In the past few weeks a lot of foundations have been launching. There have been at least six I can think of off the top of my head that were released in the last month, but I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting. I have been holding off trying new foundations because I want to actually use the ones I have now, but that all changed when I saw Fenty Beauty just released a new one.
The new Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation is described a medium to full coverage natural finish with hydrating ingredients like grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate. The Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation is the follow up to the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte is a medium to full coverage matte finish with a silicone like slip to help blur pores. This foundation was not only the product that launched the brand but also set new standards when it came to shade ranges (they launched 40 different shades and have since expanded to 50). I was excited to see how these two foundations would compare.
After having several struggles with the matte foundation I had high hopes for the new hydrating foundation. The problem is I ran into issues with this foundation too. So unfortunately the one thing that was consistent with both foundations was that neither worked well for me. With the matte formula I noticed that the foundations dried quickly making it more difficult to blend. I also noticed as it dried down it became a slightly darker color, which is not a big deal but just something to be aware of. Trying the new hydrating foundation I had the opposite problems, instead of drying too quickly it almost didn’t dry at all so any makeup I applied after slipped off my face. And it didn’t want to stay on my face even after I set everything with powder. It’s the first time I had makeup not only slide around but literally off my face. I can whole heartedly say it was so frustrating trying to get not only the products to stay but also look half way decent.
The other issue (though minor) I had was the finish. Neither of which is my preferred finish of foundation. If I had my pick I would chose a natural or satin finish, as I prefer more of the skin like look. Even though the new hydrating foundation is described as being a natural finish I didn’t find that to be the case. It’s definitely dewy and I would even say one of the dewiest foundations I’ve ever tried. A lot of that has to do with the grape seed oil that’s an ingredient in this foundation. Anytime a foundation is very emollient or has oils as an ingredients it’s going to be dewy, so it’s weird that they describe this foundation as a natural finish. I also am lucky and don’t have particularly oily or dry skin where I need a matte or hydrating foundation.
While I admire the variety in shades Fenty Beauty offers I still haven’t found a shade of theirs that’s right for me. I was unsure which color matched me so instead of buying several different colors I went to Sephora and got several samples. And so far out of all the samples I got I haven’t found one that’s a good match. At first I was between shades 100 and 120, both being the palest with neutral undertones, but 100 was way too light (something I never thought I say when it came to foundations) and 120 is more of a pinkier neutral or at least it leaned more pink on me. I’ve also tried a few other shades hoping to get one closer to my undertones, but unfortunately they were too dark. (I wish I knew which ones they were but I’m pretty sure I tossed them when they didn’t work out.)
Most recently I tried 105 a fair shade with yellow undertones, this was on of the shades added in the expansion of the shade range. I wanted to try this shade because I felt it would be close to my Nars foundations in Siberia (both Sheer Glow and Natural Radiant Longwear), which is fair with yellow undertones. Sheer Glow is the foundation I probably wear the most and the shade is the one I feel I get the pretty good color match with, even though it does have a little more yellow to it than my skin. And while I did feel like the Fenty Beauty foundation in shade 105 did match me the best it still wasn’t the best match. And before you mention I did try mixing these foundation with each other and other foundations I own but it still didn’t work out for me. There are some foundations that are good for mixing but these just weren’t one of them.
Each time Fenty Beauty comes out with a new product I always get super excited. There’s is just something so special and exciting about their products. But unfortunately for me I haven’t had the best luck with all their products. In fact it’s kind of been hit or miss for me. And it pains me to say this because I wanted to love their foundations so much. At first there was so much excitement about the launch of this new brand with a diverse foundation shade range that it was easy for me to overlook not particularly liking matte foundation. But after trying it and not liking I waited hoping they would release another foundation with a different finish. And now after they’ve done that and again not liking it either, I think I’ve come to the realization that Fenty Beauty foundations just aren’t for me.