Rihanna and her love of marijuana have been so well-documented that, at this point, if she announced a line of Fenty-branded glass pipes, your reaction would probably be “Yeah, that checks out.”
In fact, being 420-friendly is so on brand for Rihanna that some intrepid fans have been speculating whether or not her new Fenty Beauty blotting papers could serve a dual purpose. The packaging—as Twitter points out—looks suspiciously similar to rolling papers. Here’s just a sampling of the conversation going down online:
Rihanna released pink rolling papers.
A visionary. An icon. True Caribbean angel https://t.co/miZzVwZw0s
— LUIGi 🇹🇹 (@luigiverse) September 8, 2017
Now, I am not a beauty expert—far from it; I’m Glamour‘s entertainment editor, but I am a curious soul, so a research project that involves lighting things on fire naturally speaks to me. Which explains why I quickly fired up a “how to roll a joint in three minutes” YouTube video, grabbed some loose-leaf tea I had at my desk (weed is not legal in NYC…yet), and begged the beauty team for their Fenty blotting papers. Then I got to work. You know, for learning purposes.
To start, the paper did not rip off in a clean line. That could entirely be on me—I’m not the most coordinated—but also maybe it’s because these are meant to be used only on your face. As far as the actual act of rolling these, that too was a mess. Licking the paper did not help it stick (and also was pretty gross), and the tea ended up spilling all over the table. The paper has a waxy texture that, again, I think is only intended to pick up excess oil. At least one other person has unsuccessfully gotten this far too and backs me up:
The real test, though, came when I tried lighting it on fire. It burns extremely fast. If you’re using it for anything other than your face, you’d be disappointed and also possibly ignite your fingertips. The smell—a fragrant mix of chai tea and burning plastic—was not great, either. I do not recommend.
Once I concluded that there’s no way these should be used for…let’s say, extracurricular activities…it was time to use it for its actual purpose: getting all the gross oil off my face, which was now sweaty from all the terror I experienced during the fire experiment. Perhaps this will be of no surprise to you that, hey, these things are great at oil blotting. You can tear off as much as you’d like, pat it all over your face, marvel at how much grease it picked up, and then feel satisfied that you are marginally less disgusting than you were before. I do recommend!
So, in conclusion, don’t go off label on this one. Also, Ri, call me up because I have an excellent business idea for you…
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