Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick review: My thoughts on the shade range, formulation, and more

Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick review: My thoughts on the shade range, formulation, and more

Pucker up

Text: Emily Heng

A question for all you makeup-wearers out there: when was the last time you donned a full face? For me, it was 7 April. It was hot, my foundation was cakey, and the barista at Apartment Coffee complimented my lipstick when I ordered a flat white. If memory serves, it was Gucci Beauty's Rouge à Levres Mat Lipstick in Eadie Scarlet. That day marks the beginning of circuit breaker and the last time I wore lipstick.

Since then, I've only swiped on lipstick fleetingly — all of which is wiped off after it has served its intended purpose. A half an hour Zoom call; the McDonald's drive-through; that one time I knew my Grab driver was cute. With face masks made mandatory in recent times, lipstick seems, regrettably, obsolete. Not to get philosophical on you guys, but it's the whole conundrum of 'if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' Translation: if no one sees you with your lipstick on, did it really happen?

Bearing this in mind, it seems unlikely that anyone would be dropping a new range of lip products. Unless, of course, your name is Rihanna, and you've made a habit of bucking convention and revolutionising the industry. That's where's the Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipsticks come in. Bad gal RiRi's latest venture claims to be an ultra-nourishing, comfortable, sheer lippie that is available in 10 versatile hues. I was sold at the prospect of "easy-to-wear" — and was lucky enough to receive the full range before its launch. My thoughts, below.

What's the formula like?

I think it's fair to say that I didn't expect much in terms of pigment. It's a sheer-finish lipstick, after all, so I was thinking along the lines of the #MLBB look. I'm all about starting things with a bang, though, so I opted for the darkest shade of the lot; Vamps Who Brunch, a plum hue with blue sparkles.

First things first: the colour is definitely discernable even with just a single coat. You can layer it on to build vibrancy, and it doesn't leave your pout feeling goopy or as if it's wrapped in cellophane. As promised, it is also super-hydrating, lightweight, and ridiculously comfortable. I forgot I had it on by my third Zoom meeting, which is a testament to its non-sticky finish. Messy eaters (aka me), however, should know that it has a tendency to smudge erry'where. You should have seen my mug after I enthusiastically chowed down on a McSpicy.

How are the shades?

If you've always been intimidated by Fenty's vivid, budge-proof Stunna Lip Paint hues, this one is for you. For those who prefer just a touch of colour, the versatile dusty pink Retro Rose should do the trick. The red orange Tang Thang is a safe bet for beginners, while $uga Kiss is great if you want to make a statement.

Would I wear it beyond the circuit breaker period?

Most definitely. The fact that they've gotten me out of my laziness-induced hiatus is a feat in itself. The shades are subtle without being forgettable; feels hydrating without feeling sticky; and blends beautifully with just your fingers. All in all: this is one lipstick that's earned a coveted spot in my (bulging) makeup bag.

The Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick retails for $35 and will be available on soon.