Fenty Beauty was probably the most hyped makeup brand launch of 2017.
I felt like I went from hearing “Rihanna’s going to launch a makeup line” to a six months of silence, to a absolute fever pitch of anticipation. I felt like everyone was waiting for Fenty to drop.
I’ve said this in previous posts, but there is something about hype that usually has the opposite of the intended effect on me. I think it’s from when I used to be an actor and I’d hear hype about auditioning for terrible shows. They’d talk up the show to get people to audition and it always left a bad taste in my mouth. However, the Fenty hype was absolutely working on me. By the launch date, I was really intrigued and beyond ready to try some products.
I purchased the match six trio in Light, a match stix in Amber, the gloss bomb Universal shade, and received a deluxe size sample of the foundation in shade 150. Fenty Beauty is available exclusively at Sephora. This line is cruelty-free.
Soooo, the big question: is Fenty Beauty Hot or Not?
Here’s my breakdown of what I loved and what didn’t work for me and why:
1 | Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $34, 1.08 oz. 40 shades.
While I love the idea of 40 shades, as any one who is in either the fair or deep categories knows it can be hard to find the right shade and undertone, this foundation just didn’t work for me.
It was patchy, especially around my nose, and made my skin look a lot older. Lines I hadn’t even noticed appeared on my forehead and around my eyes while wearing this foundation. Maybe oily skin or younger skin would have better luck with this formula, but for my dry skin with fine lines, this foundation was a pass for me.
You can check out this post on my favorite foundations, including my shade picks for fair skin. Also, if you have trouble finding foundation for hard-to-match undertones or extremely pale or deep skin, RCMA is a pro line with 48 (!) shades of foundation available for only $23.
2 | Match Stix Trio, $54 ($75 value), set includes 3 tubes: highlighter, concealer, and contour. .75 oz total.
This match six trio was a great deal, compared to purchasing each item separately. Unfortunately, the concealer and highlighter shades didn’t work for me. The concealer looked really heavy under my eyes and was difficult to blend. It wasn’t creamy enough and was too dry, even from the first use. The highlighter, which swatched beautifully on my arm, looked terrible on my skin. It looked glittery and never seemed to blend. It ruined any foundation and just looked and felt dry and gritty.
The contour stix, however, is one of the best contour formulas I’ve ever used! It glides on easily, doesn’t disturb my foundation, and blends like a dream.
After it’s blended, it gives my fair skin the most realistic and long-lasting contour. The lightest contour shade, Amber, is perfect for fair and light skin. The cool undertones are absolute perfection.
The stick weight is generous and a tube will really last. I’ve barely put a dent in the top of mine and I’ve been using it daily for months.
I returned the match stix trio as I knew I’d never use the concealer or highlighter and purchased a single tube of the contour shade Amber.
3 | Match Stix in Amber, $25, .25 oz.
As I was saying above, this is a dream contour product, it’s absolutely the perfect pale ashy contour shade. Previously, I could only find a fair-skin friendly shade in Maskcara Cosmetics, which I loved, but has a pan formula. You had to use either a brush or fingers to apply.
The Fenty stick swipes on so easily and quickly in a nice, neat line. I blend it quickly with my fingers and then if needed, blend more with my beauty blender pro. The formula is just creamy enough to blend easily, but won’t disappear once blended.
This has become my go-to contour product. It absolutely took over my makeup bag. It’s a must have beauty product for fair and light skin tones!
4 | Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $18, .30 oz.
I was initially hesitant that this shade might be too dark against my fair skin. After testing it, however, I found that it truly is a universal lip shade.
The lip gloss is a light rose gold shade, that is a your-lip-color-but-better color. It makes my lips looks healthy and full. I have worn it over lipstick or on it’s own for more natural makeup days. It is a super duper flattering shade that gradually fades and leaves your lips feeling healthy and looking rosy.
The taste is a little fruity, but not overpowering. It feels hydrating on my lips and doesn’t dry them out. It has more of a lip balm feel, no sticky texture.
I would 10/10 purchase this again. I’ve worn it every day since I bought it!
What I’d like to try next from Fenty:
1 | Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color. Shade – Uncensored, $24, .13 oz.
This looks like such a stunning, universal red shade! I haven’t picked this up yet, only because I have over 50 tubes of red lipstick already. And as much as I LOVE red lipsticks, I do wear them less than my grab-and-go nude and rose shades. As far I’ve seen though, this shade looks good on every skin tone. From the feedback I’ve seen, it does seem to wear for about 6-8 hours before feathering.
2 | Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120. $32.
I love these curved highlighting brushes. They really grab your face and make highlighting foolproof. This one from Fenty looks super soft and the size looks perfect. The reason I haven’t purchased this yet is because I have a similar brush from Kevyn Aucoin that I use frequently. I am tempted to purchase this Fenty brush though, because the size looks absolutely perfect for controlled highlighting.
Shop it: Fenty Beauty is available online exclusively at Sephora.
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As always, thank you for reading and being a part of the blog!
xo – Molly