Fenty Beauty as a Winter Staple: Foundation & Primer Review

Fenty Beauty as a Winter Staple: Foundation & Primer Review

Fenty Beauty

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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  1. February 7, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    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 / 8:46 pm

      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

  2. February 7, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    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 / 8:49 pm

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

  3. February 7, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    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 / 8:53 pm

      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

  4. February 7, 2019 / 6:19 pm

    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 // https://www.emilybecca.com

    • February 7, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      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

  5. February 7, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    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 | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com

    • February 7, 2019 / 8:58 pm

      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

  6. February 8, 2019 / 4:58 am

    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 ♥ exquisitely.me

    • February 9, 2019 / 9:13 am

      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

  7. February 8, 2019 / 7:12 am

    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 | https://www.whatkarleedoes.com

    • February 9, 2019 / 7:03 pm

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

  8. February 8, 2019 / 6:59 pm

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

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    • February 9, 2019 / 7:08 pm

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

  9. February 8, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    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 | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • February 9, 2019 / 9:09 am

      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

  10. February 9, 2019 / 9:18 am

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

    • February 10, 2019 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you! It’s such wonderful coverage x

  11. February 9, 2019 / 9:32 am

    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 | emmadrury.com

    • February 9, 2019 / 7:10 pm

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

    • February 10, 2019 / 8:05 pm

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

    • February 9, 2019 / 7:11 pm

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

  12. February 9, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    I been eyeing both 🙂 Really curious about it

  13. Ellen
    February 9, 2019 / 8:10 pm

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

    • February 10, 2019 / 8:07 pm

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

  14. Caterina Sosso
    February 9, 2019 / 8:16 pm

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

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • February 10, 2019 / 8:10 pm

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

  15. February 9, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    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 10, 2019 / 8:12 pm

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

  16. February 10, 2019 / 3:01 pm

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

  17. Melissa Kacar
    February 11, 2019 / 7:27 am

    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 12, 2019 / 12:52 pm

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

  18. February 11, 2019 / 10:17 am

    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 12, 2019 / 9:49 am

      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 11, 2019 / 8:57 pm

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

  19. February 11, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    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 | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • February 11, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      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

  20. February 11, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    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 | http://www.justkatiee.com XX

    • February 12, 2019 / 9:54 am

      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

  21. February 11, 2019 / 3:32 pm

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



    • February 12, 2019 / 10:17 am

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

  22. Jenny in Neverland
    February 11, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    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 / 9:05 pm

      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

  23. jade bevan
    February 11, 2019 / 6:56 pm

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


  24. February 11, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    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 / 9:00 pm

      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

  25. February 11, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    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 12, 2019 / 12:57 pm

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

    • February 12, 2019 / 12:58 pm

      I’m so glad you love it too! x

  26. February 12, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    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 | http://new-lune.com

    • February 13, 2019 / 2:11 pm

      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

  27. February 12, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    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 13, 2019 / 3:16 pm

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

  28. February 12, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    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 | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • February 13, 2019 / 3:22 pm

      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

  29. February 12, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    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, http://www.thediaryofrebecca.com xx

    • February 13, 2019 / 2:21 pm

      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

  30. February 13, 2019 / 9:39 pm

    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 15, 2019 / 10:17 pm

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

  31. February 14, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    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 15, 2019 / 10:15 pm

      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

  32. February 14, 2019 / 8:59 pm

    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 15, 2019 / 10:35 pm

      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

  33. Amanda - Activated Living
    February 21, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    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 – http://www.activatedliving.us/blog

    • February 22, 2019 / 1:52 pm

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

  34. February 23, 2019 / 1:09 am

    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 / 9:11 am

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

  35. February 23, 2019 / 4:27 am

    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 / 11:32 am

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

  36. February 23, 2019 / 11:15 am

    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 | laurenjcole.wordpress.com

    • February 23, 2019 / 9:24 pm

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