Morphe Filter Effect Soft-Focus Foundation

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When I saw that MakeupShayla was the face of Morphe’s Filter Effect Soft-Focus foundation, I immediately knew I was picking it up. The brand improved the formula since their last foundation launch a couple of years ago and I was super intrigued to try this new one. Keep reading for to see my review that includes product info, shade comparisons, a wear test, and my overall thoughts.



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Image source: Morphe.com


Name: Morphe Filter Effect Soft-Focus Foundation

Cost: $20

Size: 28 mL/0.94 fl. oz

Best Skin types to use it: Normal, dry, combination

Finish: Natural

Coverage: Medium to full, Buildable

Number of shades: 40 (light, medium, tan, rich, deep)

Undertones available: 5 (golden, neutral, olive, peach, pink, red)

Fragrance: None

Packaging: The foundation comes in a mostly transparent glass bottle with a black twist-off pump.

Claims: Per the brand’s website “designed to blur and diffuse the look of imperfections while deeply hydrating and nourishing skin…sweat-proof, transfer-proof, and waterproof performance that lasts 12 hours.”

Key ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, vitamin E. Check full ingredients list on the packaging as well as the brand’s website to determine potential allergens.

Where to buy: Morphe.com, Ulta


Shade comparisons

Here is what the Morphe Filter Effect foundation looks like compared to others in my collection.

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Pic taken in natural daylight


Wear Test

For transparency purposes, I’ve worn this foundation about 3 times before making this review. In the photos shown in this post 2 pumps of foundation was applied to my whole face, basically 1 pump per side. The left side was buffed in with my Morphe M439 brush and the right side (nose ring) was blended in with my Elf Marshmallow sponge.

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Before (top), after 1st layer (bottom left), after 2nd layer (bottom right)


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Before (top), after 1st layer (bottom left), after 2nd layer (bottom right)


You can see in the pic on the bottom left that my hyperpigmentation is still showing through on both sides after the 1st layer. I prefer to have full coverage in those areas while keeping the coverage so I applied 1 more pump with the brush only by using stippling motions.

Satisfied with the coverage achieved, I set my face with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder in Tan and applied the rest of my products as normal.

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  • Face: Black Radiance Contour in Medium to Dark, Elf Primer-infused Blush in Always Rosy, Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighter in Crown of my Canopy
  • Eyes: BH Cosmetics BFF Palete (shades used – gleam, Alo & Els, Latte, and Blessed), Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof mascara in Brownish Black
  • Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral and Nyx Suede Matte Lip Liner in Club Hopper


Taken under the bathroom light after 8 hours. I wore a mask for approx. 30 minutes total. morphe soft effect, foundation wear test, filter rich 27

Overall thoughts on Morphe’s Filter Effect Soft-Focus Foundation

This foundation has a beautiful finish. Simply amazing. It really does have a soft-focus finish. The shade and undertone match are spot on for me and pairs well with every concealer and powder I’ve tried. I also feel that it works well with a brush or sponge.

The brand claims this product will blur and diffuse imperfections, which was accurate for the first few hours. There were no claims of it helping to control oil so I wasn’t disappointed when my oils came through and I started looking extra shiny. I did notice, however, that the foundation seemed to wear off faster than other formulas that claim to be long-wearing. I’ve tried this product without setting powder and it yielded the same results.

The claim for this foundation to be transfer-proof wasn’t accurate for me as there was transfer to my mask. Not so much that my face was left patchy but enough to notice it on my mask. Honestly I expected it as I have yet to come across any base product that is 100% transfer-proof.

I was unable to test the claims of it being sweat-proof and water-resistant at the moment. Although there was one morning my eyes watered because of how cold it was outside and when my tears dried it looks like nothing happened lol. So there’s that I guess. I’m not sure I can think of anyone who would plan to get their face wet and willingly wear foundation but I digress.

All in all, I liked this foundation and will continue wearing it with setting powder. Those of you with oily or combo-oily skin may also have to be prepared to set with powder unless you like the super dewy look.

Let me know if you already have and like or don’t like the Morphe Filter Effect Soft-Focus foundation. Check out my last foundation review here.

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