Fenty Beauty is an exciting new launch and one that has been hyped on social media it seems. I’ve heard enough to be interested and I’ve been given enough information on the range to get excited for some much-needed diversity in the beauty industry. Fenty Beauty is exclusive to Sephora and Harvey Nichols and it is worth heading to a counter near you to test out the range first hand.
I headed to Harvey Nichols for a breakfast preview of the counter in Birmingham and to see the products for myself. But I didn’t get beyond swatching and chatting about the products at the time. So I went back for a makeover to try products on my skin and to see what my colour match would be. If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen my Instagram Story on the day with check-ins reflecting on how the products were wearing. But in case, you missed that then here are all the details.
To start with, we used the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer (£24) and concentrated this on my t-zone as it offers a soft matte finish. This feels like a lightweight moisturiser when it is applied but as it sinks in and dries, the silicone feels more obvious. If your skin doesn’t do well with dimethicone then I wouldn’t advise using this primer. The finish of this on my skin really was soft matte as promised. I was concerned that this wouldn’t suit my dry skin over the course of the day and I have to say that this isn’t a primer that I will be reaching for. I prefer something more pore smoothing than this primer on my t-zone and I definitely need a more hydrating primer for my cheeks.
With 40 shades in the foundation, this line has been heralded as being the beauty range that proves that dark shades will sell. And I think it is about time that there was an inclusive range when it comes to women of colour. I find it brilliant that not only are there so many foundation shades but that there is also a range of undertones too to ensure a seamless match. It is something that shows that there was real thought in the foundation shades rather than just creating a wider range of them.
I was matched to shade 210 in the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (£26), which applied beautifully into a medium coverage. The coverage was built up to cover my redness and blemishes with the Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Bamboo (£21), which blended together well. I liked the soft matte finish of both the foundation and the Match Stix together and there were no discernable seams when I checked close up. It was good to see that this wasn’t cakey or heavy on my skin. Though I found that this only lasted for around four hours. After that, the foundation started to enhance all signs of dryness and dehydration on my face as well as start to go patchy on my nose and cheeks.
By eight hours of wear, my skin felt really itchy and I needed to wash the makeup away. For my dry skin, this foundation didn’t suit well. I would recommend using a hydrating primer or using a hydrating setting spray to refresh the makeup throughout the day if you’re a huge fan of the colour and want to make it work on drier skin types. Though I can’t say for sure that you’ll find it enough to make this last all day without the foundation accentuating signs of dryness and dehydration. However, I wouldn’t recommend this formula for very dry skins.
On reflection, I did find the foundation was a shade too dark for me. It is difficult to get a perfect match under department store lighting to be fair and the difference was only noticeable when I checked in daylight. As we are going into autumn-winter I feel that I should probably choose one shade down. As shade 210 has a neutral undertone, the next shade down on the Fenty Beauty website that is neutral too would be shade 190. I may get a sample of this foundation and try it with my own techniques and tools; though I don’t have high hopes given this first impression.
The Invisimatte Blotting Powder (£24) is translucent and promises to be invisible for touch-ups during the day. We used this to set the foundation on my forehead. I do need some oil control on my t-zone to keep the shine away and over eight hours, the areas where the primer, foundation and powder were used together, look flawless. I think that this combination worked well together and for combination or oily skin, this would be worth trying out together.
For contour, we used the Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha (£21). The colour seems to have a neutral tone and didn’t appear too warm or ashy on my skin. The cream to powder formula blends easily then sets so doesn’t move. I was pleased to see that when this is blended there is no evidence of where the product was drawn onto the skin. It also lasted very well and was still on my skin after eight hours, which is impressive for a cream to powder formula. On my dry skin, this lasted well for the eight-hour test and didn’t fade noticeably so I am adding this product to my shopping list.
Aside from the foundation, I feel that highlighters are a much-hyped addition to the Fenty Beauty makeup line. I wasn’t taken by the yellow gold of Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife so explored other options in the range and settled on trying the Killawatt Freestyle Highlight duo in Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby (£26). I love the colours and the way that they look on my skin tone. I think that this duo is really pretty with the highlights worn individually or layered together. If you like a wet look, high impact highlight then this can be layered up to give that effect without any chalkiness.
For cheek colour, the current options are also in the Match Stix product line. The Shimmer Skinstick in Trippin’ (£21) is what was used for my makeover. Sadly the colour didn’t last very well and after four hours there was no colour left on my cheeks. I was quite disappointed by this as I love a good cream cheek colour. I think that the Confetti shade (the purple above) is so pretty. And it goes so well with my current hair colour so I will be trying this out for myself. Perhaps I will have better luck with my own tools and techniques when using the Shimmer Skinstick.
I did try out a Shimmer Skinstick for a cream highlight in shade Starstruck (£21) and it is very pretty. This was used on my eyelids and on my cheekbones, where it also set with the Killawatt Freestyle Highlight in Metal Moon (£26). This made it last all day so perhaps that’s the trick that was missing with the cheek colour. It made for a very pretty combination on my skin tone anyhow.
I am not much of a lipgloss fan. I occasionally like to wear it but I do much prefer to wear lipstick. However, I did try the Gloss Bomb lipgloss (£16) from Fenty Beauty. It has a sweet scent and doesn’t have a chemical taste. This product is also super glossy and depending on the natural pigment of your lips, it looks peachier or more golden. It lasted fairly well but did get stickier over time sadly. This might have been better if I’d been able to top it up.
Overall when it comes to the Fenty Beauty range on my dry and dehydrated skin, I won’t be buying the primer and foundation in a hurry. I would hope that there is a new foundation formula in the future that is more suitable for my skin type. When it comes the other products in the range, I think that the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters are worth investing in and the Match Stix Matte Skinsticks (I’ll be picking up Mocha for contouring). My absolute favourite product has to be the Invisimatte Blotting Powder; ideal for creating a long-lasting perfected finish to my skin.
What have you tried from the Fenty Beauty line? Do you have dry and dehydrated skin too and if so, what products did you find worked for you?
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