The weather here in Manila has been really crazy lately. It has become unbelievable hot and because of that, I sometimes get lazy to wear foundation as the heat will just melt it on my face. But I want to look polished for work so I had to go for something very lightweight but would still provide sheer coverage enough to make me look primped and ready for work. It is also a personal preference that I like foundations that provide sheer-light coverage as they don’t feel cakey and less heavy, making it seem like my skin can still breathe beneath the makeup.
That’s exactly what piqued my interest when I first read reviews about Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup. I have been lemming that foundation for a long time that I did not let the chance to own on just pass and immediately grabbed the opportunity to finally own it. Anyway, I got it a couple of months ago so I guess that gives me enough time to decide on whether or not it is a keeper for me and if it is what I am looking for in a foundation.
Quoting Giorgio Armani…
“Fabric is the reason for my success.”
Giorgio Armani translates his skills in texture and layering into its unique range of cosmetic textiles, a wardrobe for face. Face fabric is an invisible makeup with a 3D Micro-fil technology.
Its unique Micro-fil™ formulations bring lightness and fluidity to makeup, allowing infinite blending and layering to enhance the natural glow of the skin.
A subtle, neutral palette is accented with two shades – porcelain and apricot – to be used alone to create a healthy-looking glow, combined with any of the shades to boost the color, or alone to sculpt or highlight the complexion. For normal to oily skin, providing sheer coverage.
CEW 2009 Face Product Prestige Award Winner.
Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Award Winner.
Tempting, huh? Anyway, here is my review:
- Giorgio Armani Face Fabric is housed in a very simple squeeze tube which translates to it as a product that means business. Nothing too fancy or glam that can sometimes deceive you to think that a certain product is good just because of its fancy packaging. I love how un-glam the packaging is.
- The texture is like that of a silicone-based primer that it actually feels like I am applying just a primer and not a foundation on. It glides on very smoothly and even though it sometimes feels like it just sits on top of my skin, it doesn’t exactly do that.
- It blends so well that it actually feels just like second skin. It does not feel like a mask at all.
- It feels light weight as if you’re not wearing foundation at all.
- The shade I have is 2 – Porcelain matches my skin tone.
- My skin feels so smooth and almost poreless and flawless. It fills the pores, making it appear smoother and softer that I sometimes couldn’t keep myself from touching and feeling my face because that is how nice it makes my skin feel.
- It has a matte finish and keeps my face matte for a couple of hours.
- Staying power isn’t as great as I hoped it would be (I had somewhat high expectations but I knew I should have considered the weather here which sometimes makes it impossible for foundations to last a whole day) but it is still pretty decent.
- A little goes a long way – a pea-sized amount is enough to cover my face and parts of my neck.
- Has 40 mL with a shelf life of 24 months or two years.
- Those who like medium-full coverage may not like it. They can probably use this as a primer instead and I can imagine how it will make their foundation glide smoothly on the skin.
- It oxidizes on me. I think shade 1 would be the better option for me.
- It gives me a pimple whenever I use it which is such a bummer because I like it.
- Not locally available but some say Giorgio Armani Beauty might branch out here in Manila but don’t quote me on that as it’s just hearsay unless someone from their company confirms it.
- Pretty expensive for $49.
This would’ve been a favorite if only it does not cause me to break out. This foundation oxidizing on me has a workaround but pimples are of a totally different concern.
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