Fenty Beauty Review

Rihanna revolutionizes the makeup game with launch of iconic cosmetic line


Alyssa Clark

The collection of Fenty Beauty products at Sephora in the Greenwood Park Mall.

Alyssa Clark, Entertainment Editor

Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty makeup line has finally hit stores and I couldn’t be more excited. By looking at twitter and other youtubers reviews, they couldn’t either. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough money to buy Rihanna’s whole line, but a Sephora associate was kind enough to put some of the Fenty Beauty products on me.

What sets this makeup line apart from others is how diverse the shades of face cosmetics are. With 40 shades available, anyone is able to find their right color, which used to be a problem for dark skinned girls or people with albinism.

“Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: for women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races,” Rihanna said on her website. “I wanted everyone to feel included. That’s the real reason I made this line.”

Compared to everything else in Sephora, the price of her products is a little less than average. I think the portion is fairly reasonable. For example, 1.08 ounces of her Pro Filt’r foundation is $34. That foundation will also last a long time because most people only need 2-3 pumps to cover their whole face.

Not counting brushes, Rihanna has released nine different products; primer, foundation, two highlighters, contour, concealer, lipgloss, blotting paper and blotting powder. She also released a makeup sponge that closely resembles a beauty blender with a flat tip and a flat edge.

According to many youtubers, they preferred using the foundation brush rather than her makeup sponge, saying that it’s very similar to a beauty blender.

When I went to Sephora, almost all of the dark shades of foundation were out, as expected. I was very surprised that there were so many other shades still available, though.

According to Shelby, the Sephora associate who did my makeup, one problem she noticed with the foundation is that it oxidized a shade a two darker after a couple of hours. She also says that people with dry skin noticed that their face became flaky.

Since I have combination skin, I didn’t really like the foundation. I noticed breakage of the foundation on part of my face where I was dry, but the oily parts such as my T-zone, turned out fine. It was very lightweight, though, and provided a nice coverage.

The packaging for the contour sticks and highlighters were magnetic so they were able to stick to each other, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. They are also hexagon shaped so they looked like a honeycomb when combined. This would be very nice for traveling and maybe even fridge magnets.

The contour sticks blended very nicely and I liked how there were four different sets for people with different colored undertones. However, some youtubers such as BeautyyBird, thought that the contour sticks were dry and enhanced her creases.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Rihanna’s “Trophy Wife” powder highlighter, because although it is a stunning gold color, I think it looks unnatural, especially for people a lighter skin tone. Don’t get me wrong, there are some girls out there that can really pull this off, but I am definitely not one of them.

As for the other powder highlighters, the color in the palette didn’t really represent the color it swatched as. They are all still really beautiful, but not as intense as they look.

The “Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick” cream highlighter was one of my favorite products from this whole line, because there are 10 different shades, with one of them being a platinum lilac color and that color literally made me gasped in the store. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to be creative with their makeup.

The blotting powder is definitely a holy grail because it does it’s job of absorbing shine without totally drying out your face. Also, it doesn’t have any flashback, which is almost impossible these days. So you don’t have to worry on your prom day of looking like a ghost in pictures, Rihanna’s got you covered.

Another great thing about Fenty Beauty is that it is 100 percent animal cruelty free, according to their website. Although it’s not vegan, being cruelty free is still a pretty big accomplishment.

I can tell other makeup brands are intimated by Rihanna’s collection because they started advertising more darker shades on social media.

With how successful this launch was, I hope Rihanna comes out with more products soon. There have even been some rumors that she is coming out with a skincare line, which I would 100 percent spend all of my money on.