On Friday, September 8th, 12 AM PST, the beauty world was shook.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty released her eponymous makeup line, Fenty Beauty at Sephoras (and Harvey Nichols) worldwide, and nothing was ever the same again.
About Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
According to the Fenty Beauty website,
Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty—and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones. She launched a makeup line “so that women everywhere would be included,” focusing on a wide range of traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades.
Fenty Beauty makeup is thus supposed to cater to women (and men) of every skin tone, and type. Whether you are fair, tan, olive, or deep-skinned, this line has something for you.
One of the reasons Fenty Beauty products were so highly anticipated and well received was that that the brand did what many well-established makeup houses have previously failed to do – include women (and men) of color. As a brown-skinned Pakistani female, I was also pretty excited about what the line could do for me.
The line is also 100% cruelty free, as per Sephora.
So, at the stroke of midnight, on September 8th, I gave a sh!t-ton of my money to Rihanna, and after that I checked my phone religiously for updates on the arrival of my Sephora packages.
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What I bought from Fenty Beauty
The items I bought are as follows, and reviewed in the same order:
- Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in the shades Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby and Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal
- Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120
- Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
- Fenty Beauty Portable Touch Up Brush 130
- Fenty Beauty Portable Highlighter Brush 140
- Fenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer Brush 150
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter duo in the shades Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby and Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal
The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter (the name is a mouthful!) comes in singles (the highly popular Trophy Wife and Metal Moon) and duos, of which I bought two: Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby and Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal.
What it is:
Weightless, long-wear cream-to-powder hybrid highlighters in solos and expertly paired duos.
What it does:
Light up where you want, when you want. Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter was born to reflect your every mood with its lineup of luminizing solos and duos. With a dose of skin-glorifying color, Killawatt ranges from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged with shades that were designed for all skin tones.
Unlike your everyday highlighter, Killawatt keeps skin lit beyond sundown with its weightless longwear formula—a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. Another win: It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture.
For killer radiance, Killawatt’s your go-to for highlighting your face, eyes, lips, collarbone….literally anywhere you crave a touch of light.
You get 2 x 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g for $34.
Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby is described as a soft champagne sheen and supercharged peachy champagne shimmer.
Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal is described as soft pearlescent sheen and supercharged pearlescent shimmer.
I agree with both descriptions.
The shade on the left is supposed to give a subdued glow, while the one on the right amps it up and provides a strobed look.
This is supposed to be a cream to powder formula, and it does feel soft to the touch.
I’ll be honest; when swatched on the arm, it did not really show up much, but when used with the accompanying Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120, both sides of the duo pan literally melted into my skin and provided the most ethereal glow.
The duo shades in particular have a mix of cool and warm under tones, and I was worried they might look too frosted on my tan/olive skin, but Rihanna has hit the nail on the head with these shades – both of them make me look like I have radiant, glowing-from-within skin, not a streak of misplaced shimmer going across my cheekbones.
The more shimmery shade on the right does have visible mica (glitter) in there, so this may not be for someone who dislikes visible shimmer in their highlighter. That said, as someone who does dislike visible shimmer in their highlighter, I was pleasantly surprised by these shades. Like I said, they just became one with my skin upon application and I didn’t care much for any visible glitter after that because I was so enthralled by how glowy my skin looked.
Both shades of the Killawatt Highlighter wore for 7 hours on my face before I cleansed for the night.
Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120
What it is:
An expertly chiseled highlighter brush that “hugs” cheeks for an effortless glow.
What it does:
The Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120 embraces curves like no other. This game-changing synthetic brush features expertly chiseled curves on both sides that “hug” more than just your cheeks—including your browbone, cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose, and even your collarbone—for an effortlessly killer glow. Thanks to its unexpected asymmetrical cut inspired by a shark tooth, you can highlight with more precision and edge, making it the perfect tool for the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter.
This synthetic brush retails for $32.
The Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlight brush paired with the Killawatt Highlighter makes a winning combination – used together, both products make sure your glow will look natural but still stunning, noticeable, and lasting.
It has such a unique shape, and it is now my favorite highlighter brush. The shark-toothed shape fits the cheekbones perfects and distributes product so evenly.
The handle is sturdy, and looks beautiful. I have yet to wash this brush; when I do, and if something goes amiss, I will update this review.
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder and Portable Touch Up Brush 130
Sephora says about the Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder:
What it is:
A universal blotting powder that absorbs shine and diffuses the look of pores for an instant filtered look on the fly.
What it does:
Don’t be caught without the perfect blot. Take it from Rihanna, who blots on the fly to stay photoready 24/7. This universal blotting powder contains an exclusive pore-diffusing complex that absorbs shine and gives you a natural matte refresh for an instantly filtered look—so you’re always ready for a shine-free snap.
Invisimatte’s translucent powder is completely traceless against all skin tones and won’t cake, creep into pores or fine lines, or disturb makeup. And get this: It extends the wear of your foundation, too.
