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Fenty Beauty as a Winter Staple: Foundation & Primer Review

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line has carried quite the reputation since it’s debut. With an inclusive range of shades catering for almost every skin tone, it’s popularity is hardly surprising. However, in the UK, Harvey Nichols are currently exclusive stockists, so it’s not the easiest brand for access in terms of colour matching.

Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer | £24.00

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I walked into Harvey Nichols with a single purpose: to buy the Fenty foundation and that alone. While I was being colour-matched the staff up-sold me the primer, claiming that it was made with the foundation in mind and that it would improve it’s wear tenfold. They also claimed that it would reduce shine, along with the appearance of pores.

I hate to report that I haven’t found either of the latter claims to be true. The primer is fairly decent with regards to keeping makeup put, it has a nice consistency and blends over the skin well but that’s where the benefits end. In the above image, you’ll see that my pores are quite noticeable, specifically to the right side of my nose. My favourite pore-refining primers: Benefit’s POREfessional or NYX Pore Filler both fix this problem much more effectively. If large pores are a concern for you then I wouldn’t recommend the Fenty, particularly having considered its rather steep price.


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Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation | £26.00

Thankfully I had a much more positive experience with the Fenty foundation, which I rate for a few reasons. Firstly: it’s buildable. I tend to apply two layers to achieve full coverage, which nicely hides any blemishes without looking cakey. It’s one of the most affordable high-end foundations I’ve tried and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it.

I find that a lot of matte foundations can cling to dry patches, which isn’t flattering in the least. Even throughout the recent cold weather, I haven’t found this problem with the Fenty foundation at all. In fact, every part of my combination skin seems to love it, leaving me with no dryness, breakouts or other adverse reactions caused by the foundation to speak of. For these reasons, it’s become one of my definite winter beauty staples. One of the other strongest benefits of the foundation is its impressive ability to last all day with very little show of any wear: living up to its ‘longwear’ claim.

I tend to further mattify the foundation by applying powder to increase longevity and battle any oil my skin may produce throughout the day. Without it though, the foundation has a lovely dewy finish which is pleasantly surprising for a matte foundation.


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Above left is the foundation as a base without powder. Above right is a full-face of makeup including powder. I wear shade 190. I was matched at the end of summer with a slight tan. I’m able to wear it throughout winter, as long as I fake-tan my neck to better blend.

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  • Reply What Corinne Did

    I have heard a lot of positive things about Fenty Beauty. Everyone is loving it. I have not tried anything yet and would not even know where to start with the foundation. I’d need staff to match the right one to my skin. It is a shame the primer does not deliver on its promises though

    February 7, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Me too, I have so many more of their products on my wish list. I had staff match me up too- I’d definitely recommend this route over self-matching in general! x

      February 7, 2019 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Me and Ink

    I’m glad the foundation was nice but it’s a shame the primer didn’t work as well as you wanted.
    It’s great when it can last all day– very handy.
    Your skin looks lovely in the pictures!!

    February 7, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It is a shame, especially given it’s price tag! Thanks so much! x

      February 7, 2019 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    I’ve heard so many good things about this foundation and have wanted to try it out for so long, anything matte is great in my book as my skin is pretty oily. This foundation looks great on you it’s a shame the primer didn’t work so well, great review xx

    February 7, 2019 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I really like matte ones too but this one is the perfect amount! Thank you. It is a shame- especially given the price tag! x

      February 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Em

    I’ve never tried Fenty Beauty before as I stick to the same old cheap stuff I’ve used for years haha – but I looove their packaging it’s so pretty! Loved this post xx

    Em //

    February 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      That’s fair enough – if it works it works! It is definitely gorgeous packaging, a great brand to keep in mind for a beauty splurge! x

      February 7, 2019 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Shannon Skinner

    I still have yet to purchase anything from Fenty Beauty, but I hear people rave about the foundation all the time and it does sound brilliant! Not too sure whether I would bother with the primer after this review as I’m sure there are many that are just as good, if not better, at a much lower price! x

