I’ve been waiting for the hype to gradually subside over the Fenty Beauty launch and its incredible 40 shade foundation range. Whilst waiting, I have been fully testing out the Soft Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and Match Stix Matte Skinstick alongside the Fenty Beauty 110 Full Bodied Foundation brush. It’s been a bit of a journey and I’ve had a few ups and downs but ultimately, Fenty Beauty is an absolute godsend for oily skin. In fact, I feel like I’m comparing other foundations to Fenty. I am a total foundation whore and I have a good 10 different ones on the go at anyone time. If I had to rank Fenty, well, it’s in my top 3 for sure.
So, let me explain the journey that I have been on with my skin. Recently, I have been experiencing the side effects of stress and adding additional medication into my day to day life. My skin has certainly dealt with the brunt of it, causing overly dry patches, dehydration, redness, extra oiliness in areas and those irritating lumps under the skin that don’t amount to anything.
Once again, I’ve had to strip my skincare right back to basics to make sure there is no irritation, and that I keep on top of the exfoliation to let the lumps develop if needs be. Having combination skin that is polar opposite has caused problems with my foundation application as I have had some incredibly dry patches with some terribly oily patches. I have had to use an oil free moisturiser and only apply primer on the dry patches. This is where the roller coaster of foundation emotions comes in.
Fenty Beauty Soft Matte foundation is incredible for oily skin. It gives the most perfect, flawless and even coverage that looks soft and blurred out, like you have a real life filter covering your face. But, and it’s a big but, on dry skin it is not so great. With oil, it mattifies, softens and blues the skin yet with dry skin it cakes and disappears in patches. With the primer underneath the foundation, it helps a great deal and really does give a more even canvas to work with but I also find that I don’t need the primer for the majority of the time as the foundation is so hard wearing and suited to my skin that the primer is an extra and unnecessary step. You can see why this has been difficult, can’t you! I’ve been wearing shade 240 which is the exact shade of my skin. I really do love how much thought has gone into the shade range.
That being said, I love the effect of the Instant Retouch primer on bare skin. It has a very discreet pearlescence to it, so when applied to bare skin, it’s working it’s magic by adding the effect of a soft focus filter to your face. I actually prefer to wear my primer on a no make up day, just to make my skin look fresh and healthy. Think Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow and the effect that it gives.
The addition of the Fenty Beauty 110 Full Bodied foundation brush with its pink handle and dense pink bristles has been an excellent choice of tool for me. When I first tried Fenty Beauty, I had my make up applied using the Fenty Beauty blending sponge however I mainly use brushes to apply my foundation and blending sponges for Contour, powder etc. In fact, the only time I use a blending sponge for foundation is when I’m going out and I’m layering on the products. The dense bristles grab the liquid foundation and buffs it into the skin without the loss of too much product in the bristles. An even and flawless, airbrushed finish is left with a seamless blend into the skin. It’s probably one of my favourite foundation brushes next to my Iconic London Evo brush.
In my previous Fenty Beauty post, I declared my love for the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Unicorn; an iridescent Lilac that appears as a muted, ethereal glow on the skin. Since I wrote that post, I have read many reviews regarding the Match Stix, in particular the concealers. I was very curious to understand why the shimmer sticks and concealing colours may not match up, so I’ve been using French Vanilla Matte Skinstick. If I was to use concealer on both blemishes and under eye, I would need two different shades as French Vanilla is a very light yellow toned shade. My concealer for blemishes would be much darker and a more neutral tone. For under eye, French Vanilla is the ideal shade.
I find the French Vanilla Match stix concealer to be very dry and chalky and when dealing with the delicate under eye area, it is quite difficult to work with. I don’t want to apply it directly from the stick as it can drag as it is dry and I don’t want to pull on my under eye. I have found that the best way to use the Match Stix is with your fingers. The warmth of the skin warms up the once dry product, making it much more malleable and easy to use. I then use a concealer brush or blending sponge to pat it in the area and blend out. I’d be really interested to try out the Match Stix foundation and contour next to see how they perform on the skin, and if the dryer formulation has an different feel when it’s not being used on my under eye. That being said, when I swatched it across my arm, it glided across the skin so it does strike me as being dependent on the facial area.
Overall, I’m still totally enamoured with Fenty Beauty. I’m using the products that I have a lot, especially my Killawatt Highlight Duo. I’m more than impressed with the price point and although I haven’t yet bought anything from the holiday collection, I’m really tempted to treat myself.
Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? What are your thoughts?
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