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For women who are always searching for their perfect shade, Rihanna’s got your back. Her new line, Fenty Beauty, available at Sephora, just released an incredibly diverse makeup line with 40 shades. I repeat: 40 shades. Plus, the products are cruelty-free. But before you buy, here are a few things you need to know.
If you don’t know where the name “Fenty” comes from, the internet (and Queen Rihanna herself) will come for you. As “real” Rihanna fans already know, her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty—hence, Fenty Beauty.
You’ve most likely read a few articles about how diverse Fenty Beauty is, and they’re not exaggerating. The lightest shade was made with albino people in mind and was approved by an albino woman who says Rihanna’s new line solved the struggle for finding a foundation that matches her skin.
I begrudgingly pay $40 for new foundation every three to four months, and I’m not happy about it. I’m constantly looking for a new (cheaper) foundation, and Rihanna answered my cries. Her new foundation line is just $34 before taxes. That’s one of the least-expensive, non-drugstore lines I’ve ever seen.
Here’s my suggestion: to get the most bang for your buck, buy on Sephora’s website. The shades may be out of stock, but if you can wait, you can earn points for everything you buy. You also might be able to snag a freebie samples and free shipping.
Speaking of tools, I want to talk about application. Ya girl here grabs her beauty blender and uses it like it was handed down from the gods (because we all know it was). Unfortunately, Rihanna’s new makeup sponge may not be the best product for the job. Beauty bloggers have found that the sponge soaks up quite a bit of product. Usually, I’m fine with a little bit of product soaking up, but after watching Nyma Tang’s video of the product, I’m a little shook.
If you want a flawless application, you’ll want to pick up the full-bodied foundation brush for $34. Beauty bloggers have claimed that their skin looks airbrushed while using this tool because it’s thicker and has finer bristles. It’s far from the ordinary foundation brush.
First, you need to know that I haven’t seen a single blogger bake or use finishing powder after applying Fenty Beauty foundation. Some still use setting spray, which may help the wear. Without powder, it looks perf. That saves time and money without all the extra products.
One HUGE thing you need to know is that this foundation dries incredibly quickly. You have to get this stuff on your face and blended pretty quickly if you want to build on top of it. One layer is medium coverage, but full coverage will require two layers.
The product claims that you don’t need to use powders or finishing products to keep it in place because it’s already long-wear. That’s a pretty bold claim. I’ve searched near and far for a foundation that lasts a full eight-hour day without wearing down. After watching tons of reviews, I can say that this stuff sets and STAYS. It isn’t going anywhere, and I can safely say that it’ll last all freaking day.
One thing that was the consensus with the new foundation line is that it’s extremely matte. If you have really dry skin, this may not be the foundation of your dreams. Those with combination or slightly dry skin can get away with it by using a hydrating primer, but DO NOT use an oil-based moisturizer.
This foundation has no oil, so an oil-based foundation may disrupt the product on your skin. If you have to, use your oil-based product at least 30 minutes beforehand applying the foundation, so it has time to soak into your skin. Always remember to blot away the excess.
Ideally, this foundation would be perfect for those with oily skin. After it dries, there’s hardly any sheen, so highlighter is a must if you want a little glimmer on your cheeks, nose, or all over.
Fenty Beauty foundation is the answer for everyone with oily skin. This is the miracle foundation we’ve been searching for.
The Match Stix
There are tons of other products in the line, but I wanted to mention the Match Stix, which are cream bronzers, concealers, blushes, and shimmers. Like the foundation, these products dry matte, and those with dry skin will have issues with this product. You can see the issues with the Match Stix on NikkiTutorial’s video. If you want to use Match Stix, just know you can’t apply products on top of it.
On the other hand, if you have oily skin, grab yourself Match Stix. The fact that it holds onto the skin will extend the life of your makeup, and keep it on throughout the day. My suggestion is that you use a delicate hand or blender and softly blend.