Okay, I waited a minute before writing up my thoughts on this foundation. I actually bought it around the same time I bought the Fenty but wanted to give it a good go before reviewing (I got mine from Selfridges online). Overall thoughts? I like it. I really like the formula – my skin looks FLAWLESS once I’ve applied and the staying power is pretty good as well.
What don’t I like? Well, not much. But I have the wrong colour lolz. I have the shade 340G Baklava (MAC shade is NC35 for ref). As detailed in my fenty beauty review, my skin tone is adaptable, but not this much. As you can see from the swatches below, it dries down HELLAAA dark. The only time I can wear a full face of Huda is if I have a roll neck on as you can’t see my neck. Otherwise, your gal has to mix things into it. I know the shade I should have gotten as I went to Harrods a few weeks ago and swatched (it’s Tres Leches) but you know, when you panic order online because you think it’ll sell out, you’re prone to choosing the wrong colour. The best combo is mixing 1 drop of fenty beauty into the Huda – it lightens it up enough to wear, without mattifying it and giving the same finish as Fenty. Et voilà. I have combined two very good foundations to create the crème de la crème. (I also need to stop watching French YouTube). Another thing I mix into it to brighten it up is the Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix in Yellow. I used to use this a lot to change the undertone of my foundations as brands never used to diversify their ranges as much, but now its gets used much less. I really love this though – they have a whole bunch of colours and you just need to put one drop in to customise your base. You can even use it in concealer. It’s water-based so you won’t change the finish of the product, just the colour. If you struggle to match your base to your skintone, I thoroughly recommend these little mixers.
Anyway, back to the Faux Filter Foundation. It’s really very good, the only complaint I have is that it settles in my fine lines around my mouth. I didn’t even know I had fine lines until this foundation (I’m 23). But yeah, the problem is easily solved by a light dusting of translucent powder (pigmented powder not necessary as the foundation is already so full coverage). The finish has an oddly sticky feel to it, which also goes away with a bit of powder. I would call this out as a negative, but according to Huda herself, you’re meant to set it.
It has a very strong perfumed smell, that most will either love or hate. Surprisingly, I’m indifferent to it. It reminds me of the Middle East, and the waft of oud you get as the Emirati women sashay past you with their abayas. Makes sense seeing as she lives in Dubai, so I’m not mad about it.
But, the thing that really makes this foundation stand out to me? I use it to conceal my undereyes too. If you know me, you know I have really bad dark circles under my eyes (thanks to my dad) and I usually need two concealers. This foundation eliminates the need for my first step concealer (Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer) and allows me to use my Tarte Shape Tape to highlight. It looks exactly the same as the 2-step process but with much less faff! (Still love the Nars though – I wear it every day when I have no foundation on). Most foundations won’t work as a concealer as the formula is different. But because this one is SO thick and full coverage, it works a treat!
The foundation is £32 which is pretty pricey especially compared to the Fenty, but I feel like it’ll last for ages. I have attached a couple of pics of me wearing it (cocktailed with Fenty) so you can see the coverage.
- Pigmentation – 10/10
- Texture – 9/10
- Longevity – 8/10
- Price – 8/10
- Overall – 9/10
Guys both these eyeshadow looks took 3 MINUTES to do. HMU if you wanna know how.