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Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush: First Impressions



 Flower Beauty is nothing new, and I'm sure most of you have heard of it. But since it's (so far) only been available in Walmart and online, I don't know if it's as well-known as it potentially could be. Flower Beauty comes from the creative mind of Drew Barrymore. I don't know about you, but I think she's the perfect person to have a makeup line - She always looks gorgeous -without looking overly made up. It seems that her general vibe makeup wise is fairly natural, so that's a positive in my book because generally speaking, I go for the more natural makeup look (don't get me wrong, sometimes I'm down for something a bit more intense...).





Since I don't typically frequent Walmart for makeup (the makeup section is always a mess and typically, you'd be hard pressed to find anything that hasn't been open and damaged in some way), I hadn't tried anything from her line yet, but I've definitely been interested in doing so. I recently got an email from Ulta that the line, or at least, parts of it, were coming to the store, and since I am a platinum member, I was able to pick up their blush before it actually launched online. There were four colors to choose from and I went with what looked like a more neutral brown pink color online - sweet pea (PB1). I will say that when it arrived it looked a lot more pink than I had expected, but that could be my computer or their photos and it's just what happens sometimes when ordering online.

These blushes run $10 and will be available soon on Ulta. They're made in the USA and Cruelty Free, and claim to have a satin finish. The packaging states that they're easy to blend and buildable as well.


Way too much packaging!!


My first impression was honestly that there was way too much packaging for a blush. I mean, the product comes in a compact so there is really no need for the additional cardboard and plastic. I'm guessing this is meant to keep people from swatching products in stores (I wish all brands had testers because this would be not only incredibly helpful, but cut down on people opening new items and doing it themselves), but it just comes off as wasteful to mean and in terms of presentation, I actually feel it cheapens it. The compact itself isn't the fanciest, but it's clean and simple which I like. The flower design is also rather pretty. :)


 







When I first swatched the blush, it felt rather powdery and did not transfer to my hand very well. The photos don't really do this blush justice because it applies on the face with my brush, far better than it did with my finger for a swatch. It's a pretty subtle color, which some people might not like, but I do. I can't stand a blush that is so pigmented that it just invites mistakes - I think there's actually a fine balance when it comes to blush (and bronzer) in that the product should have color payoff without being too harsh. It needs to be blendable and allow for mistakes if that makes sense. There's nothing worse than going to add a little color to your face and ending up looking like a clown because the product wont blend out!!

Besides the packaging and the initial swatching of this blush, I actually think this is a really nice product. My first impressions are fairly positive, though I'd certainly have to play with this more in order to say whether its a new favorite or not. I like the color, but it is a bit more on the pink side than I had imagined, and as far as I can tell, the range of shades is rather small. I also have to mention that I have sensitive skin and sometimes powder products can end up irritating my skin, causing it to feel itchy and this blush seems to cause that sort of reaction the longer I wear it. It's not as noticeable as other products are/have been, but it's there. I wouldn't let that deter you though, as I have fairy cranky, sensitive skin and everyone is different. I give this blush points though for being not only cruelty-free, but also affordable - those are easily my two favorite features of this product.

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