Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Product Review -- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Celebrity makeup lines are always a bit of gamble.

Some lines feel like nothing but a money grab -- you know, throwing a well-known person's name on some lackluster products just to make a profit.

But there are those that actually contribute some really high-quality products and fill a need or niche in the makeup world that isn't presently being fit.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line -- I mean, I wanted to love it because she is absolutely fabulous (and gorgeous and stylish to boot), but I try so many makeup products that sometimes I feel like it's harder to wow me.

One of the first products I decided to try from Fenty Beauty was the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation because that seems to be the real standout of the line.

I mean, how many other makeup brands offer up 40 shades of foundation?

Rihanna clearly wanted to make sure that most skin tones had a shade match, which is a really commendable thing. As a super fair-skinned person, I often struggle to find a match, but I know that people with darker skin really lack options, so this is definitely a gap in the industry that really needed to be filled.

Of course, it hardly matters if a foundation matches your skin if the formula isn't any good, so I'm happy to report that the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is a real pleasant surprise in that regard as well.

The foundation comes in a lovely glass bottle with a white cap. You can see the foundation shade through the bottle, and there's an pump dispenser to make getting out the right amount very easy.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
I had some reservations about the foundation because of the matte finish -- I worried that it might be a no-go for normal to dry skin like mine, and my concerns grew when I saw how thin and liquidy the foundation was.

However, while the foundation's finish isn't dewy in the least, it doesn't have a dry look either. Soft matte is an accurate description -- it looks really natural on the skin.

It doesn't settle in my pores or fine lines either, which is an issue I've had with some foundations I've tried recently.

In terms of coverage, I would describe it as light to medium. My freckles show through in some spots, and there are a couple of darker spots I have to hit with concealer, but on the whole, it really does even out the skin tone for a fresh, natural look.

It does dry down fairly quickly when you're applying it, so it's best to work in sections. I've also found that a brush is the best application method -- the Beauty Blender or similar sponges seem to soak up a little too much of the product because it has such a thin consistency.

I don't know exactly how long it wears -- I typically don't wear foundation for more than 8 to 10 hours a day -- but I've found that it holds up pretty well all day.

I chose the lightest shade, 100, which is meant for very fair skins with neutral undertones. I think that's a pretty accurate description -- it's light enough for my pale skin, but it isn't too yellow or too pink at all.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in the lightest shade, 100

It's a pretty fantastic match for me, actually.

Now, I have seen some people talk about the foundation oxidizing, but I haven't had that issue. My skin isn't particularly oily, so I wonder if that might be why it stays true to color on me.

The foundation does have a slight scent. It's light and rather pleasant, but I know many people have an issue with fragrance so I thought it was worth mentioning.

All in all, I really love this foundation and wholeheartedly recommend it. It's probably a good idea to head to Sephora to get a match, though, considering that there's such a wide range of shades.

It retails for $34, and is exclusive to Sephora.

Have you tried the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation? What's your best foundation match at the moment?

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