Match Stix Matte Skinstick
Fenty Beauty's Match Stix Matte Skinstick isn't the brand's flashiest or most high-profile product, but it's a solid entry that performs well in all but one area.
This fragrance-free cream stick makeup comes in a hexagonal tube that's magnetized so you can adhere different shade combinations together. The idea is to have two shades matched up: one you can use as a concealer, and one you can use to contour. It's a clever, workable concept that can be enjoyed by all skin tones, especially if you routinely contour.
Though the formula is creamy, it drags a bit during application. It's not the biggest inconvenience, but it means you have to do a little extra work to get it to go on smoothly. Once on, it blends well, and after a few minutes, sets to a soft, powdery finish that works for normal to combination skin.
It works well when used as a concealer, providing medium coverage under eyes and on blemishes or red patches. What's more, it lasts throughout the day without creasing or fading.
As a contour stick, this provides natural-looking depth to the face without looking streaky, and also doesn't fade as the day wears on. The brand's selection of 20 different shades includes good choices for fair to deep skin tones.
- Sufficiently covers imperfections.
- Natural-looking shading of the face as a contour stick.
- Wears well without creasing or fading.
- Good selection of shades for fair to deep skin tones.
- Fragrance free.
- Drags a bit during application.
Pop mogul Rihannas made her mark in the worlds of music, movies, and fashion, and now she expands her empire to include makeup with Fenty Beauty, under the umbrella of parent brand Kendo. Taken from the last name she doesnt use on stage, Fenty Beautys philosophy is Beauty for All, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity in its products. Among its most heralded offerings is its foundation, which comes in 40 shades with undertones appropriate for very fair to very deep skin tones, and its highlighters, which include a blindingly bright 24-karat gold shade.
Beyond all the press though, does Fenty Beauty deliver? For the most part, the answer is yes, and both the foundation and the highlighters are solid products worthy of their build-up, along with a nearly-universal lip gloss that works for a wide range of people. Most products are fragrance free or contain minimal fragrance, and come in thoughtful packaging thats convenient and, in some cases, modular (some complementary products are magnetized so that theyre easy to keep together as a set).
If youve been interested in seeing whether all the hype is worth it, we say that by and large it is. For more information on Fenty Beauty, visit https://www.fentybeauty.com/.
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