Fenty Beauty | my thoughts + GRWM

Rihanna absolutely killed it with her new beauty line, so of course I had to add a few of her products to my (growing) collection.

I chose Match Stix Matte in Mocha, Match Stix Shimmer in Chili Mango and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife. Both Rihanna herself and YouTuber Desi Perkins inspired me to go for Trophy wife–did you see how gorgeous they looked in this statement-making powder highlight?

The 29-year-old icon is known for her one-of-a-kind sense of style, makeup looks included, so it was only a matter of time before she debuted her own line of unique beauty products. And I really couldn’t be happier Fenty Beauty launched during NYFW.

While in Manhattan for Fashion Week, I made a pitstop at the Time’s Square Sephora–where RiRi held her Fenty Beauty launch party the night before–to test the range for myself. Although I didn’t pick anything up while I was there, I fell in love with pretty much everything and decided to place an online order once I narrowed my must-haves down from from a ton to a small handful.

For the most part, I am super happy with how these products preform. All of them are extremely user friendly (in fact, they remind me a little a lot of Glossier).

Both the matte and shimmer Match Stix glide on effortlessly; they are soooOoOoOo creamy and easy to blend. They quickly became go-to’s for both casual and glam looks (and everything in between).

I love how surprisingly versatile Chili Mango is! While it is a shimmery, spicy orange (hence its name), it looks gorgeous on the cheeks as blush, on the cheekbones as highlight and on the eyes as an all-over-the-lid eyeshadow.

Mocha, on the other hand, makes contouring a breeze. I’ve always had such a hard time with powder contour formulas; they end up appearing blotchy and cake-y on me, which is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to makeup. But, this cream-stick formula makes the entire process a dream!

It glides onto the skin in all the key spots (like the hollows of the cheeks and the temples), then blends effortlessly with just a few quick taps of the ring finger. And, most importantly, it looks like real skin. Mocha gives me natural definition and a my-skin-but-better contour.

Trophy Wife is just as gorgeous IRL as it is in photos, but I will say that it is extremely pigmented, so I prefer to go in with a super light hand. This took me a little getting used to, because normally I cannot get enough highlighter.

That being said, I cannot deny how gorgeous Trophy Wife is. Every time I open the compact, I’m amazed at how golden and shimmery this product is. And, that same effect most definitely translates when Trophy Wife is applied to the skin.

None of the Fenty products gave my sensitive skin any trouble, either.

I’ve had so much fun playing with this easy-to-use makeup–and watching my favorite YouTubers play with Fenty, too. In fact, I’ve been feeling so inspired that I decided to do a little review and GRWM of my own. So, keep scrolling for my easy, glow-y, warm Fenty Beauty makeup tutorial! (I know you want to.)

Trophy Wife is unreal; it’s *almost* too pretty to use!

RiRi–in Trophy Wife–applies a different Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter to a guest at the launch of Fenty Beauty in NYC [source: Fortune]

YouTuber Desi Perkins looks like a real-life goddess in Trophy Wife [source: YouTube]

Products I used:

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Mattifying Gel Moisturizer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Stretch. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 5: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect. Again, tap with fingers to blend.

Step 6: Using a gentle tapping motion, apply Chili Mango to the apples of the cheeks to brighten up the look.

Step 7: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Trophy Wife with a setting brush. Tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add a little more Trophy Wife to the cupid’s bow.

Step 8: Add setting spray to the newly highlighted areas and allow to dry.

Step 9: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 10: Apply Chili Mango directly to each eyelid. Focus on getting a substantial amount of pigment down, then clean it up by tapping to blend between each layer.

Step 11: With a pencil brush (and a light hand), apply Trophy wife to the inner corner of each eye, as well as along the brow bone. Blend with the fingers if necessary.

Step 12: Using Highliner Gel Eye Crayon, create a subtle, smudgy wing on both eyes. To create a little more definition and a smokier effect, you can also smudge some Highliner on the outer corner of the lower lash line.

Step 13: Add a more setting spray to the entire face and allow to dry.

Step 14: After combing and curling the eyelashes apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 15: Apply two layers of Persistence to the lips.

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