If you’ve been around for long enough you might remember that when Fenty first launched in the UK, I purchased a highlighter and foundation. The foundation was almost holy grail status for me the look and finish were close to perfection, but it broke me out horrendously – so much so it took my skin almost 6 months to recover. When Fenty launched into Boots a few months ago, I was in a “treat yoself” mentality and decided to pick up the foundation again, as well a trialling the Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer out for the first time.
Now I’m sure you’re as curious as I am as to why I decided to try the foundation for a second time after my first experience. The finish was that good on it that I was willing to have it to use infrequently and build up to seeing if I was now able to use it more often. I’m not sure why I decided to pick up the primer, I think I might have seen a positive review of it on oily skin at the time – but several months on I’m not entirely sure that was the case or whether I was just feeling a bit whimsy.
I do still have to commend Fenty on the branding – I love the slightly grungy effect packaging, whilst still remaining a little girly. It’s slick, cool and everything looks and feels high quality, even where plastic packaging is used – it’s high quality and sturdy.
Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer
I suppose, let’s start with the primer.
Firstly the packaging of this is almost identical to the foundation, the flat sided glass bottles line up perfectly next to each other – the differentiator between the two (unless the colour of your foundation is entirely different!) is the lid is a blush nude colour rather than white, so it’s easy to know what one you’re picking up if your foundation and primer do look quite similar.
The Pro Filt’r Primer is an odd texture, it’s a gel cream like formula that initially looks slightly thicker, but once applied to the skin it feels very light and sheer. If left on the skin to dry before foundation it adopts a very slight tacky texture, but it feels mostly moisturising. When I think of the name Pro Filt’r I would expect either something really brightening or smoothing that adds a filter like glow to the skin. This adds a dewy glow to the skin – but once foundation is on top I don’t really think it does anything noticeable at all in terms of changing the complexion appearance, it feels mostly moisturising.
Despite the fact I am oily, I can find that moisturising primers can also work really well for me, particularly now I work from home it’s really rare that I need to consider that I want my makeup to stay in place for 12 hours straight – as I’ll normally put it on for up to 8 hours at most at the moment. I have tried the primer with a myriad of foundations, and for the most part I think it plays well with just about everything, makeup applies nicely on top of this, it adds a smooth but not blurred base and the slight tackiness seems to hold makeup well for a short time.
Overall however, I am neither underwhelmed or overwhelmed by the Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer – simply whelmed. Whilst I do think it does a moderate to good job, I can’t help but think that I’ve tried similar primers that have done the same thing and are cheaper, or similarly priced ones which have worked better. This kind of reminds me of the Stila One Step Primer I tried earlier in the year – but that one had colour correcting too and comes in at around the same price as this, and if I was choosing one over the other I would definitely go for the Stila. I suspect maybe normal and dry skins may like this a little more – but overall I can’t help but feel like there’s better primers out there of this style.
Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation
So here’s the re-review of the Fenty Foundation – honestly, I don’t think I would have moved on from this foundation had I of not ended up being broke out by it, this foundation looked absolutely flawless on my skin the first time around, I found it high coverage, not cakey and a breeze to apply, I enjoyed the finish and thought it last well on the skin. I stepped very carefully into using this again, now I’m not wearing makeup very often and I’ve really been using mostly for special occasions and when I’ve needed something long wear and I haven’t had issues with breakouts this time around, but I have been using it an absolute maximum of twice a week.
So revisiting this foundation, I have a lot of the same thoughts as I did the first time around. The foundation looks absolutely beautiful once on, the soft matte finish this foundation is the right description, it doesn’t look flat on the skin with a finish that’s somewhere between a matte and a satin. I find this foundation does last decently through the day through my oily skin, my first time owning this I thought at the time it was at the top with Kat Von D Lock It, but since I’ve discovered the Jouer High Coverage Foundation this and the Kat Von D aren’t as good at keeping oil at bay. I can still get a solid 8 hour wear out of this foundation in winter without needing to repowder, but I did notice at the tail end of summer when it was still warm it was maybe closer to a 5 hour wear before it would have needed retouching. When I first had this back in my collection in August, I was completely unimpressed with how it was wearing, but it has worked a lot better on me during the very cool autumn and winter weather we’ve been having.
The one thing that is letting this down for me is the coverage – whilst it does have nice coverage I remember this seeming really high coverage the first time around, but this time I feel like I am using an absolutely loads of it! I don’t find that this is full coverage in one coat, and I need to give myself another thin layer to make sure that the application was even. I feel like I use about 6 pumps of foundation every time I do my makeup, which is a hell of a lot and I can see myself spending pounds every time I pump it out! As a result, whilst I’ve quite enjoyed this since October, I don’t think I would repurchase this for a third time.
If y0u’re curious about the rest of my makeup above, I am wearing the Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer and Foundation, The Colourpop California Love Palette, Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette for Contour, Becca Opal Highlighter, Topshop Mascara and the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick.
I am intrigued to try the newer Fenty Foundation as I’ve heard that is good for oily skin despite being a more hydrating finish, however I will be holding off on trying that one until my no buy is over. I’d be interested to hear if you’ve tried that one before and how you found it.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried the Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer and Foundation and what your thoughts were on the products.