Hey guys, it’s good to finally be back! Sorry for the lag in posts – I just haven’t had the motivation or follow-through to finish anything I start.
- Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – $18
- Match Stix Trio: Deep 400 (suede, espresso and sinnamon) – $54
- Invisimatte Blotting Powder – $32
I have also purchased the Pro Filt’r Pro Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 440. I matched myself in the store and got a sample but ended up having to order the foundation online. When I tried it out, the shade is a little off on my face and appears too dark or muddy, so I will have to go in for a rematch. I am still playing around with this; more details below.
The first three items I listed I’ve had for about a week, so I have tried them enough to have formed my thoughts. I will break them down by product before I give my thoughts on the entire collection.
I love the style of this gloss. The design is clean and chic, and the tube itself is kind of chunky so it is easy to identify in the sea of lip products I carry around in my purse. The doe foot is bigger than I’m used to and I can cover both my lips in one application!
This gloss feels buttery and creamy, not sticky or gloopy at all like some glosses. I have rather pigmented lips, so I don’t see too much of the rosy tone that’s in the tube, but there is a subtle shimmer that pushes the gloss itself up a notch without going too 90’s.
If you want to support Rihanna but you don’t necessarily love anything she came out with (let’s be real, this person doesn’t exist), then I wold recommend the gloss. It is perfect for those little to no makeup days and at least looks cute enough to display on a vanity.
Match Stix Trio
Judging by the name of this trio, Deep 400, I am assuming Rihanna is going to come out with more trio offerings in the future. Even so, I feel like the trios are put together nicely, but they do need expanding.
I ordered the Match Stix online, so I had not seen a live swatch or tried it on before picking my shade. Based on that, I think I did really well! These three shades are as close as I could get to highlight, concealer and contour in a trio out of the ones she has in her collection.
In terms of shade matching, the contour shade Espresso is perfect. It is a rich coffee brown, a given based on the name. I was expecting the contour shades to have a bronzer-like quality – that isn’t the case at all. At least not for Espresso. This is a true contour color. For application purposes, start off with a little and build up as needed, as a little definitely goes a long way.
I would not recommend trying to use these over powder but they work well over my other skincare and cream/liquid products. I don’t notice any clinging, separating, cracking or flaking with this, but I have normal skin in the areas where I contour so products usually behave pretty well.
The concealer shade, Suede, I have some issues with. It appears peachy golden but almost has an olive undertone and looks sort of sickly on my skin. Because I wear makeup quite often and in general my skin tone is quite patchy, the concealer is almost exactly the same color of my face without makeup, just with the wrong undertone. At this time, I don’t feel there is a perfect shade for me. That is okay though because this product does work when I blend it with my other products, but it doesn’t replace my regular concealer all together. I use this as a highlighting concealer and use my regular concealer around my eyes.
When I tried it around the eyes, it could have been my application, but I feel this product is a little too heavy for that area. For anywhere else that needs concealing, I have had success. If you have oily or combination skin I definitely suggest setting this product, but the less you build it up or layer with other products, the less powder needed.
The highlighting shade Sinnamon is quite pretty. It isn’t a blinging, strobe highlight. This is a slight shimmer that replicates a glow from within. This is the kind of product that looks great with or without makeup. It can be built up for more glow or sheered out for a subtle all over luminescence. If you’re applying this over the skin, I’d recommend swiping some product onto a brush or sponge and then applying it where you want it. The other two Match Stix are best applied directly onto the skin and then blended out.
I have heard comments that the Match Stix are overpriced, but since the trio is $54 they come out to $18 each – well worth it in my opinion. I would say if you have dry skin, you definitely want to make sure your face is well hydrated beforehand, as these stix don’t have the best slip to them. They are designed to be longwearing and they live up to the claim but that may prove problematic if your face sucks up the little moisture there is in these stix.
Also side note, I have tried Sinnamon on my lips and it looks beautiful under the gloss bomb.
Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Out of the three Fenty Beauty products I own, this category of product is the only thing In needed and oddly enough, it is the product I have used the least!
In general, I prefer to wear as little powder as possible. I find it quite aging and I prefer a healthy youthful glow as opposed to a soft, blurred finish. I have fought it for too long though and ultimately, I need a blotting powder. My nose is oil city by 1pm each day (I am usually fully made up by 7:30am) and it isn’t a good look, you know? I generally just blot with the driest McDonald’s-esque napkin I can find but I decided to cave and get this powder.
I love the packaging. It is sleek and not too bulky, so I can slip it into my weekend purse, which is slightly bigger than a clutch, and I still have room for all my other junk. There is a mirror inside which is obviously essential, and this powder also comes with a thin pad for blotting.
The powder itself appears to be a very soft pink but applies invisible on the skin. I haven’t been wearing enough of it to notice if there is flashback, but to my knowledge it melts perfectly into all skin tones.
As far as oil control, once I blot midday I am good until about 6-7pm when I get home and start realizing that I should take my makeup off. This powder is a touch-up powder and not something you can just use once throughout the day and completely get rid of oil forever. I believe it is worth the $32 I spent for it, but so far I don’t notice anything too outstanding besides the no flashback deal. I would say if you have a lighter skin color you can probably find a comparable, less expensive product on the market.
Fenty Beauty – Thoughts
We have known about this collection for some time now and it is great to finally see it come to life. I feel like Rihanna makes bad b*tch music, but her style and aesthetic is very Vogue, and she channeled that feeling of chic, clean luxury into the design of Fenty Beauty. I love the colors – white, blush, chrome and black can never look bad together. Overall, she gets an A+ as far as branding.
In terms of the contents of this collection, she gets a solid B+. I think she wanted to focus on complexion products, especially as most of us women of color have a really difficult time with that area. With that said, her complexion products are absolutely worth a rebuy if you ask me. The stix and foundation have a permanent home in my beauty arsenal. I do think she could have expanded the stix more, and perhaps created some color correctors. Even so, for her to launch such a plethora of products in her first go, all I really have to say is bravo, ma! She made it happen and the quality of everything is on point.
The shimmer powder duos are beautiful, but I personally didn’t feel I need them, at least not right away. For me, I have 3-4 different “colors” of highlight I will wear, and my collection has already become a bit repetitive. I did try on Trophy Wife in stores. I think it is a cult product, something everyone is hyping over because it’s never been done, but if you’re buying makeup you plan on using, make sure Trophy Wife looks good on your skin before swiping your card. I found it very glittery and just too bold for me to get any use out of it.
Overall, I do feel there is something for everybody in this collection. I think Rihanna did her best to make quality products, that women can use, and she didn’t focus to much on trends or frills. I feel like mostly everything is set at a great price point, taking the quantity in mind as well. The collection overall gets an A from me.
How interested in Fenty Beauty were you before the launch, and did your opinions change after seeing the items? I feel like Rihanna can only improve from here and there is no other celebrity makeup line on the market that compares. I am disappointed she didn’t release any real impressive lip colors, but I have hopes for the future.
I would love to get your thoughts on this collection, and how you found the products that you purchased or tried out. What do you think? I don’t think this collection is hyped enough, yet I keep seeing “Fenty Beauty – is it over-hyped?” Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.