Disclosure: Store samples from Sephora.
There’s been SO much hype around Rihanna”s new beauty line, Fenty Beauty.
Nothing caught my eye at first except Trophy Wife, the golden glitter bomb multitasker (highlighter, eye shadow). But after seeing it in person, it’s a little too glittery for me to get my money’s worth.
I’ve seen mixed reviews about the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. So on a recent trip to Sephora, I asked the customer service rep if I could have samples of shades 110 and 120, so that I could do two things:
- Determine my best color match
- Test whether its performance is worth the $34 investment for me.
I was so happy that the woman at Sephora gave me two small containers that were full enough for at least three full face applications each. She also gave my daughter two Sephora stickers and those things kept her occupied for two hours (needless to say, if I were going to buy this I’d definitely go back and give her the sale, lol!).
110 on the left, 120 on the right:
I tried 110 first. 110 is for very fair skin with cool undertones. Because my skin is so red all the time, this very fair shade was stark on my face as I applied it.
Here’s a before, half-face shot and after:
And heres the finished look in morning, outdoor light. You can see that my face is a bit lighter than my neck; my neck and chest also tend to be ruddy.
While I didn’t think this was horribly pale on me, it just didn’t seem to be the perfect fit in regards to color match. Here’s how it looked at the end of the work day (it looks like it oxidized a little bit it was still light, this is just different lighting):
I thought it held up really well, with the exception of on my chin, where wear was visible to me. But even later in the evening it still looked good on my forehead, nose and cheeks.
I found the finish to be Matte but wore to a light dew as the day wore on. I could not wear this foundation in summer, when my skin is more oily vs dry to combo now.
Next up I wore 120. This is for fair skin with neutral undertones. I wore this three days in a row.
Here’s before, half a face and finished:
This shade was my match.
Based on finding my match, and how the foundation performed for me, I should buy it, right?
But I can’t. By the end of the week of my trial with both shades, my rosacea was so agitated. My cheeks were itchy, I had prominent bumps. I was so bummed out.
It stinks that this didn’t work for me and my skin, but I’m grateful Sephora allows you to have samples of products because they just saved me $34 – or at least the hassle of returning something that didn’t work for me!
Have you tried this foundation? Does it work for you?