September 8th, 2017 marked the much anticipated worldwide release of superstar Rihanna’s (a.k.a @badgirlRiri) makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Over the years, I have always admired how well she can pull off any look, whether is be soft and chic, or smoldering and sexy. When news of her eponymous line surfaced, I was truly excited and knew I would be getting my hands on a few items. I could not wait to get off work on a Friday—friyay! to visit my local Sephora to check out the line. I anticipated picking up maybe one or two key pieces. All told, I ended up picking a total of six items from the line. So did the products work, work, work? or was I underwhelmed? Read below for my review and swatches.
Rihanna wanted to create an inclusive line for women of all “shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races.” Her line boasts an impressive range of 40(! ) shades of foundation along with highlighting and contouring match stix that come in many customizable variations. The line also includes brushes, blotting powders and a lip gloss all in stellar packaging that is sleek, user friendly and portable for the woman-on-the-go.
The first thing that caught my attention was the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. I’m in the shade 250 which is described as “medium skin with warm and very peach undertones.” The foundation is described as a soft matte, long-wear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage, in an oil-free formula that is resistant to sweat and humidity. I found that it helps to even out my skin tone, blur my imperfections, and the result is a soft matte finish flawless finish that lasts all day, a good 8 hours. It does dry down quickly so I would recommend applying it in sections for the best result. Throughout the day, it did not emphasize any fine lines, dissipate or get patchy which is a huge thumbs up for me. I really did not know what to expect from this foundation launch and I am thoroughly impressed.
On to the next items that caught my attention: The Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters. They are described as weightless cream-to-powder hybrid highlighters. Two are standalone solos while there exists four luminizing duos. The duos feature a shade for a subtle daytime glow as well as a shade for a more intense, supercharged type of glow. They all looked so beautiful in the pan! I was that girl that grabbed a bit of everything and proceeded to do a quick full face at the Beauty Studio. After foundation application and playing around a bit with the Match Stix Trios, I played around with the highlighters and picked out two to take home.
The Kilowatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife is truly the star of the show. This is what Rihanna was photographed wearing to her launch party. It’s an out-of-the-world intense gold highlighter. I initially thought it might be a bit “extra” for my taste and then realized how beautiful it looked sheered out and as a blush topper. It is also gorgeous as an inner eye highlight and can even be worn as an eyeshadow. If you are looking for an intense, ‘glow-baby-glow’ highlighter, this one will not disappoint. It is long lasting and they call it Killawatt for a reason. True story–later that evening my boyfriend mentioned that I was glowing in the dark. I took a quick snap on my phone (snapfam knows) and he was right! Seriously. So good.
My final pick was the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. This is the only lip product offering currently available from the line and my guess is that we can expect more to launch in the near future. It’s a universally flattering rose nude shade that provides shine and comfort in a tube. It has an addicting peach vanilla scent that I adore and also contains shea butter to help condition and soften. The large wand helps to quickly and easily apply the gloss in one fell swoop. Is the packaging and performance on point? Yes. Can you likely find a dupe in your stash? Yes. Is it nice to have? Yes. But do you really need it? Probably not.
Swatches L to R: Pro Filt’r Foundation 250, Gloss Bomb Luminizer, Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule duo, Killawatt Trophy Wife Highlighter.
Bottom line, I am thoroughly impressed with my first introduction to the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna line. What a way to make an entrance with a line that is inclusive and reflects the true diversity in beauty. I would recommend checking out the highlighters which are out of this world and the foundation, too. I hope you found my review and swatches helpful.
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