On November 3, 2017, I picked up the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation* in the shade 110N Angel Food for $40 US on the Sephora* website. Needless to say, I have had plenty of time to try it out and determine if I like it or not. Let me say, I have yet to use it up.
With it now being July, I feel I have truly tested out this foundation and have found a decent amount of pros and cons with this foundation. But the biggest question for this post is would I repurchase? Long story short, no. Let me explain.
First off, there is a pretty well-done shade range, but there is always room for improvement. This I feel is a broken record, but with the variation of fair to medium, there should be the same variation for deep to dark. I know I am not alone in that. The shade I picked up was 110N Angel Food described as “Ultra fair skin tones with neutral undertones.” Working through and owning so many different foundations, I have learned that I like foundations with a more grey undertone. They don’t tend to pull warm or pink on me. Any typical cool-toned foundation looks straight up pink on my skin, then pulls crazy orange. Any warmed-toned foundation looks straight up yellow on my skin. Before I went cruelty-free, my ideal foundation was the L’Oreal Pro-Glow Foundation* in shade 202 Creamy Natural, because it was more grey-based and I fucking loved it. Anyway, back to this foundation.
For me, this foundation doesn’t pull neutral, it pulls yellow. Granted, I’d take a yellow-based foundation over a pink-based foundation any day, but that is beside the point. The packaging is fine, no complaints from me. It comes in a pump and is in plastic packaging, which I have heard complaints about, but honestly, as long as the packaging works (ex. the pump) I don’t care. I care about the product.
The consistency is very thick and I feel one pump is sufficient to cover my entire face. However, the fragrance is a bit much. I like the scent, don’t get me wrong, hell, I would even own a fragrance that smelled like this, but for my foundation, no thank you. That is screaming for an allergic reaction. It is a strong, floral scent. Almost rosy, it is a very sexy scent in my opinion. Personally, I don’t put fragrance on my face.
Using this foundation over time, I have learned a few things about it. I can make this foundation work and work quite well, but there are some stipulations. For one, I cannot wear it by itself. On my skin, it looks extremely heavy and cakey. I have used both a brush and a dampened sponge. I have not set it with powder and set it with powder. This foundation alone is too heavy for me. One hour in, regardless of application and whether or not I set it, it looks even more heavy and cakey. I get build up along the sides of my nose. On my forehead and around my mouth it looks like it is sitting on top of my skin. I have worn this on hot days, cool days, dry days, and wet days. This foundation just looks awful no matter what, by itself. HOWEVER, as I have said previously, I have been able to get this foundation to work and work really well, by mixing it.
If ever I can’t get a foundation to work for me, I try mixing it in with other foundations. Because if I have already bought it, I want to do what I can to work with it. If I mix this foundation with a more luminous, dewy, or skin-like foundation, it works beautifully. I have mixed it with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation* ($40 US), the Fiona Stiles Beauty Luminous Foundation Concentrate ($30 US), the CYO Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof* ($7 US), and the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation* ($12.99 US). All with spectacular results. By mixing, it has great staying power, a skin-like finish, no build up of product, and no cakiness.
Here’s the drawback to even that. It is difficult to wear to work and difficult to wear consistently. As a dog groomer, I deal with high heat and humidity, along with wind, dog hair, and dander. Even with it mixed, in that environment, the foundation combination, regardless of whatever combination, starts breaking down, looking heavy and cakey and just looks like makeup. I have worn the foundations I mix it with alone at work and don’t have that problem.
The other problem is if I wear it consistently, I get breakouts and it dries out my skin. Now, I am immensely lucky to where my breakouts consist of one or two tiny pimples. I don’t tend to get pimples ever, only when aunt flow is in town. So when I wear this foundation and it causes me to break out when I NEVER break out, it is a slight problem. The other part is that it dries out my skin and I don’t have dry skin! I start noticing flaking along my nose and around my mouth. Again, I know for a fact it is not the foundations I mix it with.
All in all, I can work with this foundation and I plan to use it up. However, I do not recommend. The amount of work it takes to get this foundation to work, dealing with the breakouts, the heavy fragrance, it is not worth it. Once I moved back down to Texas I’m going to try and use it mixed during the summer time and see if I have better results, but besides that, this foundation is not worth the time and effort it takes to make this work. If you have purchased it and love it, that is awesome and I am happy for you! Another beautiful reason of how our bodies and skin work differently.
I hope you found this review(?) somewhat helpful. If you have used the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation before, let me know what you thought of it. Or, if you didn’t pick it up, what your reasons why were! Thanks for stopping by and until next time!
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