Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation & Primer Review

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation & Primer Review with swatches

There hasn’t been a makeup launch with this much hype in a long time…. On the 8th September Rihanna launched her own makeup range; Fenty Beauty and boy did it create a buzz.

I’ve not been blogging much recently and I’ve got to say I had really lost my passion for makeup reviews. This has been the first launch in a while which really got me excited and make me want to go shopping, and more importantly help me on my way to getting my blogging mojo back.

Fenty Beauty is made by Kendo Brands which is Sephora’s independent label that also looks after Kat Von D and Marc Jacobs Beauty, so lined up with siblings like that you can probably see why I was so keen on this launch.

Rihanna’s mission when she created this line was to create a range everyone, for women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures and races. With 40 varying shades of foundation with different colour undertones she seems to have made a good start.

On the day of release I purchased the Fenty Beauty Foundation and Primer online from Harvey Nichols. Since I received them I haven’t worn anything else and I’ve made sure I tried them together as well as separately with my normal products to give them a good go…. here are my thoughts…..

As an FYI my skin type: Sensitive, oily, dehydrated with large pores, redness, scarring, uneven skin tone and prone to breakouts now and then.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - Shade 110 review and swatches

swatches of Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation shade 110, MAC studio fix foundation NW10, MAC NC10, Kat Von D foundation 48 light neutral and clinique beyond perfecting foundation shade 7

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation – Shade 110

I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging of the Fenty Beauty foundation as when I saw it online I thought it could look a bit cheap and tacky, but actually in person it’s the complete opposite. It’s concealed in a heavy weighted glass bottle, with a white plastic lid and comes complete with a pump.

When looking for a foundation my two biggest issues are number one: the shade. We all know how much of a Casper I am (think MAC NC10) and I really struggle to get foundations pale enough for my skin. Number two: is coverage. With redness, scarring and huge pores I like full, full coverage.

So how does the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation fare in these categories?

Colour wise it’s amazing! Finally a foundation that is pale enough for me! Whoop whoop! I bought shade 110 which is the palest cool toned foundation that Fenty offer. A total guess when I ordered it as I hadn’t seen any swatches, but my guess paid off. As you will see from the photo above it’s even paler than MAC NC10 which is the palest foundation MAC offer.

As I said previously the Fenty Beauty foundation offers a whooping 40 shade collection which on a first launch is very impressive. The Fenty counter at Harvey Nichols offer a colour matching service of this foundation so if you are someone who has always struggled to find a colour to match your skin tone then I think it would definitely be worth a trip. Take a bow Rihanna, you’ve done well my love.

Next up is coverage. This is a medium coverage foundation which can be built up to full coverage without feeling too cakey. Upon application I was very impressed. My skin looked flawless and all my problem areas of my face were covered up nicely.

However…. The foundation is a lot thinner and runnier than any other foundations I own – you can probably tell from these photos as it started to run off my arm as soon as I applied it and tried to take a photo. This meant that not long after application the foundation sunk into my pores and highlighted them. I tried a variety of different primers to try and combat this but I just couldn’t get it to work, so sadly this foundation isn’t for me, as I want these bad boys covered up.

Along with having large pores I also have very oily skin which again caused an issue with the staying power of this foundation. I found that after a day at work I had some patches where it had worn off which I don’t have with thicker foundations like MAC, Kat Von D and Clinique (my 3 fav above!).

I think the issue is caused beacuse of its runnier consistency –  so if you don’t have large pores/ oily skin then I think you will be so impressed with this foundation.

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation costs £26 and can be purchased here.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer review

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

The Fenty Primer comes in a beautiful soft pink glass outer casing and plastic lid, again like the foundation it looks a lot more sophisticated than I had anticipated.

The primer itself is a very soft pink in colour and can be worn by all skin tones as it’s invisible once blended in.

It feels very light on the skin and is easy to blend in with no silicone residue. A little also goes a long way, so although it’s pricey it should last you some time.

Fenty Beauty claim that this primer helps reduce the appearance of pores but unfortunately it didn’t for me. It did absolutely nothing at covering or filling in my huge craters on my face {Insert sad emoji face here}.

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’t Primer did increase wear time of my foundation, but sadly as it did nothing for my pores this isn’t a product I will be repurchasing.

If you don’t suffer with huge holes in your face like me (lucky you) and are just after a primer which helps increase longevity of your foundation then I’m sure you will love this primer.

You can also wear the primer alone to give your skin a slight glow, but again as it does nothing for my pores this isn’t something I would do, as man, these pores need covering up!

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer costs £24 and can be purchased here.

Although I wouldn’t purchase either of these products again it wouldn’t stop me buying anything else from the Fenty Beauty range. My dislike for them isn’t beacuse they are poor quality – they are just more suited to normal/ combination skin – not for very oily skin like mine. When I’m next in Harvey Nichols I’ll definitely be taking a look at the rest of the collection.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation & Primer Review

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