FLOWER BEAUTY FLOWER POTS BLUSH REVIEW & SWATCHES

flower beauty flower pots blushes

Flower Beauty has just released several new products for Spring 2017 and I went on a major haul yesterday at Walmart (see everything I got here). One of the first things that caught my eye was the Flower Pots Blush ($8.98 each). They reminded me of the Milani Rose blushes as soon as I saw them so I couldn’t wait to come home and compare them! Let’s take a look…

Description/Details: 
Naturally radiant cheeks that are as pretty as a petal! Flower Pots Powder Blush blends on smooth and silky, enhancing your skin tone with a healthy flush of color. The shade warms your complexion to your ideal tone. Show off your rosy glow! 

  • Size: .21oz.
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A.
  • Price: $8.98
  • Where to Buy: Select Walmart stores (not yet available online)

Shade Selection: Flower Beauty Flower Pots come in four shades and I chose the two lightest shades since I’m so fair (I passed on the deeper peach and bright pink colors).

I ended up grabbing Sweet Pea, which is a beautiful dusty rose matte and Warm Hibiscus which is a peachy pink with just a touch of gold shimmer in it.

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Sweet Pea and Warm Hibiscus

Formula/Swatches: I’m already in love with the formula of the Flower Pots…they’re so smooth and go on beautifully! They feel buttery to the touch but not quite as waxy as the Milani Rose blushes…I would say these are silkier and have very little powder kickups. Have you ever tried using a blush that was really buttery and it just didn’t blend easily because your skin was sort of grabbing onto it too much? That’s the one issue I have with the Milani Rose blushes and these new Flower Pots don’t do that at all. They pick up easily with one touch of the brush and just glide effortlessly across the cheeks. It’s a really gorgeous formula! The two shades I bought are perfect for fair to light skin tones like mine. Warm Hibiscus has a little bit of shimmer but it doesn’t highlight my pores…it just warms up my skin and gives it a pretty glow. Sweet Pea is the perfect matte shade for me since I’m cool-toned…it’s the shade my cheeks turn naturally when I’m flushed. You can tell in the photo below how smooth these are, as there’s no skipping across my skin. They’re also nicely pigmented but not so pigmented that you feel like you have to blend, blend, blend. I found them to be really effortless to use. 

flower beauty flower pots blush swatches

Comparison Swatches:
I wanted to compare these to some of my high-end blushes to see if I could find any dupes. As it turns out, I didn’t find any in my collection, so I was really happy about that!
At first glance, I thought Warm Hibiscus looked just like the new Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach blush but once I swatched them side-by-side, I realized they’re much different.

flower pots blush warm hibiscus
Warm Hibiscus

Here, I’ve compared Warm Hibiscus next to several of my high-end peachy pink blushes that have shimmer:

Next I wanted to compare Sweet Pea to some cooler-toned matte blushes from my collection. I don’t have a lot of those so there were only two that looked close in the pan.

flower pots blush sweet pea

Finally, I couldn’t leave you without comparing these to the Milani Rose Blushes. I was shocked when I put them next to each other and realized that the Milani version is 3x the size (.60oz vesus .21oz.). As I said above, I do like the Flower formula a little bit better as it feels less waxy and easier to blend (but I do still like the Milani formula a lot).

As far as dupes go, none of the Milani shades I own are a match for these two Flower shades. That being said, both products offer more shades in their collections so there may be a dupe in there somewhere. 

Final Thoughts:
I highly recommend the new Flower Beauty Flower Pots! They have a beautiful formula and I didn’t notice any difference in quality between them and my high-end blushes when I was swatching them together. At under $10 a piece, they’re definitely a great buy.

FLOWER BEAUTY SHIMMER & STROBE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE REVIEW

flower beauty shimmer and strobe highlighting palette

I’ve been a fan of Drew Barrymore’s makeup line Flower Beauty for a while now, but the new Spring 2017 collection has taken me straight from like to looove in one fell swoop. They are stepping up their game in a major way and kudos to Drew for creating affordable makeup that performs like high-end! I recently reviewed the new Flower Pots blushes (see that post here) so today I wanted to talk about the new Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette ($12.98). It’s an amazing quality palette at such an inexpensive price.

Let’s take a look!

Description/Details: Shine on, Flower Girl! Master strobing, the new face sculpting technique, with our Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. Dab on the soft, shimmery shades, and sculpt your face with light for a refined, natural-looking glow. The soft-focus, silky powders deliver a multi-dimensional radiance for a luminous complexion. Our three universal strobing shades are ideal to make any skin tone beam with radiance. 

