Review: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

This foundation made me write a post after two long years.

As a makeup junkie, I am always on a lookout to try new foundations. I have acne prone skin and large pores, so I need something that helps me to cover the blemishes, texture and discoloration that my monthly breakouts leave behind.

Enter: Fenty Beauty

Since it’s release, all the beauty gurus on Instagram and YouTube have been praising this newly launched makeup collection. So needless to say, I had to get my hands on some of the Fenty products (plus Sephora had their annual spring 15% off sale!). I bought the the Pro Filt’r Matte Longwear Foundation and the Killawatt Highlighter. But this review is strictly about the foundation.

It is THE foundation for you, if:

  • You want the perfect match for you skin.
  • Want to save a few extra bucks on high-end foundation.
  • Love Rihanna.

But it is NOT the foundation for you, if:

  • You have large pores.
  • You have texture and acne prone skin.
  • You want full coverage
  • You want a long lasting foundation.

It’s a lightweight liquid foundation compared to other formulas that I own like Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation. It’s a soft matte formula so it doesn’t leave your skin too matte. It will get a little shiny as the day progresses, and is sadly not sweat proof. Not suitable for summers for sure. The longer it stays on your skin, the more it shifts. There was some serious creasing around my mouth and forehead. But in all honestly that is the case with most full coverage foundations, and it can be remedied by using a primer and a good setting powder (I recommend Laura Mercier).

It is cheaper (comparatively) to other foundations out there. It sells for $34 (Urban Decay is $40 and Hourglass is $46). It’s a steal if you have normal skin and if you wear makeup everyday. You can wear it for light coverage or build it up.

It comes in whooping 40 shades! As an Indian girl, it’s really difficult to find the right foundation for my warm golden undertone brown skin. So I really appreciate the color options. I use shade 290 and it’s absolutely perfect for my skin. It’s a liquid foundation and turns to matte once it sets on the skin. It does oxidize a little once it dries out and gets slightly darker as the day progresses.

Overall: I give it 2.5/5

I’d rather spend a few extra bucks and buy the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.

Philips Air Straightener – Review

Don’t believe everything you see on Television

So after being inspired by the Alia Bhatt Ad, I bought the Philips Air Straightener and I have to say that it was one of the most regretful decisions I have ever made so far. The product was certainly not what I thought it to be. How I wish I had bought the old-school flat iron!

Philips Air Straightener Review

I ordered the product on Flipkart and it arrived after 2 days of making the payment (Great Going Flipkart!). The product came in a well-packed Flipkart carton, properly bubble wrapped, et al. Inside there was the product in its original packing as shown in the picture below:

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The product comes in two parts, the body (i.e. the dryer) and the paddle brush attachment. The paddle brush is easy to attach and remove. The only thing I liked about this product was that it is an extremely good-looking styler with its black body and gold detailing. However, it does feel a bit cheap and inefficient due to its light-weight. It is even lighter than your standard hair dryer.

The product is easy to use. It has two power modes – low and high, and only one button just like a dryer. In fact, if you use the body without the brush it will act as a dryer.

My experience with the product was not so good. The reasons –

  • It made my hair extremely frizzy after the use in spite of the fact that the product claims to leave the hair “frizz free” and smooth due to its Kerashine coating (TRUTH: Kerashine and Keratine is a marketing hoax).
  • It did not straighten my hair at all (again in spite of claiming to be a ‘straightener’). It merely left my wavy hair a little less wavy and not in a good way I must add.
  • The ‘little less wavy awkward hair-do’ doesn’t last long. The effect wears off within an hour. I don’t like using hair products such as hair sprays and mousse on my hair so I dunno if using these will help to retain the effect.

Other things aside, the main reason I don’t like this product is because of the way it is marketed. If it had been introduced as ‘new improved hair dryer’, I would have loved it. Because it is an extremely easy to use hair dryer and very effective too; but it is definitely NOT a hair straightener. And as my requirement was for a less damaging hair STRAIGHTENER I was left disappointed. For the same amount of money, I could have bought best-in-class flat-iron. Sigh! Now all I have is 3 hair dryers!