FENTY Beauty review

Just when I started moaning about being stuck in a makeup rut, Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty  and I was loving makeup again and actually looking forward to playing with new products. I never buy into the celebrity hype, but with the gorgeous formulas and focus on a flawless base, I just couldn't wait to see what the hype was about!

Let's start with the star of the show - the Fenty Pro Filt'r Foundation*(£26.00). With a range of 40 shades from the start, it got everyone talking. A variety of undertones and many dark shades, which most brands cater for very poorly, Fenty is one step ahead already and I can't wait to see more finishes and shades being added to the selection. 

The Pro Filt'r foundation features a soft matte formula and I opted for shade 210, described as perfect for medium skin with neutral undertones and subtle peach tones and it's a great match for me. It's a soft matte, long-wear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. Now first thing I have to mention - if you have dry skin and dry patches, I don't think this will be for you. Some made it work, but I would only recommend this foundation for normal, combination and oily skin. It sets really quickly as well, so make sure you moisturise first or spray your face with a mist. I go in with the primer as well and they work really well together. Once the foundation sets it won't budge, unless you try to blend in a lot of cream products on top. It's a matte formula that sets completely and doesn't need powdering, so you don't want to be messing with it by adding more cream products on top. That's why I tend to use it along with the Match Stix and blend it all at the same time.

I have also been using the Fenty Pro Filt'r Primer Instant Retouch*(£24.00) after moisturising and before the base, which helps to minimise pores, smooths lines, prevents shine and makes your base last longer  and it's fantastic. Possibly my favourite primer ever, as it feels light on the skin and blurs out imperfections. Such a nice formula. Works well with the Match Stix as well.

The Fenty Foundation Brush*(£26.00) is perfect for applying and blending the foundation with it's medium density super soft bristles. I tend to use my fingers for foundation , but I have been loving this brush for seamless,  full coverage.

I am  also loving the Match Stix Trio*(£46.00) in Medium, but it took me a few attempts to figure out how to use the sticks for best results. When I first used the sticks, I applied them on top of the Pro Filt'r foundation and found them hard to blend. Next time, I tried them on primed skin and they worked so much better and blended really easily. So if you want to use them with the Pro Filt'r foundation, I would recommend applying them at he same time and blending it all together. You will find it easier and you will be using less foundation too. Win win! 

The trio consists of three shades. A shimmery highlight called Trippin - stunning golden apricot. A neutral concealer shade called Bamboo and a cool toned contour - Mocha. The concealer shade works well allover, but tends to look a bit patchy under my eyes. I think it's more for highlighting the full under eye area (in a the triangle shape) than actually right under the eye as concealer. It's great as an allover matte highlight shade.
The contour shade is just gorgeous and I adore it - it seems more creamy than the light shade for some reason and blends out nicely. I use it for contouring cheekbones, nose and forehead.

The highlight looks stunning on my skin tone and also works well as a subtle blush. Just be gentle when you're blending it on top of the Pro Filt'r foundation, as you don't want to move your base too much.

Left to right: Bamboo, Mocha, Trippin.

This picture was taken when I first used the products and applied the sticks on top of the foundation. I still managed to blend it out fine, but I would definitely recommend applying the stick and foundation at the same time and then blending it out together. Even the sticks alone work really well as a base on their own actually. 

Last but not least - the stunning Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo*(£26.00) in shade Mean Money & Hu$tla Baby. It's my most used product from the collection and I simply adore it. Weightless, long-wear cream-powder hybrid formula and stunning shades.

I especially like the intense peachy champagne glow of Hu$tla Baby - it's been my go to highlight for the past few weeks. Mean Money is much more subtle and gives a soft champagne sheen - perfect for those who are scared of intense highlight and want a more natural look - it's just gorgeous! I would recommend this duo to everyone, especially to highlight newbies as you can start subtle and add more glow gradually.

Wearing Hu$tla Baby. Sooooo gorgeous!

Overall, I am really impressed with the Fenty range and well done to Rihanna for bringing out so many foundation shades. Bravo! I adore the simple packaging and the formulas and I hope she brings out some more foundation options for those with dry skin - maybe a tinted moisturiser or a more glowy base?

Available from  www.harveynichols.com in the UK and www.fentybeauty.com and Sephora in the US.

*PR samples

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