What can I say? Fenty Beauty has attracted a lot of attention since the brand launched in 2017. Although, for some reason, I have never mentioned them on the blog until now. Since Rihanna graciously expanded the Fenty Beauty line by introducing a collection of loose powders with a concealer that is available in 50 different shades, it is fair to say that my interest for the brand has quickly escalated.
Whilst picking up the brand new concealer by Fenty Beauty and two shades of the new loose setting powder over on the Harvey Nics site, I also decided to bag the iconic Fenty Beauty foundation with a travel-size primer and the gorgeous lip gloss in the shade Fussy as well.
The Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Soft Matte Primer is a nice product in my opinion. The formula is quite thick, although this product's gel-like texture does melt into the skin very quickly - revealing a soft, velvet finish. Would I say that this primer is anything unique or special? Well, no. As primers go, however, this one is a nice one in my opinion.
"Did I have high hopes for this foundation!"
In all fairness, I have never read many reviews about this product, although since trying this foundation out for myself, I have now discovered that many say it is not suitable for drier skin types (just like mine).
I have worn the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation both with the Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer BUT also without. Since I have tried this foundation out many times already, I can confidently say that I do not like this product. I have applied it with a dampened BeautyBlender but also with a kabuki brush. No matter how I apply this foundation the finish is always the same as far as I am aware.
The Fenty Beauty foundation is drying, although, in all fairness, this foundation does not accentuate dry patches on me. Whilst wearing this foundation, however, my skin just looks haggard! It is dull, pretty lifeless and just quite uncomfortable to be honest.
Shades L-R: Lavender & Butter
The Loose Setting Powders
Since the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation has a formula that is far too thick and suffocating for my skin type, I am only going to refer to the times when I have applied and worn the Fenty Beauty Loose Powders OVER my favourite base; the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.
Going forward, I must say that unfortunately, these powders are far too drying to "bake" with when you already have dry skin. On the one occasion that I did "bake" with the shade Lavender, my under eyes were left feeling very heavy and dehydrated. It was not a good look let me tell you.
Since realising that I cannot "bake" with the new Fenty Beauty Loose Setting Powders, I decided to lightly dust a combination of the two shades that I own over my face with a large fluffy brush. Much to my surprise, these powders worked well. The Lavender shade adds a subtle brightness wherever you add it whilst the shade Butter just seems to softly mattify the skin. These powders add a lovely veil to the skin in my opinion, which also looks phenomenal in photography!
You just HAVE to apply these powders liberally if you have a dry skin type.
Can you believe it? I, the girl, who often resembles the colour of milk has actually found a shade that is too light for her!!
I knew EVERYONE raved about the impeccable Fenty Beauty shade range BUT seriously?! Who knew that there was a shade out there that is too fair for me?! (Especially the second lightest shade in the collection as well!!)
Shade range aside, I must say that the Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer has a thick formula with a gel-like resemblance. I wouldn't say that this concealer is as thick as Tarte Shape Tape, although as concealers go, this does have a much smoother and creamier formula than I am perhaps used to. I could not use this concealer over a good layer of foundation because it would be too thick and claggy for my skin. When used sparingly, however, I think that this concealer works well, although it does crease around my under eyes throughout wear, which is something that you may want to bare in mind.
Shades L-R: (Gloss Bomb) Fenty Bomb & Fussy • (Stunna Lip Paint) Uncuffed
Finishing on a high, I have got to mention Fenty Beauty's stunning Gloss Bomb in the shade Fussy.
The Fenty Beauty glosses have a lovely, crisp formula in my opinion. They are not sticky or gloopy, which ultimately makes these glosses very comfortable to wear. Out of the two shades (that I own) I would have to say that Fussy is my all-time favourite because it is a gorgeous dusky-mauve toned shade which compliments many of the lipsticks that I already own and love to wear.
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