Hi all! A few weeks ago I conducted a poll on Twitter about which foundation I should try next. I had two winners– the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation, or the Georgio Armani Power Fabric. Due to the high price tag of the Georgio Armani Power Fabric and the mainly Youtube-centered hype, I definitely wanted to try it first. Read on to hear my thoughts.
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Georgio Armani Beauty released their Power Fabric foundation as a “sequel” to their cult fave Luminous Silk. Power Fabric is supposed to be full-coverage and “velvet matte with a lightweight, second-skin finish.” Even the name “Power Fabric” procures a certain glamorous image for a foundation. It retails for $64 for 1 oz of foundation… you heard me right, $64! So between the luxury brand and the steep price tag, I went in with reasonably high expectations.
Before I go on and do this review, I should admit that I am not really the target customer here. My skin is overall pretty okay, so I rarely gravitate toward totally full-coverage foundations. I tend to prefer a medium coverage– enough to conceal some redness and blur any blemishes, but still have visible skin. My past foray’s into high-end foundations have taught me that “full coverage” very rarely actually means truly full coverage– so I had hoped that this might be that way. I also really enjoyed the Luminous Silk foundation– light coverage, lightweight feel, dewy finish. I was really hoping that this might just be a slightly higher coverage Luminous Silk with better staying power.
First off, lets start with the shade range. It goes from 1-14.5 indicating lightest to darkest, with some varying undertones available throughout. There are 20 shades total, with a decent range of fair, medium, and dark shades. This is compared to 24 shades of the Luminous Silk. Shade 2 in Luminous Silk is a pretty great match for me, and shade 2 in the Power Fabric is described as “fair with golden undertones” which sounded like it work for my fair, neutral leaning warm skin tone– so that is what I went with. You can see that the shades are fairly close but the Power Fabric definitely is more “gold” than the Luminous Silk.
I’ve tried the foundation a few times now– both with a Beauty Blender and my favorite (and most affordable) foundation brush. I found that it applied fairly streak-y with a brush, and therefore opted for the beauty sponge for the “official” wear test. It definitely took away some of the coverage, though it never reached true full-coverage with either application method. At best, I found that it was a solid medium coverage foundation, at worst it was light-medium.
Immediately after applying, the foundation looked pretty nice from far away. However, up close it was already beginning to gather around my nose, in my pores, and in some of my fine lines. You can see that the coverage is light-medium here, covering some redness but my few spots of hyper-pigmentation and blemishes are still quite visible. I found that it caked up when applying a second layer in the areas needing more coverage. It set to a natural finish– I wouldn’t call it matte, but it definitely wasn’t dewy either. I was able to blend the rest of my makeup (including some extra concealer) over the foundation without difficulty.
Overall, application was just okay. Certainly not the best foundation I have every tried– it felt heavy on my skin, gathered in areas I didn’t want it to, but didn’t look terrible from a normal person distance away. I wore it for eight hours, and then took some photos in my car. The theme of “just okay” continued– over time the gathering in the lines and pores of my face became worse and it broke down wear my glasses sit and in my T-zone.
All in all I just don’t have much to say about this foundation. It is a decent medium coverage foundation with the same problems that most foundations have– wear-down with oils and over time. Additionally, I found that it was worse than average with emphasizing fine lines and feeling heavy. I remember being exceptionally excited to wash my face on the day I did a full wear test. I think that there are foundations that are significantly less expensive that perform equally to this foundation– or better! 5/10– just okay. After I finished this test, I went ahead and returned the product since I did not feel that it was worth the price.
Have any of you all tried this foundation? What are your thoughts on “luxury” beauty brands in general?