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So this isn’t a review of one or two Fenty Beauty products. Nah. I have four different products for you all!
That’s right! I will be reviewing the following products:
- Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
- Match Stix Matte Skinstick
- Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
- Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
To keep it manageable, I will review the first 2 items in this post, and you can read about the other 2 here.
I believe in frame of reference, so I will be comparing these products to the equivalent products from other brands, including NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and MAC. And to make it even better, I have tied all of the Fenty Beauty products into one complete look. I’m not talkin’ swatches. You’re about to get a full. face.
TELL ME WHO ELSE IS GONNA DO THAT FOR YOU?
Ok, I’m done with the gifs.
Let’s get some background. (And if you’re impatient, just go ahead and scroll down to the photos. Yagirl was GLOING.)
As someone that prides themselves on being up on all the latest and greatest in makeup and fashion, please tell me why I had no idea Fenty Beauty was on the radar!? I follow Rihanna on Instagram, but it wasn’t until a day before the drop that I saw a post about the products.
Luckily for me, I had possibly the greatest coincidence in my beauty career. I planned my birthday celebration (naturally, because who else could do it better…) for last Saturday. On a whim I decided “why not go super glam?” and scheduled a makeover at Sephora.
It just so happened that it was the day after the Fenty Beauty drop. So naturally I requested that my makeup artist use all Fenty Beauty products. It seemed that all my bad girl dreams were coming true.
LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.
What I like:
Texture. This is possibly the most important point out of everything I will say about all four products. This foundation doesn’t smudge. Did you HEAR me? One of the worst parts of wearing foundation is having to be careful not to let my face touch anything. You all know that panic- realizing you pulled your white shirt over your fully done face, giving delicate hugs so you don’t get makeup all over someones shirt, even freaking out after you smudge makeup on an important paper. I will live in fear no more.
Coverage. This is perfect for your “I don’t wanna try too hard but I’m bout to lowkey glam at 7 a.m. for my hot coworker” moments, AND for your “Down 2 Twerk” moments. I feel like every foundation nowadays says “matte”. I may have been a skeptic, but this is on another level. When I say matte, I mean MATTE! It looks incredibly natural but still masked all dark spots and other things I have going on.
Longwear. I had this makeup on for almost a good 12 hours and it stayed perfect. Did I get a little bit oily? Sure. That is the nature of my hot and humid environment. But my look stayed intact.
Shade. This line has 40 SHADES!!! Trust me, you will find your color. While this wasn’t much different than the MAC and NARS foundation I have used, it was definitely more accurate.
What I don’t like:
Quantity. While the packaging is great, it is clearly a thick glass vial containing what seemed to be a small volume of product. Turns out it is only 1.08 oz of product, compared to NARS’ Velvet Matte Skin Tint which is 1.7 oz (and $45).
No SPF. While makeup SPF isn’t enough to forego wearing daily sunscreen, it still makes me feel better about myself.
Overall: 9/10 You know I hate giving out super high ratings, but this foundation is the business. Hands down best I have ever used.
What I like:
Shades. I appreciate a wide variety of shades when going for my contour or concealer. (*cough cough* Anastasia Beverly Hills’ mere 3 options for their contour palette.) That being said, I loved that the darker shades were full bodied and had no “ashy” quality. Rich yellow and red undertones which are perfect for my warm complexion.
Use. These make perfect contour sticks. I am a huge fan of cream contour- powder contour is a blending nightmare. (Again, looking at you ABH!) Also, these make great cream highlighting sticks (shade highlighting, not sparkle highlighting. GET IT RIGHT!). This would take the place of my NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer pot.
Application. So. Easy. If you are anything like me, you aren’t a fan of washing brushes. My concealer brush is the one I have to clean most often. This makes it easy. It is also super blendable on the skin.
What I don’t like:
Application. YES, this is a negative too. The stick is too large for precision use. So, you are great using it on your cheeks but as far as under your eyes? Nope. I guess you could rub it on your beauty blender and use that to apply it, but that is a last resort type of technique in my book.
Versatility. Unless you work at Sephora, this isn’t an everyday product. Yeah, I’ll do some foundation a couple days out of the week but you won’t catch me contouring before 5 p.m. For the average college student or young professional, this is not appropriate for everyday wear.
Overall: 7/10 I would buy mostly because of the relatively low price compared to other foundation/contour sticks. Not a must-have, but worth trying.
Click here for Part 2, where I review the Killawat Freestyle Highlighter and Gloss Bomb Universal Luminizer, and show you the finished look!