Foundation Reviews - Ashley Brooke of Ashley Brooke Designs, Giorgio Armani and Laura Mercier

The Two Best Foundations

(If I had to pick)

I’ve been playing around with my makeup routine lately.  I tend to get in a rut with the basics (i.e. foundation) and stop testing out new products, which is good and bad. On one hand, if it works, then it works! On the other hand, there might be something better out there… and in my case there definitely was. 

Details: J.Crew Pink Tee // Rodin Lipstick in “Heavenly Hopp” // Cuyana Makeup Bag // Loren Hope Earrings // Beauty Blender // Laura Mercier Loose Powder

I’ve been using the same foundation for the past 3 years without even thinking about it. The product was amazing and it was just easy too push the “re-order” button any time I needed more. But a few months ago I thought it might be time to step out of my comfort zone and try a new foundation, and I’m SO glad I did.


The Compliment Test

I’d been hearing nothing but amazing things about Giorgio Armani’s Luminous silk Foundation and finally bit the bullet and ordered it. This foundation is about $20 more expensive than my normal one, so it felt like a serious splurge.  And, honestly, I kind of felt guilty about it until I put it on. 

The very first day I wore this foundation Ryan and I were out to dinner and, out of the blue, he said “Did you do your makeup differently? I really like it.” Not even kidding. He’s not one to comment on my skin, he’s more often saying “you look really great tonight, etc, etc…” but the direct skin comment could only mean one thing, it was worth the extra $20

I wanted to know more so I did a bit more fishing with “what do you like about it?” and “tell me more!” 😉 and he just kept saying that it looked more natural, which I thought was a WIN.  Next I decided to test it out on the big guns, my mom and sister. 

We have a joke in our family that if you don’t want the truth, don’t ask.  So I knew my harshest critics would let me know if this foundation really and truly is the holy grail… Then, before I could ask, they both made a comment about how great my skin looked. Right then and there I vowed my loyalty to Giorgio. If my mom and sister liked it then it had to be good. 

Ashley Brooke review of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

My favorite thing about this foundation is that it’s “buildable”. It’s super smooth, incredibly light, and definitely illuminating. The texture isn’t heavy in the least and the more I wear it, the more I love it. I cannot recommend this foundation enough. 

P.S. I found this video on how to apply GA’s foundation so helpful!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

(my shade: No.02)


Now, if you aren’t into foundation (I know so many people aren’t), my go-to for a bit of glow and coverage is Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. I’ve been using this product for years and years and still think it’s the best of it’s kind. 

I wear this foundation on days where I don’t have any shoots or am just running errands and don’t need the all-day staying power a true foundation brings! And actually, I’m wearing it today! Such a great product

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

This product is super sheer with a tiny bit of color, so think of it as your daily moisturizer with a drop of foundation in it. It’s perfect to even out your skin tones without looking completely done-up. You will be able to see your freckles (which I like)! This product also has a great “glow” to it.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

(my shade: Almond)


And don’t forget these…

With any foundation I use a Beauty Blender to apply and my fingers for the tinted moisturizer. But for both products I always set them with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder… can’t live without it!

Ashley Brooke reviews the best makeup foundations from Giorgio Armani and Laura Mercier

I hope this post is helpful for you if you are looking for a new skin routine for the New Year, or if you’ve been on the fence like I was about splurging on a new product! Either way, you can’t go wrong!


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  1. Just upgraded my foundation on your recommendation. Can’t wait for the compliments to roll in. 😉

  2. Ooh I will have to try this one! I’ve been a fan of the Estée Lauder doublewear and need to branch out. I am currently obsessed with the too faced ethereal setting powder it does magic for my skin! I’ll have to check out the Laura mercies as well!

    • Lesley! I love that double wear as well, so good! But if you give this one a try you’ll have to let me know what you think! Also, I haven’t tried that too faced setting powder… but now I think I need too! xx

  3. Wow! Gorgeous!!! Okay- so I’m now inspired and ready to try. I’m curious, did you go to a store to get color-matched, or how did you choose the color since it’s no longer the easy point, click, and reorder. Love your blog and recommendations, by the way! Happy and inspiring 2019!

    • Thanks Janey! I actually am pretty much ALWAYS the lightest shade, so that is what I ordered. If you are a bit nervous, I’d definitely head into a department store and get color matched. Also, I love that Nordstrom does free shipping and returns, so that’s a great way as well. Good luck Janey, I hope you find your perfect match! xx

  4. It’s the best when your husband/significant other notices a difference in your makeup or beauty stuff! 😉 I’ve been wanting to try the GA foundation for years, and I think you’ve finally convinced me.

    • Karly! It REALLY is the best!
      Also, yes… you have to try it and let me know what you think! I’m pretty sure you will LOVE!

      xx- AB

  5. Thank you for the information! I have been thinking about the Armani foundation for a year. Definitely going to try it now.

    • Stephanie,
      I know, it’s soooo hard to pull the trigger on that price tag, but definitely worth it! If you get it let me know what you think!

      xo – AB

    • Allie,
      Thanks friend, you are too sweet. And YES! That powder is the holy grai! You’ve got to get it!

      xo – AB

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