Well, it’s been well over 12 months since I last wrote anything on my blog. I completely lost inspiration and couldn’t think of anything to write about. I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf and begin my writing journey once again, I hope I last a little longer this time.
I’ve decided to review the new(ish) Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. I was on the hunt for a foundation that would last all day without the need for touch ups, with good enough coverage to hide blemishes and dark circles. I was recently a bridesmaid at my Auntie and Uncle’s wedding so a foundation that photographed well was also a must. Not too much to ask!
About the product
Before I go into detail on my opinion, I wanted to give you a little more information on the product. This foundation comes in a massive 50 shades, it caters for every skin tone from light to dark. Not only that, it’s CRUELTY FREE, YAYYYY!! Fenty Beauty’s official website claims:
“Gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. This oil-free matte foundation is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this light-as-air, longwear Pro Filt’r foundation is undetectable on skin — so you always look like you.”
In the UK, this retails for £27 in Boots, so it is on the pricier side. So it took me a while before I caved in and parted with my money.
So lets get into the nitty gritty!
If you’re on the look out for a new foundation I really recommend speaking with one of the makeup artists at the counter. I simply asked if I could be shade matched (I’m 185) and she gave me two different options to chose from. I also asked for a sample pot to try out the foundation, because it’s rather expensive I didn’t want to buy it on impulse before actually trying it out. That could have been a disaster!!
When prepping the skin, I suggest you use a primer that you’re familiar with, then you’ll know it’s the foundation that isn’t working, not the primer. I’d also urge you not to deviate away from your normal skincare routine in case this has any impact on the first impression/wear of the foundation. I went with my trusty old Maybelline Baby Skin primer, it helps reduce shine and minimise pores.
I used a brush the first time I tried this out, I’m not sure on the exact brush but I am dead certain it was a Real Techniques one. This foundation is definitely matte, so it probably wouldn’t work well if your skin is on the drier side. If that’s the case, Fenty offer a hyrdating version too. The foundation blended out really nicely and is buildable to a full coverage without looking cakey. On days when my skin is slightly drier, I like to use this with a damp sponge (Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge) and bounce gently into the skin. This method gives a more sheer look, but can be easily built up.
Once applied, I go in with my concealer under my eyes (Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define), I never feel the need to conceal anywhere else with this foundation, unless I have a giant spot! I tend to use a loose setting powder underneath my eyes (Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Powder), and I leave it to set for a couple of minutes. For the rest of my face, mainly the t-zone area, I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, I’ve used this powder for absolutely years and it’s never failed me (oldie but goody)!!
If you have combination to oily skin this foundation should work wonders for you. It has such a nice coverage that can be built up or toned down for whatever occasion. I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I was recently a bridesmaid, which was ultimately the reason behind my search for the perfect foundation. I had my makeup on from around 10am until 12:30am the following day. I used the Maybelline primer again, but also added in a little bit of the Nars Pore and Shine Control primer onto the areas I get oily the most. I basically didn’t do any touch ups to the foundation, except one extra brush of my pressed powder. As you can imagine, I was in A LOT of photographs that day, especially with flash. My makeup looked flawless in the photos and I didn’t get any flashback at all.
Going back to the description on the Fenty website, it mentions that this foundation is resistant to sweat and humidity. This summer (if you can even call it that) we had the occasional hot sunny day and the foundation still lasted well, it wasn’t exactly scorching or anything but that’s the UK for you.
All in all, I absolutely adore this foundation and think I’ve found my new holy grail product. I’ve only been on the hunt for the perfect foundation since I started out using makeup and I’ve finally stumbled upon the one.
I hope this review has helped you make a decision on whether or not to splurge out and buy this foundation.
Until Another Day x