Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation for Oily Skin – Shade 6/6.5

(Note: For my updated view, please see bottom of post…)

Thoughts in First Week

I have tried a fair few foundations as of late…trying to find that holy grail heavy-coverage wonder foundation for me. I wanted one for going out rather than everyday wear—a product that will provide the best, most flawless finish for my skin.

I tried Armani’s Luminous Silk and documented my experience here, but I decided it was not quite the one for my oily skin. However, I did not want to give up with Armani straight away, and I had heard good things about the Power Fabric product. It is marketed as a less cakey version of Estée Lauder’s Double Wear; boasting longevity, SPF 25 and heavy coverage.

My lovely new bottle of foundation already has smudges all over the lid…

My Experience

I am a 6 in the Luminous Silk foundation, but was matched to a 6.5 in this foundation. I definitely think this is the correct colour match; I tried the 6 in Power Fabric and it is a lot cooler in tone. I was told by an counter assistant that the .5 shades are warmer than the round numbers. Shade 6.5 provides a warm, healthy, golden colour for my NC30 complexion (Tawny in Estée Lauder Double Wear). It matches my summer—slightly tanned—skin really well. Moreover, unlike Double Wear’s matte finish, this provides a beautiful lightweight and luminous finish—it just fuses with the skin so well. Honestly, after trying a few other foundations—I knew this was the one as soon as I wore it. It provided me with the best version of my skin and gives me the most flawless make-up base. It does not get shiny through the day and it is long-lasting too; it has lasted on my skin, even without any setting powder on top (just primer underneath.)

In fact, I have tried this foundation with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder on top and it really does spoil the look of the foundation for me; it nullifies the dewy, luminous complexion completely and makes the make-up look quite matte. So, after a couple of trials, I have realised that this foundation actually looks best when skin gets a little oily or, if you have dry skin, with a very hydrating moisturiser—it reacts well to a bit of moisture.

Power Fabric Luminous Silk
I cannot believe that I have been colour matched to both 6.5 Power Fabric AND 6 Luminous Silk…the colours are completely different…

I am glad that all the sample-testing has paid off as I think I may have found my HG summer foundation. On a regular day I am content with the coverage that Bare Minerals foundation provides…but I needed something for times when fuller make-up is in order…

I am a bit cautious with SPF foundations and flashback; but according to this Wayne Goss video as long as you use a coloured powder to set your make-up, this will counteract any flashback. You should take a test flash picture when you are sampling this foundation just to be 100% sure…

My Current Foundation Routine

This is my current, going out foundation routine for a hot day and I think I have nailed it in terms of longevity, oil-control and luminous, glowing skin. The mattifying effect of my moisturiser and primer is quite extreme, it is really effective for a hot summers day, but perhaps too much for an average day with English weather…On a cooler day, I spritz MAC  Fix + all over my finished make-up to help my make-up to fuse.

  1. Apply Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer. Apply a small amount of moisturizer and let it set into the skin for a few minutes.
  2. Apply Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer. Apply 1-1.5 pumps and let it fully dry on your skin before moving onto foundation.
  3. Use Armani Power Fabric in shade 6.5 with a brush. No powder is needed to set this foundation.

My Advice When Selecting the Perfect Foundation for You…

  • Diagnose your skin type and research foundations that complement that skin type.
  • Ask yourself, what do you want your foundation to do? For example, are you looking for light or heavy coverage? Long-lasting or more lightweight? Then research within this criteria. We all have our own opinions of what we want to achieve.
  • Make sure the foundation and primer is compatible. You want a silicone primer with silicone foundation, or water foundation with water primer.
  • Try samples of your shortlisted foundations with your own primer/moisturiser combo. There is no point liking how a foundation looks with another primer that you have no intention (or bank balance) to buy.
  • Try as many free samples as you can.

Although, this foundation is beautiful for oily skin, I think Luminous Silk is the better Armani foundation for drier skin types. Also, although this colour looked really warm on my skin, it looked really pale on my sister’s dry skin (she is a 6 in Luminous Silk too.) So I think it can be hit and miss…

This foundation game is a long and arduous process…and it’s all about trial and error. But it will all be worth it when you find the best foundation for your skin type. 

Thoughts Over First Few Months

So although I really liked this foundation initially…there have been a few niggles since.

My above opinions were formulated in the extremely rare scenario of hot UK weather…the foundation didn’t fare so well during cooler temperatures. I have had to adjust the way I wear it: Moisturizer, Primer, Mattifying powder lightly dusted on T-zone, Power Fabric (mixed with some Sunbeam liquid highlighter), MAC Fix +, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

The issues I had with it:

  1. Separation: I noticed some separation around T-zone & from reading reviews online it seems like a common issue with this foundation. I now apply mattifying powder on T-zone before foundation and this has helped combat the issue to a satisfactory degree.
  2. Dull colour: I do not know what it is but I do not like this 6.5 shade that much, I feel it’s more peachy than yellowy—which is not the most flattering. So, I decided to mix in some liquid highlighter into it and I feel it works to lift the colour a tad and makes my complexion glow a little. I used Benefit Sunbeam…but I have my eye on Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops…
  3. Powdery  finish: In the hot, scorching sun this make-up just melded with the face for a beautiful and natural look…when we got back to the typical English weather, however, that fairytale abruptly ended. It looked powdery and cakey. I have tried spraying my face a few times with Fix + after finishing my make-up and this seems to resolve this issue a bit.

Final, final verdict. Promise. This is a complex foundation. To make it work for different skin types, weathers etc it needs specialised tweaks. It is annoying to fiddle with, but I was determined to make it work somehow because of the price tag. I think I have conquered the issues I was facing with it, and I know I can make it look really good on my skin come rain or shine…but should a high-end make-up product be this temperamental?

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