Whoop, there it is. I finally jumped on what might be 2017’s biggest beauty hype train – Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. At first, I genuinely wasn’t bothered about this launch, until I got a good look at the sheer range and gorgeousness of the products! The line includes 40 (!!!) different shades of foundation, and a ton of options for colour, contour and highlight – it’s proved to be a hit globally, with men and women of all skin tones catered for (as it should be!).
So, the line is currently available to purchase online from Fenty Beauty themselves, and in store at Harvey Nichols. I’m a bit funny about ordering high-tickets items without seeing and swatching them in person first, so it was off to Harvey Nicks that I went. What I did not anticipate was that we’d have to queue up outside to get to the Fenty counter! Good job I took my coat – it was all cordoned off with security guards stationed everywhere – I suppose this was to prevent overcrowding, so the hype definitely hasn’t died down yet.
After a chat with one of the lovely makeup artists, I ended up going with just two items from the line – the Killawatt Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby (a pair of pale golden shades) and the Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow (the singular universal gloss shade meant for all skin tones). Spoiler alert: they’re both gorgeous and lush.
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby – £26
Aside from the foundations, Fenty Beauty’s major emphasis is on highlighter – and lots of it. The Killawatt Highlighters come in two types – single pans and duo compacts, which have two shades. I picked up one of the duos, as I wanted to have the option for a more subtle glow or to mix the two powders (I did swatch Trophy Wife, but that is definitely not for me).
There’s a few shades of these duos – the one I ended up choosing was Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby – both powders err on the more golden side, with Mean Money as the (much) subtler and more pearlescent shade, and Hu$tla Baby being a peachier and more stunning shimmer. I love the packaging of these – the octagonal compact is a simplistic white but does have a slight holographic, sparkly shift on the top. It’s a click-into-place closure rather than a magnetic one (boo), but there is a mirror inside (always happy days when that’s the case), and the two pans inside are well-sized and emblazoned with the “FB” logo.
The first shade really is incredible subtle – it barely shows up in the swatches below, but you can see it ever so slightly on the skin. It’s also buildable, so makes a great every day highlight if you don’t want to go all-out. If you do want to go all-out, then the second shade is there for you. It’s pretty much the opposite of slight and gentle, but doesn’t come out as too chunky or glittery on the skin. I think they both look really pretty, and are probably a more suitable option for those with paler skin tones. Check the duo out here for £26.
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow – £16
Admittedly, I’m not a huge lip gloss-lover – they don’t help me look less like a 12 year-old, and they’re not the most practical and fuss-free of lip options. Nevertheless, I was sucked in by the only lip product included in the first Fenty Beauty launch. The Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow is a singular shade that claims to suit all skin tones and colourings – it’s a peachy-nude colour (described as “rose-nude”) with a low-medium pigment level and a fine shimmer running through it.
Like with the rest of the line, the packaging for this product totally knocks it out of the park – it’s sleek and pentagonal, with a mirrored metallic cap emblazoned with the “FB”. The overall effect looks and feels luxe but manages to stay chic and modern.
The gloss itself smells incredible, like some kind of delicious tropical fruit punch (sadly it doesn’t taste that way), and applies really easily – I get where Fenty are coming from with this, because it’s totally inoffensive in colour while still packing a delectably glossy and high-shine finish. It’s not overly sticky – I don’t think a lip gloss exists that isn’t at least a bit tacky, it’s just the nature of gloss. The longevity is good too, for a gloss, and it fades very gracefully without leaving any weird lines or residue. Reapplication is easy and fun, with the comfortable doe-foot and yummy scent – I do, however, think that the £16 price tag might be a tad high for a lip gloss. Still, it’s a lovely product and perfect for complementing both a smoky eye or a low-maintenance look.
Despite only buying two items from the line, I’m impressed by Fenty Beauty and keen to get my hands on more – especially those cream Match Stix…