Like a lot of other people, when I heard Rihanna was bringing out her own makeup line I definitely got excited and couldn’t wait to hear more. Rihanna being the well-known beauty and fashion goddess of the music industry she is, her beauty line had to be something special.
Rihanna announced that her new makeup line was created “so that women everywhere could be included” with a huge range of 40 foundation shades to match all skin tones with different undertones and skin types which sent the beauty world crazy. I mean 40 shades on first release?! That’s one big achievement considering brands that have been around for years still only have 10 shades. The hype just kept on growing and before we knew it, it was release day. Not only did Rihanna release the 40 foundation shades, she also released a matching primer, a variety of match stix for concealer, contour and highlight, highlighter duos, brushes and makeup tools and even a universal lip gloss shade to suit everyone. Amazing. But it doesn’t stop there! Not only did she release all of these beautiful looking products, she even made them a lot more affordable than I was expecting, yanno, with being Rihanna n all that. Even better, everything is available in the U.K. at Harvey Nichols, so no nasty shipping fees and customs for me!
A lot of people went crazy for the beautiful highlighter duos, but I was most intrigued by this new foundation in it’s huge variety of shades and of course not forgetting the primer to go with it. So for my first purchase from Fenty Beauty, they were the only two items I picked up. The foundation retails for £26 and the matching primer is £24 which I really didn’t think was too steep seen as it’s cheaper than the likes of Nars and almost on par with MAC. The packaging is also really simple with frosted glass and a simple logo on the side but I think it makes them look really classy and expensive which I love. The primer and foundation both have pumps on too for quick and easy application which is so important with these types of products, it is quite frustrating having a foundation without a pump as I just find it makes you waste a lot of product.
I have to say the most difficult part of my purchase was definitely choosing the right foundation shade, as with the amazing variety of shades all with different undertones too, it did make it more difficult to match yourself online. This is something I hate doing as it comes with the dread of receiving a foundation and it being the completely wrong shade. But seen as I live nowhere near a Harvey Nichols this was my only option as I couldn’t go into store to be shade matched. Luckily though, after a good few hours of watching Youtube reviews and searching through Instagram and Google, the shade I finally went for (after a lot of stressing) ended up being shade 150 which is described as being for light skin with neutral undertones and it was pretty good match. I’m definitely going to include swatches in this post to compare to my other foundations and show you what the foundation looks like freshly applied and once it’s dried down so you can really get a good idea of the shade as it does dry down to be darker. The below photo is the foundation dried down on the left, and freshly applied on the right;
Before we talk more about the foundation though I think we should talk about the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer. So the primer is described as “A shine-stopping, pore-diffusing primer that smooths the way for better foundation application and longer wear with an instant retouch effect.” The primer itself is a really baby pink/white colour described as “invisipink” as when applied to the skin it leaves no trace of colour or texture. It feels a little like a moisturiser when applied to the face and then it dries down completely to leave your skin feeling soft but not tacky or anything like you would expect. It also kind of has the smell of a silicon primer even though it’s not one, but it’s only a very very subtle scent which doesn’t linger at all.
I have to say I am a little disappointed. I expected it to blur my pores or at least make them look less noticeable like it said it would, but it literally did nothing of the sort. It also didn’t really make much of a difference to anything at all except maybe when I first applied it, it evened out my skin tone a little and it helped my foundation stay on a couple of extra hours at most. But for £24 I was definitely expecting more and it’s definitely not something you need to go with the foundation but I’m going to continue to use it seen as I did spend that £24.
Moving on to the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation which is described as “giving the skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds from medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s humidity resistant, sweatproof and won’t clog pores, so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this long-wearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin – so you always look like you.”
To start off I think this foundation is definitely medium coverage but can be built up to be as full coverage by using more foundation as you wish. I use 2 pumps for my whole face and it covers all my blemishes and surprisingly my dull spots and my dark circles too. One of the great things about this foundation is that I really feel like I only need half the amount of concealer I usually wear and even then I feel like I do that out of habit, I don’t actually need even that much. It seems to give a really nice finish to my skin which I love and it even balances out my skin tone really well. It’s definitely mattifying as the name suggests but it’s definitely not a flat matte or complete matte as it doesn’t make my skin look lifeless or anything like that which is really nice.
What I was expecting though was for this foundation to really help with my oiliness, and in a way it does but not near as much as I had hoped. It is the most long-lasting foundation I’ve tried but after a few hours my shine has come through a lot, but when my shine does come through, after I blot it away my foundation looks like it has been freshly applied which is the best thing ever. It’s really lightweight on the skin and stays really well on my skin for a good 7 hours (with about 3 lots of blotting in between) and then it starts to fade a little and some of my redness starts to come through and I look like I need to apply some concealer just to touch it up a little and make it more complete again. But if I am to do this it would last even longer. It doesn’t look cakey on my skin, the only other major disappointment is how the foundation and the primer don’t help me in any way with my pores. One last thing to note about this foundation is that you don’t need to set it with powder either which means you can miss a whole step of your routine out, although I do still like to use a setting spray when I’ve finished my makeup just to make sure everything stays in place. (Below from L-R is Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville, Fenty Beauty in 150, Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in 115 and L’oreal Infallible 24h Matte Foundation in Vanilla)
So even though the foundation is really lacking with helping keep my oil at bay and my pores invisible, I just feel like it’s still a really great foundation that is most definitely a new favourite for me. It wasn’t too expensive and the finish and long-wear aspects to it are just complete winners. What I would say is that I don’t think this foundation is going to be very good for dry skin just for the simple fact it is mattifying, so I am intrigued to see what happens when my skin becomes a little drier in the colder months.
So what do you think, will you be picking up anything from Fenty Beauty? I know this turned out to be a pretty long post but I wanted to make sure I included everything so you got a really good idea of what the foundation & primer are like. I hope you enjoyed reading!
P.s. have you seen the sneak peak of the holiday collection!