Since the beginning of time, every girl has sought after an answer to address all her foundation needs. I think I can safely say, that as a dark-skinned girl myself, this has certainly been the case for a very long time. This quest has been something which I have shared with you and will continue to do so.
When Rihanna announced that she would be launching a beauty brand, I knew that this would definitely be something I would be looking out for. I have already tried other Rihanna products like her fragrances and I was quite impressed with the products and quality overall.
The day Fenty Beauty launched I was all over the Harvey Nichols site trying to work out what the shade offering was and whether she was going to cater for darker skinned ladies like myself. Fenty Beauty is currently exclusive to Harvey Nichols in the UK.
Thank goodness for Rihanna, because she unleashed a 40 shade arsenal of foundation shades designed to combat all things ashy and clay red along will other shades on the lighter or paler side of the spectrum.
Fenty Beauty’s tag line is … beauty for all, and that it most certainly is.
I was very selective on which products I picked from the line and here is what I went for;
Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Having fallen out of love with my foundation at the time, foundation was definitely top of my product pick list. I opted for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in the shade 450. This retails at £26.00, which is within the same price point, if not marginally cheaper than other high end brands like MAC, Lancome or Bobbi Brown.
The Pro Filt’r Foundation is nothing short of spectacular. It gives a soft matte finish, exactly as it says on the box. The foundation gives me a weightless and effortless finish. It almost feels like I have no product on my skin. The colour match was a perfect match for me. I am normally a Mac Studio Fix NW48 or Matchmaster 8.5, but these did not give me as perfect a match to my skin tone as this did.
Most dark skin foundations have too much red pigment, which often looks unsightly or if not enough which makes you look washed out or ashy… but this just has the right blend of red; every dark skinned girl’s answer to foundation faux pas!
It gives a medium to full coverage and is definitely buildable if you need a strong makeup look for heavier days. As this is my every day foundation, this provides all day wear with no need for top up or touch up. I can certainly attest to this as I never touch up my makeup even after 8-10 hour days.
The second item I chose were the Matchstix Trio products which were £46.00. This worked out cheaper than buying individual Match Stix (£21.00 each). Now I don’t have something like this in my makeup arsenal, so I felt like I was really venturing into new territory with this. Thankfully I am so glad I took the plunge with this.
The Matchstix have 3 products that come in magnetic containers , so you won’t lose these in your handbag ladies! With this trio, you get a Concealer, Contour and Highlight product all in one purchase. If you are new to contouring this is one of those products that will definitely make life easier for you.
I chose the darkest shade in this colour range called Deep 400 – which came with Suede (concealer), Espresso (contour) and Sinammon (highlighter).
Suede worked perfectly for me as both a concealer and an under-eye highlighter. It gives a smooth and accurate finish especially for that more occasion makeup looks or nights out. The product is creamy and does not feel drying or cakey on application giving you a flawless makeup finish.
Espresso is a deep brown and a gorgeous contour shade and is also a good creamy product that would dry or cake like some cream products do. If you are darker than me, you may struggle to find a contour shade in the Fenty Beauty range.
Sinammon is a coppery toned shimmery highlight colour that looks beautiful on any of my dark skinned ladies. This shade would actually go well with most skin tones all round. I’ve swatched these below so you can get an idea of the colour pay off.
So I know I might be late to the party, but I feel like an honest review isn’t and shouldn’t be based on my initial thoughts. I am now on my second bottle of Fenty Foundation and that’s definitely saying something.
My final review of Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Foundation – it’s perfect and their Matchstix are absolutely divine!. Please keep an eye out later on in the week where I will show you a recent makeup look I did using some of my Fenty Beauty Makeup products.
Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? If not I think it’s definitely worth your while. If you have, please feel free to let me know how you found it too? Leave a comment down below, I’d love to hear your feedback and what other cool products I should try out. 🙂