First and foremost, let me tell you. I am the biggest sucker for packaging. I originally didn’t think of purchasing anything from this collection as I already own so many products. But, as the days counted down and more sneakpeeks took over Instagram, I knew I had to pick up products from this collection.
I’m a big fan of the ad for promoting Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, I love how diverse it is. When I heard she produced a foundation consisting of 40 shades, I thought it was amazing that there would be a wide range of people being able to find their shade after struggling with so many foundations. While, I didn’t end up purchasing a foundation (…yet!) I did purchase a few products that caught my eye from the launch.
I always lose my blotting sheets or never have the use for a whole sheet so when I saw that Rihanna was launching the Invismatte Blotting Paper that allows you to cut your own size, I knew I had to pick one up. They’re unique from other products and not only are you able to cut your own size for blotting paper, you’re also able to buy refills when you run out! The hexagonal packaging of most of her products are aesthetically pleasing to me and I love that they’re magnetic!
It took a little bit of adjusting the blotting paper so it would dispense smoothly, but I’ve gotten the hang of it. I love that I can select my own size of how much I need. I do find the paper to be a little thin though, so I end up using more than I usually would from other blotting papers. Something that’s great about this packaging is that it comes with a mirror, it makes it a lot easier to make sure you’re not smudging or ruining any of your makeup while getting rid of excess oil.
I had originally only picked up the Invisimatte Blotting Paper and the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter but had to go back for the Match Stix Trio after hearing how awesome the products were.
For the highlighter, I decided to stick with the shade Metal Moon, it’s a ‘mega-fine white gold,’ I figured it would be most similar to my beloved Kat Von D Metal Shock Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck. The highlighter itself is a very smooth and buttery consistency, it feels really finely milled and is super pigmented. I love that the packaging is also in a hexagonal shape and comes with a mirror.
The shade itself seems a little more yellow than the Kat Von D, I find that one to give off a little bit of a holographic effect. Since the Kat Von D one is actually an eyeshadow, you definitely need a lighter hand when using that one. I really like that the packaging is really slick and can easily slide in to my bag pockets.
I decided to stick with the Match Stix Trio instead of purchasing the product individually so I could really try them all (they’re all full size!). I really like that the packaging for these are magnetic, they make it so much easier to keep them together. They’re twist up products, so you’ll never have to worry about having to sharpen them or anything.
I purchased the trio in the shade ‘Light 100,’ I figured the contour and shimmer skinsticks would work best with my light-medium skintone. While, the concealer stick that came in the set is too light (it’s in the shade Linen), I’m sure the shade will fit one of my friends.
I have very little experience with contour sticks and cream products when it comes to contour and highlight, so please bear with me as I attempt to make these work and find out the best way for me to apply them. I decided to stick with applying the contour to where I’d usually place it with a powder, under my cheekbones, the sides of my nose and around the temples (while this isn’t shown in the photos, it was definitely visible in person). I also used the shimmer skinstick to highlight where I would usually apply a highlight, my brow bones, bridge of the nose and on the cheekbones.
I ended up blending the contour skinstick with my Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki brush, I wasn’t too sure what brush would work best with cream products but the kabuki brush did a good job, so I’ll probably stick with it. The product blended in super easily and I can definitely see the appeal to use cream products over powder products. For the highlight, I just stuck to using my Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter brush to disperse the product around where it was applied.
All in all, I’m really impressed with the collection and super happy to have picked up the products that I did. I’m currently eyeing the highlighter duo compacts, so we’ll see how those go.
Did you pick up anything from the collection? What are your thoughts?