Who was silly enough to wake up at 2am to purchase Fenty Beauty as soon as it launched, only to find out that everything was still available in the morning? Yup, that would be me… And then I waited for over a week for the parcel to arrive while everyone and their dog was talking about the products. I hope you’re not totally fenty-ied out and are actually interested in my opinion after trying the brand for the last 3 weeks.
Let me start by saying that the packaging on everything is really great. The attention to detail is something I’m really drawn to and here we have magnetized packaging, logo pressed into the product and a beautiful color palette. It’s all very pleasing to look at.
I did not get every single product from the initial launch, but I have a nice sampling to really give you a good overview of what Fenty Beauty is about. Let’s dive in, shall we?
I only got a sample of the foundation because I wasn’t sure if the long wearing matte formula will be suitable for my dry skin, but I’m actually liking the formula a lot! It’s not a foundation I would reach for on a daily basics, since it is rather obvious on the skin (you won’t hide the fact that you’re wearing a foundation), but for special occasions I like it better than the YSL All Hours.
It’s a liquid formula with medium to full coverage and a beautiful finish on the skin. It doesn’t actually dry fully matte on me and looks more natural (especially after a few hours of wear). I haven’t noticed it clinging to drier patches either, which I know a lot of people have an issue with. Applied over a hydrating primer (Too Faced Hangover FX) it sits on the skin beautifully, even on my nose, which usually is a problematic area.
The foundation lasts perfectly during the day and does not need to be powdered (unless you’re extremely oily). I will definitely use it again but I am not sure if I ever get a full size bottle – the mini will last for a while for sure.
Now let’s talk about my least favorite products so far – the Match Stix. I only got the blush/highlighting ones and it’s not a formula I would be keen to repurchase. I’m even contemplating returning the Yacht Lyfe shade because it doesn’t look good on me and I can only wear it when paired with Trippin on top. The Confetti shade also looks a bit too purple and too glittery on top of my cheeks and I don’t see myself reaching for it a lot.
The Match Stix are not extremely creamy which means that you need to be careful with applying them on top of the foundation. I don’t recommend drawing a stripe across the cheek (you’re running the risk of wiping the product underneath off) and rather using a dabbing motion and blending the product with your fingers. Once applied, they do last well, but there are better and more affordable cream blush formulas out there.
I also tried using the Match Stix on the lids – Trippin looks amazing on the eyes – but interestingly enough, they crease like crazy. Even with an eye primer underneath. You’d think that the drier formula will stay put, but if you have oily lids, you will have to apply a primer and powder shadow on top to make it work.
Unlike the cream highlighters, the powder ones are a must have! Everyone is obsessing about the shade Trophy Wife, but I skipped it since it would be way too dark on me and I don’t need a huge pan of gold eyeshadow either. However, I’m madly in love with Metal Moon. It looks straight up white in the pan but it’s actually a lovely pale gold shade with no glitter at all. It makes the skin look creamy and gives that natural glow from within look. Absolutely stunning, especially if you like mote subtle sheen on the skin. Metal Moon can be used with a full face of makeup and on bare face, it works wonders both ways. I’ve been pretty much using it every day…
The duo is nice as well but to be honest, I’ve been neglecting it a bit and just grabbing Metal Moon. However, I think it’s a good option for those of you who like their highlight to be poppin’ one day and gentle the other. The Mean Money shade from the duo doesn’t swatch that well, but looks nice and subtle on the skin giving it just a bit of sheen. You may need to build it up though. Hu$tla Baby is more out there and metallic, but still very wearable. This one has no application issues and show up true to color with one layer.
The product that surprised me the most was the Fenty Gloss. I’ve added it to my cart at the very last minute and as I was waiting for my parcel to arrive, I was debating whether it was a good idea. I’m not really a gloss wearer but this formula is exceptionally good. Initially, you may think that the product will be too thick and gooey because there’s a lot of it on the wand. But as you apply the gloss, it feels more like a thick gel and it does not feel sticky at all.
It’s actually very comfortable on and lasts for a good couple of hours – the thickness is great for prolonging the wear. The shade, which is meant to suit every possible skin tone, is quite close to my natural lip color and also on the sheer side. It works great though and I’ve been wearing regularly, even on no makeup days. It’s a great gloss to keep in your purse. I’m sure you can find a similar shade at the drugstore, but if you’re comfortable with spending $18 USD on a gloss, you won’t be disappointed.
Did you pick up anything from the Fenty Beauty line? After seeing an excessive amount of reviews I’m still tempted by the highlight brush…