Cheek Fabric Powder Blush
Last Updated:03.19.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

It must be said: You absolutely do not have to pay this much to get a quality powder blush. However, if you want to splurge and choose this one, it'll be money well-spent!

Cheek Fabric comes in a black mirrored compact that's typical of Armani's sleek packaging. The blush itself is extraordinarily smooth and silky, with little effort needed to pick it up on your brush. It applies easily with sheer yet buildable color. You'll notice some shimmer in the pan, but that doesn't translate on your face; instead it just imparts an attractive soft glow.

This wears very well throughout the day without fading, and unlike some other designer brand blushes – it's fragrance-free! Cheek Fabric comes in a small but well-edited range of colors, including options for fair and dark skin tones. It's overpriced, yes, but also one of the best powder blushes at the department store.

  • Silky texture that's easy to apply.
  • Sheer but buildable color.
  • Shimmer imparts a soft and attractive glow rather than distracting shine.
  • Wears well throughout the day.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Pricey, but the product is of good quality.
Talc, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Isononylisononanoate, PTFE, Magnesium Stearate, Lauroyllysine, Dimethicone, Methicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Polyethylene Terephtalate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyurethylene Terethphthlate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyeurethane-11, Tin Oxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina. May Contain: CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 15850/ Red 7, CI 75740/Carmine CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI 15850/ Red 6, CI 77510/ Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 45410/Red 28 Lake, CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77742/Manganese Violet, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15985/Yellow 6 Lake, CI 77163/Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake, CI 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77000/Aluminum Powder, Mica.

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Giorgio Armani At-A-Glance

Strengths: Outstanding foundations; superb powder textures; a brilliant shimmer fluid; perfect bronzers; some excellent lip color options; a neutral palette makes this line a must-see.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare is underwhelming, especially given the cost (though the claims sound good!); some of the SPF-rated products do not supply adequate broad spectrum protection; most of the mascaras aren't as impressive as they should be.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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This is the best blush I have ever used: it is unique. The powder is super finely milled and it literally blends with the skin. There are micro particles that impart a very natural glow, without looking obvious or unnatural. It is easy to blend, it does not streak and it does not look cakey. Easy to retouch and to "pile up" color without looking obvious. Such a shame the price is crazy: + 40 dollars for 4 grams of product. I wish it was cheaper as it is truly an outstanding product. Love it.

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