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Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation Review

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation Review

Hiya bellas,

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted so today I thought I’d spill the tea on the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation. I initially picked up the wrong shade using the comparison chart on the website because the matches are so off, it’s not even funny. Luckily, my sister managed to get me another shade and I’ve used it a few times to test it out. There’s been good and bad so if you want to know whether to pick it up or skip it, here you go.


As usual, the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation mimics the rest of the range perfectly. The sleek plastic packaging with the black lid is synonymous with the brand. I love the way they designed it to look as if it was a glass bottle. 

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It has a pump which is hygienic and prevents spillage during travel. It is slightly bulky but it’s not going to mess or fuss whenever you use it.


The texture of the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is on the thicker side and blends better with a dense brush over a Beauty Blender. It does dry quite quickly so it needs to be blended out before it starts to set and becomes patchy.


The foundation is definitely full coverage. It covers blemishes, marks and your soul in a single layer.

Shade Range

The Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation comes in a decent 30 shades. Whilst a lot of the shades are more for lighter skin tones, there are a good few shades for women of colour.

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I got the shade Brown Sugar but since it oxidises, I think Machiatto or Dulce de Leche would have been my perfect match. In the image below you can see how bad it oxidises from when it is applied to how it dries a few minutes later.

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The foundation didn’t dry completely matte on me every time depending on the primer I used so I would say demi-matte depending on your skin type. If I did set it with powder it looked cakey immediately and I have oily/combo skin. 


The worst part about this foundation is the scent. It smells like a granny’s bedroom because the floral scent is so overpowering. It’s described as being subtle but it literally bowls me over every time I use it. Luckily it fades about 30 mins after application and then it’s not very detectable.


The Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation wears beautifully throughout the day. It doesn’t fade, separate or crack on the face. However, oils do tend to peek through as the day progresses so you would need to blot or powder if it’s really warm out.

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Price & Where to Buy

The Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is available from the Huda Beauty website for $40 and on Cult Beauty for £32 (~R600). You can get 15% off your Cult Beauty order by creating an account, filling in your preferences and using the code ‘YOU15’ during checkout. There are third party sellers within SA but they charge R850 upwards per bottle.

Overall Thoughts

As much as the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation looks good on the skin, there are two problems I have with it. Firstly, the scent, apart from it not being pleasant, the fragrance is an irritant for some people and can cause an allergic reaction. Secondly, the foundation is so thick that it can clog pores quite easily and cause breakouts and blackheads. I’ve been able to avoid this by using a silicone based primer that forms a barrier between my skin and the foundation.

Even though this foundation is hyped up and has good aspects, it’s not something I want to reach for nor something I would recommend.

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I managed to get my hands on a few samples of the primer as well to test out. It is really thick and tacky so it made my foundation difficult to blend regardless of which one I was using. It’s also scented which I don’t like but it’s not as strong as the foundation. It’s also a skip from me.

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Have you tried the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation or primer? Do you still want to after reading this review?

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