Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Powder to Cream Foundation Review + Swatches on Dark Skin

Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

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So in case you’ve been living under a rock, Jay Manuel, the fierce makeup artist and beauty expert (and all around slayer of slaying) launched a makeup line earlier this year. The promo imagery and the makeup totally had me at hello. Then the names of some of the products sucked me in as well—um, a Filter Finish line? YES, PLEASE.

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Jay Manuel Beauty sent over some products from the line for review consideration and I’ve been holding onto the goodness for a few weeks now because 1. things got really busy on my end 2. I was trying to give myself “summer hours” 3. I was also waiting for the right opportunities to get pictures of me wearing the product because um, this IS Jay Manuel and I wanted to make sure my face was beat to the best of my hand’s capabilities. But then time kept ticking and I realized I’m holding onto some gems and that’s like, really selfish or something.

So I decided against a beat down-ation and just showed simple and straight-forward before and afters. I’m more than likely going to use these products again for future looks and Youtube videos {make sure you subscribe!} so you’ll see how I rock it soon :)

First up in my Jay Manuel Beauty coverage is the Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Powder to Cream Foundation. Maaaaaaaan, listen.

Official description:

The magic of this innovative product is both in its formula and its unique application. It starts out with the velvety consistency of a powder. Then, upon contact with skin, releases microencapsulated pigments and humectants that melt flawlessly into a medium to full coverage cream makeup. Unlike traditional powder foundations that can look dry and settle into fine lines, FFC Powder to Cream glides on with a soft, complexion-enhancing texture. Meanwhile, its texture isn’t its only innovative feature. FFC Powder to Cream is formulated with Diamond Dust, which creates a soft focus appearance by reflecting light off the skin’s surface. This draws the eye away from the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while antioxidants, derived from Vitamins A, C and E rejuvenate skin’s tone and texture.

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I don’t know what kind of magic is sprinkled in this stuff, but it does an amazing job of covering blemishes and discoloration. For whatever reason I decided to have bangs this summer (more on that later) and this last week they’ve been making my forehead breakout (ok that and PMS). And we know what typically comes after breakouts for many WOC…dark spots. So while I’m of course working on changing my hair and getting my skincare on, I also like having options to cover them. Another thing—much like many WOC, I’m naturally more than one tone on my face. The perimeter of my face is darker than the center and then I have darkness near my eyes and mouth. This is natural “discoloring” and a lot of us have it. This is nothing a decent foundation or concealer can’t cover for me.

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So I applied a dusting of Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Powder to Cream Foundation using a fluffy brush (an Eco Tools Mattifying brush). Within seconds my dark spots were covered and virtually invisible and my skin looked more even toned. I used the Deep Filter 4 shade. My skin is a little more red in undertone than it usually is (told you I was enjoying my summer…lol) so at first it looked a little off in tone, but adding a darker powder around my perimeter (BECCA Cacao) helped to bring it back. I also tried applying Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Powder to Cream Foundation in Deep Filter 1 to brighten under my eyes—nice look but the undertones were a little off on me.

Using this on its own, I did experience some oil breakthrough (duh, I have oily skin) which made it seem as if the foundation faded some after about 4 hours. It was fine after I touched up though. I did try it again using a primer (Murad Invisiblur) and that helped it to stay on longer.

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Wearing only Deep Filter 4 in the after

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See what shades I wear in other foundations here

(these are my own descriptions of the shades—note that these look redder in powder form)
Deep Filter 1: golden brown (yellow undertones)
Deep Filter 2: deep golden brown (yellow undertones)
Deep Filter 3: milk chocolate brown (golden yellow undertones)
Deep Filter 4: dark chocolate brown (slight reddish undertones)

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jay manuel filter finish powder to cream foundation swatches on dark skin deep filter 1 deep filter 2 deep filter 3 deep filter 4

jay manuel filter finish powder to cream foundation deep filter 1 deep filter 2 swatches on dark skin

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jay manuel filter finish powder to cream foundation swatches deep filter 1 deep filter 2 deep filter 3 deep filter 4

jay manuel filter finish powder to cream foundation deep filter swatches on dark skin deep filter 1 deep filter 2 deep filter 3 deep filter 4

NOTE: The swatches were really difficult to photograph—as you can see by the two different swatches in cream form. If you’re unsure of your shade, I’d check the return policy and order two and see which works best (you might also have to mix). Otherwise see which swatches best match a foundation you already own and match to determine what would be closest to your shade.

***UPDATE*** Use the Jay Manuel Beauty app to find your foundation and color cosmetic shades here!

Bottom line: If you love loose powders (and magic…lol) this is worth a try.

Price and where to buy: $38 at JayManuelBeauty.com, HSN, and I also found out that the makeup studio at Hairstyling by Joseph in Manhattan also carries it.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, StyleBlazer.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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