You know one of those shadows that look rather boring in the pan, but somehow make you wonder why you didn't get it sooner? This is how i feel about this particular shade. Yes, you could say that I practically own a library of Inglot's neutral shadows. This one, though, isn't really like anything that I have in my collection. 337 Matte is a medium warm brown with rose undertones. I find it very versatile on my NC25 skin. It can be used as a lid shade with a darker brown in the crease (329 Matte, for example). Or it can be used as a subtle crease color. This particular shade does bring out the brown in my eyes, too. :) The quality of the shadow is great, as expected of Inglot. It pretty much lasts all day for me with a primer, it's pigmented, and blends well.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Barely Branded Color Tattoo
uraznbabygurl 3/26/2013 1:16:00 AM
Aah, another hyped product that didn't work for me. This is my first Color Tattoo purchase, and I don't think I'll be buying another again. Barely Branded is a neutral pale champagne color. I almost want to call it a frost because it does have that whitish sheen, at least when I apply it on my lids. I guess that's why it's just too pale as a lid color for my NC27ish skin. That isn't the reason for my low rating, though. I think this would be such a pretty go-to lid color for those with fairer skin as mine. I just think that the texture is weird. It feels creamy when I swirl my finger on the product. Application is a bummer because it never seems to apply evenly regardless of what method I use (fingers, brush, with primer, without primer, etc). Although this shade isn't skimping on the shimmer, it just makes my lids look dry. Oddly enough, it creases on me even though it's so dry. I've had better luck with powder shadows, so I'll be sticking with those.
Blush -Flirt - Peek-A-Blush Sheer Color in All Dolled Up
uraznbabygurl 3/15/2013 1:14:00 AM
Out of all the Flirt blushes I own, this one is the odd one out because it's the only one with cool undertones. I have very yellow skin, and I had never dared to wear cool-toned blushes. Upon swatching and looking at the pan, it looks like a light pink with slight lilac undertones. Somehow, my skin "warms" up the color into a light neutral pink that is so easy to wear. It's one of those colors that I like to wear whenever I don't feel like wearing something too bright or something nude. I think this will be brighter and very lovely on pale-skinned people, but it will be a more subdued blush if you have light-medium skin like I do.
This mascara is absolutely pointless. No length, no volume, no definition. It also stung my eyes upon application. I'm not sure what else to say about it. It's the worst mascara I've used.
As a girl who never was a fan of cream blushes, I must say I'm impressed. I never really liked the "wet" finishes that lots of cream blushes had. It's the last thing my oily skin needs. Flower's cream blush seems to have a more lightweight and more powdery finish. It's also really user-friendly; just use your fingers to warm up the product and then apply. Pigmentation is moderate, but very buildable. This is definitely a good thing if you tend to be a little heavy-handed with your blush. I think the packaging is the cutest out of all the Flower products. I actually like the smallness of it because I can take it with me for touchups. However, I did have a hard time opening it for the first time. So just a FYI for first-time users: the rose gold part with the logo is not part of the hinge. You actually open it from ABOVE that rose gold part. My only gripe is that these blushes don't last more than 4 hours on me. Maybe it's just because of my oily skin, or I didn't set it with anything else. I will do an update once I try setting it with powder. All 6 shades of this line are matte. Bright also seems to be the theme here (yay!), with the exception of Rose-On-Dendron. I picked up all the colors. They just looked so pretty! However, I will be returning a few because some don't do much for my skintone. Pure Petunia (CB1) - a bright, medium pink with blue undertones. It kinda looks scary/clownish in the pan. In my opinion, it looks like the brightest shade out of this line ... but it applies more subtly. Peach Blossom (CB2) - a bright, peach shade with warm pink undertones. Almost a coral, but I think it's a little too orange to be called a coral. This one's my favorite! Forget Me Not! (CB3) - a bright, pale pink with slight yellow undertones. Cute shade, but it's too light for my NC25ish skin. Rose-O-Den-Dron (CB4) - a subdued, tan color with neutral pink undertones. It's a great nude shade, and I can see it flattering many skintones regardless of undertone. It reminds me a LOT of MAC Blushbaby, but it isn't as pink. Primrose & Proper (CB5) - a bright, medium pink with slight peachy undertones. It's pretty much a warmer-toned version of Pure Petunia. Elegant Azalea (CB6) - a medium/dark reddish-rose shade.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Sin
uraznbabygurl 2/19/2013 11:31:00 AM
I don't use this anymore because the color is way too cool/icy-looking for my skintone. I will always appreciate it for it being the product that triggered my simplistic go-to look for everyday wear. Pretty much, it's one of those products that brightens your eyes without looking like you're wearing eyeshadow (when worn alone, of course). I just add some liner and mascara, and I'm good to go. The product itself does last all day and doesn't crease, even when worn alone. Honestly, I'm not sure how to use this product anymore, so I won't be repurchasing it.
