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.
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:
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!
And now for a side-by-side shot so you can compare:
Still me, with slightly more even skin and a little sparkle around the eyes and lips. I can dig it 🙂 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 🙂
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.