Happy Review Day, babes!
Are we all shining bright like glossbabes? Or maybe feeling like the only girl in the world? Hopefully not sending out an S.O.S… Do you see what I did there? Yes, no? Either way, I’m here today to tell you all about whether or not Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is here to stay or if it needs to take a bow. 🎶 Oops, I did it again… 🎶
I had a big birthday last year, and now that I am ten years older than when we first met, I am becoming more and more concerned with doing whatever I can to help protect my skin and fight the clock. One of the things I have been doing (aside from being much more diligent about taking makeup off at night and hiding from the sun), is visiting my local med spa for facials every four weeks or so. I grew up in the era where tanner meant better, and we did what we needed to do to get that rosy glow.
Fast forward to 2019, and I am now trying to undo some of the damage that I did when I was younger. I’ve tried a variety of different treatments and one that I have grown to love is dermaplaning. I’ve been thinking about writing about some of the treatments I’ve tried and posting about them here. Any thoughts on that, babes?
Anyhoo… I was there a few weeks ago for a dermaplaning, and I’ve gotten to know the aestheticians a little bit. When I walked in and was greeted by Kit, I was stopped in my tracks by the gorgeous lip color she was wearing.
“I love your lip gloss,” I told her. “Will you tell me what it is, or is it a secret?” (Some people don’t like to give up their product secrets. *harumph*).
“Of course,” she answered. “It’s Fenty. The middle one.”
“Hmmm,” I thought. Now, this was before I decided to start writing glossable again. But I could not get that lip color out of my head. I didn’t even have a lot of information about exactly what color or product it was. The “Fenty middle one” wasn’t a whole lot of information, and I didn’t want to seem like a lunatic and ask too many more questions. After all, in just a few minutes, she would be sliding a scalpel over my face during the procedure.
Fast forward (we seem to be doing that a lot in this post) a couple of weeks and I knew I had to try this lip gloss and that I was going to write about it here.
Because I didn’t have the exact name or color of the product, I had to do a little more searching than I normally have to. I knew that Fenty Beauty was launched by the singer Rihanna (glossable may have been in hibernation, but my love for products never was) and that it was created with inclusivity in mind (the official brand is Fenty Beauty by Rihanna⎮Beauty for All).
A quick trip to the Fenty Beauty website was all I needed to find the gloss that Kit was wearing that day. As it turns out, the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer comes in three shades: Fenty Glow (shimmering rose nude), Diamond Milk (shimmering pearl), and Fu$$y (shimmering dusty pink). It was my best guess that the one I was after was Fenty Glow, aka the Middle One. Another quick trip to Ulta’s and Sephora’s website told me where I needed to go. Unfortunately, Fenty Beauty is only available at Sephora. Although you can purchase on the Fenty Beauty website, I like to go in person.
As gloss-luck would have it, Sephora was offering a Sephora-exclusive Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set that came with a travel-size Universal Lip Bomb and a travel-size long-wearing Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter (in Hu$tla Baby) for $23.00. Score. As double luck would have it the only shade the kit came in was in Fenty Glow, the “middle” shade that I was looking for. I scooped that little kit right up… (along with a couple of things, of course. I am a weak, weak, glossgirl…).
I could not wait to get that gloss home because I had a very good feeling about it. I did not try it on at the store, or even pick up the tester. I almost opened it and tried it in the car, but I stopped myself. I let that black and white Sephora bag sit there and taunt me on the ride home. When I did get home, I took the bag upstairs and happily unwrapped it. I went right for the Bomb. The packaging is nice, and the gloss container itself is stylish and shiny.
I did feel like I was stalling opening it a little bit because I knew that I was really wanting this gloss to be awesome, and I was worried that it wouldn’t be. It looked so pretty on Kit and was the perfect color for daytime. I have been using my go-to glosses for a long time, and I was really looking forward to liking something new.
I sat there for a minute staring at it, willing it to be awesome. When I finally opened it, I was greeted with a satisfying “pop” as the applicator was released from the tube. I swiped it across my lips. I could just from the way it felt on my lips and from its very light vanilla scent that even if I didn’t like what I saw, I liked the way it felt and smelt. When I did look up, well babes, let’s just say we found love…
It really looked nice. Shiny. Highly smackable, but not too thick. Natural looking sheer, with a hint of color that I could easily see how it can work well with any skin color. Just lovely.
The Fenty Beauty website describes the Lip Bomb as: “the ultimate gotta-have-it lip gloss with explosive shine that feels as good as it looks with addictive shine, nourishing wear and a universal finishing touch. Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer delivers explosive shine, now in three universal shades handpicked by Rihanna herself to be the ultimate finishing touch to any look. ” Yes, yes and yaas!
And it doesn’t only look and feel good. It lasts. The next day I applied it (the applicator is even great. It’s big and cushiony and feels like it will keep its shape – I hate when you can feel the hard plastic stick when you apply) in the morning and it lasted all through the entire pot of coffee I drank. It even held its own (it lost a bit of shine, but it was still on and visible) after I ate lunch. That’s right, I didn’t have to apply again until after lunch. Unheard of.
I love this gloss. There I said it. Love. It. I am not sure I have ever said that about a product before. The closest I came was with DuWop Venom Gloss.
It also feels really moisturizing (it contains shea butter) and, the full-size Lip Bomb is $18.00, which is not that bad imgo… Definitely better-priced than other celebrity-branded products. As for Rihanna’s actual participation with the line, according to the website, she is the creator of Fenty Beauty and worked with Kendo Brands to create the brand. She also created the Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandparents. Proceeds from certain products go towards the foundation’s efforts to improve the quality of life for young people around the world. Rihanna is legit, babes!
Although the Gloss Bomb has color, it is fairly sheer. That is great for daytime, but what about nighttime? Well, babes. I have you covered. This gloss can do double duty at night, especially if you want to downplay lips to punch up your eyes. Even better, you can layer. I tried using a darker shade underneath (NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella) and it worked out just as nicely as I had hoped.
I think you can see this one coming, but before I drop my rating on you, I will say one thing that I think can be approved upon. The gloss is thick, and the lid closes very tight and if you pull the applicator out quickly, you run the risk of the gloss getting a little messy and winding up on the outside of the tube and all up in the inside of the lid. Be warned!
That being said, there is no other rating I can give the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow other than five out of five smacks… Überglossable!
I can also not wait to try some of her other products. The Hu$tla Baby Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter that came with the kit (and described as a “supercharged, peachy-champagne shimmer”) was equally great and the setting powder that I bought on a whim has been the only thing that I have tried (and I’ve tied a lot of things) that will keep my eyeliner in place (that one is a new, annoying problem that will have to somehow be dealt with).
‘Til next time babes,
smooches & smacks,
UPDATE: I am still loving this product, but the cap has become a problem with the gloss migrating under the cap. It is a bit messy, and I have stopped tossing it in my bag. It now stays on my vanity. I am tempted to drop the rating, but I am going to stick with five smacks. Kind of sad about the cap situation to be honest… (4/25/19)