Recently, I did a mini Fenty Beauty haul which also included the absolutely stunning “Trophy Wife Highlight” which I have reviewed here. Today, I will be reviewing one of the Match Stix from the Match stix medium trio (which comes in the shades – Bamboo, Mocha and Trippin) that I had picked up from Sephora. The shade that I will be reviewing today is called “Trippin.”
A magnetized trio of long-wear, light-as-air makeup sticks curated by skin tone, with two Match Stix Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour, and one Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick to highlight.
With Match Stix Trios, take your complexion to the next level without the guesswork. Our pre-bundled sets make it easy to conceal, contour, and highlight on repeat. These light-as-air makeup sticks are expertly curated—and magnetize together—so you’re always ready for anything.. Each set comes with two Match Stix MATTE Skinsticks (conceal, contour), and one Match Stix SHIMMER Skinstick (highlight) —all of which are weightless, easy to blend, and stay put. The cream-to-powder formulas are so seamless, it’s impossible to tell where skin ends and makeup begins. They’re buildable and LIVE to be layered in a range of combos that light up all skin tones. With a magnetic physical attraction, MATTE and SHIMMER Skinsticks click to each other, uniting for the total no-brainer, skin-defining package that’s always at your beck and call. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
$54 for 3 match stix (also sold individually at $25 each). Sephora has 4 readymade trio for 4 skin shade ranges, but if you buy the trio off Fenty website, you have an option to customize with the shades you want.
My Experience with Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick Trippin:
First of all, the packaging of Fenty Beauty products is simply outstanding, especially with the octagon-shaped match stix, they have all-around magnetized sides and they stick to each other in any way you like, hence if you have a bunch of them, you can make a honeycomb out of them. It very convenient to travel with and take with you on the go. The retractable stick product does not slip in all the way into the tube, so you have to be careful putting the cap back on.
I have 3 of these match stix and each one of them has a different feel, look and application, so safe to assume in this case one matchstix does not speak for all.
Shade: The shade “Trippin” is a beautiful warm coral peach color with a rose gold shimmer reflect. Upon first swatching, I thought it would work as a blush on me, but I was wrong. While it does give out some rosy warmth on the cheek, it’s color does not translate much. The sheen of it however is quite beautiful, it is not as crazy intense as other shimmery shades in this range. It is quite subtle in comparison and quite appropriate for everyday wear.
Pigmentation and Application: I have some issues with the application of this product. It is a very dry formula than most cream sticks and I noticed it seems to get drier and drier with every use/ passing time. Lately, I find that it works best if I warm up the product next to a bulb or rub the drier top layer on the back of my hand first. It is also quite difficult to apply this. If I drag it directly on my face, it seems to lift my foundation. So the best way to apply this matchstix is to dab it over and over on my cheeks (which I have to do quite strongly for it show). Once applied, I usually blend it out with a damp Beauty Blender. There are no chunky shimmer or glitter particles unlike “Trophy Wife” highlight. I find that I need at least 2-3 layers for it to show up on my skin, but the problem here is if I apply too much, it tends to look bunched up and emphasizes skin’s texture.
Texture/Look/Feel on Skin: This is a true cream-to-powder formula. It almost instantly turns to a dry finish on the skin upon application. There is absolutely no tackiness whatsoever even though it looks very glow-y.
Staying Power: It is super long wearing; I have worn this for 7-8 hours with little to no fading.
Overall, I would not recommend this product for dry skin or those with texture-d skin. I feel this matchstix will work best for people who like the ease and portability of cream blush but find the greasy texture unpleasant. This product has the same look but with a completely dry feel hence best for oily skin provided you are willing to work with the difficult application process. I personally am not a fan and will not recommend.
Pros of Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick Trippin:
- Beautiful packaging.
- Easy to travel with.
- A huge shade range to choose from.
- Complete dry finish on skin.
Cons of Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick Trippin:
- Difficult application.
- Will move foundation if applied directly.
- Does seem to get drier with passing time.
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