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What To Spend Your Money On From Fenty Beauty (And What Not To)

Everyone wants a piece of Rihanna's ultra-Instagrammable Fenty Beauty, but just how good it is exactly, you ask? That's what we're here for.
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Just when you thought Rihanna couldn’t get any cooler, she proves us all wrong and outdid herself by launching Fenty Beauty. Since then, Fenty has been the beauty brand on everyone’s lips and countless everywhere have been blessed with golden cheekbones and matte skin. We could go on about the rave reviews Riri’s makeup line has been getting, but we’re here to answer the real question: is Fenty Beauty worth the hype at all?

Just so you know, we’re skipping the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation since it’s the product that people cannot stop talking about. (No really, the foundation speaks for itself even when you’re just swatching it at the store.) Today is the day where we put Fenty’s highlighters, lip gloss and oil control products to the test.

For starters, the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is really – for lack of a more appropriate word – the bomb. With shea butter and an addictive peach-vanilla scent, the gloss is super hydrating and not sticky in the slightest. It makes our lips look super luscious and full, so much so that it’s my current go-to lip colour. Considering how good it is, I find it surprising that the gloss is the only lip product in Rihanna’s debut collection. Well, all in due time.

Now, fellow sisters in the Slick Sisters Club, this is the part to pay attention to – the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer and Invisimatte Blotting Powder. (Team KULALA’s Candice deliberately put on a full face of makeup on an off-duty day just to test out how well the products would fare.) While the primer doesn’t have a pore-blurring effect or a pearly highlighting sheen like other popular primers on the market – that’s what highlighter is for, anyway – it still gives an almost-matte finish that doesn’t leave your skin feeling parched. The texture feels a little tacky, though not sticky, which is great because it adheres better to the skin.

The Invisimatte Blotting Powder tackles the shine well enough. We will say this: don’t underestimate the puff as it holds up a fair amount and a little goes a long way, else you’ll end up with powdery T-zone. We also wish that it was a little less bulky. This one will take up a bit of space in your micro-bags. Overall, both products work rather well together with the primer keeping foundation in place for more than six hours. If you have oily skin, shine will begin to set in at the corners of the nose – everywhere else seems fine – but it’s nothing a bit of blotting and powder can’t fix.

The Killawat Freestyle Highlighters as told by my arm. From left to right: Mean Money, Hu$tla Baby, Girl Next Door, Chic Phreak.

Killawatt, the second most hyped-up product from the collection, is a highlighter that deserves all the praise. Initially, we were rather wary of it since it looked like it’d come off too strong and metallic, but oh, how wrong we were. We tested out two highlighter compacts: the Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby and Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak. (Excellent jobs on the name, by the way.) The former features a soft champagne sheen while the other half is a super-pigmented peach. The latter palette is on the sheer side and it didn’t give as much as flush as we’d hoped. If you like your an intense highlighter, this isn’t your thing.

The verdict? Truly not a bad collection at all. We’re adding the primer, lip gloss and highlighter into our daily makeup routine for sure. Now that you’ve heard the tea, go ahead and roam free at the Fenty aisle, my friends. (The collection is fairly affordable even though it’s tagged to a celebrity, and for how well it works, we’d say it actually is worth your money.) Have you hopped on the Fenty bandwagon? What do you like or not like?

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