I recently finally got my hands on some Fenty Beauty products. When Rihanna first launched Fenty Beauty I went down to Harvey Nichols, saw the queue was a mile long, turned around and went home again. I then spent weeks watching all the YouTube reviews I could find, from the palest shade to the darkest.
Everyone was raving about the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Every video I watched and online review I read said that it was amazing, so I decided to head back to Harvey Nichols and queue up to try it for myself.
I was shade-matched in store, and for once (possibly the first time ever) I am not the palest shade. The shade I was matched with is the 110 (the second lightest). I really am so impressed with the amount of shades Rihanna has come out with to suit so many different skin tones.
I also picked up the Full Bodied Foundation Brush and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow which was the product I was most excited about trying. I didn’t bother trying to get any of the Match Stix because I have very dry skin and often creamy stick products never really agree with me, they kind of just sit on top of my skin and highlight all my dry areas.
I have fairly mixed feelings about the foundation. All the feedback I had seen about it was that it was life changing, so I was really ready to have that flawless look that I had seen so many times on YouTube.
The verdict: I just wasn’t blown away by it. As I was applying it with the brush it was drying very quickly, I knew this was going to happen from everything I had seen about it before but it just didn’t work right – unfortunately I think my skin is just too dry for this foundation. I would be keen to try a more lightweight, moisturising foundation if Rihanna ever brought one out.
The texture of it feels nice, and it has a very nostalgic scent similar to playdough which I love, however I just don’t think it does wonders for my skin. I am aware that the foundation is called “Soft Matte Longwear” so I’m not complaining that it doesn’t give me a dewy finish, but I would recommend to others with dry skin to maybe avoid this foundation. I will mention that after wearing it for a couple of hours it did seem to settle into my skin nicely, and looked better than when I had first put it on.
The gloss bomb, however, I have become obsessed with. It smells AMAZING – sort of like sweets with a peachy scent to it. It baffles me how Rihanna managed to come up with a universal lipgloss shade that will suit everyone, but all the pictures/videos I have seen of the lipgloss seem to suggest that it does suit so many different skin tones.
I have heard other people say that the gloss is nothing special and that it’s not worth the £16 price tag, however I would disagree. The texture is lovely, but not sticky, and keeps the lips moisturised. I love the subtle gold flecks in it that shimmer in the light.
Overall I think Fenty Beauty seems like a really innovative brand, and I’d be excited to see how they grow and the products they release in the future. I also love that they’re cruelty free!