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Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

February 2, 2017

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review | The Beauty Look Book

Giorgio Armani Beauty launched a new full coverage foundation this month called Power Fabric ($64 for 30 ml/1.0 fl oz). It comes in 20 shades, contains SPF25 and is designed to offer full matte coverage with a velvety texture. Some of you may remember my experience with Maestro Glow so with the new Power Fabric I was a bit nervous to put this on my face. I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to irritation with certain ingredients, in particular scented face products. I have had good experiences with other Armani formulas over the years including Lasting Silk, Maestro, Crema Nuda and a few other formulas. Luminous Silk always looked amazing on my skin but I often found it too rich for my normal/combo skin type but it didn’t irritate me. Given the fact that most of the Armani formulas I’ve tried worked well with my skin, I decided to try the new Power Fabric with an open mind and am glad to report that after a full week of testing I have no break outs, no irritation and no signs of tiny little bumps occured. For any foundation that I am allergic to, bump and redness surface pretty quickly, usually within 1 day.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation | The Beauty Look Book

I received samples of the Power Fabric which was a nice unexpected surprise, but all four colors were too light. Shade 4 was 90% close but just a tad too light. I went to my local counter to investigate and left with Shade 5 and 6. They had no testers so I took a guess based on what the bottles looked like even though the packaging has frosted glass. My perfect color is a mix of Shade 4 and 6, Shade 5 isn’t really in between as you might expect but rather a more pink version of Shade 4.

Application is really easy. I can apply smoothly with fingers, a sponge or a brush. I’ve been using the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush to buff it into the skin and it blends to a streak-free finish with hardly any effort. Coverage is full and matte without looking flat or powdery. Something many of you may not know is that I have quite a lot of freckles. I’ve found it amusing to see faux freckle tutorials and videos surface these days because I’ve always tried to cover up my freckles. I did a lot of swimming and outdoor sports in my high school days and even though it was many many years ago, I was exposed to a lot of sun. Even with sunscreen I got a lot of freckles and sun spots. The foundation covers up any uneven areas and does a pretty good job at covering darker spots. I don’t need concealer with this foundation although if you have dark under eye circles you will probably still need a dab underneath the eyes.

I love the packaging style – I think all foundations that aren’t in squeeze tubes should come with pumps. Swatches of the shades I have. 2, 3, 3.5 and 4 were sent for review. 5 and 6 purchased by me.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Before and after application. For reference all photos are taken in natural light indoors. I do use a flash on the camera sometimes. Below on the left is my bare skin. Foundation colors shown worn include the Armani Power Fabric Shades 4 and 6 mixed together – I pump out 1 pump of each color on the back of my hand, mix with a brush and apply to the face. A little goes a long way – but you can build coverage easily without it looking cakey. Foundation brush shown is the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush. Last photo on the right is just with foundation applied – no concealer or powder was used to set or finish.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation 4 and 6 mixed | The Beauty Look Book

Comparison swatches:

  • Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation in Light and Beige – I used to be Beige but am lighter now so use the Light shade (Beige reviewed in this post here), this formula is a lot sheerer with a natural dewy finish
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundations in NC25, NC30, NC35 and NC37 – so many of you asked me what my MAC shade was I tried to find a match, since I tan easily my skin tone can be all over the place, NC25 is just the slightest bit too light but is the closest color for me right now, NC30 is really olive on my skin, NC35 is too dark right now and NC37 is best for me when I’m just the slightest bit darker, coverage with this formula is more opaque and thicker in feel/finish compared to the Armani

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Comparison swatches set 2:

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Based on comments from some readers – many of you suspected that I had an allergic reaction to the Maestro Glow because of the high alcohol content. I took a look at the ingredients of the Power Fabric which also contains alcohol but it’s a bit lower on the list so perhaps the lower dose is why I can wear this one without any irritation.

