Fenty Skin: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Fenty Skin had been anticipated by the beauty industry long before its launch. Created by the uber-talented singer and entrepreneur, Rihanna, Fenty Skin wasn’t just another skincare line, but to many, a statement of black-owned skincare, created by a black woman for black folks. Should you spend money on Fenty Skin products? I’d leave you to decide after reading this post. Let’s take a look at the pilot collection called The FENTY SKIN START’RS which contains a cleanser, a toner – serum (essence) hybrid and a moisturizer SPF.
Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser
The cleanser claims to double as a makeup remover. It retails for $25 USD for 145 mL worth of product. Judging from photos and videos, it has a gel to the creamy texture and lathers up pretty nicely when it comes in contact with water. It does have fragrance but since its a cleanser, your contact time with it is short. It contains Barbados cherry acerola fruit which is rich in Vitamin C.
I always advocate for ample research before diving into a new product. Here is the ingredient list for Fenty Skin Cleans’r –
Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycol Distearate, Sucrose, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Coconut Acid, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
Fenty Skin Fat Water
I love the name lol. It is said to be a toner – serum hybrid but I’d say it’s an essence; A popular Kbeauty term. It retails for $28 USD for 150 mL of product. Judging from pictures, videos and reviews, it has a really thick consistency and I would have assumed it would be a hydrating essence but due to the witch hazel in it, I can’t categorize it as a hydrating essence. Witch hazel is known as an astringent for reducing the appearance of large pores and to control excess oil. However, it’s also known to be quite drying. It is the second or third ingredient on the ingredient list so the witch hazel in this might just be quite potent.
Also contained in this formula is Niacinamide – the 2020 star ingredient in the skincare industry lol. It also contains Barbados Cherry and some humectants which I’m hoping is there to balance out the drying effects of witch hazel.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hovenia Dulcis Fruit Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Red 33 (CI 17200).
Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor
This is a moisturizing sunscreen of SPF 30 that retails for $35 USD for 50 mL of product. It looks like a Lil thick normal cream or moisturizer and has a pink tint. Looks quite yummy lol. It is a chemical sunscreen and will definitely not leave a white cast on your skin. It contains a ton of humectants as well.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (9%), Octisalate (4.5%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Niacinamide, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Extract, Adansonia Digitata Pulp Extract, Barosma Betulina Leaf Extrat, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gluconolactone, Sorbitan Oleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Red 33.
The packaging of the products deserves a major shout out. They look very pretty and give me major teenage girl vibes. You can twist the cleanser up and down to open and close it so you won’t be scared of it spilling into your bag. The same goes for the toner which is in clear packaging with a twister top. The SPF has the most innovative packaging, in my opinion as it is refillable.
The entire line contains fragrance, so, if your skin is sensitive to fragrance, the entire line may not be the best for you. I’d recommend those with sensitive skin stick to the cleanser only since you end up washing it off after some seconds. However, the fragrance isn’t all the way bad. It’s just not advisable for those who have sensitive skin as it exposes you more to contact dermatitis.
Currently, mini versions of all three products have been created. This is a perfect way for you to test if your skin likes the products, before investing in bigger sizes.
Fenty Skin is available to shop on the Fenty Skin website.
For more reviews of the Fenty Skin line, check out these resources:
Tiara Willis on twitter – HERE
Nai of LaBeautyologist – HERE
**Photos in this post are not mine