Adventures of a Makeup Newbie: Flower Cosmetics

If you’ve been reading this blog or following me on Instagram or Facebook for any amount of time, you have probably noticed that I almost never wear makeup. I can count the number of times I’ve worn a full face of makeup on one hand. Seriously. And on the rare occasions when I’ve dabbled on my own, it’s been a little eye makeup and some lipstick or gloss. That’s it.

So when Walmart offered me the opportunity to try Drew Barrymore’s new Flower Beauty cosmetics line, I was both excited and intimidated. Because truth be told, makeup intimidates me. I have never really known how to apply it well, and as a result, I never really tried.

This is the second time in as many weeks that I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone, and I’m glad I did. Because it’s really not that hard.

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I received a great selection of products to try, including liquid and powder foundation, tinted moisturizer, creme blush and creme eyeshadow, mascara, two kinds of eyeliner, lip gloss and lip butter. In other words, more than enough to get me going. The Flower tagline is “Love the Way You Look.” My immediate, snarky response to that was, “Well, I already love the way I look.” What? Call me a cynic, but I’m a firm believer that no woman NEEDS makeup to be beautiful, so it rubbed me the wrong way.

Still, I was determined to press on. First, the obligatory “before” photo:

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The liquid foundation I received felt a little too light for me, and I didn’t want to look like I was wearing a mask, so I decided instead to try a combination of tinted moisturizer and powder foundation. The tinted moisturizer felt great going on and disappeared into my skin almost immediately with only a little coverage. I was actually happy about that, because I don’t really care for the pancaked look of thick foundation. Next, I lightly applied powder foundation all over my face. This is when I began to see a difference in the evening of my skin tone. Nothing drastic, but enough to even out the darkness under my eyes a bit and reduce the stark differences around my hairline and cheekbones. These are definitely not for someone who is used to a foundation with a lot of coverage, but it worked for me, since I just wanted light coverage.

Next, I moved on to my eyes. I began with the creme eyeshadow in Awesome Blossom, and it was a dream to apply. Honestly. I used my EcoTools tapered brush, and it felt like putting velvet on my eyes. In my limited experience, it was easier than applying powder shadow. I followed with a little eyeliner and some mascara. The finished look on my eyes was subtle with a hint of glam.

Sidenote: Why have I not used mascara before now? It made my non-existent lashes actually show up for a change! Score!

Next, I applied the creme blush. This was slightly awkward for me because I wasn’t sure what brush to use for the application. I used a standard fluffy rouge brush and applied it lightly. In fact, I may have gone too light, because I could barely see it. I didn’t mind so much, though, because I wanted it to be super subtle.

Finally, I rounded out my look with Wispy Wisteria lip butter. The butter is not as pigmented as lipstick, but has more color than a gloss. It’s somewhere in the middle, and really moisturizing. I have to say I really liked it.

Are you ready for my after shot? Here you go!

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And now for a side-by-side shot so you can compare:

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Still me, with slightly more even skin and a little sparkle around the eyes and lips. I can dig it ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I really need to get my eyebrows threaded. Like yesterday. So forgive them for looking scraggly.

Overall, I really liked these products. I don’t have much makeup experience to compare it to, but as a newbie, they were easy to apply and not super intimidating once I figured out which to use in which order. On the sustainability side, all the products are made in the U.S. and none of thm contain parabens, though I still need to do some research on the ingredients they DO contain. I admit I’m still a little ignorant when it comes to makeup ingredients, but I’ll report back on what I find out.

Priced at $4.98-13.98, they’re affordable enough to try on my own. I do want to try some of the more pigmented lipsticks and the creme shadow in a couple of other colors, so I guess I’m sold.

I still can’t imagine wearing a full face of makeup every day, but this is progress ๐Ÿ™‚

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

7 comments

  1. You did a great job, I think you looked wonderful either way :)!

    You’re right women don’t need makeup … those slogans that state makeup will make make you more ‘beautiful’ irk me too. I used to be against makeup until I saw it in a creative way … as a way to celebrate ones “physical beauty” instead of covering up ones flaws. Now that I’ve recently crossed over the border (I like/love makeup now) I realise that depending on your mindset you really can just have fun with it (its not that serious)…

    The Flower line looks nice and yes you’re right even though it doesn’t have parabens it could have a myriad of other chemicals :/

    Oh and I like your brows – I’m all for the fuller look (which I have myself) yeah for makeup newbies – I always love reading their makeup posts! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Mango! I really hate the messaging that makeup is a necessity. I used to really dislike it, but now I see it as a fun way to accessorize and, as you said, enhance the beauty I already possess. So yeah, it’s fun to play with it sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You look amazing with and without makeup lady! That skin of yours is fantastic. And kudos to you for applying your makeup like a pro – I am impressed! The eye makeup really makes your lovely eyes stand out.
    (following you now on bloglovin)
    xx
    Merch Maven

    1. Thank you Candida! I was pretty proud of myself when I was done, too. Now I just have to get the shadow in other colors that stand out more against my skin. Thanks for the follow!

  3. Oh my gosh I love this line! Lucky you getting to try it all! You look beautiful before and after! You’re lucky to have such beautiful skin girl.
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

  4. You look great. I’m like you-I don’t like heavy makeup. I usually don’t do anything in the way of foundation…but I must use a little eyeliner and a little light lip color. Makeup is so expensive! I don’t drive, so I rarely can get to Walmart (hard to believe) or places like Target, but I do shop online, so I’ll see what I can find. I like the final very “natural” look. And my brows need to be done too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Great read & thank you so much for sharing this!
    I found you when searching for Flower Beauty reviews/swatches that were of greater depth than Md/Beige.
    You did awesome for a makeup newb-lovely in both photos! =D
    I suppose as a prof, I sit on the opposite side of the topic regarding cosmetics in equation to beauty (not that anyone asked mind you-lol).
    Though agreed, there is no “need” for it & some marketing can leave much to be desired; I’ve found from my side of the fence, sometimes one has no idea how enhancing the facade (not just makeup, but hair, wardrobe etc.) can affect the internal when the initial sense of self is at an impasse. At times, it gives the push to see oneself a little differently, perhaps objectively- a refinement to great goods that are already present.
    I’ve noticed in over my close to 20 years of work, many find it hard to look at themselves in such light (myself included in that statement-until recent late…).
    Much like using pledge on a fine cherry wood table; when sunlight from the window hits it just right, you notice a lustre in that wood that a swiffer cloth alone couldn’t bring forward. =)
    As your other commenters have noted, it is an art & a way to also express-have fun (like nail polish-it’s removeable).
    Speaking for myself, less is best. It’s all about the wearer & not about the makeup at all. Just like doning a fantastic outfit or hairstyle…don’t let it wear you; you make those things come to life. It’s all an expressed extension of a slice of your personality. The you that’s decidedly shared with the world on any particular day.

    Ok, I didn’t expect to say any of that really. So thanks for humoring if you’ve read this far, lol!
    I wanted to ask, since I couldn’t find the info, the color #’s for the Foundation, Tinted Moisturizer & Powder.
    Many Thanks & I’m Following!
    Much Respect & Happiness…

    FaceFab LLC =)

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