I am not a massive Rihanna fan. I don’t dislike her or her music but I also wouldn’t class myself as a fan. However, when I heard she was going to be doing a beauty range I have to say I was intrigued. Only sold online or in store at Harvey Nicholls in the UK, the range itself isn’t overly easy to get your hands on, so when myself and Rachael from HelplessWhilstDrying where in London last month, we had to get a look in for ourselves…
Any brand that starts a launch with 40 shades of foundation deserves a round of applause as far as I’m concerned. Being Caucasian means I do not struggle to find foundations in the same way that my friends with darker skin tones do, but as I am so fair, it can sometimes be very difficult to find something light enough.
The internet literally blew up on release date and I would be lying if I said I haven’t watched 20+ youtube videos. What can I say, I love a hype! I heard mixed reviews on the products and wasn’t so enthralled that I was going to order online and risk cocking up my shade choices.
Last weekend however, we headed down to Harvey Nicks in Knightsbridge and wandered in store, only to be told that we needed to queue outside (the doorman had said the queue was for ‘something special’ so we assumed it was a new launch of something!). Oh my, the queue. We queued for over 90 minutes and when we finally got inside we were herded like animals to one of the two Fenty stands. I’m sad to say that I found the staff super rude, and that you had one allocated to you at all times, so I was unable to look at the products like I normally would on a counter. I snuck off whilst Rach was being colour matched to look at the products as best I could before I was questioned by a member of staff and then asked to move to the side if I wasn’t being directly dealt with.
I was interested in looking more into the highlighters and sticks, but the staff really put me off. Whilst Rach finished up being colour matched I picked up a Fenty Gloss and headed to the till.
Packaging wise, I absolutely love the pink. It is a millennial pink dream but I don’t really like how the packaging between the different products doesn’t feel 100% cohesive. The sticks are blush pink, the gloss has a gold top, the foundation is glass with a white lid and the highlighter duos are white plastic. I wish she’d stuck to a slightly smaller colour palette for the first launch but everything felt good quality. I also love the idea that the sticks all magnetise together.
Colour selection- I’m not wild about the bright gold Trophy Wife highlight that everyone was going mad for. but some of the duos were actually really beautiful. The foundation shade really is vast as well which is amazing to see. Rach ended up picking that up so once her review is up I’ll link it for you.
Price wise? I actually don’t think that the pricing is too bad, yes it isn’t cheap but she could have slapped a lot of extra dollar on just because it had the Rihanna name on it and I think it would have sold just as well. The foundation is £28 I think which is around MAC prices, with the gloss I picked up at £16. So despite the shitty customer service, I still ended up buying something. The atmosphere in the queue was almost electric – you could almost feel the hype lingering in the air!
The idea behind the Fenty Gloss is that it is a universally flattering shade for all skin tones. This instantly intrigued me because in the tube it looks like a shade that would 100% not be flattering on me. It is almost an orangey pink with gold glitter. Literally nothing I would ever pick up normally but my interest was piqued.
The packaging feels really nice and luxurious and the doe foot applicator is on the bigger side which I actually really like. The formula is super smooth with the glitters giving no hint of grittiness nor is there a hint of stickiness. I’ve found the Fenty gloss to actually be surprisingly soft and moisturising on the lips. Most surprising of all however is the colour. It is almost like a very sheer my lips but glossier colour on me – nothing like the shade in the tube. The gold that is very evident when you look at the gloss itself disappears on the lips making them look super plump and glossy. The swatch looks very glittery on my hand and I found it near on impossible to lip swatch, mainly because it is so natural on my lips (and having a camera that close to my face only highlights my need for a moustache wax!)
All in all, my first try of Fenty Beauty has definitely left me wanting more. I am now desperate to try the foundation, I reaaally want to try the highlighters and I’m interested to see how Rihanna branches out as the brand continues to grow.
Have you tried anything from Fenty yet? What did you think ?
You can watch my vlog of the day below too!