Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation Review & Comparison

Why I haven’t done more reviews lately I honestly have no clue, I guess the whole idea of writing them is quite daunting to me because I’m not quite sure how. All these lifestyle posts are good and easy because it just comes naturally to me, however no matter how much I love makeup and books I always find writing reviews so much more difficult! Today I thought I’d mix all the deep posts up with a review (got to practise somehow, right) of my most recent foundation purchase. I’ve used 2 Giorgio Armani foundations before, this being the second one I’ve tried. It may be a high end product and far from cheap, but boy is it worth the money. I first got this foundation after trying the ‘Luminous Silk’ one (eventually I will review that too), I was reluctant to spend the money at first considering I’m more on the poorer side of life, and the last thing I want to do is spend excessive amounts of money on a foundation I don’t even like! However after taking the plunge I did not regret it one bit, in fact investing in Giorgio Armani foundations is probably the best risk I’ve ever taken.
(Photo credit to Yasmine Summan who took these photos for me)

“Full coverage in a featherlight texture. Comfort, sensory delight and hold. Designer Lift creates the perfect balance. The Armani glow reaches its height: the skin is cloaked in a matte and luminous veil. The stretch texture, rich in active ingredients, enhances the youthfulness of the face. Just like in couture, the difference is in the details. Designer Lift’s added extra is an unusual hint of Prussian blue pearliser. A bold addition that brings a new freshness to the complexion. The best of Giorgio Armani Microfil™ technology is combined. Smooth and voluptuous, Designer lift gently embraces the face. Sensory pleasure and absolute comfort, for hours… A perfect second-skin sensation.”
That’s what this foundation claims, and to be honest I have to say it pretty much matches the description. When it comes to the coverage I would say you can have up to full coverage, but personally I don’t think it looks it’s best at full, medium is as far as I would go or it tends to look a little cakey. If you want an Armani foundation that’s good for full coverage I would lean towards Luminous Silk. This comes with a matte finish so if you’re looking for something dewy then this isn’t for you, but personally I prefer more of a matte finish to anything else so this is perfect.


This foundation has lasted me a lot longer than my Luminous Silk one which only lasted me round 2 months, but I won’t be repurchasing it again. I find this foundation tends to break down around my nose and t-zone, even when using primer and powder after a few hours of wear and that’s where I need it to stay the most. If you want more of a medium coverage and you have dry skin then I’d highly recommend this, however I don’t find it does much for my super oily skin so I’ll be going back to Luminous Silk after I’ve finished this bottle. I love the creamy texture of Giorgio Armani foundations as it makes them heavenly to blend, both of these foundations blend like a dream due to the lovely formulas, and they also smell gorgeous! It has an SPF of 20 unlike Luminous Silk which has no SPF at all, so that could be the difference between you choosing which one you want to buy.
Have you ever used a Giorgio Armani Foundation? What’s your favourite? Be sure to let me know down in the comments, this is a really great foundation but I just don’t think it’s suited to my skin type personally so I’m sticking with Luminous Silk as hands down my favourite. If you have any slightly cheaper recommendations then be sure to let me know, I’m not sure my purse can deal with how expensive these are, no matter how much I love them! If you want to see any more of my reviews or lifestyle posts then click HERE to follow me on bloglovin, I’m trying to get to 900 followers so any help would be super appreciated.


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  1. I have never tried any Giorgio Armani foundations and to be honest I don't think that I ever will as they are quite expensive!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  2. They are pricey but they are completely worth it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love this foundation!

  4. Never tried Armani make up because of the price point, but maybe I should ask for a sample next time and see if it works as well on me as it did for you!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  5. I really want to try this out!

    Parie x

  6. I've never tried Armani makeup – or any high end makeup for that matter! This one sounds really nice as I have dry skin. x

  7. i'd deffo recommend trying a sample!

  8. i'd highly recommend it 🙂

  9. i'm still pretty new to high end makeup which is why buying this kinda scared me. Not long before this I tried my very first high end mac foundation and hated it, scared me ever since haha! You should go to a counter and ask for a sample, see if you like it 🙂 x

  10. That's annoying that it went awry around your nose, I've not tried this foundation and am not sure it'd be a good match for my skin after reading this so thanks for sharing! I love Luminous Silk for an evening look – I wore it on my graduation and it was perfect! My bottle is far too dark for me now though damn!

    http://www.Barely There | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  11. I'm not gonna pretend I know about foundation when I do not, I don't even have an interest on it. That been said I like your review very simple and straight to the point. x ♥

  12. This looked awesome at first, but It's too bad that it messed up around the nose. Thanks for the honest review!

    Adi xx

  13. Georgio Armani is so luxurious to me! I would love to try this out or their Luminous Silk foundation. Such a shame that it messes up around the nose. Maybe it would work for my normal skin but the price tag though…

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  14. I've never tried any of the Armani foundations, despite hearing nothing but amazing reviews on them, though I would love to. I've heard they would be a good match for my skin, too. They are so pricey though & I'm already a little too in love with my nars ones!

