I’m not gonna lie I wasn’t too excited by the launch of Fenty Beauty after seeing what was coming out. I just found it kind of limited and I’m not a big fan of cream-based stick makeup. Obviously there will be more coming from the brand, but I wasn’t swooning over it. Nonetheless, I figured if Fenty Beauty was making a serious takeover into the beauty world their foundation better be bang on so I ordered it.
This foundation was $42CAD from Sephora ($34US) and there are 40 shades to choose from which is pretty amazing. I can never understand when a brand only releases like 12 beige shades and expects everyone to be able to match. This foundation claims to instantly smooth skin and diffuse pores and create literally a ‘pro filter’ on your skin so you look flawless. That’s what intrigued me since I usually don’t go for matte foundations as I have dry skin, but a natural matte can look really nice (like the Estee Lauder Double Wear).
I got the shade 190– a neutral biege, but it’s slightly too light on my current residual summer tan. In the fall I think it could be a decent shade but I should’ve trusted my gut and ordered a warm shade, I was just worried about looking too orange.
Fenty Beauty advises to prep skin with a moisturizer beforehand and then prime. They say the foundation will dry down to it’s true colour and to wait for it to try so you know you have the right colour when testing it. There were a lot of people saying the foundation oxidizes badly, so a makeup artist for Fenty Beauty went on social media defending the product saying it was a very wet formula that needed to dry to see the real colour. I’m no scientist but aren’t all liquid foundations ‘wet’?
I personally found one pump wasn’t enough to cover my face but two was just right. I got medium coverage from two pumps. I used a flat top kabuki brush to apply.
-Has a pump!
-I like that the bottle is frosted glass you can see how much you have left
-Doesn’t transfer super easily
-Looks very powdery on my skin
-Enhances dry patches and flaws I didn’t know I had
-Looks kind of heavy and textured
I’ve had a few weeks to try this now and I’m unfortunately not crazy about it but I do have dry skin. I haven’t returned a product to Sephora in probably a year but I’m debating… The problem I have is from far away, yea the ‘pro filter’ action works and I look nice (not flawless, but nice), but close up everything and I mean everything is exaggerated. Fine lines, texture, dry patches galore! And the formula just sits on the skin. No matter how much blending it just sits there and looks like makeup.
I’ve heard people who have oily skin say they really like this foundation and people with dry skin say the opposite but I wanted to see for myself. This is clearly not a product for people with dry skin period- especially if the website recommends to moisturize before applying if you have dry skin. This foundation did last all day, I’ll give it that, but I just didn’t like my skin any day when I used this alone. I’ve mixed it in with another extremely dewy foundation to balance it out (the Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation) and the results were decent. However, I don’t want to spend $42 on something I can’t wear by itself.