Like every face product I’ve tried from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty makeup line so far, the Match Stix Matte Skinsticks, which are $25 cream-to-powder concealers (available in 20 shades), create a lightweight skin-perfecting makeup look.
When I use it, I think my face just looks…better. Like I’ve been drinking LOTS of water, eating spinach salads for lunch, getting enough sleep, doing burpies and forgoing all brainless TV. So, basically, clean livin’ all around. Even if someone is close enough to count your nose hairs, it still looks great. It’s as close to perfect skin as I think my skin can get.
You can see a little light bouncing off your skin when you wear this concealer. The finish looks natural, whether I wear this on its own or layer it on top of the Fenty primer or foundation.
When I set it with powder and apply it on top of primer and foundation, it sticks around for about eight hours (or five hours by itself).
I think it’s important to mention again that the coverage level is straight-up medium, so if you’re looking for opaque, heavy-duty concealing that will hide that hella ripe pimple or discoloration, this won’t be enough.
Granted, you could build it up to full coverage if you piled it on, and I was able to conceal Julian the pimple completely, but it took FOUR LAYERS of Wheat ON TOP OF foundation. Yeah, the coverage still didn’t look thick or heavy, but I could’ve gotten away with using less of something like NARS Soft Matte (and, now that I think about it, this concealer is like NARS Soft Matte, but less pigmented) or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer.
You can also use it as an under-eye concealer, but I’m not crazy about that. I’m 42, so I have fine lines in my under-eye area, and this dries down to a powder… And that powder then settles into those fine lines. And, really, does anyone want fine lines that look MOAR OBVIOUS? Nooooo.
Normally, I like using as little powder as possible under my eyes — only enough to set my concealer — because when I wear too much powder there, I think it makes me look older.
Mind you, I feel like I’m Sophia Petrillo most days (complete with sarcastic quips and a penchant for clutching my purse), but my under-eye area doesn’t need to reveal that. Also, and this is just a personal preference, I like it when a little light reflects off of my skin under my eyes and in the inner corners. When those areas are matte, I feel like even a soft matte concealer like this one ages me.
So I’m not crazy about this as an under-eye concealer, but I think it’s completely on point as an overall face concealer.
The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Matte Skinsticks are available now exclusively at Sephora in 20 shades for $25 each, and, like everything in the line, they’re cruelty-free.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,