Product Review | Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

Product Review | Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation in Tres Leches 320G ($40, Sephora)

Product Details (from Sephora's website):  A full-coverage cream foundation that visibly conceals blemishes and imperfections, for a filter-like finish. 

Packed with a high percentage of ultra-refined pigments, the #FauxFilter Foundation visibly smooths and evens skin texture, diminishing the appearance of blemishes, scars, hyperpigmentation, and redness to create a flawless, airbrushed finish. Enriched with argan oil and centella asiatica—both known for their hydrating properties—this fade-proof formula blends seamlessly with skin leaving it matte, with a hint of sheen for a luminous appearance. Wear it alone for full coverage, or blend it together with the Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Pre-Makeup Base primer (sold separately) for an even more natural finish.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates

Coverage:  Full. Medium.
Skin type:  Normal. Dry. Combination. Oily.
Finish:  Satin. Matte. Radiant. Natural.

Review:  This is my very first Huda Beauty purchase along with the primer/makeup base that was meant to be used with this foundation.  This is a full coverage foundation, or so it claims.  Say what?! Me, full coverage?! Trust that I will be sheering out the application because this product has a thicker consistency.  The name #FauxFilter intrigued me as Fenty Beauty has their Pro Filt'r foundation line.  All these filtered-look has been coming out left and right lately that it was enough for me to join the hype to test this #FauxFilter foundation and compare it to Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r line.  Plus, the price point is not obnoxious but there is a difference between this and Fenty Beauty's.

The box packaging is very sleek with a soft matte with a rubbery texture (similar to Nars compact packaging) with the brand's name in white and magenta typography.  It contains 1.18 fl oz of product which is a little bit more than the traditional foundation.  It comes in 30 different shades which allows a variety of skin tones to use this product.  The packaging of the actual product I am not impressed about.  While it comes with a pump and a classy gradient design, it is made out of plastic.  For $40 this should have been in a glass bottle.  Fenty Beauty's $34 foundation is made out of frosted glass bottle.  Maybelline Fit Me and Wet N' Wild Photo Focus Foundation, both drugstore finds at under $6 have glass bottles.  Sonia Kashuk's Soft Matte Foundation at $14.99 is made out of a frosted bottle with a gradient design plus a pump.  I mean, you get the gist here.

I got mine in the shade Tres Leches (320G) and I could really go up a shade in Baklava but the perfect  yellow undertone of Tres Leches works very well on my skin tone.   This foundation is more of a cream rather than a liquid foundation, as you will see on the swatch photo below.  The product above the swatch did not move at all.  It has a floral scent which I am not a fan of because I am sensitive to fragrances in general.  The scent lingers for a little while, too.  This foundation is very pigmented, full coverage to those like myself who have an even skin tone and do not have textured skin - so a little goes a long way.  It has a very nice finish not too matte, not too luminous - a perfect in between, however, I have a few issues with this foundation.  One, it is thick which is not something I am used to.  Most of my foundations have a thinner consistency and are of light to medium coverage.  Two, this is more of a cream versus a liquid foundation.  Three, it dries fast which is fine but the problem is it is so thick it is hard to fix any blending issues once it has dried.  Four, the fragrance.  This is not a perfume so skip all the scents.  Can you imagine using this foundation and the primer together since it has the same scent? I can.  No Bueno and I will have a review up for the primer as well.   Five, it applies patchy depending on which primers I use.  All of my other foundations apply seamlessly whether I use a silicone or a hydrating cream type of primer (all of my other foundations apply seamlessly whether I use a beauty sponge or a brush).  Six,  this foundation seems to clog my pores.  I have noticed small red spots on my face.  Seven,  this makes my face slightly oily and I do not have oily skin.  Eight, the plastic packaging.  Charge me $40 and make it my money's worth and go all out with the packaging.

Overall, the concept of the foundation is great.  I love that it caters to a ton of skin tones.  The shade that I got, Tres Leches, is beautiful and has the perfect yellow undertone with a beautiful finish if used with the right primer.  However, this just did not work for me.  I will be returning this to Sephora (or probably have returned it by the time you read this review) as I have already returned the primer a few days ago.  I rarely return products to Sephora - ever since I have been a customer,  I have only returned three items (ABH Ultimate Glow Kit, Huda Beauty Primer and this Huda Beauty foundation).