Things Are About To Get Cheeky Cheeky
Rihanna over here is giving us the best 2020 distraction - Cheeks Out collection. We are talking cream bronzers, blushes and even a brand new face brush. Curious to know more? Then please keep on scrolling!
About the Collection
The new Fenty Beauty collection includes:
Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush (20 USD / 105 AED; Made in Italy)
Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer (32 USD / 140 AED; Made in Italy)
Face Shaping Brush 125 (34 USD / 160 AED; Made in China)
Claims: light as air, non-greasy, natural-looking, easy to blend, sweat- and water-resistant formulas.
Packaging: there is no denying that Fenty Beauty have the most fun, modern aesthetic (with the new collection being no exception). These easily recognizable hexagonal compacts now have a bold "Cream" written on them, which stands for the brand's new formula. Both blushes and bronzers come with a high-quality mirror, looking/feeling chic. They also have color-matching stickers on the bottom, which allows you to quickly distinguish one shade from the other.
Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer has 6.23g/0.22 oz. of an actual product in it, which is an exact same amount you get with the brand's powder bronzer (reviewed here). Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, on the other hand, is much daintier in size sitting at 3.0g/0.10 oz.
Formula, Texture: before writing this review, my audience on Instagram asked their questions about the new launch, so that I could answer them later here. Most of you were curious about the formula and here is everything you need to know.
Both blush and bronzer have an exact same texture to them; imagine touching a surface of a chocolate that just begins to melt - this is exactly how these little guys feel to me. Cream formula is extremely smooth with the pigment sheering out a lot; so when you look at the bright or deep shade in the pan do not panic right away. It won't look this opaque on your skin, unless you decide to build it up.
This texture never gets sticky, oily or greasy; quite the contrary. I find that all shades blend out with ease, leaving my skin with a kiss of color and soft, natural glow.
Vegan and cruelty-free.
Application: now, I personally prefer my cheek products to layer gradually, rather than leaving me with a blob of color that is hard to blend out. If you are familiar with the brand's Match Stix Matte, then it is worth noting that the new cream formula is nowhere near as matte and dry (when I say "dry", I mean it in a positive way) as the original stick, yet it does look equally stunning on the skin with Cheeks Out giving you more of a dewy finish.
Face Shaping Brush 125 is actually the most perfect tool to apply Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer with. I don't really care about brushes that come out with certain collections, however, this one is a keeper. Not only does it have the cutest millennial pink design, but also the softest synthetic bristles that feel like Bambi's tail. The brush is densely packed and slightly angled, which comes in handy when you want to be that extra bit precise with your application.
Some people like to dip their brush directly into the pan, whereas I don't. I find that with cream bronzers it is much easier to pick up product and map out an exact placement with a fingertip first (it also helps to warm up the texture) and only then blending everything out with a brush. Both methods work just fine though.
With Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush I would recommend using your fingertips. Again, your body's warmth will melt the product directly into the skin, giving you the most natural flush. If you have longer nails or are short on time, go with a rounder end of your BeautyBlender instead or any synthetic brush you love.
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Wear: once your blush or bronzer is on, you won't even be able to see where it starts or ends, as it truly becomes one with your skin/foundation. I find that these cream products never accentuate pores, texture or dryness; you won't see any blotches, fingerprints either and they won't disrupt other layers of makeup underneath them. Both have a great wear time, lasting up to 5-6 hours on my skin before fading away gracefully.
On the picture above I am wearing blush in the shade Daiquiri Dip and bronzer in Macchiato on top of Pro Filt'r Hydrating Foundation (reviewed here).
Shade Selection: there are currently 10 shades of Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush and 7 shades of Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer available. Overall, the collection is very inclusive and I think that there is a match here for beauties of all ages and colors. As I have mentioned earlier, these do sheer out a lot, so it might be a good idea to go one shade darker with your bronzer if you want more definition; otherwise stick with the brand's shade matching description as I find it to be very accurate.
Below are some swatches and shade comparisons (I am 150 in Fenty):
As you can tell, some blushes have a very fine, pearlescent sheen to them, while others don't. This is what everything looks like on the skin without blending.
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As always, I keep all of my swatches raw and unedited (no finger-licking, added saturation or brightness here)
I have been waiting for this Fenty Beauty collection for longer than I am willing to admit. Thankfully, I am here to report that both blushes and bronzers are a dream to work with. An added bonus? You can use them on your eyes and lips too. If you are on a hunt for skin-like, natural-looking cream products (that are quick and easy to use) definitely give these a try.
Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer and Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush get A++ today. And for those of you, who love a good multi-tasking brush, Face Shaping Brush 125 is a must-have. It actually made me want to explore other Fenty brushes, which (for this loyal Hakuhodo lover) is saying a lot.
What do you guys think about these new products? Let's chat some more in the comments!
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