Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick
One of pop star Rihanna's songs says to "shine bright like a diamond," and that's the point of Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick. This highlighter provides megawatt glow power, albeit with one drawback.
As the name implies, this is a creamy sticky highlighter. It comes in a hexagonal twist-up tube, and is a cinch to apply. Though the formula is creamy enough to glide across skin, it isn't greasy, and instead has an almost powdery finish.
This fragrance-free highlighter comes in several shades, from silvery-white to rose gold to a holographic lavender, and each delivers initial high-shimmer that can be muted somewhat if you blend it down. It lasts well throughout the day without fading.
One issue keeps it from our top rating: It settles into pores, highlighting them (and not in the way you want). If you don't have noticeable pores this won't be an issue, but anyone with even slightly visible pores will see this effect, so the brand's powder-based highlighters are a better option for those who have this type of skin.
- Non-greasy formula glides across skin.
- Good range of shades.
- Lasts throughout the day without fading.
- Fragrance free.
- Emphasizes pores.
- The waxes in the formula can worsen clogged pores.
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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