If you’ve been following, I decided to do 10 days of foundation testing with 10 samples I got from Sephora. Read my introduction post to get all the details on what I’ll be trying.
For day one, I tried Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($34).
I’ve already tried Fenty, and I talked about that in another post. I was so excited for this launch. A line with 40 shades is groundbreaking, which says a lot about the sad state of the beauty world. It’s 2018 and there’s still brands like Covergirl, It Cosmetics and Tarte that put out lines with disgraceful shade ranges. I think It’s CC cream has seven shades… like what are you doing?
This foundation is marketed as being for every skin type, so I was shocked when I tried it for the first time and it made my dry skin look even drier and patchier. From far away, my skin looked good. The shade (120) was probably the best color match I’ve ever had. But up close it was awful. It clung to every dry patch, highlighted every strand of peach fuzz and accentuated my pores even more than they normally are. That’s definitely not ideal in a foundation. I tried it again after exfoliating and using a heavier moisturizer. It was slightly better but not at all acceptable.
Because this sample also came with a sample of the matching primer, I decided I should give it another shot. I’ve never had a lot of success with primers. I don’t really think they do anything. However, I want to believe that primers made specifically to pair with a foundation will help it perform to the best of its ability.
The Pro Filt’r primer feels really nice and it did make me look less dry with the foundation on. However, it still highlighted my pores and acne scars. I don’t have perfect skin, so no foundation is going to make me look like I do. It can even skin tone and cover blemishes, but it’s never going to make texture completely disappear. I do have realistic expectations with foundations, however, this one is just not for me.
I bought this from Sephora the first time I tried it, and when I brought it back the sales woman asked me if I had dry skin. She said she hates that it’s marketed as ideal for everyone, because customers are constantly bringing it back because they have dry skin. I even went on Sephora’s website where you can choose foundation for your skin type, and when I clicked dry this one was right on the first page. I really hope Rihanna makes a more moisturizing foundation for dry, acneic skin. I don’t love a dewy, almost wet looking foundation, but anything more moisturizing than this I will 100% try.