Fenty Beauty Foundation First Impression + Wear Test

By Jessica Melgoza - January 17, 2018


Since the launch of Rihanna's cosmetic line, Fenty Beauty, I've wanted to try out a couple of products from her collection. One of the products that really intrigued me was the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, this foundation was creating so much buzz it was all over Instagram and YouTube, I knew I had to try it out for myself.

If you read my previous post you'd know that over the weekend I went to Sephora and brought home a sample of this foundation and a few days later I put it to the test for the first time on camera, I'll leave the video below for you to watch. 

The foundation shade that I selected was 180, on the Sephora website it says that this shade is for light skin with warm undertones. I also wanted to pick up the color 190, for light to medium skin with neutral undertones but it was sold out.

On the Sephora website it says that this foundation has medium-to-full buildable coverage, is suitable for all skin types and has a matte finish. It also claims to give the skin an instantly smooth, pore diffusing, shine-free finish and is long lasting. Lastly it says that the foundation is sweat and humidity resistant, won't clog pores and has a light texture.

In my first impressions + wear test video I show you guys what I used to prep my skin before the foundation application, how it applied, how it wore and so on. I applied the foundation and completed my normal makeup routine at 11:30 a.m. and wore the foundation for a total of 8 hours. Here are my first impressions and thoughts on the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear foundation:

First thing I noticed as I was applying the foundation was that the shade 180 was a bit too light for my skin tone, however after applying the rest of my face products (setting powder, bronzer, etc.) it didn't look bad at all, it actually matched quite well. Now I don't know if this was due to the products applied on top or if the foundation oxidized a little. I had no problems with the foundation moving or budging as I was applying products over top.

The coverage of this product was accurate to the description on the website, it did have a buildable medium-to-full coverage. You can see how the foundation covered my acne and hyper-pigmentation in the video below. I applied this onto my skin using a damp Real Techniques Complexion Sponge.

The formula wasn't thick or too liquid-y, it was easy to work with and blended onto the skin nicely. It did dry down to a matte finish upon initial application, now this matte foundation is not like your average matte foundation. I've tried matte foundations in the past that felt like I had a mask on, they would cling onto my dry patches and break up and crack when I laughed or smiled. This foundation however is not like that at all, it's a comfortable matte finish; at least on my skin type - I have oily skin.

I would like to mention that I did not use a setting spray on this day because I wanted to see how the foundation performed on its own without the help of a setting spray. For the first couple of hours my skin stayed matte and looked great. Around 4:30 p.m. I noticed the finish changed from matte to satin, this may have been caused by the natural oils in my skin beginning to seep through the foundation. My final check-in was at 7:30 p.m. and by then my skin was pretty much just oily.

My skin did appear smooth, pore diffused and shine-free upon initial application and all they way up to my second check-in. However by my last and final check-in around the 8 hour mark the foundation was beginning to break up around the areas (center of my face/t-zone) that were really oily and it also started to emphasize my pores and texture, especially around my cheeks.

As I mentioned this foundation claims to be sweat and humidity resistant and it won't clog pores. I can't speak on the sweat and humidity resistance of the product as it's the middle of winter and it's freezing and dry out. Now for the won't clog pores portion I don't think it does, I didn't get a negative reaction from using this product, however keep in mind that I have only used this product once. I do plan to continue to use and test out this foundation so I will certainly update you if this changes.

Overall I give the the Fenty Beauty foundation an 8 out of 10 for the first impression. I did like how it looked on my skin, next time I will try using a setting spray and see if that helps keep my oil at bay. I honestly think the foundation was looking amazing up until the oil started to ruin the amazing-ness.

Please watch my video for a full visual of the performance of this foundation.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog post and my video, please subscribe to my channel to keep up with my uploads. Until next time friends, take care!

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