It has been a long time since I was quite as excited about a new launch as I was about the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation; I kept reading review after review detailing how amazing this new base product was, providing the highest of coverage in an easy, malleable base that leaves skin looking effortlessly perfect. How could I not try this?! I can’t remember the last time I put in so much effort to track down a product, but annoyingly, my shade couldn’t be found anywhere – I even went in-store to Selfridges to find it and they didn’t even have it available as a sample, so apparently 3.5 is a very popular skin colour!
The Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation promises high coverage, which I think is fair, in a luminous, lightweight finish. Having previously tried – and absolutely loved – the original, iconic, Luminous Silk Foundation from Armani, I had nothing but hugely high expectations for this. However, maybe it was the months of anticipation and excessive positive review reading, but I used this and felt a little bit let down. There’s no denying that it’s a great foundation, available in a fantastic collection of 15 shades that span a really good edit, but the finish, on me, was very dry and not at all flattering. I have particularly difficult skin as I regularly document on here, but I think I was expecting some serious ‘wow’ that just didn’t happen.
On the plus side, it definitely provides a good, solid high coverage and it blends in with skin (although you’ll need to buff quickly – I recommend applying a small amount and working it in to each area of the face before moving on to the next) and I’ve found that I can make it work with my tricky skin by using it with an oil – mixing one drop of oil in with the product itself – which then results in a lovely, skin-like finish with decent coverage, but I think the months of exciting build-up left me a little disappointed and expecting far too much! The Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation will really suit anyone very oily who would like a base that offers a mattifying finish without any chalkiness, those who are seeking high coverage may also enjoy this, but you might have to work a bit harder to make it work if your skin is anything other than oily. It’s £40 here – link.