If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll have seen on my story that I recently purchased the Fenty Pro Filt’r foundation and the Becca Backlight Priming filter primer.
The Fenty foundation had so much hype that I knew I wouldn’t be able to live my life without purchasing it! As for the Becca primer, I’ve tested it out before and loved it so decided to purchase a full size product!
To read my review on 2 drugstore base products then please click here.
Becca Backlight Priming filter
I’ll start in the order that you apply the product to your face so I’ll get into the primer.
This primer provides a healthy glow to your skin while not making it look too glowy. It could be worn alone or under foundation and would look amazing either way. If you have blemish-prone skin and want coverage then to wear this alone wouldn’t be enough as it smooths out your skin’s appearance but doesn’t allow coverage so the blemish would still appear through.
The primer smells pleasant, I’m not sure quite how to describe the scent though- possibly fruity? It also doesn’t test on animals which I know is a big deal-breaker for most people. It is a champagne colour although I think that it can be worn by any skin tone as the colour doesn’t appear too strong once blended and only really emphasises the high points of your face.
It is very lightweight and blends out very easily. Vitamin E is infused throughout to keep you hydrated and luckily, it doesn’t make my skin oily midday. Although I have oily skin, I still love the skin-like foundations that appear natural and the glow from this foundation helps with that.
Even pairing this with a matte foundation is great as you can still get the glow despite your foundation being matte making it seem as your face has more dimension. I love matte foundations. Sometimes however, before you add contour, it seems as though you’re simply wearing a mask. Thankfully, this primer completely saves you from that!
This Backlight priming filter retails at £28. It is a pretty hefty price tag for a primer but I feel that it does everything I need and more. Personally, I can justify this price tag. Because it is such a steep price however, I won’t be using this as a daily primer as I don’t have the money to pay for it every month or as I’d need. You do get 30ml which I’d say is a standard and fairly decent amount. If used for special occasions, then I can see it lasting for quite a while. It’s a good product to splurge on every so often.
Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation
Now for the star of the show and most likely what people decided to read this review for. This is the most hyped about foundation and I couldn’t wait to jump on the bandwagon.
When I saw the stand in Boots I went over straight away to start swatching the shades. Every shade that seemed perfect for me was sold out but eventually we found a shade that would work for me.
The finish is matte and for me, it does stay matte all day. I have the oiliest skin and by the end of the day, only my nose is a little shiny and I can live with that. For me, the coverage isn’t what I was expecting, it’s medium to full-coverage though I was expecting it to be closer to the latter. It’s definitely buildable and doesn’t look cakey after doing so but it doesn’t cover everything after the first layer. If you have clearer skin, then this will give all the coverage you need. The pump provides a good amount to cover the whole face then I just add concealer over the blemishes that show through.
After application, my skin does appear smoother and it blends very easily. The longevity is really good and doesn’t go patchy throughout the day. By the end of the day however, it can emphasise dry spots but that is usually around 8/9pm after applying at 7am. Since the price tag is quite steep, I would only be using for occasions so wouldn’t be wearing that long.
Fenty do also have a hydrating foundation that is better suited for dry skin now though I don’t think I’d be trying that as I know that my skin would be slick after only a few hours. This retails at the same price as the pro filt’r at £27 and is also available in 50 shades!
I didn’t actually have the highest expectations for this foundation as I feel like due to so many good reviews, it may just be overrated. I’m happy to say I was wrong. It’s truly one of the best foundations I own. I can also vouch that it’s one of the best foundations for oily skin!
What’s your holy grail base products? Let me know in the comments below!