Ri Ri out here making us feel like we’re the only girls in the world (see what we did there)? We decided to try out a couple of the highly anticipated products from Rihanna’s new skincare line Fenty Skin AND not surprisingly – WE FOUND LOVE (sorry, it’s too easy). *Disclaimer – Jennifer found love, Jasmine ran and hid.
Jennifer – This moisturizer pretty much does it all no matter what your skin type is. It’s lightweight which allows you to wear it as a primer for makeup and you don’t feel like your face is overwhelmed with product pre cake face. It’s classified as a day moisturizer so keep that in mind. I myself love the fact that it has sunscreen included because, shame on me, I never remember to put on sunscreen as part of my daily skin care routine so this is definitely one of the reasons that attracted me to this specific product.
It’s claim to fame, other than being made by the hands of the goddess Rihanna herself (I like to think) is that it’s planet friendly, easy to use and made for everyone. The key notable benefits are dark spot reduction, pore minimization and obviously a good weapon to combat dryness.
Unlike Jasmine, I haven’t had many problems with my skin that have prevented me from trying out different skin care products with varying ingredients. I know, I know I’m blessed, but I do strongly sympathize with people who have issues when it comes to their skin being that I dealt with eczema for almost half my life.
I used it for about a week before doing this review & noticed a more even texture, found my skin softer and also found that I didn’t even need a primer before makeup if I used this bad boy. If you’re looking to be a little thrifty with your makeup bag these days then go for products that are two-in-ones or three-in-ones. That doesn’t mean that you should skimp on a product that is targeted for a certain issue you might have – I speak more so for people who have quote-unquote normal skin.
Let’s talk initial reaction:
I love how easy it is to use, not like applying moisturizer is NASA level science but I’m talking about cutting down steps like unscrewing the top so that I have another few seconds added to my life that I can use watching Netflix. Anyways, first application was very absorbent with no film left behind and no greasiness. The moisturizer itself is very light but after applying it I did feel like I had just put on moisturizer (not something that I hate) – if you don’t like it it’s a feeling that is short lived. I don’t know if it’s just me but I tend to be more attracted to skincare products in neutral, minimal packaging, it always feels much more luxe to me. The entire skin care line is sleek & modern but still boasts soft & feminine packaging. I like the fact that it’s replaceable for a bunch of different reasons. It’s Earth friendly because it’s not wasteful, it feels like you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck, and the replacement is going to cost a little bit less than buying a new one entirely which is what you usually have to do.
Let’s talk scent: I’m one of those people who will absolutely splurge on a perfume if I know it’s going to be long-lasting and give off the most mind blowing, life altering smell. I jest but I’m trying to set the stage for you. I love scented moisturizers whether it’s for face or body. I especially fall victim to moisturizers that are scented with very luxurious spa-like scents. The Fenty moisturizer has a kind of flowery rosy smell and I want to envelope myself in it. For those of you who like something a little more subtle, don’t fret – it’s not what I would consider overbearing or strong but I was happy with the lasting scent which thanks to my diligent research and precise calculations was about 10 minutes post application (& that’s if you’re just wearing the moisturizer).
Let’s talk results: I’ve only been using the product for a week but I’ve already noticed that my skin feels – and I cringe even typing this word – supple – right after using. I also noticed that a couple of spots that tend to be drier on my face (around the nose especially) were very evenly targeted. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the minimization of dark spots but with that being said I have only used it for a week and I have noticed a smoother texture so I’m feeling pretty good about letting it do its thing.
Let’s talk repurchase: A thousand percent yes. It’s a moisturizer with an SPF – we all need a day moisturizer and we all need SPF whether we remember to put it on or not. This little ditty is going to remember for you. Listen, Rihanna is a business genius – the fact that she’s offering a refill at $10 less than repurchasing the entire product is commendable. She hasn’t returned my call to confirm but it just seems like she really put some actual thought into providing her consumers with some ease and function. It’s safe to say that this is my new go-to daytime moisturizer & will become a staple in my skincare lineup.
Jasmine – I’m not going to get into the minute detail like Jennifer because it’s not worth it for me. I haven’t been able to try the actual products because I know right off the bat that they’re unfortunately not going to work for my skin. I’m here to explain to you just why.
Unfortunately this moisturizer is another product that I’ll have to sit out on. The feedback has overall been amazing (duh, see above) and I may try it out at some point (if I’m feeling real adventurous) because there are some real beneficial ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and other antioxidants that would be heaven sent for my pesky dark spots. The deal breaker here is the SPF component. I tend to stick to mineral based sunscreens as chemical sunscreens break me out faster than you can point it out. Any breakout leads to hyperpigmentation for me which defeats the purpose of a product like this (since it attempts to tackle dark spots). It’s almost psychotic. I will say that it’s better than sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate but any chemical based sunscreen is usually a no go for me. I can’t hop on this train as much as I’d like to.
