Since Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launched in 2017, they have been consistent in both releases and their quality. There haven’t been many products from them that I’ve tried that I didn’t like, some I even love. Their most recent launch was of the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation in December. This is a soft matte foundation, not a finishing powder so the coverage is medium buildable. I was hesitant to try this foundation because I have dry skin, and often dry skin and powder foundations don’t wear well. A few weeks after the launch, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase this powder. Keep reading for my honest review.
The Wear Test
I received my package on the weekend and decided to wear this foundation all week long. When I do a product review, I typically like to test it out for a week or more to see how my skin reacts. First, the color match was spot on (Shade 310). I’d heard previous reviews that the colors did not coordinate with the other liquid Fenty foundations and it left some with a mismatch. However, I got the shade closest to my winter skin tone and luckily, it matched perfectly. The packaging is beautiful, as usual. Fenty makes sure their compacts have mirrors, which I personally love. Before applying this foundation, I made sure that my skin was extra hydrated as powders can be quite drying. Once I switched from applying with the sponge applicator that came with the foundation (more on that later), the product applied seamlessly. On Fenty’s website they state that the foundation is “light to full coverage, long wear, light as air and crease resistant”. I can attest to the crease resistant and the light as air application. Even though it is a foundation, I did not feel any heaviness when wearing this throughout the day and the creasing was next to none. Kudos, Fenty.
The foundation compact comes with a sponge applicator. The sponge itself is a bit thin and I found that I didn’t get much use out of it because it was too flimsy to hold while trying to apply the makeup. Switching to a dense foundation brush with a flat head made the application easier for me. I preferred to apply it with a brush because then I could control the coverage. The idea of the sponge seemed to be better for quick touch-ups, not all over face application. It should be noted that I did not wear any other foundation along with this powder. I used my regular under eye concealer and skin tone concealer for any spot correction but that was it. I don’t recommend using another foundation underneath, if you need more coverage than the powder, go with a CC Cream or something similar. Since the coverage is soft matte, adding a liquid foundation underneath would make it so matte for me, it would be unbearable. I built up the coverage to be medium which took two applications with my brush. The end result was pleasing, clean looking with no streaks or patches. So far, so good.
Love It or Leave It?
First let me say that I am a fan of powder foundations. I have one from Maybelline, the Superstay Powder Foundation that I’m fond of. Also the Sephora Microsmooth powder is another favorite, so I’m not new to powders. With that being said, I would say that if you have a powder foundation that you have and already love, you can probably pass on this one from Fenty. I like it, but there are other options that cost less than the $36.00 of this one. If you must have it because it’s Fenty, then go for it, believe me, I get it. The hype of new products, especially from a line like Fenty is very real. As stated above, there aren’t many things from this brand that I don’t love, the lip products in particular. In my opinion, it is dry skin friendly, with proper prepping of your skin beforehand. I’ll definitely get use out of this foundation, and will add it to my regular rotation. Would I say you need this in your collection? No, strictly because of the price point, not the quality. It’s wearable, for me dry skin friendly and blendable. But I really think the Maybelline that I already have and love accomplishes the same thing for a lot less.
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