    Shannon |

    February 7, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I can definitely vouch that it is! I totally agree with you- I’d go for a cheaper primer myself, especially considering that there are quite a few which are not only cheaper but better too! x

      February 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Rihanna is hitting it big with her beauty line! I love that she has a large selection of shades for inclusiveness. The price isn’t bad either. I love that they’re super affordable while looking great. Oooh, I LOVE using primers for this reason. You look great with the foundation! YESS on longwear foundations. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥

    February 8, 2019 at 4:58 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      She totally is! I walked into Harvey Nichols expecting to pay quite a bit more for a high end foundation so was presently surprised with that one! x

      February 9, 2019 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Karlee

    Sounds great! I’ve been in the market for a new long wear foundation seeing as I’ve been using the same brand for the last year and a half with “meh” results, so thank you for recommending this one!

    Karlee |

    February 8, 2019 at 7:12 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’d definitely recommend it! Gotta love a foundation upgrade! x

      February 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Mariya Zafirova

    It looks amazing, I must try it!

    Mariya |

    February 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Gemma Etc.

    Your skin looks so gorgeous! I’m dying to try Fenty, especially the powder as they sound so good. xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    February 8, 2019 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks so much! I definitely want to try out more! x

      February 9, 2019 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    I’ve been eyeing up this brand since its launch. Really like the sound of the products! I have dry skin so this sounds like it might be worth looking at since it’s worked out ok for you. My preference is a lighter coverage but if it’s buildable that’s another plus! Great post and pics x

    Samantha |

    February 8, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its had a lot of hype and I definitely want to try more! I’ve heard of a few people who say it’s drying but I definitely haven’t found that – I religiously use a moisturiser before any makeup though which may be why. Thank you! x

      February 9, 2019 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Gemma

    Oh wow you’ve sold me, your skin looks absolutely flawless! Xx

    February 9, 2019 at 9:18 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! It’s such wonderful coverage x

      February 10, 2019 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Emma

    I really want to try Fenty’s foundation – I have the Matte Skin Stick in Porcelain and use it almost daily as a concealer – such a great brand!
    Emma |

    February 9, 2019 at 9:32 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’d definitely recommend! Ooh I want to try more from the brand so will have to add that to my wishlist! x

      February 9, 2019 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Anastasia

    They did a great job! LOve the coverage!
    Happy Saturday!

    February 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s a great coverage, I love it too! x

      February 10, 2019 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Danielle Alexa

    I feel like this foundation is too matte for me in the winter, but it is amazing in the summer months for my oily skin!

    Danielle xx

    February 9, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Ooh thats such a shame, I absolutely love it all year! x

      February 9, 2019 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply monica hein

    I been eyeing both 🙂 Really curious about it

    February 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Ellen

    Glad you like the foundation! It’s always a shame when high end makeup doesn’t work as well as you expect!

    February 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      The foundation definitely makes up for the primer! I totally agree x

      February 10, 2019 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Caterina Sosso

    Interesting review!! I thought the primer was better than this x

    Caterina |

    February 9, 2019 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its a good primer I just have plenty that are better and also cheaper x

      February 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Eena

    WOW! I’ve heard great things about Fenty Beauty and how everyone adores it. I personally haven’t tried any of their products but I think I may have to look into their products soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Eena / cabin twenty-four

    February 9, 2019 at 9:01 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I definitely want to try out more of their products as I loved the foundation so much! x

      February 10, 2019 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Rosie Ireland

    wow girl you are GLOWING! That sounds absolutely incredible!! i need to get me some!

