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Fenty Beauty Mystery Box Review – September 2020

Fenty Beauty is a makeup brand by Rihanna that was launched a few years ago, and it has quickly grown to be quite popular. They recently released a mystery box themed Fenty Beauty University- class is now in session, so let’s start by covering the bases.

FYI- this was a limited edition box that is no longer available for sale

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About this Box

The Box: Fenty Beauty 3-Piece Mystery Box: Covering The Bases 101

The Cost: $38 + Free Shipping

The Products:

  • Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
  • Two more mystery items perfect for all skin tones – “here’s a hint: A refreshing boost and pop of shimmer for all skin tones.”

Ships to: The US

Fenty Beauty: Basics 101 Mystery Box September 2020 Review


Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, 1.08 oz – Retail Value $32

This primer was new to me, and I was excited to try it. I have yet to find my favorite primer, so any chance to try a new one I jump on. I really liked this primer! It didn’t feel heavy on my skin but still felt slightly moisturizing, even though this is designed to minimize the look of pores and control oil throughout the day. How lightweight it is really was a perk for me- once applied it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything, but it still did a good job as a primer underneath my foundation. I usually don’t wear foundation these days due to the mask that I wear at work, but for the sake of the review, I tried it under my foundation. When I removed my mask I definitely felt like there was less transfer of product to the mask fabric, and my foundation still looked pretty seamless. 

Baby What It Dew Makeup Refreshing Spray, 1.35 oz – Retail Value $18 

This is the one product, both in this kit and in general, that doesn’t really excite me. Once I do my makeup I rarely touch it up or spritz my face, so when I do feel the need I usually will just reach for a facial mist. I did think the mist on this spray was especially fine, which is definitely appreciated- if it doesn’t feel like my face is being hugged by a cloud I don’t want it. Ingredients on this mist include witch hazel, lavender, and castor oil, so while this does set makeup it will also give a boost of hydration to the skin that will help give you that ~dewy~ look.


Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Sinamon, 0.25 oz – Retail Value $25 

When MSA posted that this mystery kit was released, one reader pointed out that in Rihanna’s world, a blue lipstick would be “perfect for all skin tones.” Julia wasn’t wrong, so I was incredibly pleased to open this match stix up to find that the shade was a shimmering cinnamon bronze shade rather than, you know, purple (I say that actually owning the purple match stix, too). Since I’m pretty fair, this shade could be used along my hairline and jawline and then buffed out to give my face some warmth, and it also would work well as an eyeshadow. On deeper skin tones I think this would work as a highlighter and look really pretty, so perhaps this really is a shade that works for all skin tones. Either way, I really like it. 

Here it is swatched.

Verdict: I have been wanting to try more from Fenty Beauty, and this mystery box really delivered. The primer was a star and for the price of the primer plus a few extra dollars, I also received a full-size match stix and a travel-size setting spray. The products all performed well, and it left me wanting to try even more from Fenty Beauty. Since this was the first week of mystery boxes from “Fenty University,” maybe I’ll grab a second box and see what else the Fenty professors have in store for me. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you order today? No, this is no longer available.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $38 and I calculated a total value of $75. That means I paid approximately the following per item:

  • Primer: $16.21
  • Setting Spray: $9.12
  • Match Stix: $12.67


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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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Comments (6)

  1. How did I miss out on this?

  2. I love blue lipstick 😍😍💙

    Goes perfect with my dark blue hair! Or my infra red hair.

    Red & Blue for the win!!

    • I also do the bright red hair but I go with purple over the blue! lol I am a bit in your face with my style but I dont think i could make a blue lipstick work or even a purple highlighter. lol Bravo Diamond!!

  3. I really like the mystery box reviews too, since it helps gauge what you might get in another offering 🙂 looks like this one was a good deal! I LOVE fenty’s glosses but I think that’s all I’ve tried.

  4. Jessica, you lucked out with the product selection! Aren’t you relieved that you didn’t have to find some way to say nicely “this blue lipstick looks horrible”?

  5. I love reading MSA reviews for brand mystery boxes like this, because it’s so much harder to find clear reviews with accurate photos for these types of boxes.

    Thanks, Jessica!

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