So, I recently purchased my first Fenty foundation – the PRO FILT’R SOFT MATTE in in shade 260 | Neutral and I have to admit that I was eerily slow to jump on the Fenty bandwagon. If I hadn’t tough, I doubt I would’ve have missed much.
It has so much to offer in terms of the versatile 40 shades and how every skin tone has coverage; which is incredible for one brand to achieve considering that its the first ever for any brand, but on the other hand despite it being a great product, I don’t think it is so much for me as I was hoping it would be.
Let’s get straight down to it.
For comparison, I’m using the Diorskin Star, in shade 220 | Cameo, which I think is every makeup fan’s favourite foundation staple. And, if it isn’t yours, feel free to write which ones are your go to, in the comments section below.
I love love love the packaging. It’s all about the product and thank God, Rihanna knows that. It comes in these frosted bottles which feel heavy and look very minimal and pretty.
How much is too much?
At this price point, the quality of the product and what it does for coverage is remarkable. It could easily last you 3 months, with daily use. And, there is no need to use exorbitant amounts, just one or two pumps are enough for an ‘every day’ and that gives you medium to full coverage. I love that it’s buildable and you can use as much or as little as you like depending on the event you are attending or where you need to be all day.
With a Primer, it lasts about 6 hours without touching up, depending on the weather outside, so that is a lot to say for a first-time release.
While it’s a great product, it just isn’t meant for anyone with normal, normal to dry or dry skin.
You could literally prep your skin all you want with a ton of skin treating serums and oils, but it just isn’t happening. I tried really hard to make this product work for my skin type, which is normal and I even prepped my skin with the Nivea cream (don’t freak out, it really does make for some amazing skin conditioning in the winters/autumn) and honestly, that’s the kind of base you need to pull this off. But, it just doesn’t do it.
Additionally, I had to spritz my face a few times throughout the day. At the end of it all, your skin feels dry and looks a bit parched. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t look cakey, but it doesn’t look hydrated either.
Maybe just maybe, girls apart from oily skin-type ones, can carry it off, but we’ll have to wait till the summers to start, when the skin is naturally moist and lubricated, to test that theory out.
Personally, I prefer plump, naturally dewy looking skin, matte works for me as well, but the idea is that it has to look natural for my everyday 9 to5 and not too Instagram-my.
Let’s move on to Diorskin Star and why I love it so much!
It feels as light as air, literally like you have nothing on your skin. It smells incredible.
In fact, it smells a little like my grandmums perfume or if I were to imagine her in her late 20s, this is probably what she must have smelt like and I love that. It’s still a bit grandmotherly but it’s natural, warm, friendly and inviting, you know?
I love the longevity, and that it makes your skin look natural. The foundation is buildable to full coverage hand has SPF 30.
It doesn’t get cakey and blends seamlessly into your skin. I particularly like that you could do what you want with it, either matte or dewy, all while the skin looks natural. Have I said ‘natural’ too many times already?
FENTY Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation Roundup
If you’re looking for plump, low maintenance, naturally dewy skin – this product is definitely NOT for you.
On the other hand, if you have oily skin and prefer a matte, full coverage kind of look, by all means, please go for it.
Diorskin Star Roundup
Why don’t you have it already?
Maybe it isn’t correct to compare Fenty with Dior because Dior clearly has had a lot of experience in making excellent skin-friendly products, which feel as light as air, have extreme longevity and are pretty skin hydrating. But, I think it would be a good measure for where Fenty is, at this point in time with their first edit.
Having said that, I think that both these products are amazing and I honestly think that Fenty has a lot of potential, but if I were to buy a third bottle of foundation, it would probably be the Diorskin Star and not the Fenty.
Fenty just requires way too much work in skin prepping, in order for it to look natural on dryer skin types.
The intention behind the brand is commendable but there is a lot more that can be done in terms of improvement in texture and if they did those things, I would be their #1 fan, as I am sure would be the other normal, normal-dry and dry skin girls!