Why I’m Not a Fan of Fenty Beauty

Why Not Fan Fenty Beauty

I get it. You’re here because you’re wondering “how one earth could someone not be a fan of Fenty Beauty?!” I was a bit skeptical to write this post because I was afraid everyone would think this would be about me hating on Rihanna. I love Rihanna, just not her beauty line. Sorry not sorry.

There has been so much hype and excitement around her beauty line I hate that  I don’t love it. Truth is, it just doesn’t work for my skin type. I am by no means a beauty or skincare expert, but if Whole30 taught me one thing, it’s to always read my labels! I’ve battled with terrible skin for several years now, and a lot of the trouble I’ve had is because of the makeup I wore. Buuuuut we will chat more about that later.

Before I dive in to why I don’t like Fenty beauty, let’s begin with what I do like.

Fenty Beauty Pros.

  • I love the shade range. It truly is diverse in that it has a shade for literally every skin tone.
  • The foundation has a flawless application. I love when my skin has an airbrushed look.
  • It’s super lightweight!
  • The entire line is affordable. I’ll buy $34 foundation and $19 lipsticks all. damn. day.

Unfortunately this is about where the pro’s end. Now let’s dive into why I’m not a fan.

Why I’m Not a Fan.

This stuff is beyond bad for your skin, especially if you are acne prone. It made me very oily + broke my skin out. bad. After looking back at the ingredients now I can understand why. Everyone had loved this foundation so much that I didn’t even think to read the ingredients beforehand. Here is what the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is made out of:

Water, Dimethicone, Talc, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polypropylene, Isododecane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Glycerin, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Methicone, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Silica, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499).

Dimethicone is a form of silicone and is often found in foundations. It’s terrible for your skin! It’s almost impossible to escape in foundations, and you’ll usually see it at least once in any foundation ingredient list. However, Fenty beauty has a dimethicone THREE times, with one of them being the second ingredient in the list. There’s an additional TWO other silicones in there that aren’t great for your skin either. Talc is also known to clog pores + has been questionable ingredient for beauty products ever since Johnson & Johnson was sued for the death of a woman who died from ovarian cancer due to using talcum powder based feminine hygiene products. You likely will not die from using a foundation with talc in it, but it’s definitely a ref flag in my book.

Just in case you were wondering, dimethicone and silicones are found in the other Fenty products as well, not just the foundation!

Why Silicone is Bad for Your Skin.

  • causes acne
  • traps dirt in your pores
  • dehydrates your skin
  • Slows down cell renewal. According to Beauty Editor “Impaired cell renewal could decelerate the improvement of conditions such as pigmentation, redness, fine lines and scarring” No bueno!
  • It prevents the other beauty products you’re using from doing their job – aka you may as well throw out that expensive skincare routine you invested in
  • It’s hard to get off – even with a great makeup remover!

Why Put Silicone in Beauty Products if it’s Bad for your Skin?

  • Silicone has a smoothing property, which is why your skin looks so flawless with the Fenty foundation!
  • Cheap! Foundations with more silicones are cheaper. Hence, why Fenty is only $34

If I Return my Fenty Beauty, What Should I Purchase?

Like I said earlier, finding a foundation without any silicone is going to be tough. Look for something that only has a silicone listed a couple of times, and isn’t a main ingredient (the first five). Here is what I suggest:

What’s your opinion on the Fenty Beauty line? Did you have a good experience with it?
xo, Rach


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  1. November 21, 2017 / 7:53 am

    LOVE this post! You and I are so similar when it comes to skincare haha! Love how you broke down the label – so educational! You go girl!

  2. July 8, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Hi I dont think she launching anykind of a product just to make your skin look worse, she spend 2 years before launching this product so she may understand everythings on the ingredients and what’s harms your skin, you can email to Fenty and ask them which is the ingredients that you are read is not good for your skin and listen to their answer before you put a comment like this, I know you are scare for everyone who may not know much about the skin but I pretty sure that you are too, dont judge something that you dont know deeply for your knowledge, thanks by the way

    • The Sass Room
      July 8, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Hi there!

      I appreciate your comment and your opinion. However, being someone who has acne prone very sensitive skin I am aware of what ingredients in foundations at this point are triggers for me. Unfortunately a product with a lot of dimethicone in it just does not work for my skin + my only goal is to educate my audience to pay attention to the ingredients they are using on their skin. Yes, the ingredients may be approved but that does not mean they are necessarily good for your skin. Certain ingredients do different things to people’s skin! Anyways, I appreciate your comment and I’m glad you like her products! They just don’t work for me.

      Xo Rachel

    • The Sass Room
      July 8, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      Hi again!

      While I think it’s great that her products are cruelty free, that doesn’t mean that cruelty free ingredients won’t make your skin break out. I hope you realize that I’m not at all bashing Rihanna, I am simply saying that some of the ingredients in her products do not work for certain skin types. Dimethicone is known to cause breakouts. There is no 1 foundation that works for every single person and skin type, and that’s okay! Thanks again for stopping by and have a great day!

      Xo Rachel

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