When I was a little girl, I was always told how much I looked like Drew Barrymore. Ever since, I have had a soft spot for her, and in turn, supported her every venture -
which is why I was so excited to finally try her cosmetic range, Flower Beauty.
This high-quality range, to my surprise, is currently sold exclusively at Walmart and online. When reading up on the company, I came to find that the reason their products are so affordable is because they don't spend money on advertising, leaving all of their resources for the perfection of their formulas. This, I thought, was an interesting angle, and one that I seldom (if ever) see used by cosmetic companies. Another plus? These products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. Go Drew!
Here is my haul and in-depth review on my new makeup steals...
When picking out which products to try, I definitely was drawn to a warm, desert-inspired palette. I wanted to get a good idea of what her formulas were like, so I ended up choosing a liquid foundation (which, after much research, was highly recommended, especially for fairer skin), a matte translucent powder, a mascara, an eye shadow, as well as two lipglosses that compliment each other (hello, lip contouring!).
+ About Face Foundation
Wow. I had a strong feeling that I would love this foundation, but I am truly blown away. Having such fair skin, it is incredibly difficult to find a foundation that looks just right. It's either too orange, too dark, too cakey, not the right undertones, dull... but this foundation is for sure a new all-time fave. Using the lightest shade in LF1, I find that about 1.5 pumps gives me a sheer/medium coverage, with just a few blemishes poking through. After another layer focusing on those problem areas, my skin is a flawless canvas that looks shockingly natural. And the best thing about this foundation? For the first time in my entire life, I have not needed to tend to my t-zone and mattify any oils throughout the day. Seriously. I even wore this foundation to EDC this past Sunday, and even through a full day of dancing, my skin stayed flawless. That being said, this foundation does not dry particularly matte. I think it's some sort of magic. You all have to try it to believe it. It's that good.
+ Miracle Matte Translucent Finishing Powder
In my experience, you can't really go wrong with a simple translucent powder. My absolute fave is definitely Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder (it's so velvety, and perfect for "baking" your makeup), so I always seem to hold every powder to that standard. Though this powder definitely does not have that velvet quality that I adore, it does do it's job well. Paired with the foundation, I didn't experience a single crease in my makeup or any shininess throughout the day. Though I found it difficult to properly bake my makeup with this product, I do plan on using this on a daily basis and saving my Laura Mercier powder for special events and nights out. And, it comes with a cute little puff for powdering on the go!
+ Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara
When ordering this mascara in the color Intense Black, I didn't really understand what they meant by "3-in-1." I figured that meant this mascara wasn't specifically created for one purpose (say, lengthening lashes), but was formulated to do three functions (lengthen, curl, and volumize). Um, no. They literally mean this wand transforms into three totally unique wands. WTF?!
If you notice in the photo below, with each twist of the black cap, the wand curls and shrinks, making this LITERALLY the coolest mascara I own. Not to mention, this formula does not clump your lashes at all and creates such a soft and sultry look. I am in love.
+ Endless Wear Ultimate Eye Color
Of all the products, this is the one that I was most excited about. The shade Sheer Cinnamon looked absolutely to die for, and perfect for any glam look (I envisioned a statement eye with an ombré wing, going from a dark brown into this cinnamon shade). That is why, when I went to go put this shade on, I was a bit dissapointed. Though buildable, this shade isn't as pigmented as I imagined and has a tough time going on in a sharp wing, even when my angled brush was damp. When smoked out all over the lid, it is a gorgeous, warm-toned brown with purple undertones and a subtle sparkle, but overall, this eye color was underwhelming.
+ Lip Radiance High Shine Lip Lacquer
These two glosses are the perfect colors to create the illusion of fuller lips. Using the darker shade, Autumn Rose, I "lined" my lips (quite easily, thanks to the small applicator) and filled in on just the outer corners of my lips. I then dabbed just a touch of Classic Nude on the center of my lips to create that full pout. Normally, I find that lip glosses are quite annoying and much too sticky for a girl with long hair, but this gloss definitely dries well and knows how to stay in the lines. I absolutely love the color of these glosses, and think they would look stunning on all skintones. I find that the top shade is actually a bit dark on my skin (it has those terracotta vibes I love during the summer months), though it doesn't look too unnatural or harsh. The nude is simply perfect, and doesn't make me look "colorless" or washed out when worn on its own. As for full-day wear, I definitely could use a bit of a touch-up every couple of hours, but the color does stay pretty well.
Which products are you excited to try from Flower Beauty?
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