fenty beauty review

I know I’ve been MIA as far as blogging goes so I wanted to apologize. Blogging is one of those things that you have to be motivated and inspired on a daily, but since my last post I was going through things that just blocked my thought process. But, here we are with a new post! There has been a lot of hype in the makeup community about the fenty beauty release and I’ve tried it and wanted to do my own in depth review. Some people feel like trusting youtubers or well known beauty bloggers can be iffy because of there relationships with brands which I understand. 

To start, I did not purchase the primer. I may pick it up because I’ve read that since the foundation is matte the primer is almost like a moisturizer yet does have pore perfecting properties, but the hydration in the primer helps with the fluidity of the foundation. Thus, I’m willing to try it and for makeup and advice purposes I have normal to dry skin. 

I purchased the foundation in shade 310, which is practically an identical match to my NARS foundation which I use in Syracuse. I opted to get 310 so that once my tan fades, I would be able to get the most out of the foundation. My mom uses 320 so I used some of it just to see if there was a true difference in the colors and it was very slight. Priscilla Ono, who is one of the global makeup artist for the brand said on her social media that the foundation is like paint. Meaning that it goes on lighter, and once it dries and the water practically dissolves the shade will darken (so it does not oxidize its how the formula works). From the moment I put the foundation on I noticed how it was more of a liquid consistency and also medium coverage with my beauty blender (for reference I use my beauty blender with all my foundations but I will try a brush tomorrow to compare). I knew that it would dry quicker due to the liquid to powder and matte formula so I worked in sections. Initially it was okay, I wasn’t necessarily hating the foundation but I also wasn’t instantly obsessed. It is more of a natural foundation that looks like skin, but right now currently my skin is all over the place from hormones so it did highlight everything that was going on. Whereas my NARS sheer glow provides more coverage, doesn’t enhance my imperfections and feels more hydrating on my skin. I finished my face with all my normal makeup products (tarte shape tape, Laura mercier translucent powder & finishing powder, Mac dark deep, and used the Fenty beauty highlighter in hu$tla baby & mean money). I took the extra step and used my fix+ multiple times when completing my makeup to ensure my skin was hydrated & also used my tatcha spray as the final step. 

Now, my thoughts and feelings on the foundation once my entire face was on is: it’s a very “natural” looking foundation which is nice. BUT, I think my skin may be just a tad too dry for it. Initially my skin felt normal but then after the first hour, I literally felt like my face was so dry to the point I just wanted to scratch my face lol. I took it upon myself to take flash pictures with my camera, then my phone, sit in front of my ring light and look in mirrors all over my house and I can’t say that I’m obsessed. I feel like the foundation is highlighting the current imperfections of my skin which I’m not a fan of and clinging to dry patches. My sheer glow makes my skin look more flawless because it leaves a more creamy finish rather than being completely matte. On my camera the foundation looks pretty but you could see my texture peaking through, then I went to my phone and it just was “okay”. In mirrors it was pretty but again, I just felt like it wasn’t really doing much. I would recommend the foundation for people with normal to oily/combination skin because once the foundation dries and your skin produces your oils you’ll truly get a beautiful skin like finish. I’m gonna continue to wear it and try it with different products to see if I can find a way to make it work so pray for me, or else it will join 12 other foundations that don’t get used lol.

Additional products: The highlighter duo that I used Hu$tla Baby & Mean money were beautiful. They gave that smooth but metallic highlight that I love. I will be trying trophy wife soon, the thought of the product made me nervous so I wanted to start with the simple product. Also, the lipgloss is not groundbreaking but it is a nice formula and everyday gloss that adds a tint to the lips and is not tacky like some glosses (not the lip that I had on in the photos). 

The pictures below were taken as soon as I finished my makeup where it looked its best before it began to suck my skin dry. Hopefully in the near future she releases other formulas of foundation. I wholeheartedly support the brand and will continue to purchase just because she is doing something so many other companies are not which is being inclusive of all races, skin tones and undertones. That alone is a reason to spend the money with her company. 



  1. Jen
    September 13, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Love the review it was so in depth, with so many details. You really took your time out and I truly appreciate it. Look forward to more material on here ☺️

    • jonesforaja
      September 13, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Sheia
    September 14, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Love love love ❤️

  3. Anonymous
    October 3, 2017 / 5:25 am

    What kind of camera do you use?

    • jonesforaja
      October 6, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Sony a5100