Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation & Full Bodied Foundation Brush Review
Foundation: ★★★ out of 5
Pros: Perfect color match, wears better through the day
Cons: Unforgiving, a bit drying
Brush: ★out of 5
Pros: Beautiful design
Cons: Streaky finish, bristles are more stiff so it’s not as flexible
Are you all tired of hearing about Fenty Beauty yet? I’m joking, but really I do have a review for it. I got the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and the Full- Bodied Foundation Brush 110 during the VIB sale, and wanted to give my 2 cents.
What It Is
A soft matte, long-wear foundation with buildable, medium-to-full coverage, in over 40 shades. It is packaged in a beautiful glass bottle and you get 1.08 oz of product. You can find it at Sephora for $34.
This is a medium-density liquid foundation brush designed to give seamless, air-touched, full coverage. It’s made to provide quick, seamless application for an airbrushed finish. You can find it at Sephora for $34. (Isn't it crazy how the brush costs just as much as the foundation?)
First of all, Fenty isn’t the first brand of makeup to come out with so many shades and some people keep promoting that as if it’s something unheard of. However, I happened to find a shade that matched me perfectly (Shade 150), which is why I purchased this foundation. The formula itself isn’t spectacular. It doesn’t blur imperfections, but provides medium coverage. This foundation requires you to prep your skin really well as it clings to dry patches and flakiness like no other. If your base is smooth and moisturized, it’ll look good. Below is a before and after photo just using one layer of foundation.
I wouldn’t bother with silicon primers because it just rolls off the skin in an unsightly manner. Because it has a matte finish, you may find that your texture and pores become more pronounced, but I found that if you moisturize more beforehand, it performs better. Another thing I noticed is that this foundation looked better as the day went on because the oils in my skin broke through the matte barrier. I photographed how the foundation wore throughout the day and you can see it below. Total wear time before I started seeing any creasing was about 5-6 hours. It wasn't until the end of the night that I noticed some areas where the foundation rubbed off.
I purchased the brush after hearing many good things, but I found it gave streaky application. It’s small and very dense so it doesn’t have much give. I tried using this brush in a couple ways to see how the foundation would apply and tapping it seemed to give better results, but for the most part this brush left streaks on my face. It also brought out my flakes and dry patches, which no one wants! I preferred using my beauty blender (or any makeup sponge) and that gave a smooth finish. Also, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is a fraction of the cost, works better.
I would only recommend the foundation if you have been having trouble finding your perfect match AND this line carries it. At $34, this foundation is on medium ground in terms of price, but it’s worth it for me simply for the color match.