Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thoughts on... Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear foundation

Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear foundation

I have to admit that I'm not as into new releases as I used to be.  I used to be extremely on the ball, setting calander reminders for anything I was vaguely interested in and I knew every upcoming MAC launch.  I don't know when it changed, but it did.  It doesn't mean I don't still love beauty, I'm just possibly less adventurous.  I don't need any more lipsticks that's for sure.  My skin can be quite sensitive so I tend to stick to foundations and primers I know don't break me out.  Eyeshadow is the one thing I am a sucker for, yet I pretty much use the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette 5 days a week (it's phenomenal, you should buy it)

Fenty Beauty totally passed my radar.  Sarah whatsapped me the morning of the launch saying 'what are you buying?'.  I was like 'huh?'  I just happened to be in the Mall the day it launched and so nipped into Sephora-for research.

I ended up buying three of the highlighters, the foundation, powder and lip gloss and today I am sharing my thoughts on the foundation.  Should I review the other bits or is it done to death?

Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear foundation

Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear foundation

So the photo above is taken with a flash only but there's no filter.  This is warts and all.  Figuratively speaking.  I don't have warts I promise!

So let's talk firstly about the application-the foundation is a dense cream, not as thick as the Urban Decay All Nighter or Kat Von D Lock It, but denser than Estee Lauder Double Wear.  It's a formula that works much better on my skin than those 'very thin but pigmented' watery formulas.  I did buy the accompanying foundation brush and it's ok but I do find that it leaves streaks on the face when you buff the foundation in.  This foundation dries super fast so I recommend that you apply to the face in sections.  Don't use a damp beauty blender, it will suck up the foundation and I would add a hydrating primer underneath-this foundation could potentially look horrendous on dry skin.  I have combination skin but I find that this foundation can look quite matte and flat once dried.

It's definitely fuller coverage and does a decent job of masking blemishes and redness but be careful if you tend to sweat around your nose or hairline because just after I took this photos I noticed that my foundation had completely seperated on my nose and I couldn't blend it back in.  It was really weird and if I hadn't noticed it before I went out I would have felt so self conscious because I coudn't 'fix' it without putting more of another foundation on to cover it.  The problem is that this foundation can't be build on without it becoming cakey. 

I've heard lots of complaints of this foundation oxidising-I bought shade 170 and it changes to a slightly yellow undertone on me but nothing I can't work with-I just have to be careful it's properly blended around my neck.

In all honesty I think I am likely to continue using this as my 'going out' foundation because it photographs well but probably won't repurchase because it is relatively difficult to work with.  I like the finish on me once I have added contour, powder and highlight, and I do prefer a heavier coverage to boost my confidence-I just don't like the effort or the seperation.   I don't agree with the claims that it is sweat and humidity resistant nor the claims that it has a 'light as air' texture-I know when I am wearing this foundation.

So I just don't love it.  I want that more fuller coverage 'plastic' skin look from a foundation-I like heavy coverage but with a bit of glow.

Have you tried this foundation?  I have to say I saw the Holiday releases in Sephora today and they did nothing for me....who am I even becoming?


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