Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review

I’ve been testing out Armani’s Power Fabric foundation – very thoroughly, as it happens, because I’ve been trying to film quite a bit of content for Youtube and so I’ve needed a fuller base.

As you know, I’m not the greatest lover of high coverage, longwear foundations – I’ll usually grab something slightly more natural looking and glowy unless I’m filming a specific makeup look – but this one isn’t your typical take-it-off-with-a-chisel, polyfilla-esque complexion-coverer. For a start, the coverage isn’t quite as heavy as something like Double Wear – it’s full, but it’s not a “blank it all out” foundation.

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I like that – some of the life is left in the skin. It looks perfected, but not overdone, and what’s astonishing is how little of the product you can get away with using to achieve such a beautiful finish. It looks very polished and pulled-together, but you don’t have to load the skin with a tonne of claggy base.

There’s none of the dryness that you might usually find with a longwear foundation – some of them can cling awfully to flaky bits, if you don’t prep your skin well, or they can gather around the nose and chin and look cakey and wrong. Not a problem with Power Fabric: the only time I had unevenness was when I hadn’t blended quickly enough on my cheek and it went slightly patchy. I think that the key is to work reasonably fast with a sponge or a stipply sort of foundation brush (I found the Real Techniques Buffing Brush* to be a good match for Power Fabric); when I’ve used a flatter brush I’ve found that the product has laid down too thickly. And there’s absolutely no need to lay this down heavily – the beauty of it is in its relative lightness.

Before and after pictures for you:

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review

You can see that the finish is lovely and velvety – not a powdery matte, just soft and slightly radiant. And this really is a longwear foundation; I’ve seen some online reviews saying that Power Fabric doesn’t last, but I’ve tested it out for twelve hours or more on a number of occasions and it has stayed put extremely well.

I like Power Fabric a lot; it’s a nice (though relatively pricey) introduction to high coverage foundations if you’ve never tried one before. It has good longevity and it has very decent coverage, but with less of the pitfalls usually associated with a full coverage base. I’m generalising here, but they can be hard to blend, quick to set (and then difficult to adjust!) and they can have a deadened, flat look on the skin. Although you do have to take special care to blend this well (it’s best to work fast with a little bit of product and build it up rather than slap on a layer) to avoid mistakes, the finish is far from flat.

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Admittedly I find the cushion versions of Dior’s Forever and Lancome’s Teint Idole easier to apply, but I think that perhaps that’s because you pick up less product when you press a brush into a cushion foundation, so you sort of lightly “stipple” the product on, which results in a more even finish. I’ll have to put that theory to the test! Both of the aforementioned bases are comparable in terms of coverage and longevity, and I’d say, tentatively, that they have a smidgen more glow.

Have you tried Power Fabric? What do you think? You can find it at Selfridges here* if you want to take a look online – it’s £40. I used shade 4 for the photos above.

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  1. May 5, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Great review Ruth, I’m so interested to hear that you like this one, it being full coverage. I wanted to try it too, but found the colour selection a little odd – very yellow or very pink. Might look into the Dior cushion instead. Thanks! H x

  2. May 5, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of the Dior Forever cushion. It gets too dewy on my skin theoughout the day and has a tendency to cling to my dry patches if I have any. That one was a close contender to be tried next, but I guess I will look for something else. My Double Wear is what I use for filming and for everyday less coverage (and less expensive) will do.

    • May 5, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Do you find that the Dior clings more than Double Wear?! x

  3. May 5, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    I’ve not tried the power fabric foundation yet but I keeping wanting too, thanks for showing before & after photos Ruth, great post.


  4. May 5, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Sounds like a good option. I’m nearing the end of my Double Wear bottle and I’m making a list of possible foundations to try out next – thanks!


  5. Isabel
    May 5, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Hate this weirdly prevalent trope that full coverage foundation “deadens” your skin and anything lighter really shows the “life” in your skin. Being alive means there is life in your skin. If I wanted to look like I wasn’t wearing make-up, I wouldn’t be wearing make-up. Usually a huge fan, have to admit, but this does put me off trusting your reviews.

    • May 5, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Lots of full coverage foundations DO look unnatural though. I’m speaking broadly. Of course there are loads of exceptions. A sheerer foundation will often give a much fresher and livelier appearance. I’m not sure why this would be an “untrustworthy” point of view?!

      • Sarah
        May 6, 2017 / 10:04 am

        If I don’t wear make up I look dead haha!! I do think foundation can look really flat and fake. Tempted by this but need some money off it first.
        Ruth you are the business as always

  6. May 5, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I’ll have to get a sample!

  7. Maja
    May 6, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Sounds great, thanks for the thorough review!
    Have you tried Givenchy’s Matissime Velvet Radiant Mattifying Fluid Foundation SPF 20? Sounds absolutely fabulous.

  8. Rebecca
    May 7, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Bought yesterday having been colour matched in Selfridges. One day trial but so far, lovely finish, full-ish coverage, some shine after six hours, but delighted with purchase. Not your everyday look but I do a lot of facing the public 12 hour days and some filming, so hoping it will live up to its advance publicity. Great review Ruth, I always find you honest, reliable and beautifully (humorously) written. X

  9. Amanda
    May 8, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    I got a sample yesterday from Selfridges after reading Sali Hughes’s review (she loves it). They only had shade 5.5 left in samples and I think it may be a tad dark for me so will go back and get properly colour matched. I have tried it though and have to say that a very small amount created a really nice, glowy finish and it lasted. I applied with my guerlain foundation brush and found it went on really easily. Definitely going back for a full size bottle.

  10. Victoria
    May 12, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    There are very few brands that offer colours as pale as Armani do so I have not tried the Dior or Lauder one as the colours don’t work for me.
    I have been using this foundation for a few months now. I have sensitive dehydrated skin trust is easily offended. I work long hours in different physical environments so any foundation I wear doesn’t have an easy time!

    This has stood the test well! It gives a dewy polished finish, neither too shiny or too matt, not heavy yet significant. It is also easy to refresh later in the day, sometimes I simply add a drop of face oil (Sunday Riley) and reblend for a fresh dewy look, sometimes I mix some oil or moisturiser with additional foundation for a more complete look, both work depending on my skin and the circumstances of the occasion.

    It does everything I ask from it and is a great colour match. I will buy it again yet I don’t think I love it… and I don’t know why!

    I do wish other brands would learn from armani when it comes to shades!

  11. Camille
    June 5, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I am desperately looking for a foundation to wear on my wedding day. It is an outdoor wedding in August. Is this one you would recommend? I am not a full coverage foundation person so I have had trouble finding a makeup that will last but not look like I am wearing a mask.

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