Buy or Bye: Fenty Gloss Bomb Cream Review

Rihanna has done it again. I mean, are we surprised? The woman can do no wrong.

Her eponymous cosmetic brand (in case you didn’t know, her real name is Robyn Fenty) caused a stir in the beauty world when it launched in 2017. From the jump, the brand has consistently pushed the envelope. From launching a foundation range featuring 40 shades (her name powder foundation has 50 shades!) to releasing a broad spectrum sunscreen specifically designed to not look grey deeper skin tones, Rihanna continues to put almost every other makeup company to shame by releasing innovative new products and formulas (and highlighting the gross lack of inclusivity in cosmetics).

Her new lip product, the Gloss Bomb Cream Color Drip Lip Cream, is no exception. (Also, wow. That is a mouthful.) Keep reading for my review:

ROOTS

Since its inception, one of the most popular items from Fenty Beauty has been the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer—a rosy nude tinted lip gloss that delivers a plumping, non-sticky glow that lasts for hours. Initially launched in one shade, Fenty Glow, it’s now available in seven shades ranging from a clear gloss to a rich brown shade.

I saw one woman say that the Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is chapstick for bad bitches and I don’t disagree. And I’m thrilled that all of us bad bitches now have even more glossy goodness to add to our arsenals LOL.

GLOSS BOMB CREAM COLOR DRIP LIP CREAM

I have the original Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y and I love it. However, my one complaint is that it has shimmer in it. I’m a gloss girl, but not a shimmer girl. When I found out that Fenty was launching a new version of the Gloss Bomb, sans shimmer, I could not wait to get my hands on it.

According to the brand, the new formula is supposed to have “medium-to-full-coverage color and zero shimmer.” It features the same XXL doe foot applicator that we know and love from the OG Gloss Bomb and, not surprisingly, it does not disappoint.

TELL ME MORE

  • Universally-flattering, shimmer-free color, in five creamy shades
  • Buildable full-intensity pigment
  • Brilliant shine
  • Non-sticky feel
  • XXL wand applies in just one swipe
  • Vitamin A to nourish lips
  • Light peach-vanilla scent

SHADES

The new formula comes in five different shades:

Fenty Glow: a universal rose nude
Honey Waffles: honey butter brown
Mauve Wive$: rosy mauve
Cookie Jar: chocolate caramel
Fruit Snackz: berry red

These were designed to look good on all skin tones and they do. I personally think that these shades would look gorgeous and work as nudes on deeper skin tones and I love to see Rihanna catering to an audience that is routinely left out—or at the very least an afterthought and not the intended target market.

Our #1 gloss—now with pure, creamy color and incredible shine. Lips are instantly smoother and more voluminous-looking.

LASTING POWER

If you dont plan on going anywhere, or if this had been released in the Before Times, the lasting power on this is pretty impressive (about 3.5 hours for me—and that includes eating and drinking). If you’re wearing a mask, don’t expect it to hold up for very long because of its glossy nature. That’s not a dig against the formula, that’s really just something to be expected when wearing lip gloss and having cloth rub against it for a prolonged period of time.

RATING

Pigmentation: 9/10
Longevity: 8/10
Application: 10/10
Formula: 10/10
Packaging: 10/10

TL;DR

I love Gloss Bomb Creams. It’s glossy and shiny, but not sticky. It’s pigmented. It goes on smooth. Feels nourishing. I love the gigantic doe foot applicator. I love Fenty Glow, which I anticipated, but was honestly surprised by how much I liked some of the deeper, bolder colors too. If you’re in the market for a new lip gloss, I highly recommend this one.

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