Two new Anastasia Glow Kits just arrived this morning at the Anastasia Beverly Hills website and I have some stunning swatches for you! I shared them on Instagram last night before the palettes became available and when I checked this morning, they were live! Anastasia made a point of not telling anyone when they would be released to prevent their site from getting overloaded with traffic…that way, you won’t have to fight the crowds to get one. Let’s take a closer look!
Moonchild Glow Kit ($40)-
Magically-Metallic highlighters that offer a celestial skin finish. Layer shades together or sweep them separately on face, eyes and body for a kaleidoscopic, shimmering effect. For a brightly amplified glow, apply with a damp makeup brush or sponge.
Blue Ice – Diamond white with an icy blue reflect Star – A moonstone fusion of mint, platinum and silver reflect Purple Horseshoe – A glittering lavender with an arctic blue reflect Pink Heart – Pearl white with a pink opal reflect Lucky Clover – A shamrock-infused gold with canary yellow diamond reflect Blue Moon – Frozen blue with a silver reflect
Here are the swatches on three different skin tones…aren’t they just gorgeous??
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!
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!