Made in Canada, Cruelty-FreeWhere to Buy: Select Walmart stores and Flowerbeauty.com

Price: $12.98

flower highlight palette review

Packaging: The Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette comes in a sleek white compact with rose gold accents. Inside, there are three large pans of highlighter and a small flat highlighting brush. I absolutely love the brush…it’s really high-quality, especially for a brush that’s included in a drugstore palette. Most of the time I just throw them away but I actually use this one to apply the highlighter and it works great. The bristles are very soft and the shape is perfect for dusting the powder along your cheekbones.

flower beauty highlighting palette

Formula/Swatches: The three shades in this palette are supposed to be universal to all skin tones (based on the description on the packaging) and I can definitely see that being true for the most part. I have really light skin so it’s usually difficult to find highlighters that are light enough to show up…but these are all gorgeous!

The powder is so super soft and silky and so finely milled that you don’t see any sparkle or chunky glitter…they’re some of the smoothest highlighters I’ve ever used (at any price point!). They’re easy to pick up with a brush and show up intensely on the skin at first swipe.

My swatches are below, but if you’d like to see them in action, you can see that I don’t have to swirl my finger around in the pan, just swipe once and it picks up a ton of pigment. There is definitely fallout as is the case with powders that are this soft but I don’t mind at all to get this kind of color payoff!

flower highlighting palette swatches

Here I am wearing the first shade in the palette (the beige champagne color). It’s always difficult to get highlighter to show up on my skin in person, but in photos it’s even harder! The fact that this shows up in a photo at all tells you that it looks much brighter in person.

Final Thoughts:Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this one up! It’s a gorgeous palette that could easily cost a few times more than what they’re charging. It’s definitely going to be a go-to palette for me!

LORAC PRO PALETTE 3 REVIEW & SWATCHES

The Lorac PRO 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($44) is brand new for Summer and will be available online at Ulta.com on June 12th and Ulta stores on June 26th (I got mine over Memorial Day weekend when they offered it to Platinum Members early). Other stores (Kohls, Nordstrom, etc. will be getting it sometime in July). If you’re a fan of Lorac’s eyeshadows like I am, then keep reading for my review…I’ll also compare this to a few other Lorac palettes I have later on in the post.

Packaging: 
Like the other Lorac PRO Palettes, PRO 3 comes in a box with a mini tube Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer. The palette itself is identical to PRO 1 & 2 except for its color which is a beautiful creamy shade. Like the others, it’s very lightweight and travel-friendly with a magnetic closure. The soft, rubbery outside is a fingerprint magnet but this one doesn’t seem to show them as badly as the darker-colored previous versions.

Formula: 
The formula is gorgeous, as always…smooth, buttery and highly pigmented. These shadows blend like a dream and go on vibrantly, even without primer. The only shade I had a little trouble with in terms of patchiness was Truffle, which is a deep gray shimmer. The lighter matte shades like Blanc and Canvas didn’t show up well on my skin, but I’m not sure if it’s because they’re sheerer, or because they’re so close to my own skin color that there’s no contrast.
Also, they do kick up quite a bit of fallout, as Lorac’s super soft formula tends to do, but it doesn’t mean that they feel dry or chalky…quite the opposite! They actually go on very silky, just make sure you tap your brush well before applying to prevent them from falling down onto your cheeks.

Regardless, if you’re familiar with and like Lorac’s formula, you definitely won’t be disappointed in this one.

Color Selection: 
This is very much a Nude palette and is a gorgeous option for those of you who prefer an “everyday” look over bolder shades. I know that Nude palettes have already had their moment, but I’m still glad that Lorac finally made a PRO version because these are my favorite eyeshadows to work with and this palette is full of shades I will wear every day. There isn’t one in this entire palette that I won’t use and I’m rarely able to say that.
Like the other PRO palettes, this one has 8 matte and 8 shimmer shades in both cool and warm tones so you have a lot of versatility here!

Cons: There’s only one con with this palette, and it goes for all of the PRO palettes, not just this one. The pans are on the smaller side and the formula does kick up a bit when you dip your brush in, resulting in a very messy-looking interior. In the photo below, I only swatched the top row and you can see how the color smears all around each pan. I’ll be honest, it’s a pain in the neck to keep clean, especially since it’s such a light color. So if that’s your pet peeve, I just wanted to warn you ahead of time! 

Swatches: 
You can really see how pigmented this palette is here, especially since I didn’t use any primer!

Top Row- Mattes
Bottom Row: Shimmer

PRO 3 vs. Unzipped Gold: The overall shade range in the PRO 3 reminded me a bit of Unzipped Gold, so I wanted to photograph them side-by-side and swatch them to see if there were any dupes. I swatched the shades I thought looked very close in the pan but as you’ll see below in the swatches, there are no 100% dupes here. 

Unzipped Gold Comparison

PRO 3 vs. PRO 2 & PRO Matte: 
I didn’t find any similar shades in the PRO Matte palette, but there were a few in the PRO 2 palette that looked like they were close. Once again, no true dupes!

PRO Matte Palette, PRO 2 Palette, PRO 3 Palette

Overall, whether you’re a LORAC fan or a fan of everyday nude eyeshadows, I think you’ll love the PRO 3 palette! I’m a fan of both and I know I’ll use this palette all the time.

Grab yours on Sunday, June 12th at Ulta.com