Fenty Beauty Teddy Cream Bronzer Review & Swatches

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Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

Teddy

Fenty Beauty Teddy Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin sheen with very, very fine pearl throughout. The pearl gave it a lightly dewy finish, despite it drying down on my skin, that kept it looking “skin-like” and wasn’t overtly shimmery.

The texture was lightweight, lightly emollient, and felt more like a gel-cream, which made it easier to apply, spread, and blend out the color regardless of whether I applied it over bare skin or on top of foundation. The formula dried down quickly but retained some of its luminosity.

The pigmentation was more medium and buildable when applied with fingertips or a moderately-dense brush, so true, sheer coverage was only achievable when using a stippling brush or a lighter hand. That being said, the formula sheers out when applied, so in order to get higher coverage, the color has to be built up in layers (you can’t just apply a ton in one go). It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$32.00/0.22 oz. - $145.45 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "non-greasy," "sweat-resistant," "easy to blend" cream bronzer (or contour) with "sheer, buildable" coverage that has a "natural-looking" finish. The brand called out two shades specifically as contour shades--Amber and Toffee Tease--though they can certainly be used as applicable to one's skin tone and undertone.

The coverage was semi-sheer to medium in one layer and buildable from there, though a lot of the initial opacity depended on the application. Per the brand, the product can be applied with fingertips (they mention "one tap") or with a brush (they created a denser, angled brush for this formula). What I found was that the formula had a tendency to diffuse and spread over the skin in a way that did sheer out the color in practice, so the blended out swatch was more in line with actual results. I think they were, on average, more semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage than true, sheer coverage but they can definitely be applied lightly or blended out for true, sheer coverage.

Fingertips, generally, apply the heaviest coverage across formulas and products, which was true here. When applied with fingertips, a swirl through the pan yielded more medium and semi-opaque coverage, while a pat or two of a fingertip into the product was good for getting the first layer in place (with more sheer to semi-sheer coverage) and building up coverage where desired. For brushes, something like a stippling brush yielded sheer to semi-sheer coverage and a denser, angled brush yielded more semi-sheer to medium coverage.

The coverage built up exceptionally well as the product layered without becoming uneven in application or in actual texture. The product applied beautifully over bare skin as well as over foundation (I paired them with Fenty's Pro Filtr, which is popular but also more matte, so made for a good test base) as it did not lift up base products.

The consistency was moderately emollient with good glide--it spread easily across my skin, which made it more fluid and gel-like in that way, and it wasn't tacky or so wet that it was hard to blend evenly or get to "stay" in place where I wanted it to stay (thus enabling me to blend out edges with ease). It dried down within a few minutes, but it retained its more skin-like finish despite not feeling wet to the touch.

The test of blendability is often with deeper shades like Chocolate and Toffee Tease, which are significantly deeper than my skin tone, so any unevenness is much more noticeable, but they applied beautifully. I could see them working on deeper skin tones as they were likely designed for, but for someone who is looking for a darker contour shade and is lighter, they're easy to work with as well.

The formula wore well for eight to nine hours, and it had a continued, gradual fading from there that was a flattering fade (it didn't just slide down and off my face!). I'd agree that it seemed sweat- and water-resistant as it didn't start to migrate, bleed, or turn patchy, though it could certainly be rubbed off with light pressure (fingertip, napkin, etc.), e.g. blot away excess moisture.

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Mica, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica Silylate, Nylon-12, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Talc, Bht, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).

Teddy

PPermanent. $32.00.
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A
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I’m torn in two directions over this shade. On the one hand, this looks like the shade that my skin does tan if I go out in the sun and get a tan, which I haven’t done in many years.
On the other hand, I’ve heard two different YouTubers describe the shade as having a greenish hue to it which is not something I would really want on my cheeks!
Therefore, I’m supposing my best bet is to just wait until the stores open up so that I can try this one and macchiato on the back of my arm and see which one best suits me.

I bought both Macchiato and Teddy. I’m also medium with olive undertones and bought a winter and summer shade. I find Teddy has a green tinge when you swatch on the arm, but i didn’t feel that translated to the cheeks. In fact, although I’m on my lighter side right now, I found Teddy still worked beautifully. So did Macchiato, BTW. Hope that helps!

I am conflicted as to which bronzer is best for my complexion. I know some clearly won’t work but so many are great and the quality is so good. I think I need to wait for the quarantine to be over to see them in person.

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