Brace yourselves. Fall is coming.
I know we’re still cuddling with our air conditioners and burning our thighs on leather car seats (Just me? OK.) but in the retail world, it’s officially fall.
I know this from my month-long stint of working in retail (where I spent every paycheck back in the store I worked at) that July 4 marks the end of summer season. But before leggings, sweaters and the pumpkin spice explosion comes into season, we’ll see some more subtle autumnal signs — like beauty.
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty just launched new products including Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette, Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer, Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner and two new eyeshadow brushes on Friday.
I have to be honest: I didn’t get the brushes because 1.) I have approximately 728723 brushes, and 2.) contrary to how I sometimes behave with money, I am not an heiress or a Kardashian.
I grabbed everything else, though, and can’t wait to tell you about them.
Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette
$59 | 16 pans at 0.03 ounces per pan
Moroccan Spice features 16 long-wear shades in a mix of finishes including shimmers, metallics, satins and mattes. This isn’t Fenty’s first eyeshadow palette since Galaxy came out for Holiday 2017 but it is the first time the brand incorporated matte formulas. Sixteen pans of shadow really impressed me because typical palettes (not counting makeup artist-specific palettes) usually contain about 12 to 14 shades. The packaging is gorgeous but, like the Killawatt Foils, hard to open. I also have claw-like fake nails so maybe it’s also just me?
I was even more impressed by the colors. This is absolutely a fall palette because of the rich jewel-tones but I was pleasantly surprised at the soft neutrals and lighter shades in the mix. MS’s description boasts it can take your look from “hot, steamy days to sultry, smoky nights” and I put that to the test. I used Nuts N Dates, Fez Up, Saffron, Marrakush and Henna Sea and did a really bold, smoky and shimmery eye with a cut-crease before going out and put together subtle looks for work during the week using Mo’Rockin Ice, Sahara Stunna, Quicksand and Ca$ablanca.
I’ve heard from conversations with friends and acquaintances that they don’t buy eyeshadow palettes because they’re afraid, for the price, the colors are too bold to use every day but MS is a great reminder that looks can be deceiving. I know I will keep reaching for this palette for the rest of the summer and into the colder months — which last forever in NEPA.
Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer
$22 | 0.27 ounces
I didn’t want to buy this initially. I do think primer is important, especially for me. When I’m singing, my makeup has to last through a few hours and also hours of sweat. I’m a big fan of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and didn’t want to get ANOTHER primer.
Then, I remembered how much I love Fenty’s face primer and its way of somehow sucking up oil yet still locking in moisture while also filling in pores and fine lines and gripping makeup so it stays put. Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer did not disappoint. Where Urban Decay’s tends to get a little cakey and can roll (or ball up when spread), Fenty’s went on so smooth and a little product goes a long way. I was able to blend my colors easily, too, which I feel like is a problem with some shadow primers.
It also held up. For night, I laid down a base of eye primer and it was tough to get the color off, even using a makeup melting balm. It only fully dissolved when I used eye makeup remover. However, for day, I didn’t prime (I am SLEEPY in the morning) and the colors stayed put and didn’t crease, even with my oily eyelids, so that’s another “W” for the shadows.
If you like your shadows to last, I would absolutely grab this primer.
Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
$20 | 0.019 ounces
I am a Virgo and therefore a creature of habit. I like what I like and it’s tough for me to incorporate something new. If you’re familiar with this blog, you know one of my mainstays is Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner, which I’ve used for years. When I saw Fenty’s Flyliner I wanted to try it mostly because of the name.
I think Rihanna is the coolest from her music and style to her attitude and aura. So much of her personality is in everything she does and, for this, I always love what she names her shades.
Flyliner, a black liquid liner, is named Cuz I’m Black. This references a 2011 Twitter moment when a user tweeted some gross, racist comment at Rihanna about her hair: “Why does her hair look so nappy?” To which Rihanna replied, “Cuz I’m black bitch!!!!”
Just for this, I needed to own this product.
Then, I found out the true magic of Flyliner. This eyeliner is opaque black which is amazing to anyone who loves liquid liner but hates watery formulas. The tip is felt but it’s sturdy and the line doesn’t skip when drawing it on.
The best part: this eyeliner does not move unless you want it to. I wear eyeliner every day to work and, usually after lunch, I have to re-apply. The day I used FlyLiner, I went to touch it up and it was as thick and dark as it was when I applied it. It lasted from the morning all the way until I took my makeup off at night, more than 12 hours later. Like the shadow and primer, it didn’t come off with a balm but only with eye makeup remover. Even more impressive, it only fully came off after I held a cotton ball soaked in remover over it for a few seconds.
While FlyLiner’s staying power is a selling point, it also makes me nervous. The formula dries very fast, which means it won’t smudge or transfer when you first apply it. It also mean that’s if you mess up, it’s going to take some time and elbow grease to remove it so I would proceed with caution.
That being said, FlyLiner is my new favorite eyeliner. And if beauty guru and YouTuber Jackie Aina’s speculation is right, more colors of Flyliner may be coming in the next few months.