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Glossybox x Fenty Beauty Review

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First teased at the end of November 2020, the Glossybox x Fenty Limited Edition Box was always going to be a sell-out success.

Going on sale at 9am on 10th December for existing subscribers, lucky – and quick – shoppers were able to snap up the box worth more than £105 for just £30.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Fenty Beauty is the much adored brainchild of none other than music ledge Rihanna. Already making a name for itself due to it’s inclusive ethos and cruelty free stance, Fenty already has a bit of a cult following – and rightly so.

Prior to ordering this limited edition box, I hadn’t had much in the way of indoctrination into the brand – I had ordered one of the Match Stix MATTE Skinsticks’ from Boots in the shade Porcelain to use in the summer as a concealer/highlighter when my skin tends to be oilier, but it was yet to arrive, so this was really going in blind.

I ordered on the 9th December as I mentioned, but the box actually didn’t arrive until the 29th – you’ll no doubt know yourself that the post is just insane right now and things are taking forever to arrive – I have purchases from Black Friday that still haven’t shown up, so I knew it was going to take a little while to show up.

I always love when the postman hands over a Glossybox parcel, the patterned box gets me really excited to open – even though I know what’s inside. And of course, the boxes themselves are lovely to keep and use, this month's was a taupey-beige box with a black lid with the Fenty branding and black paper filling; so the whole package felt really in-keeping with Fenty’s whole vibe.

One thing I want to mention before I walk you though the contents, is that five of the six products are full-size which is really generous for this type of box – and the sixth product is a deluxe mini so even then, it’s not only going to have a tiny lick of product.

The boxes were all going to contain a highlighter duo in one of two shades, the Chic Phreak/Girl Next Door which errs on the peachy side, and Mean Money/Hustla Baby which is more champagne – in all honesty I’d hoped for the former as it’s not a highlighter shade I have, whereas I have quite a few gold-toned ones but que sera. Mean Money is a soft champagne shade with a bit of a sheen to it, while Hustla Baby has a definite shimmer to it. I’m looking forward to trying these individually – Mean Money will be great for a bit of a ‘lit from within’ look – or layering for more oomph.

I’ve only very recently moved away from using a fan brush for my highlighter, I think in all truth I’ve been too scared of looking like a disco ball (very round face doesn’t help!). After receiving one in a beauty box I gave it a try, and while it certainly packs the shimmer on, it still manages to look relatively natural and not like I’ve bathed in glitter. This portable brush is perfect for your makeup bag, as there’s nothing worse than brushes either covering everything in their product, or getting coated in various eye pencil or other handbag items; so that retractable casing and lid are ideal.

A real multitasker, this head-to-toe shimmer powder packs a punch in 24Kray with a similar golden hue as the Killawatt Highlighter – I’m definitely sorry that New Year will be a reserved affair this year, as this is some serious party sparkle. The super fine loose powder is hyper-reflective and illuminating.


Pack onto lids with an eyeshadow brush for maximum intensity, alternatively use the Portable Highlighter Brush to sweep over the high points of the face. If you’re feeling super glitzy, why not dust onto your body and buff in?

This 15ml smoothing primer certainly doesn’t feel in any way mini – the frosted glass bottle helps it feel luxe and weighty to hold and the plastic lid and pump certainly don’t feel flimsy or cheap where so many other brands fall down on this. Boasting it’s pore-diffusing powers, the Pro Filt’r has piqued my interest; from testing on the back of my hand it left skin feeling soft and cushiony, ready for foundation. The shine-stopping formula creates a blurring effect for plump, even skin.

Lip products are probably my weakest area, I’m a lip biter so feel bad applying products to bite them off ten minutes later; however maybe Stunna Lip Paint is going to convert me. Unbutton, a soft matte peachy nude shade, the long-lasting pigment is designed to be weightless. Paired with the defining precision wand, it’s the perfect one-stop product to define and fill lips in one.

If there's anything I love, it’s a good, dark mascara. The lightweight ultra-black formula is paired with a ‘flat-to-fat’ mascara wand to add volume, length and lift to lashes. The thick wand works hard to fully coat lashes, while the narrow tip allows you to reach even the smallest lash to maximise your peepers.


Like I said, the Glossybox x Fenty Limited Edition is more than worth the £30 pricetag, it's just a shame that it was so difficult to get hold of for so many subscribers - but perhaps the serious interest shown means we'll see some additional boxes in future.

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