Santa works hard in December, but Rihanna works harder — her Fenty Beauty line is dropping a slew of new matte lipsticks on the day after Christmas.
Dubbed "Mattemoiselle," the plush mattes ($18 each) come in 14 shades and are encased in a shiny holographic bullet. From reds to nudes to pastel blue, Queen Rih says she made this collection to include a color for EVERYONE. "Lipstick is all about having fun and expressing your mood at any given moment," she said.
Lucky for us, RiRi's elves sent our press samples before Christmas — and we rushed straight into our studio to swatch every single one for you today.
SHADE 1: Ya Dig?!
I wouldn't expect anything less from RiRi. This color is as bold as she is and I am here for it.
About that formula: Since the lipsticks were described as matte, I was expecting them to apply dry and rough. Nope — these mattes apply creamy and slide across your lips like butter.
HOWEVER, they don't perform as a traditional matte is expected to, which I'll explain in my final thoughts at the bottom of this post.
SHADE 2: Candy Venom
The second color we tried on was an electric pink that made Mary audibly gasp.
"Since wearing them in college, I've been nervous to return to brighter pinks, but I am definitely getting this one when it hits shelves!" she said.
SHADE 3: One of the Boyz
SHADE 4: Single
SHADE 5: Up 2 No Good
SHADE 6: Ma'Damn
"I think the name speaks for itself. This one was BY FAR my favorite..."
SHADE 7: Saw C
She had to apply multiple coats of the lipstick for this semi-sheer look.
SHADE 8: Midnight Wasabi
SHADE 9: Freckle Fiesta
Shade 10: Spanked
SHADE 11: PMS
SHADE 12: Griselda
SHADE 13: Clapback
SHADE 14: Shawty
Color Story: The color palette throughout all 14 shades is unexpected yet totally cohesive. There are everyday shades and bold outliers; Rihanna truly made something for everyone. Shades like Griselda and Shawty blew us away with their universal beauty and originality. That said, there are some shades in here that have drugstore dupes.
Formula: The texture is extremely lightweight and thus, not long-wearing. It felt more like a rich, creamy, and moisturizing lipstick in comparison to most matte lipsticks or liquid stains out there.
Packaging: In photos, this packaging is DROOL-WORTHY. In real life... it's extremely lightweight and the plastic feels a bit flimsy. But with a moderate $18 price tag and GORGEOUS visual design component, perhaps the cheaper materials were a compromise.
If you're a Fenty fan, you definitely need one of these lipsticks, maybe even two or three.
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