Fenty Beauty Review

Fenty Beauty Roundup

You’d never know, (because I haven’t made a blog post in forever), but I actually picked up some of these Fenty Beauty products the day they launched, even though I had to pay an absurd amount for them in Europe. Of course I promptly lost my lip luminizer and between travelling and school, haven’t a chance to blog it. Still, I hope this is post will be of some use to you.

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Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks

At $31CAD these are either moderately priced blushes or expensive highlighters. With 10 shades, I thought there were bound to be a few would look great on dark(er) skin and so I went for one ‘blush’ shade (Ridiiic), one ‘highlighter’ shade (Yacht Lyfe) and one ‘bronzey’ shade (Sinamon)

I agree with the reviews, these sticks are quite powdery, which makes them difficult to apply and blend in. To apply, I swipe the stick onto the desired areas of my face and then use my fingers to blend the product in. I do not use brushes or beauty blenders, as I find the product needs the warmth of my hand and quite a bit of pressure to really blend in. The good news is that once they are applied they last quite well, in general about 5 hours, and even longer if I’m not in a hot/humid climate.

I also like the hexagonal magnetic packaging. The sticks are compact and easy to find, which makes them perfect for travelling. But because of their light pink/beige colouring they are prone to getting dirty.


Now this “golden papaya” shade is the best and my new favourite product in my collection. I’ve included an indoor swatch as well as a photo of me after 3 hours of wear.

I also don’t own anything similar to this shade, so if you’re looking for something unique, that’ll amplify your skin tone and really -pop- in photos then Ridiiic should be right up your alley.

Ridiic Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on NC45 Dark Skin
Ridiic Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick – Warm tone photo
Ridiic Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on NC45 dark Indian skin
Ridiic Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick – Cool tone photo
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Ridiiic
Ridiiic Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick after 3 hours of wear in Morocco (dry heat).

Yacht Lyfe 

Although it’s counter-intuitive, I’ve found that peach-pink highlights look quite nice on dark(er) skin. I currently own MILK Makeup’s Holographic Stick in Mars (a peach highlight), which looks great paired with hot pink blushes. I also recently purchased Sephora Collection’s Golden Hour Luminizing Powder in Dusk, after trying my friend’s (thanks Meg). Dusk shade can be applied far more subtly, but is similarly pink based.

Based on the Sephora website swatches I believed that Yacht Lyfe would be similar tonally but provide far more pigmentation than my Milk Makeup and Sephora Collection highlighters. I was looking for a shade which could be applied to the apple of my cheeks, alongside a bright pink blush, to add dimension. Unfortunately, Yacht Lyfe is not that shade.

Yacht Lyfe Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on NC45 dark Indian skin
Yacht Lyfe Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick – Warm Tone
Yacht Lyfe Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on NC45 dark Indian skin
Yacht Lyfe Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick – Cool Tone

Once it’s blended out, it doesn’t provide enough pigmentation to serve as any sort of blush. And the gold dimension is so light that it comes across as silvery/shimmery. Overall it is not a flattering highlight for my skin tone and it doesn’t have any of the dimension that I saw in its swatches. There is no circumstance in which I’d pick it up over my MILK Costmetics Holographic Stick. Even when I use it as a brow bone highlight, the role to which I relegate all sub-par products, it just doesn’t look as nice as 99% of the other shadows/highlights I have.


Described as a “cinnamon bronze,” this is the shade I was most disappointed by. I expected it to provide a much more bronzed, orange, or red tone to my skin, similar to my much loved Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Instead, it blends completely into my skin, leaving behind an intense ashy shimmer.

Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on NC45 Dark Indian Skin
Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on cheek & eye – Warm Tone
Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on NC45 Dark Indian Skin
Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick on cheek and eye – Cool Tone

Since I’m in Europe and can’t return it, I’m currently using it as a bronze eyeshadow, and while it does look nice I know I’ll never be able to finish it. It’s also easily replaceable by about 12 other bronze shadows I own. Perhaps on darker skin it’ll show up as a nice highlight, but it was disappointing on mine. As I believed I picked the darkest “bronze/gold” shade I don’t believe there’s any shade within the Fenty Beauty range that will be able to rival my bronze & glow or even provide a decent bronze glow to dark(er) skin.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

We’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone.

This Fenty lip luminizer definitely lives up to that claim. It has a smooth texture and isn’t sticky or tacky whatsoever. It also adds shine and sparkle but doesn’t have too much pigmentation, which makes it perfect for layering over other lip products. At $23CAD I think it’s well priced. Even though it doesn’t stick around for that long, approx 2 hours, it’s very easy to reapply as it has a huge doe-foot applicator and doesn’t leave my lips feeling dry.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer on NC45 Indian Skin
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Thanks to Sabrina, for letting me borrow this for the blog.

Overall Thoughts

While Rihanna’s foundation line may have 40 shades, one that works for everyone. I wasn’t that pleased by the shades/range of the Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks, particularly the highlights. With a product this powdery you have to ensure that the shade isn’t going to be too light, otherwise, it’ll sit on top of your skin like flour. 

I still recommend them as long as you find a suitable shade for your skintone because I love their longevity and finish, and will likely be going into a store to check out Chili Mango and Unicorn once I’m back in Toronto.

Out of what was featured here, I’d recommend the Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks in Ridiiic and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer for NC45 skin!

I hope this was helpful and let me know if there are other Match Stix shades you’ve found look great on darker skin!