If you watched my most recent Get Ready With Me then you may know that I was in the midst of trying the Fenty Beauty hydrating foundation. It was a foundation I really wanted to try because a) it’s hydrating, b) it comes in a bunch of shades and c) I wanted to try more Fenty products. My skin is dry to dehydrated and so foundations can be a bit difficult to get right. Matte foundation can be too drying and cakey looking, but traditional hydrating foundations often have no lasting power. This foundation promises to do both, so of course I had to try it.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’R Hydrating Longwear Foundation 120 // Review, Swatch, Makeup Look
Let’s start with a downside to this product: the availability. Depending on where you live Fenty Beauty products can be hard to get. Here in Europe, availability is limited and it is only available from Sephora, which is not located everywhere. That being said, the French website does ship to The Netherlands so it is not impossible to get your hands on it. This foundation also comes in a whopping 50 shades and retails for €34.
One aspect that drew me in to try this foundation was not just the promises, it was also the packaging. I am a sucker for practical packaging especially with foundation. While a glass bottle without a pump may look pretty on your vanity, it is dreadful for packing up in an overnight bag. This foundation has thought of everything: it is aesthetically pleasing, comes in a plastic tube and it has a pump. So it is easy to use and won’t make a mess.
So let’s talk about this foundation itself for a minute and why I wanted to try it. I bought this in NYC and I swatched it in store and I was taken by how rich and creamy it felt. It feels like a moisturizer more so than a foundation. In a way, from the packaging to the feel of the formula at a first glance, it really reminded me of one of my favorite hydrating foundations: the It Cosmetics CC cream. So if this is anything like it, then this will be a great one to have in my arsenal as the It Cosmetics CC Cream is not great in its shade range.
From the swatch I was instantly excited. I swatched both this and the Anastasia Luminous foundation and I picked this over that. This felt less silicone and more like a cream. It had a nicer blend too: I like how even this looks and how it is non-streaky. Sometimes, these creamier textures have a tendency to look nice on the skin as they are difficult to blend it. What I do have to say is that with this a little goes a long way. All I need to get the coverage I like is one pump.
The Shade Match
When you apply this it is not only easy to blend and look even, it also has a great shade match for me. I think this may very well be one of the best shade matches I own. Having 50 shades is therefore very helpful as there are different undertones available and this line also features neutral undertone foundations, which for me is a huge win. This namely means that the foundation is not too warm nor too cool toned but nicely in the middle. So shade 120, which is a shade that is described as fair with neutral undertones, I think is spot on.
When this goes on I also really like the coverage. It evens out my skin tone very well and it looks natural on the skin too. What I struggled with most with this foundation is how it wore throughout the day. It is most definitely longwearing: I decided to put it through a true test and wore it to a sweaty gym session and this stayed put throughout. What it is not good at is any sort of transfer. Accidentally wipe your finger across your face and you will end up with a bare patch. Brush your scarf across your skin and you will be left with zero coverage. In short, it wears well, unless anything touches your skin.
My Final Thoughts
The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating foundation has its pros and cons. I love the shade match and how natural this looks on the skin while still giving good coverage. The texture is amazing and feels nothing like most foundations. The biggest downside for me? The wear time. I often was left with hardly any foundation around my nose after a bit of sniffly day. For a few hours of wear this is stunning foundation that ticks all the boxes for me, but it’s when I push it past the 5 hour mark that I find this is lacking what I am looking for. I prefer a foundation to wear well for at least an 8 hour workday and this does not live up to that expectation. Does that make this a bad foundation? Not at all, I still really like this and will go back to it enough to eventually use it up, but I would not repurchase.