I’ve never really been into celebrity makeup collaborations or lines – the words style over substance spring to mind pretty much every time (VB x Estee Lauder, £62 for a pressed powder, really?!) But when Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty I was so overcome with excitement that I did something unheard of. I got up early on a Saturday (I know, I was shocked too), skipped breakfast (breaking the Saturday pancake tradition), got dressed (my body didn’t know what’d hit it, was it actually Monday?!), got on the bus into Bristol city centre and rushed (I don’t rush anywhere) straight into Harvey Nichols.
I’d heard the hype, read the press release, seen the pictures and was obsessed. Being oh-so-pale with a very neutral undertone (meaning anything pink or with a dreaded orange tone, makes me look like an oompa loompa) I was very excited to see what RiRi’s inclusive range had to offer.
I went in there looking for a new contour and highlight – I know, what about the foundation? I hear you cry – well my trusty Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in the shade Finland is literally my skin but better so until I get a sample of Fenty’s base, I’m not dropping a cool £30+ for it in the hope it’s good and doesn’t melt off of my face by midday.
Anyway, as I was saying, I went in for a contour and highlight and that’s what I left with!
Fenty Killawatt Highlighter
The Fenty spread in the Bristol Harvey Nics is impressive, to say the least! I was immediately approached by a very lovely and very beautiful Fenty Beauty counter assistant who helped me pick the perfect shades for my skin tone (read: we’ll go for the palest in everything) and sat me down in the chair to test out the products.
I liked the look of the dual highlighters (always on the lookout for a bargain) so she picked out the shade Lightning Dist & Fire Crystal and described it as a day-to-night palette. Lightning Dust gives you a soft pearlescent sheen and Fire Crystal is like a supercharged pearlescent shimmer – to put it simply, they’re ruddy beautiful.
The texture in the pan is a creamy soft pressed powder, meaning the highlighters incredibly buildable, giving you the ability to be radiant from within or a shimmering unicorn princess – completely your choice – all while the powder blends seamlessly into your skin (none of that goddamn awful strobing)
I know this is a bold statement but I think this might be my favourite highlighter palette of all time. I know, I’m almost speechless too. The colours are beautiful, the product is fantastic to work with, it lasts all day and even when I’m in a shimmering-unicorn-princess-kinda-mood, this stuff manages to keep it (ergo, me) classy. I’ll be back for more.
Match Stix Contour
Next up we have, dare I say it again (?) possibly my favourite contour of all time. This. Colour. Is. Amazing.
Pale girls rejoice.
‘Amber’ is the lightest shade contour shade and described simply as ‘Cool Contour’ on the Fenty website. Shadow is what it should be described as because this is the-most-perfect contour shade for pale skin I have ever come across – when blended out it literally looks like a fudging shadow!
The product itself comes in a beautiful blush pink hexagonal tube with a magnetic lid and the stick contour twists in and out. It’s a dry creamy texture so draws directly onto the skin like a dream (so light and buildable) and once blended out is more like a powder so you don’t have to worry about it melting off or sinking into creases/pores (I literally can’t imagine a scenario where this happens with this product, it’s a full proof texture). Being a dry creamy texture it can be a little tricky to blend out but the key is a medium dense soft brush and patience. I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and it works like a charm.
So there we have it, I did try and take a picture of my actual face with these products on but I mean, it’s so difficult to get contour and highlighter to show up on camera, without going full on Kim K – so make of the above picture of my face what you will.
Have you trief Fenty Beauty yet? What did you think? I need opinions on the foundation so please share with me!