9 October 2017

Is the process of getting Fenty Beauty, worth getting the Fenty?

Hi, if you came here for a full review on the FB products, go elsewhere. I mean, I will write a bit about my thoughts on the foundation in order to answer the title, but this post is mainly about the actual process of getting to the Fenty Beauty (FB) counter in the first place. 

I've seen many reviews about the foundation, so I want to discuss; the queue, the actual FB counter, the store & then the products. As of course, I've only been to the Harvey Nichols store in London - I can't speak about every store in the World - but it'll be my experience that may help you decide if you want to go get the foundation. 

I actually have no pictures of anything as I'm pretty sure you've seen the bottle like 300 times on social media.  There's not many pictures you can really take lols. 

So, we'll start at the fact that I've been twice on a weekend, the first - I went at 4pm on a Sunday. Harvey Nichols shuts at 6pm.. and the line was already closed. In order for you to even get into the queue, you've got to go somewhat earlier than closing - let's say about 3 hours before closing by the look of it. 

I then proceeded to go on Sunday again.. around 1pm, this time successfully getting in the queue which is what I thought was my first win. My other friends have gone in the weekday, which was probably more sensible and I've heard of them only waiting around 15-30 minutes. So first of all, don't be a loser like me and go on the weekend and wait OVER AN HOUR. Go during the week, in the morning, you know, off peak hours.. like an ideal time to get on the tube. The queue didn't even look that big when I joined, I'll honestly say about 40 people in front of me. I didn't think that was that bad.. it was definitely better than hundreds? 

So, I would have definitely purchased online, but the only thing I really wanted from the range was the foundation! I did my thorough research and decided, I really didn't need anything else. As the whole range is available online, I really think that there's no point queuing if you don't want to be colour matched. I however, was really not interested in wasting £26 online to get a foundation that was most definitely too dark, too light or just not right. So I decided, queuing was worth saving £26! 

So, I'm now in the store.. over an hour later. I'm in. Bear in mind I've never queued for anything that long before, so queuing itself was an actual accomplishment. FIRST, let me address something. While you're queuing, there's loads of people that think it's really funny to take pictures because 'they're all queuing for makeup'. People were even laughing and saying stuff which made the process totally EMBARRASSING, and I really don't get their problem because it's not like they've never queued up before.. like shush you queue up for McDonald's we queue for make up, GET OVER IT.

Now the reason it takes so long to actually get in is because every person is assigned to a make up artist. Yay..
Everyone who knows me knows it's my BIGGEST fear to have make up artist help. I mean, I love talking to you lovely lady, I love your make up, I love you.. but you don't know me. You don't know my skin, you don't know my roots, you don't know me on a good day, and you don't know me on a bad day. I think if you really want help with your make up then this is AMAZING. But for me, I really honestly just wanted to look at the foundations myself and decide myself. I didn't get that chance :(. She didn't leave me. Lovely lady didn't leave me. In fact I was sat in a chair while she went over to pick the foundations.. I tried to run and she didn't let me :( :( She caught me and made me sit! 

The section in Harvey Nichols is of reasonable size, they let in about 8 girls at a time, the same amount of employees that are there, are the amount of people that are allowed in at a time. 

So she came with shade 300. She assessed my skin for about 20 seconds before picking that shade. She tried it, and said 'yep that's your colour'. Lol, I didn't queue for over an hour for a 40 shade range, to be told the first colour you picked for me is correct lol lol lol. I asked her to try another, she said maybe we can try shade 290.. but it's not in stock. Now that I think about it, a lot of colours weren't in stock (when I ran over to see most of the bottles weren't there). I actually sometimes think having 40 shades made it really difficult to choose- but I guess there's no way there won't be a colour for someone!

She tried shade 280, and this was a lot better for my face! I honestly wanted to try more but I'm too polite to ask and be annoying. She did also only apply it to a little bit of my face -but that's my fault as I didn't want to take off all my make up. 

So after that was done, I wanted to look at the whole range to ensure I'm making the right choice by not purchasing anything else. Lovely lady stayed by my side, I had a look at everything! I decided to purchase the beauty sponge, as it's cheaper than the Beauty Blender, so might as well give it a go. And the invisimatte blotting paper, as I'm an oily mess so might as well try anything new whenever I can lols. 

I tried the contour sticks, it wasn't wow and I have so many so I passed, I swatched the highlights, again not for me so I passed, and the gloss, and again, not for me so I passed. Because I queued for so long though, you honestly do want to buy more to make up for it!

Then you pay, and my whole journey was over in about 8 minutes. Yep, that all happened in 8 minutes. 

Now on to the foundation.. I watched so many videos on this foundation and I was like omg ok, not all these people can be so excited about it.. and even watching the application, it looked pretty good. 

So today, I wore the foundation, and today, I was happy enough to write my review about it. 

I used with my normal foundation brush FYI - not the beauty sponge, which is the Sigma F80. Oh, and for comparison, my go to foundation for full coverage is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, and my light coverage foundation is the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation - both amazing. 

The way I decide if a foundation is good or not, is to wear it to work. Believe me, after a day at work.. my foundation can look horrrrible (as I'm such a hard worker lols) or a really good foundation can stay put and look flawless even at the end of the day. 

When I first put this on, I didn't really understand what was going on. I was applying and applying and my marks weren't covering??? I was like ummmmm.... 

So I applied more to the areas that needed more, and I was like hmm ok. I did the rest of my make up, and I looked at my skin and I was shocked. It was so so so so good!!! I honestly don't remember the last time I looked at my skin like that. It looked so soft. It looked wow. 

Yes - in the places where you have scarring etc, you will need to build up the foundation more, but this does not look cakey at all. Also pretty good match, thanks lovely lady - I will make a conscience effort to try and trust you guys more (with a bit of my help). 

For the price, this is amazing. It's really up there with some foundations that can cost £40+. Actually, I don't really know any £40+ foundation as good as this! 

This foundation lasted all day also, hardly moved whilst at work, and was overall an 8.5/10! 

In conclusion, is the process of getting Fenty Beauty, worth getting the Fenty? 

.. Yes. For the foundation, yes. (If you're going to purchase anything else.. GO ONLINE!) 

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