Flash Review: Fenty Beauty

Hey everyone! Are you sick of hearing about Fenty Beauty yet? I know some are, but I find I am still looking at those reviews, curious about what others have to say. Since I have bought a few of the items from the initial launch, I thought I might as well give my opinion too, although these reviews are going to be quicker than usual. Because of the breadth of information out there on these products, I don’t really feel like I need to go into as much depth as usual. I have purchased:

  1. Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in “Fenty Glow”
  2. Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in “Yacht Lyfe”
  3. Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby” and “Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak”

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Packaging and First Impressions

I love the packaging of this lip gloss. It comes in a transparent pentagonal lipgloss tube, that has shiny rose gold detailing. The doe foot applicator is quite large, but this is okay for a gloss that is supposed to be relatively transparent. If the gloss were supposed to be opaque, I would be worried about the accuracy with which I apply the gloss, and this applicator would be an issue. The lipgloss smells amazing — sort of like candy and fruit all together. The universal shade available is called “Fenty Glow”, and is described as a “shimmering rose nude.”



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This photo is from the Fenty Beauty website

Price and Quantity

This lip gloss is priced at $23 CAD ($18 USD) and has 0.30 oz of product. This is a huge amount of product (2X more) compared to typical lip glosses sold. Below, this lipgloss to compared to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss, the BareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss, the Buxom Full-on Lip Cream and Lip Polishes, and the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss.

Rank Company’s Product Mentioned Above Cost ($ CAD) Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Fenty Gloss Bomb $23 0.3 $77/oz
2 ABH Lipgloss $21 0.16 $131/oz
3 Buxom Full-on Lip Cream/ Polish $24 0.15 $160/oz
4 BareMinerals Gen Nude $23 0.13 $177/oz
5 Marc Jacobs Enamoured $35 0.16 $219/oz

Pigmentation and Performance

This lip gloss is very sheer but has a slight rosy tint to it. There is a shimmer throughout the lipgloss that only really picks up in direct light. You can slightly feel the texture of the shimmer when you press your lips together, but it is not so gritty that it will really bother you. It doesn’t bother me at least, and I am usually sensitive to that.

This lipgloss is so incredibly shiny, I absolutely love it. It gives your lips the perfect tint and shine to make them look really full. I also love that the shimmer isn’t crazy, but very subtle. This lipgloss is definitely hydrating and lasts the length of a typical lipgloss (not long if you are drinking and eating). I think some people would pass on this, thinking that it is nothing special, however I think it is the perfect daily gloss and I am so glad that I purchased it.


Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in “Yacht Lyfe”

Packaging and First Impressions

These shimmer skinsticks are meant to be multipurpose, with use as a highlighter, blush or eyeshadow, depending on the shade. They come in a stick form that has nude pink hexagonal packaging with silver detailing. The packaging is magnetized so that if you own more than one of these Match Stix they will magnetize together, however, I only own one. I think that this is overall a cool packaging idea that shows that they really put some thought into creating the aesthetic of this line. The product itself is very stiff and I noticed no scent. There are 10 shades of these sticks, and I purchased the shade Yacht Lyfe to either work as a highlighter or blush.


Here is the product rolled out all the way so that you can see how much you get.

Price and Quantity

These Shimmer Skinsticks are priced at $30 CAD ($25 USD) and have 0.25 oz of product. Because this product can work as a blush/highlight/eyeshadow depending on the shade, it is hard to compare it to other products. The Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of this product is $120/oz, which is not exactly affordable when compared to similar items. If you want to compare this product to other cream highlighters and cream blushes that I have evaluated, please visit Part 3 and Part 4 from my Wow! or Waste? Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection Edition. When looking at those posts, these Shimmer Skinsticks would barely rank in the top 5, but they are a relatively unique item.

Pigmentation and Performance

When swatched on your arm, Yacht Lyfe is so stunningly beautiful. It is described as a “glimmering peach-pink”. It appears as a pink with a gold reflect. While I love the shade, I have had some issues with application due to how stiff the product is.


