Review: Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer and Setting Powder
I think we can all agree that Rihanna is a goddess. Everything she touches turns to gold. Her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, has received rave reviews in the past, so when I saw that she was launching a brand new concealer and setting powder, I was immediately intrigued. The concealer comes in a huge variety of shades, 50 to be exact, which is what consumers have come to expect from the Queen of Inclusivity, Rihanna herself. The powder also comes in 8 shades, ranging from deep dark to the palest of lavender. And as an added bonus, the brand is cruelty free!
$26 USD/$32 CAD
Let me start by saying that trying to match yourself to a concealer online is really damn hard, especially when there are 50 shades to chose from. I got the shade '230' which is described as being in the light/medium category with neutral undertones, which I completely agree with. Fenty Beauty claims that this concealer is a "creamy, long-wear, crease-proof liquid concealer with light-as-air, medium-to-full coverage that brightens under-eyes and conceals blemishes and redness", and I have to say, I also agree with all those claims. One of my favourite things about this product is its ability to adapt to your needs. I am able to get away with using this concealer on days when I am just wearing a tinted moisturizer without it looking overly obvious and unnatural, but I can also use it on days when I feel like doing a full face. The finish is also adaptable. It I wear it with a dewy primer and foundation, the concealer appears to look a lot more skin-like, and on the other end of the spectrum, it can also become more matte when I'm using it with a full coverage matte foundation. We love a product that can do it all. The coverage is just right, in my opinion, and is a true medium coverage. I have blended it out with both a beauty sponge and my fingers with great success, though I prefer the sponge method for a more natural finish. I do find that there is some creasing, though it is minimal and in my opinion, creasing is impossible to avoid, no matter what products are used. Overall, I am so impressed with this bad boy, and I definitely give it my stamp of approval. I think it would fit the needs of so many people, and there is a shade for literally everyone.
$32 USD/$40 CAD
I'm not the biggest fan of loose setting powders. I've tried the RCMA and the Glossier Wowder, but none gave me the perfect base I was looking for. I was in the market for a new one though, as I find that loose powders make my makeup last longer compared to those that are pressed. Again, I figured that if it was good enough for Riri, it would be good enough for me. I got it in the shade 'butter' which is a very pale yellow shade, but on my skin tone (Ed note: I’m a shade 230 in the concealer), I find it to be basically translucent. This powder surprised me. I honestly thought it was going to be too cakey, but I am happy to report that it is just as good as the concealer! It sets the under-eyes like a dream and gives them an incredible airbrushed finish that is almost too good to be true. When I use it on the rest of my face as a general setting powder, while it looks matte to begin with, as the day goes on it actually makes my makeup look better! It doesn't stay matte all day, but rather, it allows my natural glow to shine through while keeping everything in place. I have found my preferred method of application is with a beauty sponge for the under-eyes and around my nose, since it does a better job at pore-filling, and then on a big, fluffy powder brush on the rest of my face. I should also note that it also works well on top of a variety of different foundations and concealers, not just the Fenty Beauty concealer.