Is the Fenty Beauty Shade Range Diverse Enough?

Many have rushed to Rihanna’s defense on Twitter as a number of black women expressed disappointment at the Fenty Beauty shade range. The photo at the center of the shade range debacle is this store display:

Fenty Beauty Foundation shade

One particularly vocal user, @DesireeNahFret claims that the Fenty Beauty Line shade range does not differ greatly from existing options available from brands like MakeupForEver .


She stressed that the Fenty Beauty  Pro Fitl’r Foundation collection has too many foundation shades for light skin in comparison the number of shades for dark skin.

Fenty Beauty shade ranges


The picture in the tweet by Desiree is actually swatched by Youtuber NyamaTang , whose channel has grown in popularity since she started her “The Darkest Shade” series that explores how beauty products really look on deep dark skin.

In her Snapchat swatch, Nyma expressed that the Fenty Beauty Pro Fitl’r Foundation shade in 490 perfectly matched her deep dark skin.

Many have also pointed out that for a first roll out, Fenty Beauty’s shade range is incredibly diverse compared to the foundation launches of other beauty brands that are quick to claim that the “darker shades will be released next” 



Others referenced brands like APDG & Plain Jane Beauty that have several undertones for dark skin:


The lack of diversity in the beauty industry is why spaces like Makeup for Melanin Girls exist and I’ve documented the different ways that beauty brands exclude dark skin.

From the campaign video which included models of different skin tones to the product launch at Sephora, Rihanna has stressed that diversity of the brand was of utmost importance to her:

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