My boo Rihanna broke the internet last Friday with the release of her new makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Rihanna created Fenty Beauty “so that women everywhere would be included.” She focused on a wide range of traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades. Kudos are definitely in order because Ri did the damn thang! First of all, there are 40 shades of foundation to suit all complexions and skin tones. From the lightest of light (Albinism) to the deepest of deep. Secondly, all of the foundation shades for darker women have sold out and are on back order. So for all of the brands that say they don’t make foundation in our shades because we won’t buy it- Stop lying!
I am so glad I stopped in Sephora on my way to a NYFW event to see the collection in person and shop. I was really able to appreciate the beauty of the products. Also, I was able to do swatches and get a better idea of what worked for me. In the end I picked up the Pro Filt’r Foundation, a Match Stix Trio and a Killawatt Highlighter Duo.
The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($35) has medium coverage, and is buildable to full coverage. The foundation comes in 40 shades to suit an extensive variety of skin tones and complexions. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity. It’s non-comedogenic, smooths pores and dries down to a barely there finish. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get color matched in store if you can. The formula is water-based so there is no oxidation. However there is a dry down period. And the shades are about two shades darker than they originally appear when completely dry. I was originally matched to 470 which was way too dark and red (cool) for me. I went back and swatched a few shades, letting them dry completely. Shade 440 ended up being a perfect match.
440 is described as being for deep skin with cool red undertones. I find that it leans a little more neutral than cool. The foundation applies smooth and buttery, and dries down to a soft matte finish. It’s extremely light weight and looks as if you’re not wearing foundation at all. It takes about 3 drops to cover the entire face for a natural, barely there finish. But it can be layered for full coverage.
The Match Stix Skinsticks ($25) are magnetized makeup sticks that come in matte and shimmer finishes. The matte sticks are formulated to conceal, correct, contour, and touch up skin, and is available in 20 shades. The shimmer sticks are formulated to highlight, blush, enhance, and bronze and comes in 10 shades. With the Match Stix Trio ($54), you get three curated skinsticks, two matte to conceal and contour. And a shimmer skinstick to highlight. The set saves you $21 as it would be $75 if each shade is purchased separately. There are four trio sets Tan, Light, Medium and Deep. I chose deep.
Sinamon Shimmer Skinstick – cinnamon bronze
Suede Matte Skinstick – tan to deep with warm undertones
Espresso Matte Skinstick – very deep with cool red undertones
The match stix are made to layer, and the buildable cream to powder formula is lightweight and super blendable. There is no creasing or caking, so they work great to use as an undereye concealer. The Deep Trio is the perfect match for my complexion. I use Suede to conceal and highlight under my eyes, forehead and the bridge of my nose. Espresso is the perfect contour shade. And I use Sinamon to highlight my cheekbones.
The Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters ($34) are lightweight cream to powder hybrid highlighters that come in solos, and perfectly paired duos. It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture. The hybrid melts into the skin and blends seamlessly. There are two solo shades and four duos. I purchased Ginger Binge/ Moscow Mule- soft copper sheen / supercharged copper shimmer duo.
Ginger Binge, Moscow Mule, Sinamon Shimmer Skinstick
I absolutely love the uniqueness of the Ginger Binge / Moscow Mule duo. I don’t have anything like either shade in my collection. I’m not a huge fan of rose gold highlighters and prefer golden or bronze, but these highlighters look AMAZING on dark skin! I’m in love.
I did this look using the Pro Filt’r Foundation, Match Stix Trio and Killawatt Highlighter Duo. I did my makeup at 7 am and took pics about 3pm. I’m loving the fact that the foundation leaves me looking dewy instead of oily after all of those hours. I have oily/combo skin (which is horrible in the Summer) and I can look like a grease slick by this time of day. I did have to blot my t-zone a few times, but overall the foundation wears well.
The match sticks stayed in place all day and I didn’t experience much under eye creasing. All concealers crease under my eyes, even if just a little bit. Guess it’s the way my eyes are set up. Anyway, my highlight stayed poppin’ all day after layering the Killawatt Highlighter in Moscow Mule over the Sinamon Skinstick.
I ain’t got no complaints with the Fenty Beauty collection y’all. Get you some. Available at Sephora and Fenty Beauty.
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