That is an unfair question since one is not always appropriate for all skin.
The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk looks beautiful on other's skin, but on mine, it makes me look like I need to be revived because it's so ashy and dead looking.
Since I have access to so many different foundations, I like to try them all.
The consensus for me though, seems to be that the Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation is the best overall. It performs consistently no matter if my face seems more dry, oily, or combination that day.
When you work in the cosmetics world, you pretty much have people judge you for your makeup all of the time; especially co-workers. I got more compliments on my foundation the day I wore this foundation than I ever have. You know that it's a good one.
I tend to like the fuller medium or the full coverage foundations to cover scars and imperfections, and this foundation is just that. It smooths over pores beautifully. I did wedding makeup with it, and the bride had a face full of cystic acne. I had to do a little bit of prep beforehand with some hydration and redness minimizing primer, but the foundation really was the star of the show! She looked flawless!
I decided to recreate the look on myself with the same foundation, and this is how it turned out.
It is a natural finish, but I did set it with the Laura Mercier Foundation Powder to give it a little bit more matte finish, and I ALWAYS use the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush with ANY liquid foundation for fuller coverage and the perfect consistency (It won the Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2014 for Best Foundation Brush).
Now that I have talked about the upsides, here are a few downsides:
It comes in a beautiful twist top jar. There is a spatula included, but who wants to use a spatula everyday? I turn it upside down, and let some of the foundation go onto the bottom of the lid. I use that to dip my brush in.
The other downside, is that only a very few select department stores carry it. I am wearing the O20 shade. The easiest way to find the right shade is to go to Nordstrom.com and find the product and click the "ask a question" button under the foundation. You can let them know your shade in a different foundation, and they can tell you what shade would work best.
A pain though, right? I know, but it is worth it. I love it so much!
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Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation $85
Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush $30
Laura Mercier Foundation Powder $46