When I saw my fellow Irish blogger Gemma (from Beautynook) mention this Fenty Beauty set on her Instagram, I got very excited because I figured it was a great way to try out the brand without spending too much money. I'm not usually one to give in to hype straight away and this was the case when Rihanna launched her makeup brand Fenty Beauty. Obviously being a lover of makeup I'm always curious when a new brand comes on the market. I found this launch particularly interesting because it was from someone who I would never have considered to have much experience in the beauty industry. When I actually thought about it though, there are plenty of celebrities who have come out with their own makeup and skincare lines like Drew Barrymore (Flower), Jessica Alba (The Honest Company), Kat Von D,Victoria Beckham and many of the Kardashians etc.
I've had this set for a while now and after using the products for the past few weeks I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It contains mini versions of the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminzer (universal rose nude shade) and the Killawat Freestyle highlighter in Hu$tla Baby (a peachy champagne shimmer). I was unsure of both products at first. The gloss isn't something I would usually go for but several people I follow and trust raved about it and I loved how it looked any time I saw someone wearing it in a photo. I needn't have worried because it was love from the first application! I love everything about it, the packaging, the scent, the texture, the shade, the hint of sparkle. I love matte lips, don't get me wrong, but there's nothing as flattering on the lips as a gloss. Sometimes I line my lips a little first with the No7 Nude Precision Lips Pencil but mostly I just apply it on top of some balm. Obviously you could use it on top of any lipstick either. I'm so surprised by how much I've been wearing this. I don't think I've heard anyone say that they don't like it but as always check it out yourself in person if you're interested in buying it. Just don't wear it when it's windy out!
I was unsure about the highlighter too because I had seen some of them being applied and they seemed quite intense which isn't something I look for in a highlighter at all. I've been playing around with this for the past few weeks and I've tried it a few different ways. The first time I used it as a highlighter I applied way too much. You only need a tiny amount, applied with a light hand and blended out with a fluffy brush and it gives a beautiful sheen. It's definitely a pigmented highlighter and I probably wouldn't really wear it much during the day as I tend to keep things a bit more natural. I have worn it like in the photos below as the main focus of the makeup with no eye makeup, just the highlighter, Gloss Bomb and a little Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk on my cheeks and I love what a fresh and natural look it gives me. I've also used it on my eyelids as you can see above. I blended it lightly on my lids and then applied some bronze pencil liner and blended it out for an easy golden smokey eye. It definitely leans more gold toned on my skin which is something to keep in mind if you prefer a more rosy toned highlighter.
My first impressions of Fenty Beauty are great. I like everything, the packaging, the shades, the price point and the ideas behind the creation of the brand. I definitely want to try more products, the Mattemoiselle lipstick in Ma'damn is going to be mine. I'd love to try the primer and foundation too so I'll probably get shade matched next time I'm out in Dundrum. I've read mixed thing about the foundation but I would like to try it out for myself as there seems to be some great pale shades that might work for me.
Have you tried anything from Fenty Beauty yet or would you like to? Are there any newer beauty brands that you've really liked recently?
*Fenty Beauty is also 100% Cruelty Free