About a month ago, Morphe launched a new foundation to add to the growing population of soft matte foundations. The Filter Effect Soft Focus Foundation is available in 40 shades and is sold at Ulta Beauty and Morphe.com. According to Morphe, this foundation is pore-blurring, infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin e, has a natural buildable coverage and is long-wearing, transfer-proof and lasts up to 12 hours. With summer around the corner, soft matte will probably be my go to formula, so I had to give this a try… here’s how it went.
Okay, so with COVID-19, it’s been impossible to swatch makeup in stores so I tried shade matching myself based on the description of the shades. I tend to look for rosy/peachy undertones, but this line didn’t have many. I ended up trying 3 different shades and decided to stick with Filter Rich 26 which is described as rich with golden undertones.
I’m not a huge fan of golden undertones because they tend to make me too yellow, but this foundation looks beautiful once I add contour and bronzer! I will say that I wish this foundation had a little bit more coverage, but it doesn’t claim to be medium or full coverage so I wasn’t expecting that. It is buildable and doesn’t feel heavy so you can add until you’re satisfied with the coverage. However, I wouldn’t recommend more than two pumps (I tried 3 pumps the first time I got the foundation and it was just too much so was hard to make it look natural).
One of my biggest cons for this foundation is the fact that it claims to be transfer-proof and long-wearing. I noticed that this foundation doesn’t last as long as my Fenty Beauty Hydrating Longwear Foundation or Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Foundation (read about it here). I notice that my oils start to peek through after a few hours and I have to apply powder occasionally when using this foundation.
Personally, I love the finish of this foundation but wish they would add more rosy shades that are truly rosy. I feel like a lot of the undertones are off from the description which made it really difficult for me to find a good match. Not to mention, the bottle is frosted glass which makes the color appear different. I am thinking about grabbing the shade Filter Rich 25 (Rich with pink undertones). In store it looks neutral so I was nervous, but seeing swatches makes me believe this may be the shade I really need (if not, I don’t mind mixing the two since this is an affordable foundation)
Overall, I’d say this is a great foundation for those who want something blurring, lightweight and natural. It’s perfect for spring and summer, but be prepared to use a little bit more powder to get you through the day. I can’t say for sure if I’d repurchase this yet. I plan on getting the Sephora Best Skin Ever to compare this to!
As Always, Stay Pretty
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