By Naomi

From the global reaction, I’m pretty sure that I  wasn’t the only person that was really excited to see that Rihanna had released her own makeup brand. The hype around Fenty Beauty was palpable. Every blogger and You Tuber was talking about it so naturally I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype.

I have to confess, I’m not the biggest fan of Rihanna’s music. I like the occasional song but I wouldn’t exactly say that I was a fan. However, her style and the persona that she presents, fascinate me. She oozes confidence and I must admit, I really admire her. So, I wanted to like this makeup.

Fenty Beauty Haul

I’m not a huge fan of buying makeup, particularly foundation, online so I made the journey to my local Harvey Nichols. It took me two attempts before I could actually get colour matched. The first time I went there was a two-hour wait. Everyone wanted to try this and the queue was out of the door. But bizarrely when I went the following Saturday, me and my equally makeup addicted friend were seen straight away.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

By now, you will have heard that Rihanna dropped 40 shades when she launched Fenty Beauty. I have to say, this did impress me but also saddened me that in 2017 we’re applauding a makeup range for catering to a diverse range of skin tones. Why isn’t it a given? Yet, for someone who struggled to find a foundation to match my mixed-race skin for many years, it is good to see diversity for a change. We just need to get drugstore brands on board. Not everyone can afford Fenty Beauty. Rant over, I will get off my soap box…

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation

When I eventually got colour matched for this foundation, the 280 matched my skin perfectly.  I’ve never had such a good match before and I was impressed, I’m not going to lie! For a high-end foundation, it’s actually reasonable. The Pro Filt’r Foundation cost £26 for 32ml which puts it on a pat with most MAC foundations and about 20% cheaper than Estée Lauder Double Wear.

Trying it out

As bizarre as I’m sure this is going to sound, the Pro Filt’r is quite a runny liquid foundation as it feels quite watery. It also dries very quickly and needs to be applied and blended promotly in order to avoid it looking streaky. As the name suggests, it is most definitely a matte finish foundation but not too matte so that you look caked in makeup. Because it’s a medium coverage (although it is easily buildable if you need more coverage) foundation, it allows your real skin to shine through.

Pro Filt’r Foundation in 280
Tired but loving my foundation.


I found that the Pro Filt’r Foundation worked best when blended in with my fingers and definitely over a primer. A primer is a must with this product. My skin is a delightful combination of oily T-zone with dry patches, and the first time I tried this foundation, I didn’t use a primer. Result? It clung to every single dry patch and looked horrendous. Now, I use Primark’s Insta Girl primer and it makes the Pro Filt’r look amazing and lasts forever.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife

What can I say? I’m a sucker for hype and caved by buying the second most talked about item in the Fenty Beauty collection – Trophy Wife. At £26 for quite a large pan, I felt it was value for money so I couldn’t resist this cream-powder formulated highlighter. Its mustardy, golden shimmer just looks amazing – if a bit intimidating – in the pan.

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife

I found that the best way to use this for a subtle daytime glow was by using a fan brush, as it’s pretty pigmented and glittery. I tried swiping it on with my finger and found it was just a bit much for me but would be amazing on a darker skin or for a night out.  I have seen other bloggers use this as an eyeshadow and I’m keen to try it as the colour is just beautiful and so unique.

Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Swatch


Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo In Mean Money and Hustla Baby

Clearly, I’m going through a highlighter phase so I was a bit excitable when The Boy grabbed this for me. It looks so shimmery in the pan and I love its peachy tones.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter Duo Mean Money/Hustla Baby
Mean Money on the left, Hustla Baby on the right.


Both shades in the duo are champagney, peachy tones and I love the idea of having two similarly-toned highlighters with different finishes, after all, nobody wants the same look everyday. Mean Money is described by the brand as a sheen, whilst Hustla Baby is more of a shimmer.  I totally agree, you can see just by looking at the picture that Hustla Baby has golden glittery particles in and this is my favourite of the two. It gives a more exaggerated highlight and this is what I want. Mean Money seems to be much more subtle, which if that’s what you’re looking for is great. It does look pretty. I just tend to err on the ‘can you see my highlighter from space?’ side of the fence when it comes to my highlight.

Mean Money and Hustla Baby Swatches
You can barely see the Mean Money swatch on the top but I assure you, it is there!


The highlighter duo is the same cream-powder formulation as Trophy Wife and also costs £26, which I don’t think is horrendous value as the highlighter does last on the skin. I was just disappointed with Mean Money on my skin tone so I may try out other shades as I do love the formulation. I might have to ask Santa.

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

If you’ve read my post about my birthday you’ll already know that I received this from The Boy. He clearly has great taste because I feel in love with the packaging straight away even though it is a fingerprint magnet. It’s also highly reflective and my amateur photography skills struggled to capture it’s beauty. Another skill I need to learn in 2018.

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

The palette contains 14 glitter eyeshadows and for the price of £39, they’re not a bad size either. There is a good range of colours, including blues and greens which I never use, so gave me the opportunity to experiment.

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette

Although the shadows match the colours in the pan, they are sheer when worn alone and I found there was quite a lot of glitter fallout. Some shades also seemed drier and more powdery than others. However, I found that a sheer glittery wash looked perfect during the day and lasted a lot longer than I thought it would – even without a primer.

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette Swatches
Xtra Terrestrial, Lightyear, Planet Ex, Oh-zone, Ultraviolet, Sublime, Milky Way

Where these shadow shadows look amazing is when they are used as a ‘top coat’ to add some sparkle to matte eyeshadows and they just shine beautifully, not to mention looking really festive. I have heard that they can be used wet, but I really need to have a good prolonged play with this palette as I haven’t tried that yet. That’s clearly my next task!

Cosmic Ocean, Meteor Crush, Jupiter Sand, Mars on Fire, Midnight Bolt, Space Owl, Sunburst
Have you tried Fenty Beauty? What did you love?

10 Replies to “Fenty Beauty First Impressions”

  1. I’m a fan of Rihanna, and her style so when her makeup line went on sale I too wanted to buy up big but we don’t have here in Australia where you can go test it out. So I haven’t bought any makeup except for the lip gloss which I absolutely love!! I love the killawatt highlighter so I may buy them. Great post!!

  2. I’m not much of a foundation woman either, so it’s nice to see someone else who is just as picky with what they apply to their skin. Great tip to blend with fingers and to use a primer 🙂

  3. I hate looking for foundation for that reason, it’s so hard to find a match. I’m happy with this so far, but it has taken a bit of trial and error to get it to look good.

  4. Foundation has always been a tricky one for me since my skin is…well, weird, haha. So, this makes it hard to find the perfect foundation. I can’t wait to give your suggestion a try; I hope I’ll be able to find my match someday! x

  5. I actually bought the Fenty contour stick and really liked it. The texture is great and doesn’t look too fake. Didn’t get the highlighters but will def check it out. Thanks for sharing your review.

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  6. You’re most welcome!
    I wasn’t sure about the contour stick so will add it to my list for Santa, alongside the Stunna liquid lipstick.

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