When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017 with 40 foundation shades straight off the bat, she set a new standard for diversity and inclusivity in the cosmetics world.
Now, the 32-year-old pop star-turned-makeup mogul is changing the game once again with Fenty Skin, her new skincare line that launched on July 31 with three multitasking products: a cleanser-slash-makeup remover, a toner-serum hybrid and a moisturizer with added SPF. All are clean, vegan, eco-conscious and gender-neutral.
“I wanted it to feel approachable, easy, and take the pressure off choosing a routine, so I created one for everyone,” Rihanna said in a press release.
There’s plenty of hype surrounding the superstar’s skincare products — but do they actually work, work, work, work, work?
In our latest episode of “Style Trial,” two Page Six editors share their honest reviews of Rihanna’s so-called Fenty Skin Start’rs after putting them to the test for a full week. Watch the video above for their full thoughts, and see their top takeaways — and shop all three products — below.
PROS: Page Six Style editor Elana Fishman’s favorite of the trio, this product really does remove makeup. It also has a lovely, creamy lather that makes it a pleasure to use, and you only need a small amount to get the job done.
CONS: The fruity, floral fragrance — which is present throughout all three products — is definitely noticeable, which could be a turnoff for some. That said, neither Elana nor the Post’s assistant managing producer Kayla Clough experienced any irritation or breakouts as a result of the scent, though Kayla did find the cleanser slightly drying.
PROS: Kayla’s favorite of the three products, this toner-serum hybrid boasts a unique jelly-like texture that negates the need for a cotton pad for application — just pour a bit into your hands and pat it onto your skin. Both testers found that it imparted an immediate glow and left their faces feeling soft and supple.
CONS: Witch hazel, an astringent that may irritate certain skin types, is listed among Fat Water’s ingredients, although neither testers experienced any irritation after a week of using it. In fact, it’s so gentle on the skin that Elana questioned its purported pore-refining, dark spot-erasing abilities.
PROS: Elana loved how well this sunscreen-slash-moisturizer played with her makeup (no pilling here!), while Kayla found it pleasant to wear even under a face mask on a hot and humid summer day. Once applied, it was invisible on both testers’ skin tones — zero white cast.
CONS: Kayla noticed that applying too much of the hydrating product left her face feeling greasy. And again, the added fragrance might deter some skincare buffs. (We’d be genuinely surprised if Fenty Skin doesn’t release fragrance-free versions of the Start’rs in coming months due to popular demand.)