Over the past couple of weeks I happened to be waiting for an interesting Sephora gift with purchase offer to arrive in my inbox before submitting an order, and Sephora just happened to suddenly launch the new Fenty Beauty line and released a gift offer for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation at the same time. I jumped on it and got this nice sample bottle of the foundation in shade 150 to try out. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation advertises a lot with its name―long-wearing, imperfection-blurring, matte finish―and it’s available in a staggering range of 40 shades.
It’s clear that complexion is the main focus for Fenty Beauty, at least for the time being at this early stage. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is a lightweight liquid that offers medium coverage. I’ve been using a sponge to apply it, which works really well for me. I think the sponge helps keep it in a thin layer on the skin and I can build it up in specific areas.
I have the shade 150, which is described as appropriate for light skin with neutral undertones. There are some shade lines where it’s really easy for me to guess my shade, and this is totally one of those. I made my shade selection entirely from the online descriptions and it works beautifully.
As it claims, I do think the foundation does a really nice job of smoothing the appearance of my skin. A smoothing effect is something I really look for in a foundation and I’m really pleased about the texture and finish that this one provides. Although it might be because I use a hefty moisturizer prior to applying the foundation, I don’t think it’s quite as matte as the name of the foundation implies. I would categorize the finish as a very natural-looking matte, rather than a full velvety matte. Perhaps also due to my liberal moisturizing, I also find the foundation blends into my skin without much work on my part.
The foundation has a thin texture that feels very light on the skin and dries down fairly quickly and I find that, in general, setting with powder is optional. I do have skin that gets kind of dry around my eyes and mouth and so I moisturize really well before applying it (I’m currently using Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which is a thick eye cream, and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, which is pretty gooey and dewy) and I have not found that my skin gets noticeably dry when I wear this foundation, so I think as long as you prep your skin properly this foundation can work well for many skin types.
On the other side of things, I also don’t find that this foundation performs any special magic when it comes to absorbing oils throughout the day. In the morning when I’m getting ready I use some setting powder just over the center of my face and I still find I want to blot the center of my face in the afternoons, as well. However, the foundation doesn’t break down or fade as my oils come through, and so I do think it lives up to the long-wear claims.
This foundation is really nice and I really like seeing it sit in a moderate price point, at least by Sephora standards. It’s $34 for 1.08 oz and available on Sephora and Fenty Beauty. Have you tried it yet, or does it appeal to you? I’d love to know!