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A Makeup Review - Fenty Beauty

01/02/2018


As we all know, the absolute goddess, Rihanna or otherwise known as Robyn Fenty, has brought out her own makeup brand, 100% cruelty free! If you don't know about Fenty Beauty then where the hell have you been hiding?! Everyone I know is so impressed with the diverse shade range, 40 shades to be exact and I so desperately needed to be matched again as I have changed colour since I last got matched (how??!!). So after watching probably over 50 first impressions on YouTube and reading post over post's of "Is Fenty Beauty worth the hype?", I decided why not jump on the bandwagon and give it a go myself! Not all reviews are positive but that's exactly like every other brand right? I went online to try and order but I honestly didn't know what shade I was as the website I usually use to match my foundation (findation.com) hasn't been updated yet and doesn't have Fenty Beauty as an option. I looked at swatches everywhere and tried to find people who were using a shade in my other foundation but I actually couldn't. As Fenty Beauty is exclusive to Harvey Nichols, I couldn't exactly get it locally as I don't live anywhere near the nearest one, so I decided to wait until my birthday when I was in London so I could actually get it.

By the time I was at London I had chosen I didn't just want the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (what a mouthful!), I also wanted to try the Match Stix Trio and the Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer. As well as wanting a new foundation, I wanted to have a new primer as I turned on the one I was using for the last few months. When I got to Harvey Nichols, there was a queue outside to wait to be matched - what? I really have never been in a queue to be matched! The woman who matched me was super nice, but I also don't think I had a choice on what colour Matc Stix's I actually wanted, she just told me.

I should mention that my skin type is normal to combination skin. Some days I get oily in my T-Zone but other days I don't at all. I don't suffer from acne but do have the odd pimple every now and then and I do have some scarring from previous spots.



The Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer retails at £24 for 32ml of product. This primer is actually the best primer I have ever tried. I use one and a half pumps and in my opinion that is more than enough to set my skin in place for my foundation. The primer is a sort of lotion formula and feels so nice when putting it on my face. I don't know if it's just me being delusional but.. I also feel like the primer smooths out the texture of my face and blurs my imperfections ever so slightly. For my skin it does matte it and it doesn't dry my skin up too much. If you have very dry skin then I wouldn't recommend this primer as it could do more harm than good by drying up your skin too much. On the other hand, if you have oily skin, I think the primer would not last all day and that you would have to powder and possibly touch up throughout the day. The only thing I hate about this primer is the fact it is so damn hard to photograph! It literally would not stay still!



The Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation retails at £26 for 32ml of product. Personally, the price is so good for how much product you get and cheaper than most high end foundations. The shade I use is 120, a neutral toned liquid foundation. I do feel like this is a perfect match for the colour I am now. Personally, the foundation does oxidize ever so slightly, but it doesn't go to that weird orange or pink colour like some other foundations do. Personally, the foundation is medium coverage, although it is definitely buildable to get that full coverage look. I was actually surprised at how well the coverage was despite the foundation being so runny. Depending on what I want, I use two pumps for an even medium coverage and then a further two pumps if I want my foundation to be full coverage with my beauty blender. I tried both a beauty blender and a range of foundation brushes, including a stippling and kabuki brush and I much rather the finish with a beauty blender. When I started to use the foundation, it wouldn't sit right on my face and it wasn't longwear at all. But now that I've got the jist of things and the foundation sits amazing on my face. I have even been to the gym with this foundation on without powder and it hasn't moved! I should also mention that it does not feel heavy on my face, I actually feel quite bare when I use it! Compared to my other go to foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place, the Fenty Beauty one has less coverage but lasts as long as the Estee Lauder foundation.



The Match Stix Trio retail at £46 or at £21 if sold individually. 


The contour Match Stix is my favourite one of the three by far. I use the shade Mocha, a cool toned contour stick although it totally doesn't look cool toned in the picture?? Before now I have never used a contour stick, but honestly I have never used something so amazing in my life! It blends in so easily and beautifully that you won't look like you have a helmet on or like you have mud on your cheeks! The best thing about the combination of the foundation and the contour stick is that the foundation doesn't come off underneath - I am however yet to try the contour stick with another foundation, so hold that thought!


The concealer Match Stix I definitely have mixed feelings about. I use the shade Bamboo. I don't know about you but there is something so satisfying about having a lighter concealer for that bright undereye. But this concealer is basically the exact same colour as my foundation ehh? At first I found this concealer pretty pointless as the foundation does the job of covering up all my redness. But, then I found that if my foundation starts to look a bit crap I can touch up using this instead of wasting more foundation! I also found that although it is not an eye primer, it is one of the best concealers I have used to prime my eyelids. It does the job right? I guess if the foundation doesn't cover your imperfections as well or even if you just want a lighter coverage, this concealer would work wonders.. but for me it's pretty pointless. I think I'll stick to my trust Collection Lasting Perfection.


