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Saturday 31 August 2019

Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Hydrating Foundation Review

I'm a big Fenty Beauty fan - I amassed quite a collection of products from the range fairly soon after the brand came out. I managed to time a trip to London for just after the launch so made a special trip to Harvey Nichols to get shade matched. I've got pretty good at guessing my shade online over the years (see my blog post HERE for my tips) but with Fenty bringing out 50 shades, I didn't want to risk it! I got shade matched as 110 (cool / pink undertones) and bought the original PRO FILT'R matte foundation. Theoretically, it should have been a perfect foundation for me as I'm oily skinned. However the more I used it, the more I realised it didn't work for me. It was too matte for me! I never thought that was possible but it was. So when I saw that they were bringing out a hydrating version, I knew I had to try it! It just so happened that I had enough Boots Advantage Points so I was able to get the foundation without spending a thing.

So onto the foundation - what are it's features?
  • Medium to full coverage,
  • Longwear,
  • Hydrating thanks to Sodium Hyaluronate and Grape Seed Oil,
  • Natural like-skin finish,
  • Feels light and looks undetectable,
  • 50 shades to suit all skin tones,
  • Evens out skin tone without settling in lines or clogging pores. 
  • Cruelty free.
It comes in a squeezy plastic tube with a pump. I found that I needed a couple of pumps to cover my face and neck. I find that my face is naturally darker than my neck and chest. I have some foundations that match my face, some that match my neck and some in between! I find that I have to be more careful with the ones that match my face as they're darker. I need to really make sure they're blended down onto my neck properly so I don't have a line! Shade 110 is definitely on the paler side of what suits my skin tone, so matches my neck. This does mean that it's easier to apply as I'm not worrying about lines but it can make me look a bit too ghostly so I have too make sure I warm myself up with the rest of my makeup. It's rarely simple! 

Swatch of shade 110

I wouldn't class the foundation as medium-full coverage. I'd say it's more like light-medium. It definitely didn't cover my red acne and pigmentation at all. Normally medium-full coverage would cover them better. It definitely gives a natural skin like finish which I loved. It wasn't too dewy. 

Foundation freshly applied (also wearing concealer covering blemishes)

With me having oily skin, foundations do break up fairly quickly on me. I usually find after about 6 hours of wear, I'd have signs of it breaking up in places but nothing too bad unless you look closely. I usually touch up my makeup then when I re-apply my SPF. I use a SPF mist over makeup then a powder SPF to finish. I can usually gently re-blend everything then which keeps me looking ok until the end of the day. Sadly this foundation was a mess after 2-3 hours! It separated all over my face, not just my oily t-zone. The strange thing I found was that it seemed to cling to any dry patches that I had. It actually accentuated them! To say it's meant to be a hydrating foundation, I found this pretty disappointing. When I tried to touch it up in my usual way - it just didn't work. I really didn't feel like it was hydrating at all.

I tried it with a number of different primers too - none changed the way it performed. I did find it very comfortable to wear - it's definitely light. It didn't cause any issues with my acne either which is always good. 

So sadly this wasn't a hit for me. As always with foundations - what works for one, won't work for another. I've seen plenty of positive reviews for it. Plus it all depends on what you are expecting from it. I would say, if you're oily skinned like me, try and get a sample first. 

Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Hydrating Foundation is available HERE for £27. 

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