SPF Yourself: Protect Your Skin with Armani Foundation.

SPF Yourself is a series of posts featuring products that contain a sunscreen, or SPF, in them. Not only sunscreens, but body lotions, facial moisturizers, eye creams, foundations, tinted moisturizers, bronzers, hair care and more will be featured. Only the best in beauty with SPF!

I love a good foundation and when I was told by a few friends that I needed to try some from Giorgio Armani Beauty, I listened.  I love Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation and have used it on and off for a few years now. It lacked on thing though. Sunscreen. When I heard that a few of their foundations contained the added protection of sunscreen, I knew I had to try them out too.

Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20 - $59.00

This foundation was created to uphold in extreme backstage conditions, and if it coveted there, you know it works. This formula is water-based, so it is light in feel, but this foundation provides a 14-hour satin matte coverage without the heavy coverage feel. It blends onto skin nicely. I have tried it with both a foundation brush and the Beauty Blender Sponge. Both offer a nice, even medium coverage, with a more sheer look from using the sponge damped a bit with water.  It really lasts all day and looks perfect. It comes in eight shades, from Ivory to Natural Suede.  I am using 5.5 Natural Beige, which is a very medium tinted shade that is matching my self tan nicely.

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Compact Foundation SPF 35 - $59.00

I was really surprised how much I like this powder foundation. I have sort of shied away from them recently as most seem to settle on me and just make my skin look flat. This did not. Applying it with the enclosed sponge, this seems to lighten the skin with a natural, transparent satin-matte finish. It too, last very long and looks just as nice at the end of the day as when I applied it. I used it alone for a light to almost medium finish, but applying it over a liquid foundation adds more coverage, while not being too heavy. If you need more coverage, I highly recommend using it this way. It comes in eight shades as well, and I use 5.0 Natural Beige . It was a little bit lighter than the liquid foundation, so I would probably opt for .5 darker next time.

Both of these founations are available online at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, but you can also pick them up at fine retailers such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  I honestly had a very hard time finding an actual Giorgio Armani Beauty counter to find my perfect shade, but the SOHO Bloomingdales In New York City has a counter and the rep are very patient and helpful in finding the perfect color.