Just over a month ago I got sucked into Fenty Beauty vortex. If you weren’t aware, Fenty Beauty is Rhianna’s makeup line that’s been highly anticipated for months now. Why? Well because she’s Rhianna of course, but also because she made a point to develop her brand around the concept of inclusivity, something that is seriously lacking in the beauty world unfortunately. Included in her initial product launch was a foundation line of 40 shades in various tones, with plans to extend the shade range even further in the future. She also released conceal/contour and highlighting sticks, powder highlighters, a sole lip gloss, blotting papers, and a few makeup brushes. She has since released a holiday collection that includes an eyeshadow palette, lip glitters, glitter eyeliners and lipsticks.
I knew I wanted to try something from Fenty Beauty and after watching several reviews on YouTube I decided on the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. Many of the complexion products sounded like they would work best for oily skin (I’m combo, leaning more towards dry lately) and I love a good gloss so it seemed like the best fit for me.
From the Fenty Beauty website:
“The ultimate, gotta-have-it lip gloss with explosive shine that feels as good as it looks—in one universal rose nude shade. The stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss that feels as good as it looks. Gloss Bomb delivers explosive shine in one perfect rose nude shade handpicked by Rihanna herself: Fenty Glow. We’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone. One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning shea butter enriches from within. Lips look instantly fuller, with a non-sticky formula that’s super shiny and has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of. Drench lips in the Fenty Glow—it’s the ultimate finishing touch to every look.”
POLYBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, TRICAPRYLIN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, MICA, SORBITAN OLEATE, SILICA, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER UNSAPONIFIABLES, AROMA/FLAVOR, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, TRIBEHENIN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, LACTIC ACID, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), BENZYL BENZOATE, LIMONENE.
$23 CAD / $18 USD for 0.30 oz / 9 mL
COMPARABLES & DUPES
- Buxom Full-On Lip Creams/Polishes – $24 CAD / $20 USD for 0.15 oz / 4.44 mL
- BareMinerals Moxie Plumping Lip Gloss – $23 CAD / $18 USD for 0.15 oz / 4.44 mL
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss – $21 CAD / $16 USD for 0.16 oz / 4.73 mL
- Mac Lip Glass – $21 CAD / $17 USD for .10 fl.oz / 3.1 mL
- Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer – $28 USD / $35 CAD for 0.16 oz / 5 mL
I personally do not own any dupes for this gloss but as usual, Temptalia has done the work for us – find her list of dupes here. The one that comes closest is Mac Beaux but I’ve never tried it so I can’t personally speak to it, although from the picture it doesn’t quite seem to be an exact shade match.
PACKAGING & DESIGN
I’ve heard others complain about the packaging on this gloss so I’m in the minority in saying that I like it. It’s made of a thick plastic, with a mirrored cap. I think it’s hexagonal shape is unique, as is it’s short and fat design. It feels a little sturdier than the typical long and thin design of most lip glosses.
Inside is a doe-foot applicator that’s probably one of the biggest I’ve ever seen. If you have thin or small lips you might struggle with this a bit, given how large it is. I have no issues with it and thankfully it being a gloss doesn’t require perfect application.
This gloss definitely has a scent; they describe it as peach-vanilla but I personally think it smells exactly like red kool-aid, which is amazing! It’s the best smelling lip gloss that I’ve ever used; sometimes I find myself opening up just to sniff it! 🙂
SWATCH & SHADE
One of the claims of this gloss is that it’s a universally-flattering shade, meaning that anyone, of any shade or tone of skin, can wear it and look good in it. I feel like that’s accurate – I haven’t seen anyone that it wasn’t flattering on. I think that can be attributed to the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of pigment in it. It’s described as a rosy shade but I think how it will show up on your lips depends a lot on your natural lip colour. On me it just looks clear (which I was a bit disappointed with at first), but I’ve seen it look like more of a peachy nude shade (which is what I was hoping for) and a your lips-but-better shade as well.
I did want to point out that there is some sparkle in this too, which initially I was a bit worried about as I’m not generally a fan of sparkly lip glosses. However once applied, the sparkle is really subtle; you honestly can’t really notice it unless you get up close and personal with a mirror.
After playing around with this over the last few weeks, I’ve discovered that I like it best overtop a nude lipliner or lipstick, similar to Buxom’s White Russian Full-On Lip Cream. While my preference is usually for a one-and-done lip gloss kinda thing, the look of the combo of the two together is worth the extra effort.
FORMULA & PERFORMANCE
I think where this gloss stands out from others I’ve tried is it’s formula. It’s the shiniest, creamiest, glossiest gloss I’ve ever used – it makes my lips look like glass! It’s so thick that it also makes my lips appear plumper yet it’s not the least bit sticky. I even find it moisturizing which I think can be attributed to the shea butter in it. My favourite lip gloss formulas are 1) Buxom’s Full-On Lip Creams and 2) Lorac’s Alter Ego Glosses but I’d say that Fenty’s formula is even better than both of those combined which is really saying something.
Performance-wise, this doesn’t do anything different than any other gloss on the market. I’ve personally never tried a gloss that is long lasting; on me, glosses wear off after talking, eating and drinking and need to be re-applied regularly, and this one is no different.
I love this lip gloss for so many reasons – the top notch formula, the addicting scent, the unique packaging, and the value you’re getting (almost double the product for half the price of other glosses, in some cases!). I would recommend it if you’re a fan of lip glosses – specifically nude lip glosses. I’m impatiently waiting for Rhianna to expand her lip gloss line to include more shades – here’s hoping they’ll be impressive as her first!
What have you tried from Fenty Beauty?