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?

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review for Oily Skin

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk…the name ring a bell? I am sure it does as it has been everywhere, and actually for quite a long time – I admit I am very late to jump onto this particular bandwagon. Kim Kardashian loves this foundation, and over on our side of the pond, the beautiful Michelle Keegan swears by it too. I had to try this legendary foundation for myself.

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Giorgio Armani’s iconic Luminous Silk Foundation


  • Lightweight and does not look cakey
  • No SPF means no flashback
  • Dewy, glowy complexion


  • It is extremely expensive, retailing for £40 in the UK
  • Can get very shiny on oily skin


My Experience

This foundation looks amazing when first applied – it provides beautiful glowy skin and it just fuses onto the skin to look quite natural. I was a shade 6 (I am NC 30 in Mac and 3W1 Tawny in Estée Lauder); this was a beautiful match for my skin tone. Although I must admit, when I first put it on it looks like a bit of an odd, almost dull, slightly greyish colour. Once all of the highlighter, blusher, bronzer and whatever else has been applied over the top…the colour is a lovely healthy warm shade. At this point it was all looking extremely promising…had I found my HG foundation?

I have swatched this on my palms as the skin on my hands is horribly dry at the moment…this shade blends in quite nicely onto my NC30 skin.

Not quite.  I found my face was getting shiny after a few hours, it was such a shame. This foundation looks amazing on my sister, who has dry skin; her pictures come out beautiful as well. Part of me was still so adamant that I could make this foundation work for my skin that I contemplated buying the Luminous Silk Powder Compact along with it: It can be used to set the foundation as well as blot during the day. The sales assistant assured me that you can apply the powder multiple times during the day and you still will not get a caked-up look as this powder is very sheer. I did try powdering this over my foundation once the shine had started coming through and it does make a difference – but I feel I would need to powder quite regularly to keep the shine at bay. I was recommended shade 4.5 in this powder. It retails for £38 but this is only for the refill…to buy the plush Armani compact case to store it in, costs an additional £18. Because this is the best Armani foundation for flawless photos, the sales adviser still recommended this foundation for occasions (despite my oily skin) and advised the use of the powder to quell any shine that decides to creep through. Although, this is an option, at a combined price of nearly £100; I decided there must, surely, come on be another foundation option on the market which can offer me a shine-free, healthy and flawless (or at least less flawed) complexion. So I have decided to continue my search…I am thinking of trying the Power Fabric Foundation by Armani next. It is one that a different sales person at Armani recommended for lasting, shine-free coverage and apparently it is a less cakey alternative to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. Sounds like it could be a contender…

Jas xx

Is your Foundation & Primer compatible?


This post is for those of you that have real trouble with flaky looking (split) foundation. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for those of you that get stuck in a vicious cycle spending small fortunes of different foundations trying to find one that suits your skin better.

Quite often, this ‘foundation splitting’ effect occurs as a result of using a incompatible primer under your foundation – here I will share a simple trick to help you determine the compatibility of your primer & foundation.

All you will need is a bowl of water and spatular. Simply put a small droplet of the foundation/primer into the bowl of water, and carefully observe what happens next:

  • If the product starts dispersing – the product is water based
  • If the product floats and stays intact – the product is oil/silicone based

The trick is to use the tiniest drop possible, otherwise you may be waiting a while to see the dispersion taking place!

Here is a picture of the Make up forever HD foundation dispersing in the water- this is therefore water-based. It also shows a larger droplet which hasn’t dispersed instantly.

IMG_4724Hope this post was useful for you all