I Tried the Complete Fenty Skin Routine and Here's What's Worth Your Money

Rihanna rarely misses, and her performance at the Super Bowl proved it. Whether she's returning to the stage while pregnant with her second child (nothing's stopping her from slowing down?), launching a lingerie brand or delighting beauty junkies with a best-selling brand - this woman is one for the most accomplished.
While we haven't figured out the secret to her success yet, we can get a handle on her skin-care routine. That's why we put the latest and greatest products from Fenty Skin to the test to find out which ones actually work (work, work, work, work) and which ones aren't worth our money.
Of course, as with any celebrity beauty franchise, there are highs and lows. Since its launch, Fenty Skin has received as much criticism as praise. While some skincare enthusiasts love the label, others advise us to be wary of Fenty's use of perfumes and astringents like witch hazel (we're not done with the Rihanna puns yet), as both ingredients are known to cause irritation .
The singer-turned-beauty mogul addressed the concerns, sharing on Twitter that sensitivity was a key issue when developing the line for people with sensitive skin. Fenty Beauty's website also boasts: "We use less than 1% of each synthetic fragrance in our total formula."
Since we were curious to try Fenty Skin on our sensitive skin, we started exploring the makeup range and finding out which products we should avoid—Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream, to name just one—and which ones we'd like to stick with vs. Our bathroom shelves.


The first is packaging. You can tell they really thought about this and worked on it, not just to make it look good (I love the pretty purple color scheme), but also for its efficiency and environmental impact. Fenty Skin is committed to using post-consumer recycled materials wherever possible and explains how to recycle used Fenty Skin products. It's not perfect, of course, but there aren't many brands that work that hard in this price range.

Unfortunately, the brand's Auto Refill + Save program (smart, refillable packaging that you buy once and refill as needed) is currently only available in the United States. We hope it crosses the pond soon.

Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r, £21

I love washing my face in the shower, and when I opened the package of Total Cleans'r, I was a little surprised: the twist cap isn't suitable for slippery hands. If this is the case for you, there is no need to be afraid. Instead of the usual twist cap that detaches from the tube, Total Cleans’r features a cool twist-lock opening. It's packed with goodness—Barbados cherries (contains more vitamin C than regular oranges), ginkgo extract (helps control sebum and cleanse skin), green tea, and figs (rich in antioxidants)—as well as mineral-rich Substance that nourishes the skin.

It has a very sweet powdery smell, which I'm not my favorite, but the smell doesn't irritate my skin. The silky smooth cream lathers up quickly when it comes in contact with water and doesn't leave my face feeling tight or dry. This 2-in-1 cleanser is perfect for removing makeup as well as the day’s oil and dirt. I still use Pai's Light Work Cleansing Oil, £33, but only because I've been taught to double cleanse with two products. If I could only carry one product in my makeup bag while traveling, I would happily stick to Fenty Skin.

Fenty Skin Pre-show Glow, £36

The pre-show glow is touted as the ticket to a Rihanna-level glow, and so far, I'm not disappointed! After just one week (and two uses as directed), my skin looks smoother and my pores are tighter. My skin looks more hydrated and less smooth after applying makeup. But how? A powerful blend of natural ingredients: exfoliating glycolic acid, papaya, pomegranate and cranberry enzymes to help dissolve dead skin cells and clear clogged pores. Rooibos tea (yes, like tea) apparently also relieves irritation.

To use, simply moisten your skin with the reusable applicator, apply a small amount of product, and gently scrub your face for 30 to 60 seconds. As it contains glycolic acid, which can make skin more sensitive to sun damage, I always recommend applying an SPF in the morning, such as B. Fenty's Hydra Vizor SPF 30, £34. If you're using it at night, follow up with Fenty's Instant Reset, £38.

I admit I don't really like the smell of Pre-Show Glow, it's stronger than the cleanser. But despite all the benefits, I tend to ignore it, especially when I only use the product twice a week.

Fenty Skin Cellulite Water Pore Refinement Toner, £27

I doubt it. Fat Water is touted as a must-have by Fenty fans, but since it contains witch hazel, I thought it would irritate my sensitive skin. However, it is not. Instead, niacinamide helped reduce acne scarring and discoloration around my nose. It's oil-free and suitable for all skin types, especially my friends who are overly oily. The other ingredients are meant to hydrate the skin, but my thirsty complexion needs a bigger dose of hydration. I'd like to continue using Fat Water after Pre-Show Glow but top up with Q+A's Hyaluronic Acid Serum , £6.50.

Fenty Skin Flash Nap Eye Gel Cream + Eye Massager, £37

Say hello to my new favorite eye cream. Not really. I've noticed a huge difference since using up my go-to Drunk Elephant C-Tango multivitamin (£55). Unlike traditional heavy eye creams, Fenty Skin's Flash Nap is a water-based cream-gel, just as TikTok skincare experts recommend. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes, horse chestnut reduces swelling, and green tea protects against environmental effects like pollution. The real selling point, however, is the included eye massager. The metal roller combined with the cooling gel-like formula has a calming and refreshing effect on tired eyes.After a few days, I noticed that my dark circles were lighter and my puffiness was reduced. I'm also a little happier with my bank account because it's cheaper than my previous account. The only thing I ask of Rihanna is to launch a Fenty beauty line. I needed a pretty, matching purple bowl to hold my eye roller (and pre-show glow applicator).

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer SPF 30, £34

Fenty's clever packaging is once again eye-catching. With the Hydra Vizor, you can purchase refillable tubes that easily fit into external holsters—all you have to do is twist them open. With oil-controlling niacinamide, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing aloe, this is a really lovely, lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. I usually prefer thicker creams in the winter, but this left my skin feeling hydrated. As a 2-in-1 sunscreen, I love that this cream absorbs instantly and doesn't flake off after applying makeup. Rihanna insists this looks truly invisible on all skin tones, with fans praising how it doesn't look ashy on darker skin. Again, the sweet floral scent is lighter, which I appreciate. While I still like my go-to Facetheory Amil-C Whip M5 SPF 30 (£20) for winter moisturization, I plan to switch to Hydra Vizor in the summer.

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