So basically I was in the market for a new foundation and being the type of person I am… The type of person who cba to get her butt to a beauty counter to actually try something new out I went straight to the internet looking for recommendations, and recommendations I did get.

A lil' lowdown on my taste in foundations, I like things semi-matte, but not too matte, long lasting and medium to full coverage. I like Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and also the Nars Velvet Skin Tint, but I wanted to try something a little different as I felt a bit like I was stuck in a but of makeup rut and craved something new.

First I took to Twitter and asked what foundation people recommended. One that kept coming up time and time again was the Armani Power Fabric Foundation, plus Ree said I’d like it and I trust her opinion. A Lot. A few reviews later and somehow managing to work out shades that might work for me (Thanks to the Temptalia Foundation Matrix) I settled on the shade 4, which when it arrived is pretty much the exact shade match for me. God Bless you the internet.

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation (Shade 4) 

wow that is a big photo of my face

So, the Armani Power Fabric foundation is touted as high coverage, long wearing with a luminous finish. Tick. Tick. Tick. Yeap, I like all of those things in a foundation, were off to a good start here. The foundation itself is a blend of oils which give a long lasting glow to the skin without the greasy effect, I know oils sound scary as fuck (especially fo us oily skinned gals, but bare with me) The suspension of the pigment in the fine oils fuse with the skin to make it look flawless and radiant with minimal caking, plus helps keep the formula looking super light. For such a full coverage foundation I was hella impressed at how weightless it felt on my skin, it meshes and blends into the skin and really does make you feel like you're wearing nothing at all (nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all).

Im a big fan of this foundation and love how both long wearing and seamless it looks. I feel like it keeps my oiliness maintained and things looking pretty throughout the day. No cake face for me.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation 24hr (Shade 021)

Now the other one I got was the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation 24hr. Now that's a bit of a mouthful to try and say a few times. I kinda messed up on the shade of this one, it's just a TOUCH too pale for me, although that's nothing a little squirt of liquid bronzer can't fix. Shade 021 just needs a little bit more warmth for my skin and it would, in theory, be the perfect winter shade for me, but alas, not right now.

I don't recall actually ever using anything from Lancome so it was a bit of a blind buy but some of the big ass (not literally, no shade here pals) beauty YouTubers were talking about it and you know, no one enables other bloggers more than bloggers. For example, the other day Zoe was telling me how she was getting the new Kylie X KKW lip kits and I was like "oh nah, I don't need those" She tells me she's in the queue to get them and sure enough a few mins later and $50 less, I'm the proud owner of another set of Kylie Lip Kits that I really don't need.

Anyway, back to the foundation. In terms of coverage I'm not sure about it, I feel like sometimes I apply it and it looks really weak and others its pretty full. Saying that its super buildable with a damp beauty blender so you can perfect your own coverage pretty easily.  It lasts so well though like I'm talking hardcore lasting power and while ya girl ain't testing a foundation for 24 hours it lasted me at least a solid 12 hours on a sweaty af day in April.

The jury is still out on this one though, I like it but don't like it, there are things about it that don't work for me but I still use it. I can see it being useful in my makeup bag on long days and I need a base I know is gonna stay put but the shade being wrong is a little frustrating, but I've only got one person to blame and that's myself.

Of the two the Armani Power Fabric is the clear winner, I absolutely adore the finish and the luminosity. It's pretty top end in terms of high-end foundation pricing (£40, but I got it for £36 via John Lewis price matching), but I always think its worth spending a little more on your base if you can and then using more affordable products for colour cosmetics.

I honestly don't recommend doing what I did and blind buying foundation, it is always better to go to a department store and get properly matched. However, I will say, go online and do a bit of research before you do, that way you can read reviews before being conned into the wrong thing by a department store salesperson. It'll save you heartache in the long run and won't leave you stuck with a foundation that doesn't work for you. BUT if you're in the market for a new base and want to try something new then definitely give the Powder Fabric a go! It's a good'en!