Hi guys! I’m back from a little hiatus. I was able to continue school, but it’s definitely keeping me busy. When I’m not in class, I’m working, or fulfilling my duties as a member in various university organizations. Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy though!
With everything going on, it was nice to be able to get my hands on some Fenty Beauty, and enjoy some retail therapy, as I can’t engage in that as frequently as I used to.
So as everyone knows Rihanna dropped Fenty Beauty on Friday, September 8th, and snatched edges while doing so. As a public figure, known fashionista, and of course a divergent musical artist, we should have expected her makeup line to be so groundbreaking; but still no one was prepared.
She launched her brand in over 17 countries all on the same day, releasing 40 foundation shades, 6 powder highlighters, 1 lip color, brushes & tools, and these beautiful innovative products that she calls Match Stix.
Since I’m not the biggest makeup person, I only picked up the GlossBomb Universal Lip Luminizer, one of the Match Stick Matte Skinstick Concealers, a Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, and 2 of her portable brushes.
Before we even get down to the shades and the quality of the product I received, the beauty of her packaging definitely sold me (especially since I got everything online). Each item has a sleek design, with either an iridescent white, or a frost glass finish. Until you have it in your hands, you can’t truly appreciate it for what it is.
Okay so let’s break down what I got!
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
So I’m going to start off with my favorite product of hers, the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter. This comes in 6 beautiful powder shades, and they’re creamy blendable, and highly pigmented. They have a crisp shimmer finish, and are definitely worth the price.
I purchased the shade Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby duo, which is a soft champagne and peachy gold combo. I absolutely adore the names! 4 of the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters are duos with two complimentary shades. One operates as a more natural glimmer, and the other is a blinding and powerful shine. The other 2 are single shades, that are entirely equal in beauty. Trophy Wife, Metal Moon, Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal, Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby, Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak, and Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule.
At first application, I used her portable highlighter brush, and it glided on like a cream highlighter. It was very easy to blend, and just a PSA: a little goes a long ass way! This highlighter will literally last me a year or more.
I first off went for Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby because I’m always immediately attracted to soft gold tones. Since I have more yellow undertones, I feel that gold really complements my skin. After trying it on firstly at home, and then wearing it the next day and receiving a billion compliments, I knew this was an impeccable shade for me.
Even at this, I’m still excited to try out Trophy Wife and Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule in the future.
This highlighter was priced at $34, which for a quality high-end highlighter, is a perfectly reasonable value.
Match Stix Matte Skinstick
This product is a hit. Her Match Stix Matte Skinsticks are longwear, lightweight, matte, and come in 20 shades differing from light to dark, warm to cool.
I purchased the shade Suede, since I didn’t want anything too drastic, but more subtle. Because I’m not one for a lot of makeup, I use concealer instead of foundation (but I’m tempted because her foundations look amazing). I simply put it under my eyes, and on any dark spots, and then blend it in with a finishing powder. This is one product that I will say does not need a finish. It dries amazingly quick, and seemingly sets itself!
I haven’t worn it all day yet (as I’m more of a bare-faced everyday kinda girl) but I have all confidence that it’ll last a night out.
The Match Stix Matte Skinsticks are priced at $25, and also come in Cream Highlighters, and Contours! (I’m looking forward to trying the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Rum!)
Portable Contour/Concealer & Highlighter Brushes
I haven’t bought new brushes since maybe 2 years ago (please don’t roast me), so I decided to purchase two brushes of hers that I know I would really use. Aside from an eyeshadow brush (which she doesn’t have, yet), I love a bomb highlighter brush, and a good concealer brush as well.
These completely surpassed my expectations. The brushes are uber soft, and very gentle. The highlighter brush is a slanted angled medium-density beauty, that works amazingly well with her powder highlighters (and I’m sure they’ll work beautifully with her Shimmer Skinsticks as well). The concealer brush is rounded and soft, dense enough to gently and effectively blend out her cream Matte Skinsticks.
Each portable brush is $24. For someone who hasn’t bought brushes in a minute, I was fine with the price.
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
Last but, certainly, not least, I ordered her Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer; her sole lip color. This was extremely daring, which just one of the things I love about Rihanna. She marketed this lip gloss as a universal “gotta-have-it” rose nude lip for all skin tones, with explosive shine. Her “stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss”, feels as luscious as it looks, and is packed with moisturizing Shea, finished wth a decadent peachy-vanilla scent.
I was so excited to try this, as everyone that knows me, KNOWS I’m a gloss girl. I love me some lipgloss. But then, I’m also someone who prefers nude tones over color, and I love a good nude or clear shine lip. This was it for me. It has the perfect amount (so a lot) of shine, rose nude tone, and isn’t sticky–like at all. It slides on, and moisturizes your lips throughout the day, thanks to the Shea she ever-so-gracefully slipped in there. Gotta love your Black girls.
Her Universal Lip Luminizer was price at a beautiful $16.
I literally cried, this price was so perfect.
All in all, my edges were most definitely snatched. Her brand, her drop, her visuals… Everything literally took my breath away. I waited online behind 11,000 people to get my hands on Fenty Beauty, and I’m so glad I did.
I was elated to finally see so many products for all my black and brown girls out there, and completely appreciated the amount of shades she had in–well, everything. In her first exclusive makeup line, she did more in one day than most makeup companies have attempted to do in years.
So far, I give everything I purchased a 15/10! I’m completely looking forward to trying out more of her lovely products, and CAN’T WAIT for her Holiday Collection drop this month. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she has in store for the makeup community (and my edges) in the future.
RiRi’s done it, yet again.
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Sending my love, and signing off for now,