Fenty Beauty | Is It Overhyped?

Fenty Beauty overhyped?
Fenty Beauty overhyped?

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Fenty Beauty | Is It Overhyped?

Fenty Beauty review

Fenty Beauty


Finding a foundation that matches is hard. It’s always a shot in the dark no matter how many foundation swatches you look up online. The closest match in the Fenty Beauty range I’ve found for my MAC NC30-35 skin thus far is #290. It dries down darker than the color you initially get right out the pump, but it still works for me and doesn’t dry down extremely dark. This specific shade is best for medium skin with olive undertones. I seem to have the worlds weirdest undertone because (according to a MAC makeup artist) I have yellow, olive, peach and a little pink. So I don’t really know what happened to me in the genetic department because my skin seems to be a cesspool of every single undertone out there, but this one matches me pretty well (it is a tad tanner) but it doesn’t make me look too warm or too ashy or too neutral.

Finish wise, it is more matte than I’m used to, but it’s not a complete flat matte. Your skin still looks like skin, but more even and flawless and slightly blurred. It has a lightweight consistency, but still give you medium coverage that is buildable to full. And, it doesn’t look cakey on the skin. It almost has a blurring effect and lasts a good 8-9 hours before I start to notice some fading. I like to moisturize a ton and use primer before applying this foundation just to make sure it doesn’t settle over any blemishes, and to add a little more sheen to the skin.


I picked up the shade Maple for medium to tan skin with neutral undertones, and this matches my skin pretty well too. The stick form is very convenient. If it comes in a stick or a cream, count me in because I’m too lazy to work with liquid makeup on the daily. Blendability of this one is good. The formula isn’t extremely creamy though so it does take a little more effort if you’re using a brush since it’s not as emollient. But, still good and even. My favorite way to blend it in is with my fingers because my 98° self warms the product up and it melts right in so the finish is more velvety and smooth. Coverage wise, it’s a medium, but buildable. It won’t cover my blemish scars completely on the first go around, but with a little extra product and a little extra patting in (no rubbing!), it covers them up.


Considering I’m a highlighter junkie, this was the biggest let down of the bunch and extremely underwhelming. Is it pretty? Sure. But it’s very subtle. After seeing the blinding glimmer of Trophy Wife, I was expecting Metal Moon to live on that side of blinding as well. It doesn’t. It’s very slight and subdued. If that’s what you’re into then you’d like this, but if you’re looking for more pizazz, keep on chugging on. It’s basically white in the pan, but applies a pale golden shade– very reminiscent of NARS Albatross, but I prefer Albatross over this for sure.

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon

Fenty Beauty Metal Moon

Fent beauty swatch top to bottom: Metal Moon highlighter, Maple matchstix, and #290 foundation

Fent beauty swatch top to bottom: Metal Moon highlighter, Maple matchstix, and #290 foundation


Is it overhyped? Yes and no.
The foundation = worth it.
Metal Moon = not worth it (unless you want something v subtle)
Matchstix aren’t extraordinary or revolutionary, but still nice, and would repurchase.

Have you tried anything? What are your thoughts on the Fenty Beauty line? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Interesting because the foundation was the product I was the least interested in after swatching it on my hand (as you said, a little bit more matte than my usual bases), but reading your mini review now, I want to purchase and try it properly!


  • Metal Moon is actually advertised as a subtle highlighter. It doesn’t have the same formula as the other shade which for me it’s too much. It’s definitely for someone who prefers their highlighter on the natural side.

  • I got a sample of the Fenty foundation (same shade as you even though I’m NC25-30 at most!) and I’m obsessed with it! This particular shade is sold out everywhere so I’m glad it got restocked online! Going to hope that the colour matches well!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

  • I need to try the foundation! I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on it, so I put it off for the longest time.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • I would love to try the foundation!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I have the foundation and it requires a lot of skin prep on my dry skin! xx

    Beautylymin| L’OccitaneAdventCalendarGiveaway

  • I love Rihanna so when she released her makeup brand I was extremely excited. I also have a few products in my Sephora love list until I went into Sephora to swatch her products. I find the highlighters to be powdery and glittery and the stick ones are lovely but nothing special. I don’t think the foundation is for me as I stay away from mattes.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • Since hearing about the oxidisation element of the foundation, unless I’m ever near Harvey Nichols, I feel in no hurry to try this line. xx


  • I haven’t tried anything from Fenty myself just because the first launch and the Christmas galaxy kind of one aren’t really to my taste. I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about the foundation, but I’m glad to hear that it works for you and that you’ve found a shade that matches. I’m not into contouring and I don’t tend to like stick concealers, so the Matchsticks aren’t really for me, and I’m also not that into highlighting so again, there wasn’t anything from the line that I was desperate to try. That’s so surprising that the highlighter you got is so subtle, because that’s not at all what I would have expected from the line – it’s a shame it’s not really what you were after!


  • I haven’t tried anything yet but it’s on the (very long) list!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox