Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review | UK Wedding Blog

I already know this is going to be a popular post because Armani’s Power Fabric has been the soft foundation launch of the last 4 months – full coverage foundations are always big hitters in beauty world, because flawless skin is what we all want right? (ie. we are so ridiculously accustomed to seeing flawless skin online that we think it’s how our own should look at all times). Gaining momentum over the last couple of months, I’ve heard Power Fabric mentioned again and again by Beauty Editors and bloggers online, although Armani is still pretty underrated for their makeup, and particularly their exceptional foundations, which I think largely due to it’s sparse availability in store – we may love online shopping but I think foundation is a real exception, as nothing can beat a colour match on counter.

I have to say because of this, my expectation was pretty high, so I bought it last week with a view to reviewing it. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was falling rather deeply in love with it. I have been a bit disillusioned with full coverage foundations on my own face for a while feeling they’ve been somewhat aging and unflattering by the end of the day – so recently I’ve been opting for glowy, light – medium coverages like Jane Iredale and Charlotte Tilbury Glow Wonder. But this – well. Let’s review shall we?

The Claims

The 1st full coverage and long wear foundation with a lightweight finish. For an all day-long impeccable luminous complexion in ANY circumstance. This full coverage foundation dresses the skin, enhances the look of facial features and targets the appearance of fatigue.

~ 15 shades

~ Flawless high coverage

~ Anti-fatigue properties

~ SPF 25

~ Long lasting formula

~ No-makeup, second skin feel

~ Natural radiant finish

~ £40 for 30ml

Before and Afters

Coverage & Wear

The amazing thing about this foundation is that it has all of the plus points of a full coverage base, but very few of the negatives. It stays put really well, and I have no issue with the wear after a full day of 12 + hours –  after a long day it gathers very slightly in my smile lines, but not enough to really present anything of any issue, and I get a little shine on my T-Zone, but again, I prefer this to the dry, canines or gathering of more traditional matte foundations.

It has a slight fragrance to it (which some may not care for – I am indifferent as it’s pretty minor), and a formula which is highly pigmented but has a lot of slip – so almost silicone-y, than watery – really smoothing on the skin. It does dry down and set moderately quickly but there’s enough time to build coverage in small layers, and like many full coverage bases, you only need a small amount of product to really cover.  I also find it really glides as it applies, so good for the porous or textured amongst you too.

The best part of this base is the finish. It manages, for me, to strike just the perfect balance between matte and glowy – it will definately hold back some oil for the shiny amongst you, but it doesn’t look flat, cakey or dry, even at the end of the day. I imagine if you had any dry flaky patches it might cling, but that’s true of most foundations. I think this is perfect for those looking for a step up in coverage from Luminous Silk, and would be a great formula for all ages and most skin types, as it’s a beautiful, wearable full coverage which makes actually genuinely makes skin look better but in a natural, hydrated, glowy kind of way.

Wearing shade 3.5

Colours

The shade range seems pretty good – 15 colours isn’t infinite options, obviously, but the range does go through from fair to dark – I was matched with shade 3.5 which I genuinely thought was going to be too dark – along the lines of {I’m always a 1 or 2!} But I stood corrected, as when I tried it it was a perfect match. They seem to all be pretty neutral from what I can tell – but a lot of peachy/beige undertones rather than yellow or gold.

There’s a link here to a table of colour comparisons if you’ve worn Armani foundations before so you can match yourself against Luminous Silk or Maestro. Overall I’m pretty hooked on this – luminous, flattering high coverage is always the holy grail when it comes to base, and with this Armani may just have smashed it.

You’ll like this if you like – Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, Mac Studio Tech, Estee Lauder Double Wear,

Plus points – long wearing, beautiful finish, high pigment, super blendable

Minus points – It’s pricey at £40 per 30ml, there aren’t many Armani counters throughout the UK to get a match at and some may not care for the SPF (I didn’t find there was flash back, but it may worry some)

Best for….coverage lovers, normal skin, normal – oily skin, Double Wear fans, those looking for natural, luminous high pigment

Armani Power Fabric foundation is £40, out now and available on counter and online.

Emily x