Every now and then a new beauty product comes out that makes so much sense you can't help but wonder, What the hell took so long? Such is the case with Giorgio Armani Beauty's new Luminous Silk concealer, the first in its insanely beloved Luminous Silk line.
The original Luminous Silk foundation launched 20 years ago, and 1,000 bottles of the stuff still sell daily. ("It makes your skin look like you're walking around under [photographer] Michael Thompson's lighting," makeup artist Troy Surratt once told Allure.)
Like the foundation, Luminous Silk Multi-Purpose Concealer blurs without looking makeup-y. (Standard pigment particles are round, but these are flat so they stack up nicely when you build coverage.) But the concealer is thinner and more pigmented than the foundation — and also includes ingredients borrowed from skin-care, like vitamin E and caffeine.
It's worth noting that at 20 shades, the selection is half that of the foundation — but the range of undertones made it easy for my fellow Allure editors with fair, medium, and dark skin tones to find their match.
Personally, I wear concealer under my eyes (I've got genetic dark circles) and around my nose, where I'm prone to redness. It's easy to find a cover-up that can mask the discoloration, but what's not-so simple is finding one that does the job without creasing.
I bet you can see where I'm going with this, but I'll spell it out anyway: Luminous Silk Multi-Purpose Concealer proved to be the magic bullet when it comes to crease-free coverage. I suspect the secret is the super-pigmented — but still lightweight — formula. I normally have to apply multiple layers of concealer to get the coverage I want, which can lead to — you guessed it — creasing.
While that's all well and (very, very) good, the brand bills this as a Multi-Purpose concealer, so try it for other purposes I did. I blended a lighter-than-my-usual shade of concealer on the high points of my face post-foundation, which created a subtle contour. And I used it as a lid primer before applying cream eyeshadow, which normally creases like crazy on me. The added layer didn't make the shadow completely creaseless, of course, but it certainly made a dramatic difference.
So, in conclusion, while it may have taken 20 years for Luminous Silk Foundation to find its companion, if you ask me, it was well worth the wait.
The Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer is a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner. Check out the full list of Allure's 2020 Best of Beauty winners.