Jasmine – I feel like Debbie Downer here. Somebody play me some Wommmp Wommmp for my intro please. I’ll make up for it down the line, I promise.
The reason I’m keeping my a** away from this one is because of the witch hazel. As much as I’d love to bathe myself in anything blessed by RiRi, witch hazel is a hard NO for my quick-to-react sensitive skin. Honestly, you can look at me the wrong way and my skin will lose it’s sh*t.
With acne prone skin I’ve almost always had to use medical grade products to keep things under control and I’ve tried EV-ERY-THING. Because I have to tend to the special requirements of my acne I have to keep in mind how dry my skin gets from products that I should be staying away from. Through trial and error I’ve learnt that witch hazel really does exacerbate dryness, redness, and can also lead to dermatitis for me. Like, give a girl a break, honestly. When it rains, it pours. So – coupled with the fragrance in this product (as much or as little as it may be) I’ll be warming the bench while the rest of you give it a go. *Those with oily skin probably shouldn’t sleep on this one.
Jennifer – Damn. I feel like that person who just goes on talking about themselves and how great their life is going right after someone told you they lost their job, gained 10lbs & their hair is starting to thin. Buuut – the SHOW MUST GO ON!
Let’s Talk Initial Reaction: I fell for this because I watched the product demo Rihanna did before the launch & was like “A TONER THAT DOESN’T REQUIRE COTTON PADS?! A TONER THAT’S THICK?!” Give it to me. It’s a 2-in-1 product (there she goes with that function) and it’s claim is to reduce pores, improve those dang dark spots and brighten, smooth and kill that shine. I’m here for all of that. I absolutely am obsessed with the fact that I don’t need a cotton swab or whatever to apply it (I have the time but c’mon, I don’t want to waste it on toner application). I also am just smitten with the functionality of these products – this one has a little twist bottom just like the moisturizer that you click and the lil spout that opens up top for you to drop the toner into your palm. Genius. No mess, no fuss, no worrying you’re going to spill more than you end up using on your face. I also like that the spout lets out the perfect amount with each squeeze – no waste – it’s going to go a long way.
Let’s Talk Scent: I was doing a little bit of research and apparently the toner was initially scented like the moisturizer but users didn’t like it or thought it was too strong and then I guess it was consequently changed because there is zero fragrance. I personally wouldn’t have minded the floral scent but I’m assuming it was probably a bit much.
Let’s Talk Results: This works wonders for oily skin as long as you don’t slather it on. I think if I had to pick I’d say I have dry skin but nothing that needs to much tending to. I’ve noticed a reduction in pores after just a little while so that’s just dandy especially when I apply makeup afterwards. Smooth like butta. Witch Hazel is one of the ingredients that can cause dryness but I haven’t noticed any change in my skin other than the pore reduction which means it’s doing what it’s meant to do. I feel like this product will do a lot more for those with oily skin just like Jasmine mentioned. If you’re combination you can give it a shot as well. If you tend to have drier skin, you can probably live without it unless you’re looking for the other benefits it boasts.
Let’s Talk Repurchase: I mean – maybe? I’m in a co dependent relationship with the moisturizer already but I’m not sure I would give this another try unless I noticed a significant improvement in the reduction of dark spots. There’s a lot of toners out there that can help in pore reduction that don’t contain witch hazel so they’re worth a shot as well. Like I mentioned, I haven’t had any strange occurrences with my skin nor have I really experienced anything negative after using it. I’ll give it another couple of weeks and see if I still appear the same and will report back to let you know if I’ve grown another nose or something.
For those of you wondering why there isn’t a review on the cleanser, it’s because Jennifer has been using Philosophy’s Purity for 10+ years – her absolute Holy Grail while Jasmine’s tried and true cleanser is Di Morelli Cleanser (ph balanced). Both of us decided that we are head over heels with what we have deemed to be a don’t fix it if it ain’t broke situation. If any of you have tried the cleanser let us know your thoughts and let’s see if you can get us to break our routine. We dare you.
Fenty Skin has introduced a couple other products which we haven’t reviewed above because, well we haven’t tried them yet. In addition to the Total Cleanser there’s a positively reviewed night cream that Jennifer just ordered so we’ll give it a review for y’all soon enough. If any of you have already tried it let us know your thoughts so far.
Both of the products reviewed above, along with the rest of the Fenty Skin line up, are available @ Sephora & FentySkin.com
Give them a try for yourselves: