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In a world where celebrities run their own makeup and skincare brands, everybody’s a critic. The long-awaited Fenty Skin line (and the Fenty Skin reviews) is officially in. And the opinions on the new Rihanna-bred brand are already stirring up a debate. Obviously — it’s Rihanna.
With a plethora of serums and cleansers already packed in our skincare fridges, here comes Fenty Skin to take up more space. The new brand born out of Rihanna’s empire has skincare Twitter (and the rest of the beauty world) up in arms.
“My inspiration for creating Fenty Skin was just creating that foundation whether you want to wear makeup, light makeup, heavy makeup, whatever you prefer or are in the mood for, there’s always a great foundation underneath that,” Rihanna said in the Fenty Skin announcement video.
The initial drop of Fenty Skin includes three clean beauty products: the Total Cleans’r, the Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum and the Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. All three products are made to work together as the dubbed Fenty Skin Start’rs.
Shop: Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser, $25
In a press release, Rihanna mentioned how she wanted to produce a deep-cleaning cleanser for removing dirt and makeup. The cleanser is packed with ingredients like the Barbados cherry, which contains even more vitamin C than an orange and its used to help brighten the skin. Plus, the featured green tea and fig are rich in antioxidants.
“Washing your face is the most important step for good skin,” Rihanna said. “Especially when you’re wearing makeup, breaking a sweat in the club, exercising — whatever your thing is.”
After trying the cleanser for myself, I found the texture to be a hybrid of creamy and foamy. It does lather to a point, but the cleanser doesn’t create a super sudsy consistency. Plus, my normal-dry skin doesn’t feel stripped after pat drying. This cleanser does, in fact, remove a full face of makeup. However, I’d double cleanse with the Total Cleans’r or start with a micellar water first and then go in with the cleanser to be sure all the makeup is gone.
Shop: Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum, $28
The name is no joke — this is a fat water. But really, it has the jelly-like consistency of a lightweight serum, but it is nourishing like a toner. With the twist of the cap, a hole opens and with a gentle squeeze, the bottle distributes product.
Though the controversial astringent witch hazel is the second ingredient in this toner-serum (which can strip the skin), there are also soothing ingredients like niacinamide and cactus flower extract.
My skin loved this toner-serum hybrid because it gave my pores the moisture it needed but without the greasy or sticky feeling that many serums leave behind.
What I found to be the most important product in the line is the sunscreen moisturizer. Getting people to wear sunscreen is tough, but Fenty Skin might just convince you otherwise. The skincare line has positioned itself as an environmentally-conscious brand, making this sunscreen oxybenzone-free and coral-reef-friendly. Plus, once you buy the product, you only have to pay for the refill. And what’s more? If you’re Black or a POC with dark skin, you won’t look like a ghost or a purple alien.
Shop: Fenty Skin Start’rs, $75
If you want the entire line, it’s well under $100. Those who have already tried it — even some estheticians — aren’t thrilled with the fact that every single product has fragrance. Despite that less than one percent of synthetic fragrance is added, the line could be more harmful to those with sensitive skin. However, other skincare gurus like esthetician YouTuber, Nayamka Roberts-Smith (The Golden Rx) and skincare specialist creator Hyram Yarbro who reviewed the line don’t think it’s a total dub for that sole fact.
Roberts-Smith rated the SPF moisturizer an 8 out of 10, saying she would much rather you wear an SPF moisturizer than no SPF at all in her review.
“SPF is mandatory if you want to treat dark marks and generally keep your skin healthy. UV rays do a lot of cellular damage and even the darkest skin has an SPF factor of 13.5 max.”
Yarbro also said that the cleanser is the one product he plans to keep using. And although the fragrance also isn’t his favorite feature, the wash-off product does indeed wash off the scent.
“It left my skin feeling super soft and you only need to use a tiny bit. I was surprised how little I used over the past month and how long this cleanser’s going to last.”
Opinions on skincare will always vary because everyone’s skin is different. But if you are on the hunt for skincare that’s inclusive, environmentally-conscious and simple, Fenty Skin might be your next jam.
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