First Impressions of Fenty Beauty
Fenty Beauty launched this past Friday and surprise surprise, I had my order in for numerous products from the line bright and early Friday morning. They were delivered on Saturday (thanks, Sephora!) and I spent the weekend playing around with my new toys. Some hits, some misses, and some I’m still deciding on. First things first though, here’s what I picked up:
I’m a sucker for primers and this one sounded right up my alley, promising to smooth pores, even skin tone and texture, and absorb shine (without drying the skin). I expected this to have a heavy silicone feeling to it and was pleasantly surprised that it was more of a lightweight lotion with a pink tint. I found this to be more on the brightening side vs. mattifying as it did bring life to my skin, but with that, it also seemed to accentuate my pores, especially around my nose which wasn’t my favourite. I like my primers to smooth the surface of my skin while hydrating and blurring pores, so this product wasn’t my favourite aside from the beautifully light texture.
I’ve been into more matte foundations recently, but the struggle with matte foundations on a drier skin like mine is they tend to look cakey, and sadly, this one was no exception. I tried this two ways, first, layered on top of the primer, and second, mixed in with the primer, applied with a foundation brush and a dampened beauty blender. Both ways it applied like a dream - silky smooth, blended easily and felt feather light on the skin. Unfortunately, on my drier, dehydrated skin, it was a bit too cakey and visible for me. It looked beautiful on my freshly Botox’d forehead, but showed a bit too much texture on the rest of my face. I think this would be a great option for a slightly oilier skin without much texture to it as it really does look and feel beautiful on the skin. For reference, I have light skin with neutral undertones, and shade 150 was a perfect match.
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A+ for packaging on this magnetic duo which is perfect for both my purse and work bag. The Invisimatte Powder was my most anticipated purchase after watching Rihanna discuss and demo the product on the Fenty website. I quite like the powder - once blended in with a fluff brush it is invisible on the skin and mattifies without looking cakey. I was able to use this multiple times throughout the day and it never looked powdery, so this is a yes for me. The brush, however, is a bit taught and pulls at my skin instead of being soft and fluffy (which is a personal preference of mine). That being said, it clips in so nicely with the powder and is so convenient, I’m deciding whether or not just to keep it and learn to love it.
Have you ever seen blotting paper so chic? I love the idea of blotting paper in roll format. You can select the size you’d like to use and not waste a whole sheet for a minor touch up. Add in a refillable case with a built in mirror and I’m adding that to my cart and checking out with zero regrets. Let’s discuss this in two parts: packaging, and actual blotting papers. The packaging on this seems genius, but for an on-the-go blotter, it’s a bit difficult to be honest. You need two hands for starters. You can’t simply pull out a sheet, blot, and go. You need to open the case, pull the roll, and tear. The contraption is also a bit loud. The roll doesn’t tear quietly, so if you’re blotting in a meeting, get ready for everyone to turn your way as you rip that sheet out of its beautiful little case. Aside from the packaging, I love the actual blotting papers. They are soft, silky smooth, and work well without disrupting makeup, so these are a keeper for me. They won’t be my in-meeting papers (Bosica, always), but they will be in my car for touch ups and to add a little class to my dashboard.
I threw this in at the last second. I wasn’t that excited for it as it looked a bit too orange, but I told myself it was worth a try and if it wasn’t for me, I’d return it. I haven’t even had it for 48 hours and I’ve already ordered two more. This is the gloss I’ve been waiting all my life for. It’s my perfect “your lips but better” shade, bringing some warmth to my face and completing my look without looking like full blown lipstick. We’ve discussed my lips before - they are full and can take over my entire face if I’m not careful with shade selection, and with this, I’ll never have to worry. I hear there will be more colours coming soon to the Gloss Bomb range, they certainly hit it out of the park with the first one so I’m sure I’ll be a repeat customer with these.
So a couple misses but a couple bright spots in my first Fenty haul. I’m not sure I’ll be picking up much more from the line as it's contour and highlight heavy, and I find I don’t reach for either of those that often in my makeup escapades. If I do jump on the highlighter bandwagon though, I’ve got my eye on the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in the Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal shade because it looks gorgeous and perfect for my soon to be winter fair skin. Who knows, maybe I’ll buy it and use it as an excuse to teach myself how to properly apply highlighter for daytime wear, it can’t hurt…
I hope you all have a wonderfully highlighted week,