    Katie //

  15. Ah, sorry to hear it's been breaking down around your nose/t-zone, I had the same problem with a foundation by Clinique. I also have to be careful with foundations around the same areas, and am currently loving Lancome's Teint Miracle – it's like a second skin! 🙂

  16. What a honest review! I'm not so sure I would give it a try, that price tag!!
    a life of a charlotte

  17. Yeah Luminous Silk is flawless! xx

  18. was very disappointing haha xx

  19. It might, it's expensive but so worth it and the bottle lasts quite a long time. You could always get a sample or get the foundation and just use it for an evening look and things like that rather than for every day use xx

  20. I've always wanted to try nars foundations!!

  21. I may have to try that! x

  22. Yeah it's very pricey haha x

  23. I've always wanted to try this foundation as well as mac prolongwear!
    Great Review
    i've just followed you on bloglovin

    Amy x

  24. I love the Luminous Silk foundation but was wanting to try this for a change however I suffer with oily skin so now think I will stick with my trusty luminous silk 🙂 Thanks for a great review lovely xxx

  25. I'd recommend it, and I want to try that one too but my experience with MAC foundations hasn't gone too well in the past haha, thank you! x

  26. I'd probably recommend sticking with Luminous Silk, my skin is so oily and this one really doesn't work too well with that xxx

  27. I've never tried any Giorgio Armani foundations but I would love to try Luminous Silk as I've heard such good things about it! Sounds like we have quite similar skin types too so I think the Luminous Silk would be better for me!
    Amy xx

  28. It's worth getting a sample and trying! xx

  29. Beautiful product!
    I never try it!

  30. It looks so pretty and luxurious, I'd love to try a high end product such as this at some point! I think I'd just keep it on my dressing table and try and treasure it forever haha xD you have captured it beautifully and your blog is lovely! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

  31. you should 🙂

  32. that's what I did at first haha! Thank you so much, and I already follow you on bloglovin! 🙂 x

  33. Thanks for sharing your review. Beauty Reviews are a bit daunting for me too because I mostly do fashion posts. Would you find that either of these foundations work for sensitive skin? I'm always skeptical to try new ones out because of this. Thanks for sharing and I thought you did a great job with your beauty review!


  34. Shame that it isn't perfect for being such an expensive product, but gret that you could get some use from it so it wasn't a complete waste of money. I'm scared to splurge on anything expensive in case it doesn't work for me, so I tend to stick with the same products until they are discontinued. I wear a BB creaam every day and it took me a few days to work up the courage to try another brand after my usual was sold out and unavailable!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  35. I've seen Victoria from InTheFrow mention the Giorgio Armani foundation numerous times and after hearing how well it's worked for you I think I need to invest myself to see what all the hypes about! 😉 Great post x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + Giveaway

  36. Oh no what a shame! It's always disappointing when an high end foundation lets us down xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  37. Aww, shame that this didn't work for you, I hate it when that happens. I have Luminous Silk and Armani Glow foundations in my list to purchase, problem is I need to get colour matched and the nearest Sephora is 3 hours drive away from me. 🙁

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  38. I've never tried any Giorgio Armani products. Sorry to hear this didn't work out for you x

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

  39. I have tried sooo many foundations and I am so happy I found Luminous Silk. It is my absolute favorite! I usually have to mix two to get the right color though. Sorry to here it didn't work out for you 🙁

    Jac Fleurant

  40. i've always wanted to do fashion posts but i find them so scary haha! I have sensitive skin and they're both fine! Thank you lovely 🙂

  41. haha I understand that! I've only just worked up the courage to try new things, normally I stick with the same product 24/7

  42. I'd recommend it, and thanks so much x

  43. oh gosh that sucks 🙁 I live about 2 hours from the nearest place I could buy this but luckily while I was visiting a friend she lived near a store so!

  44. I think i'm definitely going to stick to Luminous Silk for a while!

  45. I haven't tried any Armani makeup products, however I want to try foundations! Shame that it didn't work for you, I'd be gutted, after paying so much on it! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  46. Ohh nice! I love this. Thanks for sharing.
    xx Ohiamiht Blog

  47. Armani foundations are amazing, I've had Luminous Silk and I was so sad when I used it all, my favourite foundation ever but such an expensive repurchase!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  48. I was a bit gutted x

  49. It's hands down my favourite too but so expensive to use on a daily basis! xx

  50. I have never tried a Giorgio Armani foundation before but I really want to! I use a hell of a lot of drugstore foundations which, whilst they are nice enough, I feel like I should try a high end foundation to see if you really do get what you pay for. The Luminous Silk Foundation sounds more up my street as I get an oily T-Zone too. x
    Louise |

  51. i normally go for drugstore foundations but luminous silk is just something else! x

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