With a name that translates for many as a “makeup so natural it fits like a second skin,” no wonder the curiosity about this foundation is so intense! While it does have an innovative texture, it has an antiquated sun protection factor of 12 (it should be a minimum of SPF 15 by the standards of medical associations around the world) and it does not contain the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Armani doesn’t have a good track record for foundations with sunscreen, and this continues their disappointing trend.
If sunscreen is not an issue for you (because your daytime moisturizer is rated SPF 15 or greater and contains the right UVA-protecting ingredients), then this foundation is best described as a primer with color. Most foundation primers are silicone-based (as this Armani foundation is) and leave a weightless, silky matte finish that slightly fills in large pores and superficial lines. That’s exactly how this foundation functions, except that it also contains pigments that provide sheer to light coverage and contribute to its very skin-like natural appearance.
This foundation is best for normal to oily skin because the powdery silicones it contains will magnify even the smallest amount of dry skin—one of the reasons the Armani makeup artist I spoke with commented that people either love or hate this foundation. It simply isn’t forgiving of even the tiniest speck of dry skin.
There are six shades available. Shades 1–6 are flesh-toned without shimmer, and all but one are recommended; avoid shade 5, which is noticeably peach. With a higher SPF rating and the right UVA-protecting ingredients, this foundation really would be something to consider, because on the right skin types it really can look like a second skin.
Note: Face Fabric contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. This is not a good choice for sensitive skin or for use around the eyes.
Active: Octinoxate 2%; Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminm Hydroxide, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal May Contain: Mica, Red 36, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide
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.