Giorgio Armani • Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||70%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
I got a generous sample of this at the GA counter at Nordstrom 3 weeks ago and I've been using it everyday. Pros: 2 is a perfect color match for my yellow-undertoned, NC20-25 skin tone. I love the finish - matte, velvety, almost powdery without ever looking too dry. Sheer coverage never looks masklike. Cons: Price (duh), fragrance (not sure why companies add perfume to foundation), and transfers easily. It has no lasting power and it never really sets, which is why I will not be purchasing the full size. When I blot at lunchtime, this is completely gone. Bummer because there are some great things about it!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
It is very easy to apply and surprisingly lasts about 5-6 hours before blotting (I always use at least a bit of primer and blot powder when using foundation due to my oilyness). Natural finish but I tend to look very shiny even with blot papers after about 7 hours. That's fine but the silicone content clogged more pores more than foundations with less silicone. Boo...
Shadewise, I would have liked it leaning more towards yellow than neutral but it's quite sheer so it wasn't super obvious.
Recommended for those who are less oily and clog-prone.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Like someone stated below, this is the better version of the YSL Touch Matte Foundation. This one is much better as it blurs/even imperfections, lasts nearly all day long even without primer, sheer yet buildable coverage, and looks like skin. Extremely unique foundation = semi-matte finish, smooth consistency, and looks just like skin. A staple.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I think this might even be better than Luminous Silk, my previous favourite! Like all the other reviewers say, the texture of this is really unusual - kind of like a dry gel I suppose. It sort of "sweeps" over your face, rather than sinks in. It is very light - doesn't cover blemishes really, but takes a bit of the redness out of them and makes them look better. And it just improves the overall look of your skin without looking like makeup at all.
I suppose the coverage is a bit like a tinted moisturiser, but in texture it's totally different. I don't really like the idea of tinted moisturiser anyway because isn't the point of moisteriser that it sinks into your skin? I don't really like the idea of all that pigment sinking in. I'd much rather it just sat on top, thank you very much.
I still use Luminous Silk when my skin is a bit more of a challenge. Not because the coverage is that different - LS is pretty light too - but because it's a lot easier to use concealer and powder with LS. Concealer doesn't really work with FF and I wouldn't put powder over the top. It's pretty matte and has great wear anyway, so you don't need it.
I use shade 2. I'm fair-medium with pinkish undertones. Since the coverage is so light though you don't need to be quite as precise about colour matching. I swear that is true - I'm normally really hardcore about getting the right shade.
It's expensive, but completely worth it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I love this product so much that I felt compelled to write a review on it. I'm a MAC NW 20 and i use this in 2 (disclaimer that i bought this when i was slightly tanned from a holiday so i picked a slightly 'darker' shade then what a NW20 would be)
I never liked foundations or bases or primers or sunscreen because it would always (regardless of what brand i used) end up feeling heavy or oily - and it would inevitably oxidise or 'melt' so it was just a pain, when at the end of a long day, my makeup would not look fresh or in place - but kind of 'tired' and grimy. so i've stuck with just concealor (tons of it because i dont have perfect skin) and loose power for almost all of my makeup wearing life. i have on occasion (especially when on vacation in climates which is alot less humid then it is here in singapore) used the armani LSF - and it worked fine - but when i came back to singapore, the same problem would happen. another issue i've always had - was that i would end up getting clogged pores and breaking out - whenever i tried to use foundation or sunscreen here.
i purchased face fabric on a whim - because i was on another 'i think i need some sort of spf on my skin' phase (this has spf 12) - i was fully expecting to discover that it would cause the same issues and that i would have to bin it.
BUT - it has now been maybe two months - and i've even bought a backup tube. i LOVE this product. i use it daily now (and cannot imagine what life was like before it)
its some sort of a mousse texture - but on application it dries to a powder finish. it is very easy to blend - is near impossible to 'streak' on skin (even though i do my makeup really quickly in the mornings and just squeeze a dollop on finger and just blend it all onto my face with my fingers -- it is very quick and goes on very well and doesnt get patchy etc)
It also does not oxidise and it provides a very good canvas for the rest of my makeup to go on and stays put all day (we're talking in excess of 12 hours here!) i actually think it helps my makeup stay on better and look fresher!
on good skin days - using this alone is enough !
i would highly recomend this if you wanted a very light foundation or a light/good base to use. but if you need more then sheer coverage then you need to pair it with something else.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Whisper-finish. Smooth application that disappears. Never tugs or creases. I love this foundation because it simply makes your skin look a silky matte, but you would definitely pass as someone who "doesn't need foundation". I also love that just a dab is enough for the whole face, so it takes approximately 10 seconds in the morning to apply, and is error-proof. I always wear this during the day at my boyfriend's at at work. It also has a mind, pleasant vanilla fragrance that is very fresh and light.
I will admit that this is not for people who have a tons of blemishes to cover. On the other hand, it's lightness does let your skin breathe, it does not clog pores, and miraculously gives me absolutely no issues.
I will continue using MUFE High Definition foundation in 118 for evening events when I need fuller coverage.
Love love love.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I really love this stuff. It really is lovely. It's a 5 in terms of finish, effect, etc. but I feel the price and texture could be improved upon and would make it better.
