Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 150, 220, 340 and 420 - swatches and first impressions


Hello and welcome to another foundation first impressions post.

I do have a sachet post coming up soon that shows you all the samples I've been trying recently, two of which are foundation samples - and this is one of them.

I was pleased to get my hands on this foundation, I must say: so many people have raved about it that I really wanted to try it. And while I can see why people love it, it's not great for my dry skin so I personally wouldn't buy it. More on that below.

The product is described as a soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable medium-to-full coverage, and it's available in a range of 40 shades. 

It should give skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish, and it retails for $50 AUD for 32ml. 

Now for swatches.

Strong sunlight:

 * L-R: 150, 220, 340 and 420

Weak sunlight:

* L-R: 150, 220, 340 and 420


Do remember that this is a first impressions post, and I've only worn this foundation twice - so if you're interested in it, I would certainly read the comments from those who've used it more than I have.

It's a liquid foundation with a soft, floral scent and it feels a little heavy, thick and paint-like on my skin. Do note, though, that I'm used to lightweight, light coverage tinted moisturisers - so while it feels heavy to me, it likely won't feel that way to those who are used to working with higher coverage foundations.

The product blends and applies well, and it dries down to a soft matte finish that stays put. So if you prefer foundations that set, this might be one to try.

I think this does offer a reasonably natural finish on the face (and it has a flattering, soft-focus effect so it blurs texture a little), but anything that's matte looks like foundation on me and it's nowhere near as natural as the lightweight foundations and tinted moisturisers that I'm used to - especially because those are typically dewy, and a dewy finish always looks better on my dry skin.

The foundation wears well throughout the day and it holds up well in hot weather, which isn't surprising given the matte finish and also the fact that it sets. Do note, though, that I can feel it on my face when I'm wearing it and my skin feels coated when it's on, which isn't a sensation I'm used to - again, because I normally use tinted moisturisers that become one with the skin, rather than sitting on top of it like this does. I think this is partly why my skin feels dry underneath it, too.

Overall I think this foundation is decent and I can see why a lot of people love it, but it's not right for my dry skin and I personally wouldn't buy it.

Not for me.

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