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It’s safe to say, that if Fenty Beauty drops something new, Mika is going to try it. With that being said, myself and my sebaceous glands were ecstatic when our fave Rih announced the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation. I was lucky enough to have been gifted the product and here are my honest thoughts and a few tidbits if you’re new to powder foundation.
It’s time to get down to business!
The Deets: My Shade is 420 (in all Fenty Products including this one)
What’s the difference between powder foundation, pressed powder, and loose powder?
Powder Foundation: Meant to replace a “traditional” liquid foundation entirely but in some cases can be used in combination. Usually comes in a pressed compact but on occasion is available in loose powder form. Ranges in coverage.
Example: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation (of course). Also, Clinique Beyond Perfecting (one of my long-time favorite powder foundations).
Pressed (Setting) Powder: Designed to lock in makeup + keep it from shifting while controlling shine throughout the day. Great on the go for minimizing shine that may come about. Typically sheer to medium coverage.
Example: NARS – Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
Loose Powder: Finely milled powder that is very similar to Setting Powder in regards to locking in your makeup. Most commonly used for under-eye baking to minimize concealer creasing. Typically transparent or very sheer in coverage.
Example: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation can be used alone as a foundation, with a liquid foundation (to add more coverage) or for makeup touch-ups (i.e. fixing your makeup after putting a mask on and off during the course of the day). Speaking of masks, I experienced very little transfer when wearing this powder foundation with a disposable mask.
Comparison: Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Liquid vs. Soft Matte Powder Foundation
In my opinion, the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation applies much better than the original Matte Liquid Formula which has a tendency to dry down really fast. With this powder, you can move at your own pace.
We got another one, Rih! I’ve long been a fan of powder foundation since my time working as a Clinique Beauty consultant (circa 2012). My skin strays toward oily—there’s something about when my natural oils and powder foundation link up that’s absolutely magical. For the sake of this review, I went for a full-coverage and the product delivered. No dark spots formed against this powder shall prosper.
Though the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation is indeed a powder, it’s by no means dry, especially after hitting it with a bit of setting spray. If you have dry skin and wish to try it out, I recommend hydrating tf out of your skin before applying (as you should already be doing that regardless) and using a setting spray after.
FYI: I’m shade 420 in all Fenty Beauty complexion products so shoutouts to them for being consistent!
- Want more coverage? Opt for a dense brush.
- Less coverage? Use a fluffy powder brush.
- Apply primer as you would normally. I used Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer.
- Don’t forget to use a setting spray between layering on the powder to help it melt into your skin and look natural.
- I prefer applying my powder foundation before my concealer but do whatever feels right