I’m not typically one to get excited about celebrity beauty lines or collaborations. I guess it’s the old lady in me. I’m 33 but it’s only a matter of time before I’m bird watching, doing crossword puzzles and yelling at kids to get off my lawn. Ok, maybe I already do some of those things…
Fenty Beauty is the exception and here is why.
I’ve been a fan of Rihanna, real name Robyn Fenty, ever since Jay-Z so kindly introduced us to her. I love her music, her style and I think she’s an overall gorgeous human being. I actually got to see her perform once when she made a surprise appearance during Eminem’s Lollapaloooza performance!
Rihanna launched her beauty line, Fenty Beauty this week. Here’s what made me fire up my Rihanna Spotify playlist and take note.
- The line is 100% cruelty free
- The foundation is available in 40 shades with multiple undertones
- The price point is lower than many lines sold at Sephora
What I tried
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation-130
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
A liquid foundation that blends out well with brush and damp beauty sponge but does set fairly quickly. There’s a slight scent to it that I’d describe as powdery. It’s pleasant and not bothersome to me.
Described as a soft matte, this is a self-setting foundation that dry skin like mine doesn’t need set with a powder afterwards. Throughout the day, as my skin’s oil comes through more, I like the finish better. It’s nice to save my setting powder and wear a foundation that seems to get better the longer I wear it. Shade 130
Most impressive of all is the shade range of 40 tones. I chose 130 since it was described as a fair shade with yellow undertones. I’ve often struggled to find a foundation that has truly yellow undertones, with no hint of pink or peach and 130 is it. I thought it might be too light at first but I have to say, this is one of, if not the best shade match I’ve ever had.
For reference, I wear Ivory in Too Faced Born This Way, NC20 in MAC and Ceylan in NARS Sheer Glow.
This is described as medium to full but it’s pretty much full. It covers my melasma and dark spots almost entirely.
The foundation describes itself as long wearing and I would agree. It outlasts most of those I’ve tried lately and never needed touched up or blotted once. Keep in mind, I do have dry skin. I primed my skin with my LimeLight One Drop Wonder. I applied it with both a synthetic kabuki brush and a damp beauty sponge and I prefer the sponge.
My oily skin friends have reported back that unfortunately, they still get oily pretty quickly with this and the oxidation factor is real, even with the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer. Who would have thought that a foundation called Soft Matte might actually work better for dry skin?! Value
At $34 for 1.08 fl. oz., this is an incredible value for a high end foundation, housed in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. Here are a few comparisons to put this into perspective:
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
$43 for 1.01 oz.
NARS Sheer Glow
No included pump
$47 for 1 oz.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
Glass bottle and a pump
$64 for 1 oz.
Do I recommend it? Yes. Definitely.
If you’re dry like me, just make sure you moisturize really well beforehand. If you like full coverage, you’ll enjoy it. If you don’t, and you’re more accustomed to tinted moisturizers and BB creams, this isn’t for you.
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby
This is a powder highlighter with a very silky feel, likely thanks to the dimethicone. Colors/Finish
The Mean Money side (left) is a really subtle, soft glow while Hu$tla Baby (right) is a more metallic gold-toned champagne. I like the shades layered or mixed together, as well as solo. This reminds me of the Stila Kitten Duo, which I’ve always loved.
This wears about like any powder highlighter. I always use an eye primer so they wore great as eyeshadows too, no creasing.
At $34 for two shades that can be used on face, eyes and body I would say it’s a decent value. It’s pricier than many highlighters but versatile. Wearing the foundation and highlighter on lids, cheekbones, cupid’s bow and brow bone.
Do I recommend it? Yes. They are fun to use but nothing I haven’t really used before. I like the packaging and shades though. Have you seen this woman? JK, but for real. This is like a glamorous mugshot.
If you’d like to see how the foundation and highlighter apply in real time, make sure to watch my video review.
I hope that this review has been helpful, especially for my pale, hella yellow, dry skin men and women. If you’d like to see all 39 other shades, this post has photos of that. You also might spot a familiar face at 130 😉