I Tested the 7 Best Fenty Beauty Products For Skin of Color So You Don't Have to
It's mind-boggling that in 2017, having one makeup line with offerings for more than just a handful of complexions is a huge ask. So of course the hype around Fenty Beauty by Rihanna hit a thousand and hasn't let up since the collection dropped last week. Just stop by any Sephora store and you'll see ravaged Fenty Beauty gondolas where dreams of looking like Rihanna once lived.
Rihanna can pretty much do no wrong in many people's eyes, including mine, but she isn't the first celeb to do a beauty line. She has been very vocal about the importance of inclusivity with this collection . . . so I had to test it out for myself to see if it lived up to the hype and to find out which products actually look good on skin of color. Hint: it's pretty much the entire damn collection, but here are the best ones.
Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Darker shades are extremely difficult (and expensive) to make, but Fenty managed to crank out a whopping 40 shades of this buildable foundation with at least 12 being on the darker end of the spectrum.
Found My Perfect Match
I'm not one to completely mask my face with makeup, so I did a light layer here. It's very buildable. It looked a bit dark when I first swiped, but it dried down to literally my exact shade. I'm shade 430 and there are still six shades deeper than mine.
The Split Face Test
Only the right side of my face (on your left) has been Fenty-fied. I used the Mocha shade, which is about two shades lighter than the foundation, to brighten up my under eye area. Can you see the difference?
It Really Is One Shade Fits All
The shimmery pink doesn't look frosty on warmer skin tones. For my complexion, it brings out the natural pink in my lips.
I'm Basically a Unicorn Now
Hands down my fave product in the collection. While it's on the cooler side, the purple gives brown skin a mesmerizing halo effect.
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife
OK, so maybe this is my fave product. Most of us know that gold looks amazing on warm, deep skin tones, and this is gold. It's another multiuse, so swipe it on for highlighter, shadow, or anywhere that you need a major sparkle.
24K Magic Up in Here
The shimmer is a little chunkier than expected, but I loved that as the day progressed and my lids got a bit greasier, the powder settled into a really pretty golden glaze.
For the 1 Time a Year That I Contour
KKWhat? No shade, except for these that actually work for contouring darker skin. I used Truffle for a natural-looking cheek chisel.
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule
The Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule duo is best of the bunch for darker skin. It has gorgeous golden undertones in a coppery coral shade that you can use to flush and highlight.
The Ultimate Glow Up
Although the shades look really pink in the compact, a lot of the golden undertones come out when you swipe it on. And I didn't even need a lot to get a bomb shine.