Tonight’s review is going to be short and a little different to what I usually do – I’m going to be talking about the much hyped Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation. The difference with this post today is that I didn’t actually buy the product, and thank god because I must be one of the few people in the world who truly hate the product!
I got a small sample of it from Sephora and, since I had been watching reviews and was interested in picking it up, I thought that I would give it a try before I went to buy it. I assumed that it would be a wonderful, high-coverage foundation, and was actually a bit worried about liking it more than my Fenty Beauty but well… I am so severely disappointed because this product has failed me so badly that I cannot imagine how it is working for other people. This retails at AUD$65 from Sephora.
The following is taken from the official website:
What #FauxFilter is:
#FauxFilter is a full-coverage velvety foundation, available in 30 delicious shades, that will give you a flawless long-lasting look in just one application. Hiding blemishes, concealing imperfections, and camouflaging dark circles, this amazing formula is packed with ultra-refined pigments that make uneven skin a thing of the past.
What #FauxFilter does:
The intelligent liquid foundation blends seamlessly with skin and dries to a radiant matte powder finish that looks luminous, not dry or cakey. Enriched with good-for-your-skin ingredients like Argan Oil and Centella Asiatica, both known for their hydrating properties, this fade-proof formula blends seamlessly into the skin, simultaneously working to improve skin texture. Count on #FauxFilter to give you flawless full-coverage with just one pump, or blend together with the Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Pre-Makeup Base primer for an even, more natural finish.
The foundation does seem to have a nice shade range that is split evenly between dark and light tones and multiple undertones, but that is really the only compliment that I can give it. I tried this on two days trying application with both a brush and a blending sponge. I also tried it with the recommended primer (which came with the sample) and also with my Fenty Beauty primer – which I know works really well on my skin. On both occasions, the product was thick, heavy and cakey. There was nothing that could save it!
- COVERAGE | This foundation has very high coverage (medium to high) and, in this aspect, it definitely delivers. It is thick enough to be used like a concealer and, for me, I can easily get away with wearing it alone. Very little is needed.
- TEXTURE | It’s extremely thick (though maybe this is because I am used to the light consistency of my other make up) and actually doesn’t blend as well as I wanted it to. With my brushes, the application was streaky and patchy. It was better with a beauty blender, but still look some work to get it covering everything evenly.
- CAKING | This cakes like an absolute nightmare for me! There is no work that I can do to fix this up because within an hour, it’s starting to cake on my skin and it’s breaking up by the time that I get to work. By the afternoon, I’m looking like a patchy mess and… it’s really not a good look. Although it says that it dries to a matte powder finish, I find that the product feels heavy and it slips on the skin.
- LONGWEARING | Sorry to say that this is a no from me too. Trying it with both the recommended primer and one of my own, I found that this product caked up and became patchy really early in the day. My oils showed through the product quickly and it was impossible to touch up.
- SKINCARE | After a single use, I already felt a pimple come up and by the second day, my skin felt so congested that I needed to use a mud mask and a sheet mask – as well as double cleansing. This product has made me break out by the second day and, even though I still have more product left, I refuse to risk my skin any more.
So basically, this product is one of the worst foundations that I remember using! I honestly didn’t expect this sort of experience, but the #FauxFilter Foundation really just doesn’t suit my skin. With everyone raving about the product, I’m sure that it is working well for others, but not for me.
I have combination skin, which has dry patches and also becomes oily during the day. The dry patches are accented by the heavy formula and my oils break up the product. If you have a similar skin type to me, or if you prefer a more lightweight and natural looking finish, then I would high recommend against this. My apologies about being so negative about this.
In the future, I think that I’ll be really careful about approaching Huda Beauty base products. I am interested to hear if any other people have used this and loved it though, so if you have, please leave a comment below and let me know your skin type and what other products you use this with!