When I mentioned on Instagram that I’d gone to New York with the recently released Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation as my only foundation option, lots of you said you were curious about my thoughts, so today I wanted to chat a bit about my experience with the foundation, as well as the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer & the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lightning Dust & Fire Crystal.
First, a bit of background on my skin. My skin type is the classic oily & acne-prone combo, & although I’ve recently got my acne under control I still have a lot of pigmentation including some killer dark circles. Most foundations don’t last well on my skin, with my face usually becoming a shiny mess somewhere around the 4 hour mark. The only foundation I’ve found which doesn’t budge is Estée Lauder Double Wear, but I find that – particularly in Winter – it emphasises my skin’s texture by sinking into any dry patches or fine lines.
A couple of notes before we get started. While I will retweet Rihanna gifs from sunrise to sunset, I probably wouldn’t call myself a fan & I went into Fenty Beauty will no expectations, positive or negative. I’ve now been using these products for over a month so this is definitely a full review rather than a first-impressions – settle in. & finally, the photos of my face in this post are all un-filtered & haven’t been retouched to give you a honest look at how the foundation performed on my skin. I took them about 5 hours into a full day, so there is some wear around my mouth from the KFC I devoured but that’s life folks.
First up, I just wanted to give a shout-out to whoever designed the packaging for the range. It’s rare to find a brand that looks sleek without being dull, & the Fenty Beauty combo of frosted glass, minimal branding & white plastic with a slight sparkly duochrome is so up my street it’s unreal.
Of the three products I picked out, the primer is probably the one I’m most ambivalent about. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a joy to use: silky soft, super hydrating & with a scent like walking into a high-end fragrance store – I’m just not convinced how effective it is. I certainly don’t see a difference in my skin when I apply it, & as far as I can tell it doesn’t seem to affect the application or the wear time of the foundation.
From my perspective, the foundation is the real hero of the collection.
The shade range is obviously incredible & I found the model matrix, featuring one individual per shade, super helpful in choosing my match. There’s been a lot of chat online about the foundation oxidising, & this is definitely the case – the change is visible even just in the bottle – so if you can’t buy in-store I would probably recommend choosing one shade lighter, just to be safe.
The coverage is a true medium-full, & builds well without caking. Although the finish is described as matte, it reads more like satin on my skin, but you could obviously take it down a notch with a setting powder. Although the foundation is probably less pigmented than something like Double Wear, I actually think it looks better on the face as it doesn’t emphasise the skin’s natural texture which can often draw attention to blemishes.
In terms of lasting power, the look of the foundation certainly changes over time but interestingly I don’t think it necessarily looks worse. Although the shine does start to break through after a couple of hours, the vibe is definitely more natural glow rather than oil slick, & I’ve never had issues with the foundation splitting or sliding meaning that so long as you’re not touching your face, there shouldn’t be any patchiness.
As I’m super fair, I was a little worried that none of the highlighters would work for me – no shade, there is absolutely a need to prioritise products for deeper skin tones – but the Lightning Dust & Fire Crystal duo is perfect.
Both shades look incredibly natural, even when you really layer them. I know it’s a bit of a beauty cliché at this point, but if you’re wanting that lit from within glow I honestly don’t think there’s a better option out there. Lightning Dust is slightly more muted, so I tend to dust it over all the high points on my face with a big fluffy brush, before using Fire Crystal to intensify the shine on my cheekbones, brow bones & cupid’s bow.
Overall, I’ve been incredibly impressed by the Fenty Beauty. I know people have found some of the products tricky to work with (particularly the Match Stix Matte Skisticks) & I’m not a big lipgloss fan, but for a “celebrity” beauty line it really delivers on quality & I can’t wait to see where the brand goes next.