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Have to agree that the composition is not appealing, nor is the chosen filter, but there are some other ways to try filters.
If we keep this simple, and without getting into smart objects, try experimenting on a lightweight jpg to prevent end up with a large file. A large RAW could quickly get huge.
Duplicate the base layer (never change this original) and apply a filter to the copied layer. You can only use Fade if you do it immediately after applying the filter; any other activity will eliminates the option, so it's really not a good choice for this kind of playing IMO.
Instead, you can just decrease the opacity of the "test" layer with the filter and it will have the same effect. In this way, you can experiment with as many filter options as you want. Just stack them up, turn visibility on/off at will (use layer comps), control individual layer blend modes, etc. You could even duplicate the filtered layer and apply additional filters to it, while preserving your ability to track back to the beginning.