Invisimatte’s sleek, magnetized compact attaches to its perfect partner, the Portable Touch Up Brush 130 (sold separately), meaning that it’s easy to keep your shine-stopping essentials within reach. So touch up, touch up again, and bring on the photo ops.
You get 8.5 g of product for $32.
Sephora says about the Fenty Beauty Portable Touch Up Brush 130:
What it is:
A magnetic, on-the-go blotting powder brush that conveniently attaches to the bottom of its touch-up partner, Invisimatte Blotting Powder, for an instant filter effect.
What it does:
Touch up with the ultimate on-the-go blotting powder brush. Custom-made to pair with Invisimatte Blotting Powder, the Portable Touch Up Brush has a retractable design and magnetic panel, so it snaps right in to the bottom of the powder compact. Slanted, soft synthetic bristles provide extra surface area for applying Invisimatte Blotting Powder—perfect for quick fixes and a mattifying, instant-filter effect.
It retails for $24.
I will admit, while this is said to be one of Rihanna’s favorite products from her makeup line, I bought the Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder and accompanying brush simply for the gimmicky packaging. 🙈🙈🙈
That said, it has turned out to be one of my favorite products from the line as well. It applies completely clear, with no ashiness, and keeps shine around my t-zone at bay for ages, and it is perfect as a setting powder for my makeup as well. It gives a matte radiance of sorts to the face, quite like a filter.
My MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation has some competition, needless to say.
I also like how it doesn’t pronounce any lines or dry patches on my dry/normal skin. I need a very small amount of powder on the little sponge inside or the Touch Up Brush to set my face.
The packaging is beautiful and sturdy, with a bit of holographic shine (similar to that of the Killawatt Highlighters, and portable brushes).
Coming to the Fenty Beauty Portable Touch Up Brush 130, I am undecided about this brush. The synthetic bristles are soft, sturdy, and shaped to fit into all corners and crevices of the face. However, I feel I prefer the little sponge/felt applicator (honestly, I don’t know what the material is) that comes with the Invisimatte powder to this brush, at least for now.
The brush is not bad; the sponge is just a little better, at least for my needs. However, on the go, the brush does a good job of setting oily spots with a few quick taps.
And, like I said, I ❤️ that the brush attaches to the powder compact. I’m a sucker for fun packaging.
Fenty Beauty Portable Highlighter Brush 140 and Fenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer Brush 150
I have been obsessively buying highlighter and concealer brushes lately, and I was thrilled when Rihanna came out with a couple of those to add to her Fenty Beauty lineup.
Sephora says about the Fenty Beauty Portable Highlighter Brush 140:
What it is:
A magnetic, retractable highlighter brush that attaches to your favorite Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick for seamless blending in a snap.
What it does:
Take your glow places it’s never been before. The magnetized Portable Highlighter Brush 140 was designed to snap to your favorite Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks, letting you create your own custom highlighting collection.
Slanted, soft synthetic brush hairs trace the angles of your face, expertly made to diffuse Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks with speed and precision you’d never imagine from a tool this petite. And thanks to its medium-density bristles, you can build glitz to your perfect level of impact. Retractable and totally portable, this is a travel-friendly tool you’ll never leave home without.
Sephora says about the Fenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer Brush 150:
What it is:
A magnetic, retractable contour and concealer brush that attaches to your favorite Match Stix Matte Skinstick for seamless sculpting and blending in a snap.
What it does:
Blend in, but stand out. The magnetic Portable Contour & Concealer Brush attaches to its perfect partner—Match Stix Matte Skinstick (sold separately)—so you can correct, conceal, contour, or simply touch up wherever, whenever.
Smoothly tapered, soft synthetic bristles are cut for foolproof precision, letting you instantly blend Matte Skinstick’s buildable, powder-soft formulas until you’ve achieved just the right amount of coverage. Retractable and totally portable, this is a travel-friendly tool you’ll never leave home without.
Both synthetic brushes retail for $24.
While these brushes are designed to be used with the Fenty Beauty Matchstix, I have been using them to blend in cream contour (like my beloved Anastasia stick foundation in Fawn) and cream highlighter, and I am impressed.
These brushes are so soft and sturdy, and they provide controlled, even application that can be patted on or sheered out. Plus, they look gorgeous.
Do I recommend Fenty Beauty by Rihanna?
You know, I was kind of secretly hoping these products would not be as good as they are, just so I wouldn’t have to spend even more money on makeup than I already do.
Based on the products I have tried, I can easily say Fenty Beauty has an amazing collection of makeup that I see appealing to people of various skin tones. Rihanna came to slay with her makeup line, and she did not disappoint.
The pigmentation and quality of the Fenty Beauty products I have tried is on point. I would definitely recommend them, and I can’t wait to try other offerings from the brand, such as the Pro Filt’r Foundation and Primer.