    February 10, 2019 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Melissa Kacar

    The foundation looks really pretty on your skin! I never tried any Fenty products before, so I think I’ll need to check it out next time I go to Sephora! Thanks for sharing your review of it! 🙂

    February 11, 2019 at 7:27 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’d definitely recommend the foundation and can’t wait to try out some more of their bits! x

      February 12, 2019 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Katrina Frances

    I love the way this foundation looks, I didn’t realise it was so affordable!
    It’s a shame the primer didn’t work how you were told it would.
    I think I’m going to pick up the NYX pore filler on my next trip to Boots! x

    February 11, 2019 at 10:17 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s definitely less than I expected to pay considering its high end tag and exclusive stock at Harvey Nichols! You definitely should, I love the NYX Pore Filler and its so affordable- a much better option than the Fenty Primer if larger pores are an issue for you x

      February 12, 2019 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Charlotte Lane

    Ah this foundation looks beautiful! Your skin looks amazing – so pretty! I haven’t tried anything from Fenty beauty yet xo

    Char |

    February 11, 2019 at 10:32 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, it’s definitely made my favourites pile! x

      February 11, 2019 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Lisa McLachlan

    I’ve been so curious about Fenty beauty ever since it launched waaaaaaay back. I think this is the first review of their foundation I’ve read though and my goodness, it’s a detailed one, thank you Soph. I love your honesty about the primer (even though it’s a shame it didn’t live up to the sales people’s hype) and I’m glad the foundation is as good as was promised. Possibly a rival for Estee Lauder’s Double Wear then? Living just outside of Bath I never go to London so I think it’s unlikely I’ll be investing in Fenty any time soon but I loved reading your impressions and your photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing 🙂 x

    Lisa |

    February 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I was super curious too and still want to try out more of their stuff! It’s definitely a shame, I know a lot of people love it but if you suffer with large pores like I do, it’s just not effective enough. Yes it’s pretty similar- it hasn’t replaced my Doublewear by a long shot but it is quite a bit cheaper and I do love it! x

      February 11, 2019 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I’ve never tried Fenty beauty but I’m hearing SO many good things. It looks insane on your skin. So flawless. I think it’ll be top of my wishlist now!

    Katie | XX

    February 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I really want to try more as these are the only things I’ve picked up so far! Thank you- I’d definitely recommend! x

      February 12, 2019 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Tina

    Such a< great review and love that your being so honest about the primer too.
    Your skin looks flawless with the foundation though 🙂 ♥


    February 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so! Thanks, it’s definitely made my staples! x

      February 12, 2019 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Jenny in Neverland

    I honestly wouldn’t have noticed your pores in the first photo – I think you look lovely and your skin looks great! It’s a shame you were 100% happy with the primer. I’m yet to try anything from Fenty – it’s a little out of my price range at the mo!


    February 11, 2019 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thank you, they’re not usually a problem when I use primer that’s a little more effective than this one! It is a higher end price range but a lovely one to keep in mind for any splurges! x

      February 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply jade bevan

    oh wow i need to try this ! thanks for sharing amazing post 😀


    February 11, 2019 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    The foundation sounds pretty good, and also looks great too, seems to have good coverage and it’s a decent price! It’s a shame about the primer, but it’s always good to give it a try anyway!

    Chloe xx

    February 11, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s definitely made it into my staples! It is a shame- I know a lot of people like it but it’s just not effective enough for anyone with large pores like mine! x

      February 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Ana

    wow your skin looks flawless xx

    February 11, 2019 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Great review! I haven’t tried the primer or foundation, but I got a sample of the concealer and it’s amazing! I’m also madly in love with the STUNNA lip paint. If you haven’t tried it, you really should!

    February 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Ooh I’ll definitely add those two to my wish-list then, thank you! x

      February 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Mercy

    Good to read about Fenty foundation and primer review. You look pretty!

    February 12, 2019 at 3:28 am
  • Reply Radi

    I love the Fenty foundation. I recently used it all up!

    February 12, 2019 at 7:49 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you love it too! x

      February 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply New Lune

    I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about both of these products and the fact they work for all skin types. It’s such a shame the primer didn’t work but at least the foundation worked so I’m glad about that! You look so beautiful in these pictures, your skin looks flawless. Such a fab post x

    New Lune |

    February 12, 2019 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have combination skin and it really works all over so I’d agree with that! Thanks so much, I’m glad you think so x

      February 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Liz

    Thank you so much for the review and swatches! The foundation looks just as awesome as sounds. It gives an amazingly even and natural coverage. And it is such a shame the primer wasn’t satisfying.