This is a Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in the shade Trippin. Honestly, I wish this wasn't in the trio. Don't get me wrong the colour is beautiful and when I swatch it on my hand, I could die. My first impression of this was so-so bad. Honestly. When the woman put this on my face on top of my own make up I looked like a frickin clown! I looked in the mirror and pretended I loved it because she looked so amazed with her masterpiece - NO! I was genuinely so embarrassed that I barely looked at my boyfriend, like please don't look at me! I think she put it on too heavy or something because it just looked stupid. Although, when I tried it myself it didn't look much better mind. I'm not a massive fan of blush but I do sometimes on the rarest occasion dig out my blush when I'm feeling a change. But no, no. I tried it as a highlight because the woman said I could do that too, uh what a mess! I love highlight but there's nothing worse than having a pink stripe on your cheekbone! SO I tried it on my eyes, as she said I could do that too. It didn't do much either, and I would never us this colour on my lid on its own and my powder shadows are way more pigmented. My last resort was to try it on my lips. It looks sh*t alone. But, finally (!!!), I found a way to use this stupid stick and make it look pretty! I used it on top of one of my lipsticks, I found the gods of this product. 


Overall, I found a new makeup brand to fall in love with. Could we also just appreciate the packaging? What are your opinions on Fenty Beauty?
See you soon,
XoXo
23 comments on "A Makeup Review - Fenty Beauty"
  1. It really is such a pretty brand but the counter in Harvey Nichols is so off putting. I love the look of the trio stix x

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  2. I haven't heard of this brand, but it sounds like it was definitely something worth waiting for.

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  3. I heard Fenty is the next best makeup brand, Rihanna did an amazing job choosing skin colour shades. Simply amazing.

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  4. I'm loving the aesthetics of the match stick packaging. And its great to hear the primer is so good.

    C x

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  5. I have not heard of Fenty Beauty but it looks like a lovely make-up brand. Love the packaging design

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  6. Not heard of the brand, but I love the look of the neutral packaging. I must check these out x

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  7. I bought the foundation when the range first came out and i love it :) I also love the full colour range and that it includes everyone

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  8. I've heard quite a bit about Fenty but it isn't a brand I have tried myself yet. I love the packaging though and I may just have to try and treat myself at some point.

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  9. I'm laughing that you said it's hard to photograph #bloggerproblems. I would love to see how you use the products :)

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  10. Heard lots of good reviews about Fenty product, I am planning to get some for myself too. Love their packaging and you have done a good job with photography the product.

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  11. It’s great in a way that you can use the concealer as a touch up for when your foundation starts to fade. I’ve not heard of this brand before but it sounds like a good quality and value for money which would make me give it a go.

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  12. I haven't heard of Fenty before but Im also not very clued up on beauty products! These all look great, I would love to try the shimmer sticks!

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  13. I am not familier with this brand but I do like the sound of the primer as I need to find a new brand. Will check it out next time I go shopping

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  14. Fenty Beauty sounds like a lovely brand. Gets my total thumbs up with the cruelty free ethic, and the products sound fab. Can't say I have heard of it before, but will be one I look out for now.

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  15. I've been wanting to try the Fenty foundation for a while now. It's great to know you get on so well with it (once you're used to applying it). The primer sounds fab too.

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  16. I haven't seen this brand yet but I think I'm going to love it. I would love to try the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick.

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  17. Really interesting that your skin tone has changed over time - I'm guilty of never changing colour or brand.

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  18. I am so desperate to get my hands on some Fenty Beauty but at the moment I can't justify a splurge! I'm loving the look of the Match Stix x

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  19. I love the contour and shimmer highlighting stick, but I found that the primer did nothing for me honestly. But so glad you did this review because I love hearing what other people think of the line!

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  20. I never knew that Rihanna's real name was Robyn Fenty, oops! Such a lovely review, Whitney! 😊✨

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogpost.be

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  21. The brand itself has had so many positive reviews and I've considered trying several items however I wish they'd sell it in places other than Harvey Nichols. I find that store so intimidating... And I obviously want to try and colour match the foundations before I take the plunge. Here's hoping it's rolled out to other stores soon.

    Louisa | Loubee Lou Blogs

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  23. I really wish I bought their primer now because when the woman put it on me it really transformed my entire look - in a good way!

    http://www.emma-leighhull.co.uk/

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