Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation Review | UK Wedding Blog

It’s taken me a while to get this much requested foundation review up, only because I was wary on shade matching myself online, so wanted to buy this in person – it’s only currently stocked in Sephora and Harvey Nichols, neither of which I live near.

Anyway, at last – here it is – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’R – without doubt the most hyped and most talked about foundation of the year. You’ll all know by now this launched with 40 shades (which is pretty unprecedented when you think that one of my kit faves Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua still only comes in 6 colours!) to cater to every skin tone, and that’s been one of it’s major selling points. I picked this up in Harvey Nichols this week, and bought the primer as well as the foundation, which cost me a total of £50. I’ve been wearing this for a few days now, so time to give you some thoughts!

What are the claims? 

“Finally – the ultimate photo filter in foundation form. Born in 40 boundary-breaking shades, Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds from medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s humidity resistant, sweatproof and won’t clog pores, so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this long-wearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin – so you always look like you”

  • 40 shades
  • soft matte finish
  • 32ml
  • Buildable medium to full coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Humidity resistant
  • Long-wear formula

Before and Afters 

What’s the Verdict?

The website says to shake well before use (as do most foundations) and also that “Pro Filt’r’s rich pigments need a moment to dry down to their truest color, so when you’re testing shades, remember to let the formula dry completely to find your perfect match.” – ie. it oxidises a little. It also says if you are deliberating between two shades go for the lighter of the two because of this. Which, had I have known beforehand, I would’ve gone for shade 190 not 210 – as you can see below 210 is a little too warm for me – but it’s certainly not an issue. Both are neutral undertones, and it was pretty difficult to see a difference between the two in store when choosing.

Swatched, and then blended – shade 210

It is a soft matte formula, but it’s a lightweight matte which takes a while to dry down – there’s certainly plenty of time to blend as it has a lot of slip, and you definitely don’t need loads of product to get a great coverage. A few years ago the prospect of a skin-like finish with a full coverage would’ve been hard to imagine, but it seems to be becoming common place with such ground breaking makeup technology now. This, like my current fave Bare Minerals Bare Pro foundation, ticks that box again – achieving a “natural” flawlessness {ie. a wearable “can still see your skin not layer of makeup” finish}. It’s also pretty budge proof – I had a little oiliness on my T-zone after a full days wear, and a tiny bit of product loss on the tip of my nose (my skin is normal – dehydrated/combination) but definitely nothing to be overly concerned about and that a bit of powder wouldn’t fix.

I did feel the foundation is probably best “bounced on” with a beauty blender or brush in areas where I’ve enlarged pores or it can slightly cling if just swiped on – this is where you start to see this almost slightly mousse type finish. I’ve no dry patches so there was no clinging, but I feel if you do a primer would be a must. I’m still on the shelf about the primer – it feels good going on, smells pleasant (slightly vanilla-ish), and dries down pretty quickly so is definately on the matte side, but it’s not a must have to me yet. I’ll update this when I’ve tried it under a few other foundations to give you a verdict.

Overall, this is 100% something I’d wear – maybe a little more for a night out or full coverage day as it’s a little flatter a finish than I generally opt for, but I’d have no issue recommending it – and I think the price point and shade range are huge plus points too.

Pros – Great price point at £26 {almost feels disproportionately cheap compared to the highlighter at the same price}, great shade range particularly for very fair and very deep skin tones, easy full coverage, doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey, sleek packaging.

Cons – limited number of places to buy in store due to HN exclusivity, slight gathering around pores, some oiliness coming through after full day of wear (8+ hours)

Best for – normal skin, combo/oily skin

You’ll like this if you like – Estee Lauder Double Wear, Lancome Teint Idole 24h Ultra foundation, L’Oreal Infallible.

If you’ve tried this let me know your thoughts below! And any other foundations you’d like to see reviewed.

Emily x