Worth the Hype? The Fenty Beauty Foundation

When Rhianna launched her makeup range, Fenty Beauty, the world went wild. And for fair reason. Rhianna is one of the biggest celebrities in the world, and it was pretty obvious that she put her heart and soul into this range. I’m not usually up for celebrities launching beauty lines or fashion design collections, as I think it can sometimes take away from the people who put their life into getting into that field. But I bought into the hype on this occasion because who could honestly argue that the way Fenty Beauty was done was in any way bad?

Rhianna embraced all skin tones the world over with a huge 40 shade range on her cult foundation, The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Beauty bloggers and vloggers the world over were raving about it. I heard nothing but good things. And people were doing everything in their power to get their hands on it.

Me? I went to Paris and lightly convinced my boyfriend to let me go to Sephora for the first time ever (Hey, my eyebrow pencil had run out. Where else was I supposed to go?). I only meant to buy the eyebrow pencil but with the Fenty beauty section right by the door, I couldn’t resist. I quickly swatched the palest shades to find my perfect match (100, the palest in the range. Go figure…) and dropped my overdrawn funds on it. Finally, it was mine! Time to answer the age-old question:

Was it worth the hype?

Sadly, no. It was not.

I usually answer yes to this question, so I’m pretty disappointed in this product, especially after all of the rave reviews. But let me explain why.

Firstly, the colour match is second to none. How many times have I been for a shade match at a high-end brand only for them to reach for the palest shade and it still be too dark for my skin? And this is a minimal problem compared to those ladies with darker skin tones, who usually only have 1 or 2 options. This foundation blends perfectly into my skin and is a perfect match. All undertones are considered in every shade of skin colour. Rhi Rhi got that on point!

However, the skin match means nothing if the foundation doesn’t look natural. The matte texture of this foundation oxidizes so quickly and is so damn obvious on the face. It looks like a really cheap drugstore foundation with a bucket of powder on top. When I relayed this to my poor boyfriend, after he got dragged through a very busy makeup store that he probably still sees in his nightmares for me to buy this, he heaved a sigh of relief and said “I didn’t want to say, but yeah!”. Not only was I not comfortable wearing the foundation, you could tell it was there. For the high price point of a high end foundation, I expected so much better.

The coverage is good, and the matte texture works with my concealer (Tarte Shape Tape). It’s also long-lasting; the shades I swatched were still on my hand a day later, after copious amounts of hand washing! I’m still wearing this foundation most days, and mostly because I paid a fair amount of money for it! But it’s super drying. Today is the first time it’s looked good and not felt like it was drying out my skin, and that probably thanks to my new Glossier Priming Moisturizer (review coming soon!). So in essence, the only way to make this look good is with a pretty heavy moisturizer and a good primer. I’ve not tried the Fenty Beauty Primer, but from what I’ve heard, it’s not the best thing to work with this foundation either.

So do I recommend this product? Sadly, no. If you’ve got the money and want a good amount of matte coverage, or struggle to find a foundation in your shade, then this may work for you. If your skin’s a little on the dry side, and you don’t want the world and it’s mother to be able to tell you’re wearing foundation, then this is not for you. I fall into the latter category, so although I’m determined to get my money’s worth out of this product, I won’t be buying it again.

Have you tried the Fenty Beauty Range? What products do you like? Have you tried the foundation? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. February 6, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Oh no! That’s too bad — I absolutely love this foundation. For the first time I was able to find a perfect match to my skin (I have a deep skin tone with a very red undertone), it kept my oil at bay literally all day, and was very much full coverage, just as it claimed.

    I know this foundation has really been a love/hate with a lot of people. It’s always great to read others’ take on this foundation.

    Thanks for sharing! x

    • February 6, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      The shade match is perfect, and I’m so happy to hear how well it works for you! It’s a very matte foundation, and not great for drier skin, like mine.

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