
    x Court

    1. I've not tried Maestro or LSF yet but I do have a friend who is a manager at a GA counter so getting a sample to try wouldn't be too difficult, it's only a problem when I fall in love with them because then I must own them!

      I think if you like a medium/full coverage and have small signs of aging starting to show then this is the one to try first, I seriously love it so much and would really like to have the full range in my freelancing kit but it's just a little too pricey for me at the moment.