Fenty Beauty by Rihanna: Makeup Review

Like the rest of the world this fortnight, we went slightly crazy at the Fenty Beauty Counter last Sunday, a few days after the release of Rihanna’s much anticipated makeup line. We were in Manchester City Centre and decided to pop into Harvey Nichols and there, right in front of us was the large, impressive counter for Fenty Beauty. We managed to spend a whole hour testing and sampling all her products and between us, managed to pick up most of the products in her line.



First Impressions

First things first, for once an international makeup line was launched in the UK at the same time as the US – this was a pleasant surprise since this is not usually the case! It is definitely not fun having to wait, or to pay extortionate shipping fees! So thank you Rihanna for being fair!

Secondly, can we just mention how impressed we were with the foundation shades – 40 shades for almost every skin tone is very impressive for a new brand. Some well-established makeup brands still do not offer so much variety!

Product Range

It’s pretty obvious that the range was very skin-focused – there were no eye products and only one lip product. However, as mentioned above, the foundation range makes up for the lack of any other type of product. We would definitely recommend popping in to a store to get matched rather than ordering online – it seems as though there’s a shade for everyone but it can be easy to get your shade wrong by guessing!

We also found ourselves drawn to the Match Stix – especially the Match Stix Trio for £46 which includes a matte contour and concealer stick and a shimmery highlight stick all matched dependant on your skin tone. Alternatively you could purchase them separately for £21 each.


We love the idea of the magnetised packaging, and the Match Stix look very pretty on our vanities! The foundation and primer bottles are simple yet chic and we love the neutral colours of her branding.

What we picked up

Henna – I got the Pro’Filtr Instant Retouch Primer; the Pro’Filtr Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 260 (neutral); the Match Stix Trio in Medium which included the concealer stick in Bamboo, the contour stick in Mocha and the highlight stick in Trippin; the Portable Contour + Concealer Brush (150); the Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush (120); and finally the Gloss Bomb.

Sairish – I got the Match Stix Trio in Medium, the Invisimatte Blotting Powder, the Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo which is made up of the colours Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby, the Precision make-up sponge and the Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush.

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Thoughts after trying the products

Henna – I decided to try all my products at once, yesterday. I chose a day when I would be wearing makeup from morning till night so I could see just how well the products could handle a full day. I applied my makeup at 8am and took it off at 11.30pm, so it was on for a total of 15 and a half hours. The main thing to say here is that my makeup did not budge, my face was just as fresh as it was when I first applied my makeup in the morning. I had no problem with shine either, which is something my skin has only recently been prone to with ALL my other foundations. This means that I usually have to apply powder throughout the day to control this, but I did NO touch-ups to my makeup at all yesterday. Impressed is an understatement! This is probably a result of both the primer and the foundation being matte.

The Pro’Filtr Primer: this is a very light, matte primer which smells amazing! I was in need of a good primer and I love the matte-ness of this one.

The Pro’Filtr Foundation: I was able to get an exact skin match for once, which I really appreciated after always being matched more orange than my actual skin colour with almost every other brand I have tried. The foundation is medium to full coverage, and buildable without cakiness. Compared to some of my other foundations it felt much more lightweight and airy rather than heavy – another bonus. It is quite matte as mentioned above, so I’m not sure how it would be for dry skin, but it worked amazingly for me! It controls oils well and lasts ALL day!

The Match Stix Trio: these stix are a must! They have a creamy texture which makes them super blendable, and they are light so you don’t get that cakey feel. I loved the contour shade, it was the perfect tone and gave that effortless, chiselled look perfectly. I didn’t use the concealer under my eyes as I felt it wasn’t the right shade or texture, but I used it on my cheekbones, nose and forehead as a highlight, and again the blendability is perfect. Finally, the Shimmer Skinstick Trippin is such a beautiful shade – described as Gold-Glazed Apricot on the website and just as delicious as it sounds. It blends in well and provides just enough of a shimmer for a more natural, dewy look.

The Gloss-Bomb: I find it so difficult to find a neutral lipgloss, with a good formula but this lipgloss is just perfect. Not as sticky as most lipglosses, and just the right shade to suit all skin tones, it is perfect and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I wore it on its own and loved the way it looked.

The Highlight Brush: this is the full-sized highlight brush. I was drawn to this because of the way the brush is cut and shaped: it literally ‘hugs’ your cheek in that it fits the contour of your cheek perfectly. This means that you can apply your highlight exactly where it should go. Brushes are always worth the investment, and this one did not disappoint.

The Portable Contour + Concealer Brush: this cute little brush is also magnetised so it attaches to the Match Stix – LOVE! It is soft, but firm and blends the contour perfectly. It’s also retractable and the perfect size to carry around.

Sairish – I didn’t manage to pick up the foundation as I didn’t get a change to get a match, but I will definitely be buying it soon! I also swatched the highlight Trophy Wife, and boy was that the most glowy, shiny, in your face highlighter I have ever seen!

Precision make-up sponge: I’ve been meaning to replace my beauty blender for some time now, but when I saw the Fenty make-up sponge I decided to give it a go. What was particularly interesting and unique about this sponge was the flat side, which I have been using to apply my liquid products and using the curved side to blend it all out. I am definitely glad I got it, it’s like a beauty blender but with a bonus (the flat side).

Invisimatte Blotting Powder in Universal: although the blotting powder is white, it comes on translucent and works well to control shine. We were told by one of the representatives on the counter that Rihanna worked the hardest on this product, and it definitely paid off!

Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in shade Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby: this was the product I was most excited about as I looooooove highlighters. Both shades are rose gold toned and highly pigmented so although it looks as though there isn’t much product for the price, a small amount goes a long way! These shades work beautifully on medium skin tones. Having used both shades, I can honestly say I am super happy with them and they had me shining bright like a diamond, which is always a good thing.

Sana – I purchased the Gloss Bomb Lip Gloss as I have been looking for a good lip gloss for a while. When I tried it on in store, I loved the texture and the colour. I also purchased the blotting powder as I have been looking for a good powder to control the shine in my T-zone area, and this powder has worked well for this purpose.


In our opinion the price point is reasonable – with the foundation at £26, it is £7-£14 cheaper than the other foundations I use at the moment. We also found the Match Stix Trio very reasonable – 3 sticks for £46 was not bad at all! The precision make-up sponge works pretty much exactly the same as a beauty blender, but was £1-£3 cheaper, depending on the beauty blender. The Kilawatt highlighter was reasonably priced: £26 for two shades and as it is such a pigmented product, only a little is needed to get that glow.

Overall Verdict

Henna – I honestly LOVE all the products I purchased and I am definitely glad I invested. Well done to RiRi on Fenty Beauty, I am a fan!

Sairish – I love love love the products which I bought, especially the highlighter duo! I will definitely be purchasing the foundation soon and the Trophy Wife Highlight.

Sana – I don’t really buy much make up, but I bought what I had been looking for, and I’m glad I chose Fenty Beauty!


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