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

    February 12, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! The foundation is definitely a new staple x

      February 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Natonya

    I had been considering to using Fenty because everyone raves about the quality and coverage. It’s nice to hear your opinion coming from someone who has combination skin too. Thanks for the heads up about the primer. I guess I’ll stick to using
    Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer with rosehip oil but will sample Fenty foundation✌🏾❤️

    Natonya |

    February 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s definitely worth seeing if you can sample it- it’s definitely made my staples list. I love Urban Decay but haven’t actually tried that primer so I’ll have to loo into it, thanks for the recommendation! x

      February 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    I’ve heard lots about these products! I am stuck in my ways and adore Rimmel 25 hour stay – but hey maybe I should venture out soon. I love the packaging looks so pretty with the plant xx

    Rebecca, xx

    February 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      That is a pretty good one, I don’t think you can beat a high end for special occasions though. It is such beautiful packaging! x

      February 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Francesca

    I am always looking for new foundation because my face is just so oily!
    I may need to look into this one because it looks awesome.

    Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    Fran x

    February 13, 2019 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have an oily T-Zone and with a little powder this foundation works perfectly all over- I’d definitely recommend it x

      February 15, 2019 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Khanak

    I’m so glad that this foundation worked out for you! I agree it looks gorgeous on the skin. The only problem is that it broke me out and gave me SUCH bad acne, ugh. I’m so jealous of you right now, haha.
    I do love their highlighters though- have you tried any?

    Khanak x

    February 14, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh that’s such a shame that you didn’t get on with it- it just goes to show how different skin types can be. No, not yet but I definitely want to! x

      February 15, 2019 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Madiha | Me VS The Odds

    It’s great that it’s buildable! I’ve still not found the perfect foundation 🙁
    if you could rate this out of ten, what would you rate it?

    February 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have quite a few favourites but none of them are perfect. Ooh I’m terrible at deciding on ratings out of 10 but I reckon an 8 and a half because without a good primer it shows off my pores, but in fairness pretty much all foundations do x

      February 15, 2019 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Isha Rani

    You look amazing dear.

    February 16, 2019 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Marina W

    Fenty’s foundation is amazing 🙂 Love your blog 🙂

    – Marina W

    February 21, 2019 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Amanda - Activated Living

    I’ve been curious and have been watching a lot of review videos of Fenty Beauty’s foundation. I use the NYX pore-filler and it worked WONDERS. No one ever believes I’m a day over 25 hahah

    Amanda –

    February 21, 2019 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s definitely become a staple for me! The pore-filler is incredible isn’t it- I always repurchase! x

      February 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Jessica Riga

    This foundation looks so good on you!! I haven’t tried anything from Fenty but I know when I do I’m going to go big or go home and buy like 5 things at once! Great review, this was really helpful! 🙂

    February 23, 2019 at 1:09 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you pick up then- I definitely want to try out more of their products x

      February 23, 2019 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Joyce

    I really love the fenty foundation. It lasts such a long time on my combination skin. I really want to try the concealer next

    February 23, 2019 at 4:27 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have combination skin too and have found the same! I’d love to try so many more products from them! x

      February 23, 2019 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Wow, your skin looks absolutely flawless! I’m yet to try any Fenty beauty but I keep hearing so many good things about it!

    Lauren |

    February 23, 2019 at 11:15 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! The foundation has become a staple so I can’t wait to try more of their products! x

      February 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Kristy Michel

    That a beautiful foundation on you. ❤️😍🥰is it oil free and wear can you get it. I have I
    Oily skin and will it make me break out.

    October 2, 2019 at 12:50 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Hi! Thank you so much, yes it’s oil free and is available at Boots & Harvey Nichols x

      October 6, 2019 at 12:25 pm

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