January 30, 2019

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
2 stars out of 5

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer ($26) is a sizzling hot new concealer available in a whooping 50 shades that launched earlier this month. Needless to say this created quite a buzz when it launched and I was eager to try it partly because of that hype and also, because I’m a complete concealer junkie.

Fenty shook up the makeup world and got a lot of brands to finally open their eyes about releasing foundations and concealers in larger shade ranges. In a short time, the brand, still in its infancy, has managed to gain a massive following and has introduced many new and seasonal collections as well as some very important base products like Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer.

I recently reviewed the new Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder which launched with this concealer and was quite impressed with the formula. This had me very hopeful that Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer would also be just as good.

Here’s my thoughts, swatches, and review on the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer is 0.27 oz in size and will set you back $26. It comes with a standard sponge applicator that can be used to quickly swipe on the concealer. According to Fenty the formula is “light as air with medium to full coverage”. It was created for under eye use as well as to conceal imperfections around your face.

I’m likely the minority here but I tend to purchase concealer to use under my eyes and not on my face. I’m also a little odd in the fact I like light, natural foundation coverage but I love full-coverage, pigmented concealers under my eyes as I suffer from puffiness, finer lines, and my eye tend to look very tired without concealer.

Needless to say this formula sounded perfect. Lightweight? Awesome! Medium that builds to full coverage? Works for me!

One of the first things that impressed me with Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer is the super creamy texture. This formula has a very creamy texture that swipes easily under my drier eyes. I thought it was a little weird the finish is never truly discussed by Fenty. I haven’t read details about it being matte or satin or dewy or hydrating. It’s only ever described as creamy which it sure is. I’m going to go ahead and say it’s a satiny matte finish that doesn’t feel lightly hydrating initially.

And that’s probably the only positive thing I have to say about it. But before I get into my issues with the formula I’d like to say this might be better suited to someone who’s a lot younger than I am and perhaps a lot less dry. Concealer is a “your millage may vary” type of product. It’s all based on your skin type in my opinion, the amount of coverage you need, and how many lines you have under your eyes. Which means it’s going to perform differently for everyone.

In my case, it was a no go and I’d say if you’re a bit older, have finer lines, and perhaps drier skin you’ll also have issues with it.

The first problem I had was blending. It’s a beautifully creamy texture but the blending is awful for some reason. I tried with my fingers, I tried with one of my Artis Brushes, I tried with a Beauty Blender, I tried with a damp Beauty Blender…I tried let’s just say that. I actually tried it with a few different eye creams because I thought my eye cream was hindering the blending process but it’s obviously the formula! For some reason it blends rather poorly and patchy. It also sheers out a lot as I blend. It seems very pigmented at first but I wouldn’t call it full-coverage at all and it’s not a concealer you’ll want to build up because it creases, it creases badly. If you have a smooth under eye area you might not have any creases issues at all but as someone with finer lines I most definitely had issues within the first hour of wear and only getting worst as the day progressed even when I set it with powder.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Shade 190

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Shade 210

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Shade 220

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Shade 235

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Swatches (Shades: 190, 210, 220 and 235)

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer Swatches (Shades: 190, 210, 220 and 235)

The creaminess of the formula is divine but misleading as I felt positive it would blend like an absolute dream due to that creamy texture. It feels like Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer had so much potential but somehow they loss their way….! You might love it so, I actually urge you to try it in store before deciding if you need it or not.

Personally, I was really disappointed. I expected this to head onto my holy grail list but the poor blendability, lack of coverage, and creasing made it a no go for these tired, dry eyes.

Have you tried Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer?

I’d love to hear what you thought of the formula!

Where to buy


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer is 0.27 oz in size, $26, and available in 50 shades. This concealer promises lightweight, medium-to-full coverage but I felt like the coverage leaned more towards medium once blended. The concealer formula is creamy and in this area it excelled but in more important areas it failed. I felt it blended out patchy and within an hour of wear it creased very badly not to mention the coverage sheered out considerably during the blending process.


  • Very creamy! Lovely texture!


  • Creases badly!
  • Blends patchy.
  • Not full-coverage as marketed.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer might work on those with smoother, oily skin.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • SleepyTimeTay

    I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you! I’ve been using it for about a week or two now and I’m really loving it! But, I’m also not looking for full coverage and creasing is usually not an issue for me.

    • Isabella Muse

      I REALLY wanted to love it! I’m determined to make it work though! I’m glad it worked out for ya!

  • kjh

    I was one of the few that could not find a match in the foundation….they all were all straight up yellow, on the ‘cool side’…had not thought to even check this out. My preferences for lighter formula foundations but more intense concealers are like yours, though age and coloring are miles apart. Pretty sure it would not work for me either. plus, it either plays with my existing underlayers (HG and mandatory) or it’s OUT. prob will not even bother.

    • Isabella Muse

      Both their foundation and the concealer seem either too yellow or too peach for me too you’re not alone! I thought it was me to be honest. I thought maybe my eye cream was too heavy but I tried it with a few formulas still the same weird patchy thing going on :-/ I REALLY wanted to love this one!

  • Dani

    I REALLY wanted this to work for me. Im 33 and VERY OILY. This made my under eyes look like the damn Sahara desert. Set with powder or not set at all. I could get it blend nicely, but could not get it to look nice on me after the 10 min mark. I don’t get it…all of YouTube said it was so amazing. Plus i LOVE Fenty and what it has done for the industry. But this was a huge fail for me. Back to my shape tape!

    • Isabella Muse

      I feel relief I’m not alone. You have no idea how I wanted this to work and how much I expected from it since it was sooo hyped up! Thankfully I didn’t get the dryness byt the creasing was awfullllllllllll! Everyone kept saying how smooth it was under their eyes and I just chalked it up as they are much younger than I am but I keep reading reviews on Sephora and a lot of people said creasing was an issue and I felt like hugging them all lol ;-D Back to Shape Tape for me too!

  • Marcia

    Absolutely great detailed review! I’m now saving my money trying this product.

    Thank you 🙂


  • concealerjunkie

    I really wanted this to work for me and it looks great but it wears off quickly. Doesn’t hold a candle to shape tape! Oh well.

    • Isabella Muse

      Likewise! Really really wanted it to work especially since the texture is so great but no go! Back to shape tape for me too!

  • Tamara Barynin

    Alright, prepare yourself, for I must gift you with all of the know, Miss Muse: You seem to have a collection that might rival my own concealer trove, so you could have this already, but the single best no crease under eye concealer I know of and adore is pur cosmetics shake and bake in shade light. The shades look way dark in bottle, but the coverage is incredible and it lightens perfectly, too. I have even used it as full face concealer when I had no foundation with great results. The texture is just wild, and while a sponge used to drag it across works okay, I find it is so much easier to acheive better coverage and application if you use a brush like it cosmetics magic eraser, the short stubby blendy type brush. 26 bucks for that little bottle of concealer lasts so flipping long. Also worth a try: the shake and boost powder in the same line. Just doing my part. You’re welcome.;)

  • Lana

    I think you should try the Charlotte Tilbury concealer. I thought it was very forgiving. I’d love to see you review it. Anything like the Fenty or Shape Tape is too drying.

    • Isabella Muse

      I actually have it but never got a sec to review! Will def review ;-D