*Updated on May 2, 2020 from a preview post to include my entire review on the new Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer.*
Although I get excited about just about any makeup launch, there is one product that always piques my interest. The elusive cream bronzer. Around 10 years ago, MAC Cosmetics launched a cream bronzer for a summer collection and I’ve been searching for another incredible cream bronzer ever sense. Of course there’s the OG Chanel, but it’s super expensive and usually sold out. Last year, Huda Beauty got close with their Tantour Contour cream bronzer (full review here). And recently, Tarte launched their own SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer (full review here). However, I’m super excited about the launch of the new Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer.
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer Shades include:
Amber – Cool undertone for fair skin tones
Butta Biscuit – Fair to light skin tones
Macchiato – Light to medium skin tones
Hunnie Glaze – Medium to tan skin tones
Teddy – Tan skin tones
Chocolate – Deep skin tones
Toffee Tease – Very deep skin tones
This cream bronzer is a sheer, creamy, buildable formula and comes in 7 shades. It is $32 and is available at Sephora and FentyBeauty.com. I chose the shade Amber because it is a bronzer meant for cool tones. And that’s a super difficult shade to find in the contour world right now. Generally bronzer shades are more golden and warm. In fact, the most recent cream bronzer products I’ve reviewed had only 3-5 shades. (Tarte SEA Breezy had 3 – full review here, and Huda Beauty Tantour had 5 – full review here.) Needless to say, Fenty Beauty is known for having large inclusive shade ranges. So it was cool to see cool tones included as well.
First of all, the packaging of this cream bronzer is gorgeous. I love the way it stands out in your makeup bag as a bronzing product. You know I’m obsessed with plain black and acrylic makeup packaging, but sometimes it can get annoying when you’re in a hurry and all of your products look the same. Even though this packaging is different, it’s still beautiful. Plus, it’s a fun shape and the mirror is a nice size. Next let’s talk about the formula. The shade is definitely different than any other cream bronzer I’ve tried, but it’s super natural looking on my skin tone. I love that it didn’t make me look muddy, fake, or orange. Although because it is so sheer and bendable, it did take a few layers and lots of blending to really get a good contour.
As for the price, the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer is the most expensive and yet the smallest of the 3 cream bronzers (Fenty, Huda, and Tarte). At 6.23g/$29, it’s just over half the size of the Huda bronzer (12g/$30) but costs $2 more. (Tarte is 16g/$29.)
Like I mentioned earlier, cream bronzer is one of my favorite products for summer. It’s SO easy to just apply a little cream bronzer, a dash of cream blush, a splash of highlighter, and some mascara and run out the door. And Fenty Beauty makes that doubly easy, because now they have a cream blush too! Overall, I think Fenty did a great job on this cream bronzer. It is silky and smooth, pigmented but not overwhelming, and very easy to use. In fact, you can apply the bronzer with a bronzing brush, a stippling brush, or your fingers. However, I rarely like applying makeup with my hands. So I used the Tarte SEA Breezy Bronzing Brush and worked really well.
Overall ranking (out of 5) –
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer – 4 – It’s expensive for the size. I wish it lasted a little longer and it did slide around on top of my foundation a bit until it was fully blended. But it has a fantastic shade range.
What do you think? Is the new Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer on your list? Let me know in the comments below!
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