I am usually an NC20-25 in MAC, #20 in MUFE Face and Body, #5 in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (a tad pink/dark but passable), Ceylan in Nars Sheer Glow, W3 in L'Oreal True Match, #118 in MUFE HD, #30 in Mat Velvet + (touch too pink/dark but passable) - and I think that should provide some background for a colour match haha. I don't wear MAC foundation anymore, but I have worn NC25 and I use NC20 and NW20 concealers. Truthfully - all of this doesn't matter that much. I'm a #2 in this foundation, and it is very forgiving/sheer so it doesn't much matter if the foundation is an exact match. In the tube/on back of hand this looks too dark - however, one shade up is defiitely too dark and one down is too light. Blended on my face this is a PERFECT match (still not quite sure how that happens, even though it IS sheer).
I have normal/combo skin (slightly dry/slightly oily depending on season). I am acne prone and if it's irritating I don't put it on my skin (i.e. alcohol). This doesn't break me out and feels lovely on the skin.
The texture of this foundation is souffle-like in terms of it being thick and light, but it is actually quite dry and not fluffy/creamy-wet like conventional souffle formulas. Because of the nature of the texture, I feel like I always put too much on my hand and a little actually goes a long way. I blend with my fingers for best results. A conventional foundation brush works well but can leave streaks, a flat top kabuki works well but eats more product and sheers it out more than I need (since this is already sheer), and the beautyblender sheers this out/eats product as well.
The coverage is light, and best for someone with normal skin who wants to blur imperfections and not hide them. Any red scars/acne, undereye circles, etc. will not be covered with this foundation so you will need concealer for that (which kinda ruins the finish, so I use concealer first with this if I'm going to use any at all). This HONESTLY looks like my skin but better - like no perceptible foundation in the slightest. When I put this on, it looks like another foundation that had 3 hours to set on my skin - pores minimized, satiny natural finish, blurred imperfections but no obvious makeup look, and it's obvious I have skin and am not secretly an alien wearing flesh-coloured paint. As another reviewer mentioned, I too get a confidence kick and feel like my skin is smokin' amazing whenever I wear this foundation. Definitely for good-skin days, though. This can cling to flakey skin, but I find the effect is marginal when compared to other skin-flake-clingy foundations (i.e. Armani Luminous Silk being the worst, then Nars Sheer Glow, then Face Fabric). Moisturized skin will make this more pleasant to apply.
I don't think this will hold up throughout the day for someone with really oily skin. I've worn this on the hottest days this summer (when I most want that no-makeup look), and it has stood up to the heat and not melted off my face but it still doesn't have the BEST staying power. However, I can't stress enough that this is sheer. It will last longer with a primer - which I don't generally use. I use toner/BHA liquid/moisturizer sunscreen and then foundation.
This comes in a tube ($48 for 1oz) and the tube makes it seem like less product than it is, but it's actually the same amount as most foundations. I like the tube because it's convenient to pack, and once you get used to how much you need to cover your face the way you like, you won't waste product like you can with a pump (even if you're careful).
I'm from Canada and got this online, sight-unseen from Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com). For Canadians - they charged me a $5 brokerage fee (I think) and regular taxes, but shipping was free. No customs or any other charges. Doing this was actually cheaper than going to Holt Renfrew in Toronto and buying it there. I actually saved money (over our American friends) because of the USD-CAD exchange rate at the time. I've also heard GA foundations run around $15 more expensive in Canada (at Holt Renfrew) than if you buy in the US, so it's still worth it to go through NM if our dollar is at parity, especially if you get other items. This foundation was totally worth it and I wasn't sure I'd like it - but I LOVE IT. The price is exorbitant, so this might not end up as a staple. Surprised there's not more raves about this on youtube, though.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Black
This is one of the most natural finishes I have come across for a tm or foundation. It is so easy to spread and I don't even need to finish it of with powder. I will definitely repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I bought this after visiting the Armani counter to look at the lasting silk foundation. On expressing my wish for a light, matte but not flat coverage, she also recommended Face Fabric.
Pros - it gives a very light coverage, which works well if you have mostly good skin and just want to even things out, it is super easy to apply (fingers, brush) and feels very nice on the skin when it is applied. The packaging is good, hygienic and easy to control how much you dispense.
Cons - cost, this is $80 AUS and to be honest it's not worth quite that. While it looks great when it's first applied, i found it's staying power isn't brilliant; admitedly, i don't use a primer with Face Fabric as i was advised to, but then i never use a primer with greater coverage foundations and i don't have an issue. It did tend to oxidise a little on my face by the end of the day as well, but the initial colour match was pretty good.
Over all, it's a good product, and i can see why some love it, i just wasn't enthralled. If this is the best that a tinted moisturiser can do, then i'd rather stick to my bare skin.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I loved this for a good year, and then changed my mind. This works more like a tinted moisturizer than a foundation, so I wish they're more clear about the name. True, the coverage is more buildable, but expecting it to cover serious blemishes would be a stretch. I think whether you'll like this depends on your tolerance for silicon, because it is REALLY silicon-y, more so than a primer. The advantage of course is that it applies like a dream. Faultlessly easy to spread. Nice scent, too. However, as a foundation it underforms. Very limited coverage, too yellow, and doesn't settle into the skin that well. Despite feeling lightweight, it doesn't look good on dry skin and tends to gather around pores. And the packaging is rather sub-par by Armani standard. I'll stick with a real foundation or a tinted moisturizer next time.