Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – Profilt’r Soft Matte Foundation, Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Should I bother with a cutesy intro? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably read or watched 5000 videos just like this in the past two weeks. So let’s get down to business with a review of the items I picked up from Fenty Beauty.

Profilt’r Soft Matte Foundation in 420 // To me, this is the star of the show. Rihanna did a complexion-focused launch for a reason, and I feel like she hit the nail on the head. Obviously, the shade range – 40 shades from pale to deep – is what’s most notable and has been getting the most attention. However, the formula of the foundation itself is pretty phenomenal, too. It’s quite a thin liquid that gives medium coverage and a soft-matte finish that looks like skin. It’s buildable, too, so if I want some extra coverage – which I sometimes do on my cheeks – I can get it.

My favourite part of this foundation, though, is that it lasts significantly longer than my other foundations before I need to blot, which is a big win for me. I’m defs going to pick up a lighter shade for the fall and winter.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer// This is another big win. Fenty Beauty released a single gloss in a sheer, sparkly rosey brown that’s intended to look great on all skin tones. I love this stuff. It’s thick and has a massive wand, and it’s sheer enough that I don’t need a mirror to apply. That and the fact that it’s so comfortable on the lips means that I end up kind of using it like a balm. It makes my lips look juicy and pretty in an effortless way. I’m obsessed. Also, this gloss retails for $23 – if you’re on a budget and still wanna get your Fenty on, this is a good way to do it.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife Aside from the shade range of the foundation, I think that this is the most talked-about product in the line. Trophy Wife is remarkable because it’s a bright green-gold highlighter the likes of which most brands don’t really bring out.

Of the three I’ve tried, this is my least favourite Fenty Beauty product. Although the shade is beautiful, it’s really unusual, so I really have to plan a look around it. To tie things together, I’ll swipe a little of it on the eyes and dust some on my collarbones – no problem, that’s workable. But what I find most frustrating about it is that it’s basically pure chunky glitter without a metallic base. I tried to use it the way I would use an ABH or Becca highlighter, and I ended up looking rave-ready for an 8:30 am class. I wish this delivered a bold metallic sheen, but it doesn’t.

Determined to make it work, the next time I wore it, I swiped on a mixture of Becca Topaz and the deep bronze shade from the ABH Sundipped Glow Kit. This established a gold base, and then I packed Trophy Wife on over the top. I really the results. It’s still super bold and maybe not an everyday thing, but I find that laying down an opaque metallic base makes Trophy Wife wearable.

Overall, I think Fenty Beauty is fantastic. Rihanna has changed the beauty game through simple inclusion made to look effortless, and I love it.

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