If you’ve been around here long enough you’ll know that I’m a really big fan of Flower Beauty. (If you’re new, now you know!) I think they do so many things right, and they really bring a kind of high-end vibe to the drugstore when it comes to formulations, colors and textures. While I would say it’s an overall affordable brand – especially when you compare it to a Glossier, Kosas, or Stila, for example- it’s not thee most affordable at the drugstore if you catch my drift. Think of it at a similar price point to say Physician’s Formula; it’s just slightly elevated. Flower has also become a lot more accessible these days since entering CVS last year, which gives them huge score points in my book.
Since I’ve tried my fair share from this brand over the years, I thought it was about time to give you my Flower Beauty edit. These five products are what I would consider the best of the best and what I think are worth checking out. If I haven’t mentioned something specific, just know it’s because I either haven’t tried it (yet), or I personally don’t think it’s good enough to recommend.
Let’s get started!
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GET REAL SERUM FOUNDATION
I did a full, deep-dive review on the Get Real Serum Foundation back in December of last year, and I have to say, I’ve really come to adore this product over time. It’s become my go-to quick and easy base that’s the closest I’ve found (at the drugstore) to my beloved ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint (minus the SPF). If you like light coverage bases that give the skin a lot of hydration and glow, then this is for you. It’s slightly buildable in terms of coverage, but you’re not going to achieve any more than a light-to-medium coverage I’d say.
It’s quite liquid in texture – again similar to the ILIA – and I prefer to use one pump for all over my face, blending and pushing it into the skin with a dense synthetic brush. Easy peasy. The finish is naturally radiant, so it’s especially good for normal to dry skins that need a boost. It’s an absolutely lovely everyday foundation for just $15.00, and it comes in 16 shades.
WARRIOR PRINCESS MASCARA
This is one of my newer Flower purchases to make its debut appearance on the blog. Flower offers two mascaras in its line-up, the Warrior Princess and Lash Warrior (which I reviewed years ago here), and I by far prefer the Warrior Princess out of the two. As you can see from the photos below, Warrior Princess has one of those hourglass-shaped, naturally-bristled brushes that I love so much (think: Too Faced Better Than Sex or L’Oreal Lash Paradise). It builds very well on itself and offers impressive separation, volume and thickness. I wouldn’t say it’s as completely va-va-voom as Lash Paradise, but it’s still a darn good mascara for just $10.00.
Like Lash Paradise, I think it really benefits from two full coats. The first coat helps prime and separate the lashes, but that second coat really brings the drama with enhanced thickness. I get a very fluffy, almost feathery lash look with this formula that I really like.
BLUSH BOMB COLOR DROPS
In case you’re confused, you won’t find the Blush Bomb Color Drops pictured in this blog post simply because I decluttered mine a few months back (it was getting old). But that doesn’t take away from the fact that I think it’s an awesome cream blush formula. I wrote a whole post about it back in 2019, comparing it head-to-head to the Glossier Cloud Paint, and the formulas perform identically on the skin. So if you’ve always wanted to try the Cloud Paint but want to spend less money, get your hands on one of these from Flower for $10.00.
The Blush Bomb has a true gel-cream texture that’s super easy to apply and blend across the cheeks; I always used my fingers personally. It really packs a punch in terms of pigmentation, so I’d recommend starting slow and building up the color. The finish is quite radiant so you need to like dewy blushes that don’t 100% set if you’re going to appreciate these. But that being said, the Blush Bomb used to wear on me quite well throughout the day without significant fading. (Do keep in mind I have dry skin.)
DAY GLOW HIGHLIGHTING GLAZE
I included the Day Glow Highlighting Glaze in my edit on glossy highlighters at the start of 2021. This is such a “me” type of highlighter, in which I mean it’s way less shimmery/metallic/glittery and much more sheeny/pearly/glossy. Perhaps you like those qualities too, and in that case it’s a “you” type product as well! Subtle, barely-there highlighters are having a real moment now, and if you want to try the trend on a budget I’d suggest picking this one up for just $10.00 from your local CVS.
You get a big ‘ole pan of glossy goodness, and I like to pick up the product on my (clean) finger and just gently tap it along my cheekbones, bridge of nose, and center of my forehead for some lovely glow. There’s a teeny bit of golden shimmer suspended in the gel, but nothing too offensive or obvious. It’s not the longest lasting highlighter I have in my collection, but I’d say you can get a good 6 to 7 hours of solid wear before the effect fades away.
MIX N’ MATTE LIP DUO IN HONEY NUDE
It wouldn’t be a Flower Beauty edit from me without spotlighting my beloved Mix N’ Matte Lip Duo in the shade Honey Nude! I’ve been shouting the praises of this little lipstick since the very start of my blog…and writing about it and mentioning it incessantly, etc, etc. If you want the iconic Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick on an insane budget, then you NEED to pick up this shade. I wrote all about it here. Bear in mind though that they are not texture dupes; Pillow Talk has a slightly whipped, even powdery matte finish, while Honey Nude has a creamier, demi-matte finish. But the shades are very, very close and no one would know any differently if you didn’t tell them!
As the name would suggest, this is actually a duo of products with the lipstick on one end and a pearlized gloss on the other. Personally I barely, if ever, use the gloss, but you do get two finishes for just $8.00. How cool is that?! (Flower recently marked this down from $10.00, by the way. Run, don’t walk! Also, I pray they’re not discontinuing it!!)
This is one of my all-time favorite lipsticks that’s full pigment from first swipe, extremely comfortable to wear, and easy on the wallet.
What are your favorite holy-grail products from Flower Beauty? I’d love to know!
xo, and be well, Erica
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