I'm not entirely sure how, but I've been using the same finishing powder for three years. The pressed, translucent white, easily portable product is somehow still going despite very regular use. But these days, portable isn't exactly a high-priority quality for me since I'm pretty much hanging out at home and seeing people only via Zoom, so I decided to expand my horizons and check out what seems to be the complete antithesis: a loose, tinted powder in a decidedly bulky jar. But if that's the extent of how I describe
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder, then I'm not doing it justice.
Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder is one of eight types of Pro Filt'r complexion products in the Fenty Beauty family, including foundations, concealer, and primers. In fact, the original Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation has won both Allure Readers' Choice and Best of Beauty Awards (consider this foreshadowing). But unlike its big-sister base's 50 shades, the loose powder comes in only eight shades — and that's no oversight. They blend into every imaginable skin tone, and for my particular skin tone, the shade Butter was the way to go.
After applying some drugstore primer and foundation and a slightly-too-bright-for-my-liking blush, I dipped a fluffy brush in the excessive amount of powder I'd welcomed through the tiny holes in the retro jar's plastic separator. Tapping off the extra back into the jar, I timidly started applying the incredibly fine, sweetly scented powder to my entire face, and its effects were instantly apparent. It didn't eliminate the dewy finish of my foundation, but it did harness the shine into more of a glow; the overly vibrant blush was subdued into an ideal intensity, and instead of settling into my lines, it seemed to float above them.
When I really got a good look — in natural light — at the results Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder left me with, something about the softened, blur-like effect struck me as familiar. And then I realized what it was: This is how I look when I choose the "touch up my appearance" setting on Zoom. I've got a smooth, ethereal glow that will still be there when I leave the meeting and — in rare cases — my apartment.
Ironically, the very powder I've decided to start using for the purpose of Zoom meetings is the one that makes Zoom's skin-smoothing filter redundant. But that's exactly why I love it, why I plan to keep using it once I'm going out more, and definitely one of the reasons it won a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Award.
Check out the full list of >Allure's 2020 Best of Beauty winners.