You cannot apply this stick directly to your skin, whether it be your eyes or your cheeks. It takes way too much pressure and will disturb whatever products are already on your skin, whether they be eye primer or foundation. What seems to work best is applying the product with your finger, once it has warmed up a bit. However, with this method I still had issues with my eyeshadow primer being disturbed and I was never able to build up the colour to full opacity. As a cream eyeshadow, this product was too finicky for my tastes.

I did like this product as a cream blush (it was too deep of a pink for highlighter), however I am not sure that it is special enough to keep it for just that purpose. It gives you a shiny, but natural, blushed look. I was successful with applying this with my finger and my blush brush.

Overall, I’m not totally pleased with this product. If it were just a bit less stiff and more creamy, I think it would perform a lot better. Honestly, I have so many products that I am not so willing to keep those that are tricky to work with and don’t really pay off in the long run.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby” and “Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak”

Packaging and First Impressions

These highlighters are definitely the star of the show, in terms of the products that I purchased from this initial Fenty Beauty launch. They come in an octagonal white plastic compact that has a purple reflect when in bright light. There are 6 shades of these highlighters, 2 one-pans and 4 duo-pans. The duo pans are supposed to have one shade that is a bit subdued and another that has more obvious shine. I was not so interested in the singles as they were either extreme white or extreme gold, so I purchased two of the duo shades.

Look at that purple/blue reflect!!!
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby”
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak”

Price and Quantity

These highlighters are priced at $42 CAD  ($34 USD) and have 0.28 oz of product overall, whether they are the singles or duos. Below these highlighters are compared to some other highlighters that I love: the Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighters, the Make Up For Ever Pro Fusion Highlighters, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters and the Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters.

Rank Company’s Product Mentioned Above Cost ($ CAD) Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Too Faced Love Light $38 0.32 $119/oz
2 Stila Heaven’s Hue $42 0.35 $120/oz
3 Fenty Killawatt Freestyle $42 0.28 $150/oz
4 MUFE Pro Fusion $48 0.3 $160/oz
5 Becca Shimmering Skin $46 0.28 $164/oz

Pigmentation and Performance

Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby is described as a soft champagne sheen/supercharged peachy champagne shimmer. I really love both of the highlighters in this product. The more subdued one, Mean Money, is absolutely amazing for an everyday kind of highlight. Swatched, it looks terrible and like nothing (seen below). However, built up on your cheekbones it gives you the most beautiful natural glow. I am actually so surprised with how much I like it. Hu$tla Baby is also really beautiful, and definitely “supercharged.” The shade description is pretty accurate, although it doesn’t come off that peachy, just more of a champagne gold.


Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak is described as a soft pink sheen/supercharged peachy pink shimmer. Girl Next Door is certainly more subdued that Chic Phreak, however it does show up more than Mean Money in the previously mentioned duo. It definitely has a cooler tone to it. Chic Phreak has great shine and really shows up well. I’m not sure that these highlighters are noticeably pink, although they are definitely noticeably cooler in comparison to the previously described duo. They also seem to reflect light better when on the cheeks.

One of the best parts about these highlighters is that they don’t fade at all. They look just as brilliant at the end of the day, than they did at the beginning. I think I will be buying all of the duos!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am pretty happy with the products that I have tried (with the exception of the Match Stix) and I am excited to try more from this line. I have samples of both the primer and foundation that I still need to try.

I am also SUPER excited for the next phase of Fenty Beauty products coming out on October 13th!! I love the Galaxy theme. Who thinks I should do a Wow! or Waste? for that collection?! I’m intrigued by the packaging of the eyeshadow palette, because I love that oil slick coloured chrome, but the eyeshadow shades don’t especially attract me. What do you think?

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

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6 thoughts on “Flash Review: Fenty Beauty

  1. Great review! The highlighter swatches are so nice!! The swatch of the Match Stix is so stunning. What a shame that it doesn’t apply the same on the skin!

    1. Yeah those swatches don’t even really do them real justice. They have to be seen on the cheekbones! There’s something about that angle that just makes them look so good!

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