Normally, I would advise caution when hugging complete strangers, but if I ever run into Rihanna at the gym (I can totes see Riri doing squats) or TJ’s, I’m going to walk up to that lady and give her the tightest freaking bear hug. I don’t even care if her people jujitsu me and take my @ss to the floor. I’ll take that risk! Because I want to personally thank her for releasing her new Fenty foundation. I think it’s life changing. It’s really, really, REALLY good.
When I heard it would be available in 40 shades (OMG!), I was like, “OK, Riri, I’m not sure if I completely buy into the whole celebrity makeup line thing, but I SEE YOU, GURL.” And I appreciate what you did. 🙂 I mean, who releases a foundation in 40 shades? You know as well as I do how hard it is to find a perfect undertone match, especially for ladies and gents at the extreme ends of the light/dark spectrum.
Then I took it for a test run and officially leveled up to R.S.S. (Rihanna Stalker Status).
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is a $34 medium-to-full coverage liquid foundation that comes in a 1.08-oz. glass bottle with a pump.
Now, can I vent about my new pet peeve? I can’t stand it when foundation leaks out of a pump applicator after I use it. It happens with a lot of foundation pumps, including this one, I’m sad to say, and I’m a grumpy-grump about it because I don’t like wasting product. NOT EVEN A DROP.
Seriously, why can’t companies figure out how to stop foundation pumps from leaking?? Someone needs to solve this pressing problem and build a better mousetrap. Then, give me a fat cut of the proceeds, because y’all gonna make millions. I’m just saying.
I wear this foundation in shade 310, which is a little warm for me, but it’s a pretty close match. For reference, I’m a MAC NC42 with dry cheeks and an oily T-zone. Occasionally, I also break out.
After shaking the bottle to mix it up, apply it with a brush, a dampened makeup sponge or your fingers. I like using my fingers because they warm up the liquid, making it more fluid-like, and I can really control how much I use (rather, how little, since I don’t like to apply a ton of foundation) and press the product into my skin.
Ooh! — try mixing equal parts of this with the Fenty primer (one word: excellent), and then apply the mix with your fingers. I do that sometimes, too.
Wait for it to dry
It takes about a minute to completely dry down and reveal this shade’s true color, because, at least on me, it oxidizes a little (just a very, very little).
Soft matte finish
The finish is soft and matte like a super subtle satin. It’s not a pearl, and it doesn’t shimmer, but it does have more oomph than a regular matte. I think it makes skin look like it was just washed, dried and kissed by a magical makeup angel, #blessed.
Your skin will still look like skin
I can still still see my freckles after using one layer, and Julian the pimple is mostly covered, but not completely covered. It starts at medium coverage, which you can also build with additional layers. Any redness or unevenly pigmented areas are gone. My skin tone looks uniform, my pores look smaller, and my fine lines look softer. It creates a smoother canvas, but my skin still looks like skin.
You can easily keep building up to full coverage if you use two or three layers, but I feel like the foundation starts to lose some of its magical power at that point, because the more you put on, the more obvious it looks.
It’s crazy sweat-proof!
It was practically a sauna here last weekend. It was really, REALLY hot, but this foundation still looked completely intact late Saturday afternoon.
Like a pumped-up version of MAC Next to Nothing
I think another thing I like about this foundation is that it looks so much like MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour, which I also love. Both of them feel like next to nothing, steer clear of my fine lines, smooth my pores, and do the whole “I forgot I was wearing makeup!” thing.
The major diff between them is that Fenty’s foundation is medium-to-full coverage, and MAC Next to Nothing goes from sheer to medium.
Basically, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is the sh*t. I can’t recommend it enough.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,