Flower Beauty is a brand that I had wanted to try for a very long time but nothing stood out to me enough to actually make a purchase, until recently. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a cruelty free drugstore brand that are around the Milani and Physicians Formula price point. They’re not what I consider affordable, like e.l.f. Cosmetics or essence, but they’re not ridiculously priced either. I decided to pick up their Light Illusion Foundation, Light Illusion Concealer, one of their Flower Pots Blushes and one of their Petal Pout Lipsticks. I have a lot of very mixed opinions so let’s get into the reviews.
The Light Illusion Foundation is $14.00 for 1 fluid ounce of product. It’s available in fifteen shades and mine is in the lightest shade, Shell. Shell is a perfect shade match for me and has a slightly yellow undertone but it could work on those with neutral undertones as well. I hated this foundation so much which was very disappointing because I know a lot of people love it. I’ll get into all the pros and cons then show you how it looked on me. For reference, my skin type is combination that tends to be more oily with occasional acne, large pores and scarring.
- This foundation has an SPF of 18.
- The coverage is high medium to low full, depending on your skin.
- This foundation does not have a noticeable scent.
- The packaging is sturdy glass with a pump.
- This foundation has a dewy finish but on me it just looked incredibly oily. I did completely powder my face, as I do with all foundations, but within a few hours I was a greasy mess. This is not a combo/oily skin friendly foundation.
- The coverage was pretty good but redness and darkness were still very noticeable. I had to color correct and then conceal.
- This foundation CLINGS like crazy to texture and acne. It clung to texture that I didn’t even know I had, like around my cheeks.
- Not only does it cling to texture, it sinks into under eye bags and fine lines. No amount of powder helped this.
- It looked cakey around my nostrils no matter how much I blended it.
- The wear time on me was maybe three hours and then it started to completely break apart.
- This foundation has a terrible shade range; especially for those lighter than me with pink undertones and for people of color.
The top two pictures are with no foundation and the bottom two pictures are with one layer of foundation. You can see that the coverage is pretty good but I do still have some issues peaking through.
For these pictures, I recommend clicking on each individual one. In the picture on the left you can see how broken apart it is and how it’s sunken into my fine lines. In the picture on the right you can see how atrociously it held up under my glasses, under my eyes, on my nose and above my lips.
After the foundation is applied it looks pretty good, as you can see in the above pictures, but it just does not hold up. As I mentioned earlier, I know other people love this stuff so maybe it would work for you but it definitely didn’t for me. I will stick to my Hard Candy Glamoflauge Foundation that looks perfect on me all day long.
I don’t have anywhere near as much to say about the Light Illusion Concealer so I’ll keep it short and sweet. It is $10.00 for 0.20 ounces. It’s available in six shades and mine is in the lightest shade, Fair. The shade Fair has a neutral undertone. This concealer has a medium coverage with a moisturizing and dewy finish. It has a doe foot applicator which makes application neat and simple. I honestly like this concealer but it’s WAY too dark for me. When I wear it, I have to basically cover my entire face in it so that it all matches. The coverage also isn’t quite enough for me. I highly doubt I’ll ever repurchase this because the e.l.f. 16hr Camo Concealer and the Milani Conceal+Perfect Longwear Concealer are much better deals price wise, have better coverage and better shade ranges.
The Flower Pots Blushes are $10.00 and available in four different shades. I bought the shade Wild Rose. Wild Rose is a beautiful pink shade that isn’t too warm or too cool toned. I love this blush so much and have nothing negative to say about it, except for maybe that higher price tag. It’s blendable and buildable. It can be very vibrant, like it is in the swatch, or just look like a natural flush, like in the picture above. I really recommend this, especially if you can get it on sale.
The Petal Pout Lipsticks are $8.00 and available in a matte or creamy finish. They have a wide variety of shades from neutrals to berries to pinks. I chose the shade Rosey Garden. Rosey Garden has a matte finish and is a mid-toned reddish pink. It pulls VERY pink on me which I do not like at all. I actually have not worn it at full opacity because it’s just too pink for me but I do love it blotted; that’s how I’m wearing it in the picture above. This is a fantastic lipstick formula. It’s comfortable but very long lasting for a bullet lipstick, however, it will transfer when eating or drinking. This shade in particular leaves a gorgeous stain on the lips. If you see a shade you like, I do recommend the matte formula but I have not tried the creamy formula so I can’t speak on it.
That is everything for my first Flower Beauty haul! As far as I can tell, I need to stay away from their face products and stick to the blushes and lipsticks. I’d love to know what you’ve tried from them and what you thought about it! Thanks for reading and have a great day!