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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Flower Beauty Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You A Lot, Vine of the Times, and Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow
Flower Beauty is Drew Barrymore's new makeup line available exclusively at Walmart. Made with affordability in mind, nothing in the range exceeds the $15 mark, which puts it on par with most other higher end drugstore lines. When looking at the extensive collection, I tried to pick products that looked unique to the drugstore realm and the créme eyshadows were some of the first in my basket. With a recent explosion in brands coming up with their own cream shadow formulations, and Maybelline in particular knocking it out of the park with their Color Tattoos, I thought it would be good to compare these for good measure. Here we go!

First thing I want to note, especially of the colors I chose, is how unique the shade range is. There are the basic champagnes, coppers, and browns, but there were also fun purples, greens, and pinks to be had! Lilac You A Lot is (obviously) a lilac, but also has a fun iridescence and a slight blue shift. Vine of the Times is a pastel lime green, again with a slight iridescence. And Orchid-ing Around is a deep, ashy plum, with steely grey shimmer. Overall, the texture of these is closer to a mousse than a cream, but both Orchid-ing Around and Lilac You A Lot are thicker than Vine of the Times. 

Given the consistency, I was convinced these would crease within an hour or two, but I was shocked to find they didn't! Additionally, they play well with powder products once they are dry and even though the pigment didn't go full force for longer than 8 hours, they were still relatively in-tact at the end of the day (sans primer). I don't have oily lids, so I would recommend applying your primer of choice if you do.

One downside to these is how buildable they are. They have good pigmentation for the most part, but the texture limits how much you can layer them without ending up with a cakey looking eye. This wouldn't be an issue if it weren't for the other drugstore products, like Color Tattoos, than can be worn sheer or built for opacity. Then again, shades similar to these aren't available in that line. 

Ultimately, these are great and unique créme shadows to the drugstore market. At $7.98, these cost the same as, if not a little more than, Maybelline Color Tattoos. The texture is drastically different, the staying power is slightly shorter, and they are slightly les buildable, but if you like the color variety Flower Beauty offers, I would say go for it!

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You A Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You a Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You A Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You a Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You a Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Before

Before

After

*Excuse the yellow hue. The "after" shot was taken after dark and with harsh artificial lighting.

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