Rihanna’s no stranger to the makeup world. She’s collaborated on collections with MAC and was a spokesperson for CoverGirl, among other makeup endeavors, so it’s not a big surprise that she decided to bust a move and create her own makeup line.
And surprise! — it’s really good. Not to say that I didn’t expect great things from Badgal Riri (a.k.a Robin Rihanna Fenty), because I did. I just didn’t expect such an extensive line, or a line this wonderfully focused on skin. I mean, there are 40 foundation shades (!). FORTY! And they have these subtle undertone shifts, which are kind of incredible, but we’ll get to that later because I gotta stay on task…
The entire line is available right now at Sephora.
OK, let’s talk about the primer first. 🙂 It’s called Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch, and it’s $32 for a 1.08-oz. glass tube with a pump.
I saw a video of Rihanna talking about her vision for the line, and she said that she wanted to make makeup that would look like perfect skin, but not like skin that looks like it’s wearing a ton of makeup, which I can totally relate to because that’s what I’d want to do too, and that’s what I think my skin looks like when I wear this cruelty-free liquid primer (everything in the line is cruelty-free, BTW).
First, I think it smells fab (like Stella perfume). Second, the soft matte finish completely cuts down on shine without being obsessive about it, which is to say that it leaves behind a lovely, subtle radiance on my combo 40-somethin’-somethin’ skin. No pearl. Just a hint of light reflecting back at ya to keep the finish from looking flat.
Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch is a hella pretty pink color. It’s described as universally flattering, and as far I can tell, it doesn’t color correct. It’s also basically invisible once I blend it in.
It feels like a lightweight face lotion and dries to a powder finish. While it doesn’t make my pores disappear, I think they do look smaller (those thugs are so aggro), and the lines on my forehead (it also vanquishes the shine on my forehead, nose and chin) and around the corners of my mouth look less noticeable.
If you just want a little something to smooth everything out, but you DON’T want to put on foundation or concealer, you can wear it all by itself (I think it looks friggin’ fabulous).
Or, if you layer it with Fenty Beauty Foundation, it holds on and doesn’t let go, which I found out last weekend when I wore them together on a 90-degree day (the primer under Fenty foundation and concealer). When I took off my makeup that night, it legit looked like I’d just applied it, even though I sweated enough water to bathe a small cat.
If, however, you prefer primers that AGGRESSIVELY smooth your skin ’cause you want to completely obliterate your pores, then try the Make Up For Ever Primer Smoothing Primer in the gray tube, Urban Decay Urban Defense or Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I think they’re a better fit if you’re aiming for an ultra-perfected look.
Next up: the Fenty Beauty gloss, cream highlighters, concealer, foundation and face powder, which I’ve also been testing.
So far, so good. 🙂 Stay tuned.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,