The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo is living proof of me going back on my word. When it was announced that Rihanna was launching her own beauty line, I could not have been less interested. I tend to have little time for celebrity lines and this was no different. The hype passed me by.
Even when Fenty Beauty launched, I still wasn’t interested. From the photos I saw, I thought the packaging looked a bit cheap and none of the products jumped out at me. However, if there’s ever going to be a product to lure me in then it’s going to be a highlighter. So when Mick asked what I wanted for Christmas, I surprised myself by picking the Fenty Beauty Killawatt duo.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by it and that I might have had a little look on Harvey Nics to see what I might want to try next (Match Stix Shimmers I’m looking at you). Sometimes, even I can be wrong and make snap judgements on a brand or a product.
Fenty Beauty was created with a vision. For creator and founder Rihanna, it was essential “that women everywhere would be included”. After recognising a void in the industry, Rihanna focused on a range of traditionally hard to match skin tones, developing formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades. Her aim, above all, is to inspire: “Makeup is there for you to have fun with. It should never feel like pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different.”
The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Duo I went for is Lightning Dust and Fire Crystal. As I am quite pale skinned, I wanted something that was quite subtle. I’ve got a lot of highlighters in a wide range of shades, but this duo didn’t instantly look like shades I already have (turns out I was wrong on that point).
Formula wise, I liked the sound of the cream-powder hybrid. It is weightless and long-wear, which I really like. I don’t like products that feel heavy on the skin, so this is lovely to use. The superfine shimmers make this smooth and creamy, although I did find that with the Lightning Dust shade, I had to get past the top layer before I was able to pick up a decent amount of product on either my finger or a fan brush.
A light, beige gold with a soft, pearlescent sheen. It has semi-opaque coverage that you can build up. This shade wore well and stayed on all day and looked subtle, but pretty on the skin. It’s very similar to the highlight shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette.
A light, warm metallic gold with a supercharged, pearlescent shimmer. It’s gorgeously creamy and has a very smooth texture. It’s more intense but is still quite subtle on my pale skin. Sadly it did highlight any texture on my skin and accentuated my pores a little, but I can work with that.