Blush -FLOWER Beauty - Ready Set Glow! Blush/Bronzer duo - Beachy Keen
uraznbabygurl 2/17/2013 2:34:00 AM
I actually bought this duo for my mom, who is about NC20 leaning neutral. As mentioned in my review of another Flower blush/bronzer duo, the pigmentation of this duo is great. Texture is exceptional as well. It's soft without being so powdery. So of course, it's a great buy for less than $10. The point of me writing this review is mostly because I'm sure that many people would be reminded of the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo when they see this. I will say that Beachy Keen is *not* a dupe of the NARS duo. Beachy Keen contains a satin peachy-pink blusher. Thus, it doesn't have the extra golden sparkles that Orgasm does. The bronzer is a satin light golden brown. In all honesty, I think Beachy Keen would flatter lots of skintones due to the colors and lack of shimmer-bombness.
I agree with the reviewer below that this IS a bright color. Fortunately, it does flatter my light, golden complexion. I would describe it as a coral with slight pink undertones. I took off one lippie because I don't find anything special with the formula. It reminds me of the NYX Round Lipsticks, but it isn't as slippery. Pigmentation is moderate. Cute packaging to boot as well!
Concealers -FLOWER Beauty - Secret Service Cover Up Concealer
uraznbabygurl 2/16/2013 2:29:00 AM
I guess I'll start with the good ... in a nutshell. Creamy consistency, blends easily, cute packaging. Yep, that's pretty much it. The low rating is because it's marketed as a concealer for blemishes and imperfections. The coverage is not nearly as heavy as it should be for that. The biggest beef I have with this is the shade range. Shades SC1, SC2, and SC3 seem to be really pale (I would probably say NC15-20 in terms of depth). They just differ in undertone. SC1 is yellow, SC2 is pink, and SC3 is peachy. SC4 just looks too dark for me. I believe that a line of blemish-covering concealers would have a more extensive range of shades to suit more skins. If you're looking for something in the Flower brand to conceal pimples, acne, etc., I think using their Skincognito stick foundation would be your best bet.
Concealers -FLOWER Beauty - Lighten Up! Illuminating Concealer
uraznbabygurl 2/15/2013 2:46:00 AM
I've never really needed heavy-duty coverage for my under eyes. I mostly go without under-eye concealer on most days. However, I sometimes feel I need a perk-me-up to my overall routine. This concealer is great for that. There isn't much to say other than it is easily blendable and leaves a natural finish. I will say that I don't think the coverage is sufficient enough to cover blemishes, although the packaging insists otherwise. I'm usually fond of Flower's packaging. This concealer's packaging, unfortunately, does look cheap. The click-brush mechanism works just fine, but I prefer to use my fingers to blend out the concealer. Again, the swatches on the display and website aren't very accurate. I wear LP4 in the About Face foundation, and BP2 in this concealer is about half a shade lighter than the foundation. Despite the website, it has a yellow undertone. BP1 seems to be yellow-toned as well.
Loose Powders -FLOWER Beauty - Powder Up! Loose Powder
uraznbabygurl 2/12/2013 5:01:00 PM
Just a quick PSA: When I purchased this (sometime last week, so early February), the Light (L01) shade was *darker* than the Medium (L02) shade. I had read somewhere that someone else experienced this. I'm hoping that this mislabeling doesn't occur for the next batches. The packaging is very pretty, but also kind of a PITA. It irked me how hard it was to close. There's this notch on the lid that you have to match up with the groove on the actual container. I fumbled with this for about 5 minutes when I first used it. I suppose this mechanism also helps the lid stay on once you close it, though. I purchased this in L02 for my NC25ish skin. Like the pressed powder, this loose powder is finely milled. I liked the matte finish I achieved when I initially set this over my liquid foundation. Unfortunately, this powder doesn't do so well with oil control. I began to see some oiliness after around the 3 hour mark. I think the pressed powder does a much better job at oil control, even though it isn't marketed as a mattifying powder. In a nutshell, thumbs up for texture but not for performance.
