Ever since Riri started posting sneak peaks on Insta of her new makeup line, I couldn’t wait! It’s so hard finding the right shade of foundation, especially for medium skin tones with a neutral/warm-olive undertone. I usually mix two shades to try and get a good match!
Riri launched 40 shades of foundation, 40!!!! Every single skin tone is covered, from the fairest to the darkest! Neutral, warm and pink undertones!! It is only available exclusively to Harvey Nichols.
I was paired with a makeup artist, who first matched the right shade of foundation for me, I wanted to try a neutral undertone, just to see what it looked like, but it didn’t match. My perfect shade is 250 – warm peach. I got it matched to my neck as opposed to my face, why you may ask? Well because that’s where ideally it should match to, you don’t want your face to be lighter and your neck dark! It has to look flawless, almost like you’re not wearing anything. I also purchased a contour shade in Mocha, match stix shimmer skin stick in Trippin’, Killawatt highlight in Trophy Wife, the universal lip gloss, and the highlighter brush.
Having used my reward points, I saved a lot of money! Fenty beauty retails from £24 onwards. I love the outside packaging, edgy graffiti style. As you open the box, the foundation is in a nice sturdy frosted glass bottle, feels luxurious, but at the same time is affordable at £26.00. It has a pump, so you’re not wasting any product. Also, the Fenty foundation is 32ml, most are 30ml, so you are getting 2 extra mls. The foundation is semi-matte and medium coverage. It is buildable, but won’t suck the life out of your face! Still leaving certain areas looking dewy.
The contour and highlight sticks are in a sturdy magnetic tube, the magnetic strength is so strong that even in the outer packaging, they are stuck together side by side. My contour shade is Mocha – cool undertone to give me a natural look! For the match stix shimmer highlight I got Trippin – Gold-glazed apricot, nice subtle glow. The ultimate purchase Killawatt highlight in Trophy Wife, Riri’s OG item! This is one intense glow, a 3D Hyper metallic gold, perfect to match my Indian outfits! Trophy wife is so finely milled, you can see the iridescent of the glitter, so creamy, like butter. One finger swatch is enough to see it from mars!
On Saturday, I was heading out and thought “yes this is the best day for a full face of Fenty” and do a test of wear of the foundation! I applied the foundation at 10 am, and took my makeup off at 1 am early Sunday morning. So that is exactly 15 hours wear time!!
I first moisturised with my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, then went in with my YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer. To apply the foundation, I used a Zoeva Silk Finish Brush and stippled it on. I did a light coat of 1 layer on my face and applied a second layer where it was needed the most, like spots/blemishes etc. For concealer, I used the Nars creamy concealer in the shade ginger, and tapped it on with my finger for a natural finish, then went over it with the brush. Set my under eyes using Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Powder in the shade Medium. Applied Mocha directly on my cheekbones, blended it out with the foundation brush. It was so easy to blend, it then turned into this magic powder formula. I set the contour with my Hoola Bronzer. I then went in with Trippin and blended it out with my finger, was so smooth and easy. It can be buildable and has a nice sheen to it. I then added a little bit of blusher from my Morphe palette. Kept my eyes really simply, with just mascara, tight-lined and a nude eyeliner in the water line. For lips, I first outlined using my bobby brown lip pencil, then applied a pink nude lipstick. Then put on top the tasty Gloss Bomb lipgloss, rose nude shade – it tasted and smelt like paradise. I kid you not, this formula is so nourishing for your lips. It’s not sticky and doesn’t fade either. I LURVE IT! It really is universal, can also wear alone, which I might do soon.
So my verdict… It was a flawless application, I think stippling on with a brush is better than using a booty blender. It didn’t feel cakey or heavy and matched my neck. My skin could still breathe, also my face had a natural dewy look, didn’t feel tight, in fact, I felt like there was nothing on my skin!! I kept checking my face in the mirror quite a lot, and it didn’t separate anywhere! Foundation usually comes off around my nose area, that didn’t happen! I agree that once it dries, it goes a little darker, but only a little bit! It doesn’t transfer either!!! Winner winner here! I really liked the contour and highlight sticks, they are so creamy and easy to use! The lipgloss I only re-applied twice, it gave my lips a nice plumped look, there are little specks of shimmer in it too, which I really love!
Even at 1 am, my face still looked flawless, yes my t-zones were oily AF! But that’s cause I have combination skin! When it came to removing the face, just as I applied 15 hours earlier, the same amount of foundation came off on my wet wipe!
I think I have found my perfect formula and shade. I won’t be re-purchasing the Estee Double Wear now, that is expensive AF, and yes looks nice on me, like a bronzed goddess, but it is heavy and can tell the difference, also it transfers….
But for now, I have found my holy grail foundation!
The above image is un-touched and non filter. This is what Fenty looks like on me. Looks like skin, a natural finish, matte in some areas and dewy on the t-zones.