Recently, Rihanna launched her makeup line and it’s being sold in Sephora at the moment and since I was running out of the bronzer I’d been using for the past several months (which was the Vapour organic foundation stick in shade #135 – review here) I decided to try out the Fenty matchstix in shade #suede, a warm caramel colour.
The last time I checked on their website, it had stated that FENTY BEAUTY is CRUELTY FREE and some of their products are Vegan but not all. It does not sell in China at the moment. A brand that has a diverse range of foundation shades and is also cruelty free? Sign me up!
Back to these matchstixs, they’re described as:
‘A magnetised makeup stick in a longwear, light-as-air matte formula to conceal, correct, contour, and touch up’ (source)
Swatch (immediately after application)
This was taken in natural light – not sure if this is even the correct intensity of the shade tbh, definitely know that it’s a warm toned contour instead of a cool toned contour for me.
Tricaprylin, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Mica, Cera Microcristallina/microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Peg/ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Vp/eicosene Copolymer, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. May Contain/peut Contenir (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)
The price point is fairly affordable when comparing to brands such as NARS(who has unfortunately recently gone pro-cruelty) and MAC. I would say that FENTY BEAUTY prices are just a few dollars cheaper than TOOFACED cosmetics prices.
The pigmentation and colour payoff is definitely worth every dollar you pay for. It was undoubtedly stronger than my organic foundation stick that I was using to contour my face with prior to using the FENTY BEAUTY matchstix BUT the matchstix emits an unpleasant scent as opposed to the Vapour organic foundation stick which has a more pleasant smell. If you look at the ingredient list above, you can see that there’s no added fragrance/parfum to it which probably explains why it smells so offputting – like it just smells like mixed chemicals makeup wise, it doesn’t stink of trash and stuff.
The overall aesthetic and handle of the packaging seems a bit too chunky and childish to me. It seems to fit in a playroom. (But unaesthetic packaging is like a first world problem but I digress.)
This is a product I’d definitely repurchase.
Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!