Powder -FLOWER Beauty - Powder Trip Pressed Powder Foundation
uraznbabygurl 2/11/2013 6:03:00 PM
I took off 1 lippie because it really isn't a powder foundation. I achieved sheer-light coverage even when I applied this with a flat top powder brush. If you can accept that this is really a setting powder, then I think you may like this product. I'm really impressed with the texture. It is very soft and finely milled, which is something that I hardly experience with drugstore powders. I have oily skin and bought both this powder and the loose powder within the brand. I find that this kept my face fresh-looking for longer than the loose powder. Needless to say, I'm keeping this one and returning the loose powder. As with the rest of the Flower line, the packaging is very pretty. The brush is also functional. I use it to lightly dust the powder after applying the liquid foundation. I know that there were some complaints that this doesn't have a mirror. However, there is a reflective surface right under the brush compartment. It does give a golden tinge compared to what you see in a normal mirror, but it works just fine to see where you're applying the powder. For reference, I'm about NC25/27, NARS Fiji, Flower About Face in LP4. I bought PP3, and it seems to blend in with my skintone just fine. I'm thinking that I could probably get away with PP4 as well, since the product is so sheer.
Foundations -FLOWER Beauty - Skincognito Stick Foundation
uraznbabygurl 2/8/2013 12:06:00 PM
I originally bought this to use as a blemish concealer. I guess this was really formulated for those with dry and/or mature skin. It is VERY creamy and never seemed to "set" on my oily skin. However, it was a breeze to blend due to its texture. Coverage is medium-full. It isn't a terrible product, but it isn't right for me. I would say my skin is around NC25 (NARS Fiji/Flower About Face LF4), and SF2 seems to match more closely. SF3 is on the pink side, and SF4 is more on the golden-olive side (for LF6 in the About Face foundation). UPDATE: I'm trying this again because the Secret Service concealer was a fail. I'll let you guys know if/when I get the hang of this product.
I'm very impressed with this blush/bronzer duo, especially at its price point. I noticed that NYX and ELF have blush/bronzer duos all in similar shade combos. I own one of the ELF combos and played with a couple of the NYX ones. I think the Flower one blows them both out of the water in terms of pigmentation and texture, although the NYX ones are good themselves. So, I'd say to save the few extra $$ for the Flower ones! When I decided to get one of these duos, I figured I should get something other than that typical peachy-pink/golden bronze duo. The other two combos were way too cool-toned for my skin, so I got Sunkissed & Single. This duo contains a tawny rose blush and a medium golden brown bronzer. It's a nice change to the bright, shimmery blushes that I gravitate towards. I like to call this my "grown-up" blush/bronzer duo. Both have a tiny bit of shimmer to them, but they show up mostly matte on my skin. I am not kidding when I say these blushes are VERY pigmented. A slight tap of the brush is enough for one cheek. I found both shades to be easily blendable despite its heavy pigmentation. As with most of the Flower products I've tried, this duo is exceptional in quality. In my opinion, it is a standout product from the line. I definitely recommend it!
Since this product doesn't have SPF or claims of skincare benefits, I think it's misleading to call this a BB cream. The good news is that the texture and coverage is definitely like your traditional BB cream. So no, it is not just a fancied-uptinted moisturizer (shout out to Maybelline and L'Oreal!). For technical accuracy, I would call this a medium coverage foundation. The texture is quite thick, but it doesn't feel or look that way on your skin. It yields a slightly dewy finish that I think is really beautiful. Overall, it's a nice product. I won't be buying it again because I prefer the About Face foundation in the same line, which is a little bit lighter in coverage and lasts longer on my oily skin than this. For reference, I'm about NC25/NARS Fiji and the shade BB2 is a good match.