Hi my beauties, welcome to another blog. After months of social media hype, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has finally launched – has it been worth the wait? Continue reading to find out my honest opinion….
Rihanna has created this makeup line “so that women of all shades, personalities, cultures and races could be included“. The products are 100% cruelty free and the foundations are available in a whopping 40 shades!
As you may know if you are a long-time follower, I am makeup obsessed and need to purchase new makeup regularly – unhealthy I know!. So having just got back from a holiday in Dubai, I had seen the promo and launch date for Fenty Beauty all over Sephora there. Unfortunately, it was launching after I was leaving so I was so happy to know that Harvey Nichols department store here in London, where I live would also stock the makeup line. A few days after it launched, I just had to take myself over to Harvey Nichols after work to feed my makeup obsession and check out the makeup in person.
The wait was ridiculous – even on a weekday evening. I was looking at about a 2 hour wait outside HN, so gave up and decided to buy online instead. I started by looking at the foundation and with 40 shades available, it was really difficult to guess which shade would match me without swatching first. But I took a shot and ordered shade 290 in the hope that it wouldn’t be too yellow for me.
Let’s just start by talking about the packaging. It looks sleek, feminine and beautiful with a frosted glass body and white lid. The name “Fenty Beauty” is clearly visible and for £26.00 you get a decent size bottle, which is brilliant. I would say this brand is more high end in terms of price point and really quite exclusive. The consistency of the foundation is medium to full buildable matte coverage. It creates a smooth, even base to for the rest of your makeup routine without looking cakey at all. I found the colour match to be a bit too yellow for me when I first apply it, but this foundation does oxidise so once it settles, it doesn’t look bad at all. I wore this foundation all day after my video and can say that the staying power is amazing. I didn’t find that it became oily or shiny in anyway or came off around my cheek area, which tends to happen a lot for me. In conclusion, I really like this foundation. It’s definitely as good as my other high end favourites. I love the consistency and more so love the fact that it is a medium to full buildable coverage making it a versatile foundation. I wouldn’t reach for this one to take away with me when travelling. I do think it is a dressing table, keep at home foundation just because the bottle is quite large and being glass it wouldn’t be the best option to take away.
The next item I purchased online was the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife for £26. This highlighter has been all over social media causing a frenzy.
Let me just start by saying that this is not the type of highlighter I would typically go for. It is really glittery and “in your face” when applied, but I just had to get it and give it a go. This highlighter is a beautiful colour and for those of you with a darker skin tone, it would look stunning as a highlight. This is a cream to powder highlighter which isn’t patchy at all when applied over powder. As an eye shadow this is beautiful. It is a highlighter I would keep for special occasions or when I want my highlight to really pop. It’s definitely long wearing and very glittery so if you are not keen on highlighters with a lot of glitter, then this one is probably not for you. I have also found that there is a certain way in which you have to apply this highlighter to avoid getting the glitter all over your face. I recommend patting the highlighter on first and then sweeping your brush over it to blend it in. This ensures you don’t get that glitter ball face and that your Killawatt highlighter “shines bright like a diamond!”.
My final purchase was the cream contour stick in the shade Maple for £21, which also comes in a set of 3 as a magnetic “Match Stick Trio” for £46. I opted to get the contour stick alone because I am not a fan of cream concealers – which is in the trio – and wouldn’t really use it. Same goes for the cream highlighter that comes in the trio set. The contour shade I purchased online was a perfect cool-toned shade to create shadow on the face for contouring as well as being a great shade to bronze up the skin under a powder bronzer. I would compare this contour stick to something like the Benefit Hoola Bronzer stick because the consistency is very similar. It glides on like a dream and blends out really easily. I would say this is a good one to take away on holiday as it is quite compact and durable.
The range also includes Shimmer Skinsticks which are cream highlighters in a mix of funky and bright colours. I wouldn’t get much use out of these, so i didn’t purchase them but for those of you into your bright and bold highlighters, definitely check them out. There are some subtle powder / cream highlighter duo’s in the range as well as an “Instant Retouch Primer” to smooth out any large pores before applying your foundation. Check out the full range here.
In conclusion I think that the foundation is amazing in terms of colour range, longevity and consistency. The Killawatt highlighter is a must-have for any beauty buff but in practical terms, probably not for everyone. The contour Match Stick is a beautiful shade, but I have seen other similar products on the market just as good for less money. I felt like purchasing the foundation, highlighter and contour stick was a good mix of products to test out. Was it worth the wait? I believe so, especially as this is a makeup range inclusive of so many skin tones. The price point is slightly high but then again this is Rihanna’s makeup line, which is highly exclusive. I would definitely recommend trying out the foundation to everyone. As for the other products, I would say it depends on your own personal preference. You can also purchase a number of brushes and a beauty blender type sponge – but I didn’t have any real need to try these.
I have ordered a few other bits of makeup from the Fenty line which I am currently waiting for, so once they arrive I will be doing a full makeup look using the products to see how the other makeup applies and give you my honest opinions.
I hope you found this review helpful. Check out my accompanying video below, where I put these products to the test. Please subscribe to my channel as well as following my blog by signing up for new posts. Would love to hear from you in the comments below. xx