When you think of Drew Barrymore, the first thing that comes to mind is a list of iconic ‘90s and ‘00s films including 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed and of course Charlie’s Angels – not make-up. Well, turns out Drew has her own beauty range called Flower Beauty, which until recently has only been available in the US, but now it’s available in Superdrug, too! Flower Beauty has taken its rightful place on the UK drugstore shelves, joining the likes of hero budget beauty brands such as e.l.f and Revolution.
There are 10 products in the UK range – with more hopefully making their way across the pond soon – including a foundation, concealer, primers and lip products; the range is cruelty free and seriously affordable with every product costing under £15! So when I heard about Flower Beauty hitting the UK, naturally, I leapt at the chance to test out some of the hero products from the range. Here are my thoughts…
Light Illusion Foundation, £12.99
I’ve tried a lot of foundations in my time, but I can safely say that this foundation is the best budget one I’ve ever tried. It’s super lightweight and looks really natural on the skin but still provides the perfect amount of coverage without being heavy or cakey, and it blended in so easily with both a Beauty Blender and a brush. My skin looked glowy but not shiny – a couple of my colleagues even complimented how good my skin looked whilst wearing it. Despite putting it through its paces – testing it out on a night out, rush hour on the tube as well as my usual working day, it held up really well and lasted all day. For under £13 I was seriously impressed and would 100% buy this again; it’s well and truly claimed its place in my make-up bag.
Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer, £8.99
Having tried (and loved) the foundation, I had high hopes for the concealer, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It made the perfect companion to the foundation and blended seamlessly on top of it; despite being a full coverage concealer it didn’t look or feel cakey on the skin and didn’t crease throughout the day. It had the perfect amount of dewiness and covered everything from dark circles to pesky spots, plus it had amazing lasting power.
Miracle Matte Liquid Lip Colour, £7.99
Liquid lip colours have become the lip product of the moment and I’ve built up quite a collection of them so my standards are pretty high, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I tested out the shade Rosewood which was super flattering and reminded me of a slightly darker Velvet Teddy by MAC. It was really easy to apply as the applicator was small enough to line the lips precisely, and because it was so pigmented I didn’t need much product to coat my lips evenly. Once applied it lasted really well and didn’t go crusty or dry out my lips – I only had to reapply once throughout the day and that was after eating lunch. I’m heading straight to Superdrug to stock up on more colours!
Mix n’ Matte Lip Duo, £7.99
I’m not really a lipgloss person but I really loved that you get a matte lipstick and a gloss in this product, so you can choose between matte, glossy or lipstick and gloss. The shade Honey Nude was the perfect matte nude and was super easy to apply with plenty of pigment, the lipgloss end was quite shimmery, so not really my thing, but it was also really easy to apply and not too sticky. I also tested out the shade Red Velvet which I was also pretty impressed with, however, I would recommend using a lip liner with this shade as it did bleed quite a bit and it left my lips quite stained once I’d taken it off. Both shades lasted really well and I only had to touch up once during the day, but I found the matte lipstick end quite drying so if you’re going to wear this use a bit of lip balm underneath.
In Your Prime Pore-Minimizing Primer, £9.99
First off, let me caveat this by saying that I’m a bit of a primer sceptic and not totally sold on them; having said that I was pretty impressed by this primer. At first, I was a bit alarmed at the vivid green colour of the primer but quickly realised that it was to neutralise redness (which it did) and it blended nicely into my skin. My favourite thing about this primer is that it doesn’t feel silicone-y like practically every other primer I’ve tried. I have to say I didn’t notice that this made my make-up last any longer, but it did create a nice smooth canvas for my foundation. Although I did like it, I’m not sure I’d buy it again but that’s mainly due to my personal disinterest in primers. If you’re a primer girl, i’d definitely recommend giving this one a go.
Images: Flower Beauty