The minute Fenty Beauty launched on Sephora Philippines, I immediately hopped on the site to purchase 1 product I was interested in the most. I ultimately decided on the Matchstix Matte Skin Stick because it was the most versatile as it can be used as a foundation, concealer, or highlight. Fortunately, I also got a bunch of foundation and primer samples with my purchase enough for me to film a Fenty Beauty review & wear test.
The Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer was a hard pass for me as I didn’t see much difference on my face after applying it while I also find it too mattifying together with the foundation on my dry/normal skin.
At the beginning, it looks really dry on camera but in real life it just looks flawless. I loved the foundation more as the day wore on and as my natural oils shone through. I experienced no separation and creasing for most of my face except in the sides of my nose where my glasses sit and in the folds between my nostrils and cheeks. Whereas in other matte foundations I get dryer as time passes, with this foundation I get dewier. I also didn’t notice it “oxidizing” at all throughout the day, instead it just dried down a shade darker.
I ultimately decided to get a full-sized foundation in shade 180 while after playing with the Matchstix Matte Skin Stick, I love it more for highlighting the center of my face and as a quick light coverage base. It blends extremely easily whether you use a sponge, brush, or your fingers as long as you warm it up first on the back of your hand if you’re layering over a matte finish.
I recommend the foundation and the matchstix if you love cream contouring. If you dont, you can pass on the matchstix and just get the foundation instead. The foundation did remind me of the finish of Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless but the texture is different.
I didn’t get any highlighters as I don’t feel that powder highlighters are good value for money products. However if Rihanna comes out with a liquid highlight, I think I’m gonna get that. With the shimmer matchstix, I did not find a shade that really spoke to me so decided to pass on it this time around but I do plan on collecting more.
And that’s it! Don’t hesitate to ask me your questions.