Ingredients of the Armani Power Fabric Foundation:

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Ingredients | The Beauty Look Book

Armani Power Fabric Foundation | The Beauty Look Book

I’m in between shades and would have preferred to find an exact match with 1 color, but I really like the way it performed. A note on the shades – when you apply it does look a bit lighter than what you see because of the SPF. Let it sit for a minute and it will adjust but not so much that it oxidizes. Finding a shade can be tricky though. It’s been years since I’ve used Armani foundations so I don’t know what shade I am in others like Luminous Silk etc. I’m in between colors but right now I’m unfortunately in between colors for most brands of foundations. I’ve been out of the sun for a while now and have completely lost my tan – no tan lines anywhere now so I’m probably at the lightest I will get. The relatively cold weather (cold for Southern California) and rain has forced me to spend more time indoors compared to what I am used to. I suspect that will change once the weather warms up though.

If you have sensitive skin like me and are more savvy at understanding ingredients – I hope the box helps. If you have tried this would love to hear your thoughts. I really like it and love how much coverage it gives the skin without looking cakey. It truly lasts all day with minimal touch ups needed – I usually need a little dab of powder on the nose mid-day. Formula-wise I give it a solid thumbs up.

You can find the Armani Power Fabric Foundation at counters now. Available online at Giorgio Armani, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora and all other Armani retailers.

Power Fabric shades 2, 3, 3.5 and 4 provided as press samples. Shades 5 and 6 purchased by me.

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  • These are such beautiful foundations

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  • Matte with a velvety texture sounds right up my street, cannot wait to try this!! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • Hi Frances – for a matte, the finish is flawless and streak-free πŸ™‚ Love it!

  • I wonder if the shades are the same as the Luminous Silk foundation. I’ve been curious about this new releases but I might wait till summer to try it since my skin has been normal to dry so I prefer a more luminous base.

    • I looked at Beauty Professor’s swatches and she swatched Shade 6 in 3 formulas they all look different. I know that when I used Lasting Silk (which I think may be discontinued) I was not the same shade in Luminous Silk. But I haven’t checked this formula!

      • Because I have the Maestro Glow and those are not the same shades too. Oh well, I’ll just have to go to a counter and check. Also I saw that they have half numbers for the shades so you’re probably either 4.5 or 5.5?

        • Yes they have half shades but they aren’t really sequential or in order. 4.5 looks to be the same intensity as 4 just a lot yellower. 5.5 is a lot darker than 5 but significantly more beige/pink.

          I find their order of colors a bit odd.

  • PercyandPeaches

    How would you compare this with Dior’s Forever foundation?

    • Hi – I haven’t tried the Dior Forever so I can’t compare, sorry!

  • rena

    What about in comparison to your MUFE HD liquid. I know you love that one too. I just got a sample and I am loving it! But it’s like my base layer. So my next layer is Armani Silk…a lot to do but the finish is worth it.

    • The Armani Power Fabric is fuller coverage, lighter weight and has a more matte/velvety feel. The MUFE HD Liquid looks slightly more natural but still has coverage I can build to full coverage – by comparison it has a slightly dewy finish even though it’s not dewy. Mainly because the Power Fabric is velvet while MUFE HD is a liquid if that makes sense.

      I find layering is often needed to get the perfect coverage too! MUFE Liquid offers enough coverage for me, but sometimes I’ll layer the MUFE Stick on top.

      With the Armani Power Fabric I feel like it has more coverage so I don’t need to layer anything on top. HTH!

  • I have herd about this foundation on Amelia Liana channel! It seems great!
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  • I can feel your pain… I am in between shades most of the time and have to mix foundations. This looks really nice – I think I might go ask for a sample to see how I get on with it, as I generally like Armani foundations.

    Rougenapples.com

    • Glad to know I’m not the only one! As I’ve been getting a bit lighter the past few months I feel like I’m in between for almost all the foundations I use!

