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Earlier this summer, Rihanna gifted the world and fellow skincare enthusiasts with the launch of Fenty Skin. With an aim to simplify skincare, she introduced 3 essential, gender-neutral products to update your everyday routine: Total Cleans'r Remove-It-All Cleanser, Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum and Hydra Visor Invisible Moisturizer SPF 30.
The three-step system is designed to brighten skin, refine pores, target dark spots, and hydrate and protect skin. All of the Fenty Skin products offer a clean formulation, and are gluten and cruelty-free, as well as vegan.
Now, just a few short months after its initial launch, the Fenty Skin family is growing with the addition of the new Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream, available starting today on fentybeauty.com. I tried each of the four products to see how they truly hold up, so you can decide whether they’re right for you as well.
The newest Fenty Skin launch is a night moisturizer that helps to revitalize your skin while you sleep with a soft gel-like texture that absorbs overnight. It includes a bevy of nourishing ingredients, and three powerful hydrators: hyaluronic acid, kalahari melon oil, and baobab oil. It also includes one of the internet’s current favourite skincare ingredients: niacinamide. The latter helps reduce the look of dark spots and evens skin tone, while a botanical trio of cactus flower, green tea, and aloe vera keep you protected with antioxidants.
"When you’re sleeping your body’s in recovery mode and I wanted to maximize that for the skin,” Rihanna said of the new launch. “I wanted a night cream that would reset my skin and relieve it from all the stress of the day so you wake up fresh, nourished, and glowing."
I loved waking up to plump, refreshed skin after applying the gel-cream the night before. The texture isn't the usual sticky formula, but is instead quite smooth and hugs the skin instantly. As someone who constantly suffers from dehydrated skin, I liked the hydrating formula as my skin drank this up overnight. The packaging is also designed for those with long nails (thanks, Riri!) with a lid that pops opens and functions as a handle to open the tin.
SHOP IT: Fenty Beauty, $25
This is a 2-in-1 makeup removing cleanser with a creamy lather that promises to remove dirt, oil, and long-wear makeup without stripping or drying, and it does keep its word. Skin is left free of almost all makeup, and the cream-to-foam formula doesn’t strip the skin super dry — which is the case with many other foam formulas. Some hard-to-remove mascaras and eye makeup, however, will need a much more powerful eye cleanser.
I do love the delicious cherry and coconut scent that comes with this cleanser and, since my skin isn’t sensitive, the fragrance didn't bother me. In fact, it's what makes me use the cleanser religiously twice a day.
SHOP IT: Fenty Beauty, $28
This is a 2-in-1 toner-serum that targets pores, improves the look of dark spots, brightens and smooths skin. This product is also rich with soothing ingredients, including Australian lemon myrtle and witch hazel water, which help reduce oil production and refine pores. As someone who breezes through her nighttime skincare routine, having a toner/serum combo is a luxury.
The texture is definitely thicker than your average toner, which is why it functions as a toner-serum hybrid. It takes a while to sink into the skin, but is oh-so-worth it. It can also be applied without a cotton pad, and doesn’t leave behind any greasy residue. It’s my favourite product in the lineup, and again, I loved the sweet fragrance: a blend of cherry and sun-kissed fig.
SHOP IT: Fenty Beauty, $35
This 2-in-1 moisturizer and sunscreen is lightweight, oil free, and blends in with all skin tones while targeting dehydration, discolouration and dark spots. This product literally leaves you glowing with a slight sheen rather than an over-the-top shiny finish for healthy-looking skin daily.
Formulated with a gel-serum consistency, this moisturizer hugs the skin firmly and the added SPF 30 is a great combo. As far as lightweight moisturizers go, this one wins with its formula and texture.