      • It’s because we tan! Summer time I can go up to 3 times darker. It’s a real issue as I always need to mix shades or mix liquid bronzer in my foundations. Went to Selfridges today and the girl there matched me to 6.5 for PowerFabric. I’m putting this to the test tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • satranie

    I think this looks great on you! Did you happen to check out shade 4.5? In the beauty professors swatches she mentions that it’s darker but her swatches seem to just make it look more yellow.

    • Hi – the counter I went to didn’t have testers. I did take a look at 4.5 in the bottle but it’s frosted glass and it did look a lot more yellow than 4, but since they didn’t have any testers I couldn’t compare them side by side for the real product.

  • This foundation looks beautiful on your skin. I’ve just ordered the Koh Gen Do moisture foundation though so will try that one out first before delving into this one. πŸ™‚

    daydreamdancing

    • Oooh nice! I haven’t used Koh Gen Do in a long time but I’ve heard so many great things about the moisture foundation!

  • so_schilly

    Is it similar to Luminous Silk, just with more coverage and a slightly more matte finish? So conflicting, I’ve been using Luminous Silk for years (also shade 4, then I mix in 6 as I get darker during summer), never felt the urge to switch as it’s pretty perfect. But sometimes I wish it had just the tiniest bit more coverage.

    • I haven’t used Luminous Silk in about 5 years so I can’t give a current assessment. I do remember Luminous Silk being too heavy for me – it looked good for 1 hour then my face turned into a greaseball.

      From what I’ve heard Luminous Silk is for a luminous glow and better for dry skin. I don’t remember it having complete full coverage but since it’s been a while I can’t report for sure.

      I do think Power Fabric has almost full coverage. “Almost” in the sense that I can still see a tiny bit of my skin underneath – but if you look at the before/after photos it covers up almost all of my freckles and dark spots.

      HTH!

      • so_schilly

        It does, thanks! Luminous Silk is definitely more medium coverage, can even be light depending on application. I have dry skin in the winter which is probably why I like it so much, but I definitely sweat it off in the summer, which is why I’m curious about Power Fabric. If it’s more matte it might be the trick to lasting through hot summer days without going greasy. It looks great on you, not a heavy cakey matte at all!

  • msovery

    What nail color is that? It’s lovely! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! It’s Essie Spin the Bottle but it’s with 4 coats (just FYI).

  • I would love to try this foundation but I don’t have an Armani counter anywhere near me where I could test the shades!

    Agata http://herandmakeup.com

    • Aaaah I feel your pain, did you check beauty professor? She has swatches of all the colors to help!

  • Foundation looks amazing.
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  • ruth sanchez

    Hi!
    Can you tell me which foundation you prefer, this or Tom Ford’s waterproof one? I have heard great things about GA’s foundation and don’t own one yet.
    Thanks!

    • Oooh that’s a tough one! I would say if Armani had an exact match for me I’d say hands down I prefer the Armani. I like that the formula needs almost zero touch ups through the day because of the matte finish. It’s full coverage but still looks natural.

      I love the Tom Ford on me but sometimes my husband says “you look a bit cakey today” when I wear it, lol.

      The Tom Ford does have a thicker creamier texture, but it’s still easy to blend, for me a little goes a long way. With the Armani it feels lighter weight on the skin, but if you don’t like that silicone-like feeling you may not like the Armani.

      Both photograph well. I would say pick one depending on what finish you want. If you want something more matte, go with Armani Power Fabric. If you want more of a cream finish then go with the Tom Ford.

      Also Tom Ford is usually great for those of us with olive/yellow tones which is why I love his formulas so much. HTH!

  • msh111

    I’ve been waiting for your review of this new foundation. Do you think it is suitable for combo/oily skin? I can’t use any formula which is “luminous” especially the Becca as it truly make my face luminous and shiny as well! I am going to ask for a sample to try out for a few days. I am about a shade 5 in Armani foundations. Love the coverage and matte texture. Thanks for the review!

    • Yes, I have normal combo skin and this works perfectly for me, as mentioned in the post one of the few that doesn’t need touch ups mid day.