Hey guys, hope you all are doing well! In Seattle today, it is absolutely gorgeous! It’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s a light cool breeze, and not a cloud in the sky. Some of the trees are already turning colors and I am in love! However, that’s not what I came to talk about today. Today is my review on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation. I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now and I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation. So if you are curious as to what I think about it, then let’s get into it!
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FLOWER Beauty, if you don’t know, is actually Drew Barrymore’s brand. It started off in Walmart and is also now carried in Ulta. The foundation comes in a glass bottle with white and rose gold packaging, has a pump, and comes with 1.01 fl oz of product. On Ulta’s website, it retails for $13.99 US and they offer 12 shades. Referencing Ulta’s website, the foundation is supposed to have buildable coverage, a soft luminous finish, and feel weightless on the skin.
With the basics out of the way, let’s get onto the actual review, shall we? For the application, I prefer using a sponge. I’m not a fan of brushes, but I did try both with this product. With a sponge, you definitely get less coverage, but for me, it is not significantly less. The brush side looks really nice as well but a bit streaky so I just smoothed it over with a sponge. Upon first use, I did not use any primer, I just washed and moisturized my face as normal. Everything applied evenly and smoothly. Right away I noticed how dewy it was. My skin looked so glowy but not greasy. I have normal to combination oily skin. I get really oily on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. I put on a small amount of concealer, just under my eyes then set my entire face with a translucent powder. I finished the rest of my makeup and went throughout my day. Within about 3 hours, my oils started really showing through and it was downhill from there. I didn’t look glowy, I looked greasy. I kept this foundation on for about 11 hours that initial day and by the end of it, I looked like I sank my face in a tub of oil. HOWEVER, this foundation did not break down anywhere. Not my nose, not in between my eyebrows, not my chin, nowhere. It stayed fully intact. I was THOROUGHLY impressed.
Fast forward to roughly 2 months later. I have tried this foundation several ways, with different primers and have tried mixing it with other foundations and here is what I learned. For one, I do really love and enjoy this foundation but I cannot wear it on its own (but I will try on its own during the winter time to see if I have the same results as in summer). I like it best with a pore-filling, mattifying primer in my oily spots and mixing it with an extremely matte foundation. My favorite foundation (holy grail status) is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate. When mixing the Light Illusion foundation with the Fiona Stiles, it did take a little longer for my skin to appear greasy. However, mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation, my skin had more of a demi-matte finish initially and had a bit better control on keeping my oils at bay. Also, quick side note, I fucked up and grabbed the wrong shade of both the FLOWER Beauty foundation (L2 which is too dark) and Kat Von D (L42 way too light). Mixing them together not only gives me an ideal finish but an ideal shade!
So, for this review, I am going to showcase it in my ideal method which is mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation and a little bit of the Milani Pore-Filling + Mattifying Primer. I did a little over a 10-hour wear test, with no touch-ups, blotting, or powdering throughout the day. The only thing I changed was my lip color. Also, these photos are unfiltered, and the only “editing” I did was cropping, adding the borders, and text. I did not touch up the photos in any way.
I applied my foundation at about 8:15 in the morning with a beauty sponge. Overall, it looked really smooth, didn’t look heavy or cakey anywhere, but I did notice it looked a little weird on the top of my nose. I did set my face with a light translucent powder all over to help set the foundation because it was still a bit tacky and because I do get oily. As you can see from the pictures above, I feel my skin has a demi-matte finish and looks really smooth, and did not feel heavy on the skin. Quick side note, don’t mind the crazy hair. It’s been dyed black and I had a side head shave and am now growing it out to my original color… so I’m going to be having crazy hair pictures for a while. Plus, I don’t mess with my hair anyway. It always goes up in a ponytail. Anyway, all of my products, concealer, powders, etc. blended out and melded onto my skin without any issue. I also want to note, I always set my face just to meld all the powders together, but for this one, I just used a basic setting spray, that didn’t affect wear time or finish.
My first check-in was about 4 and a half hours later around 12:45pm. I did notice a slight oxidation throughout the day, I’d say about half a shade darker but not super noticeable. At this time, it did start looking oily on my T-Zone area and was getting slightly cakey looking around my mouth, but nothing excessive and it was wearing off the tip of my nose only because I kept messing with my nose. Looking really up close, the foundation combination was not breaking apart due to natural wear. It still, in my opinion, looks really good, I actually like the level of dewiness up to this point. It also still felt very lightweight on the skin.
My final check-in was about 6:30pm, which was a little over 10 hours of wear. I started getting a migraine and wanted to wash everything off and go to bed. Looking up close at the foundation, it was still a bit cakey looking around my mouth area, but it looked about the same as the first check-in, so it did not seem like it got worse throughout the day. My oils were definitely poking through at this point and I did look pretty greasy. It also wore off a little around my mouth because I ate a very messy sandwich, which who can really blame any foundation for wearing off then, right? However, just like in the first check-in and every time I have worn this foundation, it did not break apart ANYWHERE on me. My nose was still intact, cheeks, forehead, it didn’t get weird or patchy anywhere. I could not believe how well this foundation held up.
I also wanted to show you guys how it looked powdered. Besides the mouth area, putting just a little bit of powder in my really oily area toned down the oils significantly and least, in my opinion, looks almost as good as when I first applied it. What do you think?
Overall, I really love this foundation. I’m excited to try this foundation by itself in the winter time and see if my oils don’t pull through as quickly as during the summer. I was absolutely blown away by the fact that my oils did not break apart the foundation when wearing it alone or mixing with other foundations, because most of my other foundations do. I would say this foundation has about a medium coverage, but buildable. When wearing it alone, when I went to build up certain areas, I was able to get a bit more coverage and the foundation did not bunch up, look cakey, or move around the first layer. I would recommend this foundation, if you can find your shade and if you like really dewy foundations. I think this would be great for extremely dry skin up to combo oily skin. I have a few dry patches around my nose and I did not notice it emphasizing the dry patches or texture on my skin. If you are straight up oily, I think you might like it, but you would need to be diligent about powdering or blotting every few hours. I’m not a chick who blots my makeup or powders throughout the day. The only thing I ever touch-up is my lipstick. Whenever I run out of this foundation, I will absolutely pick it up again, this time in the right shade.
Well, this was yet another long review. I tried to be as thorough as possible and I hope I covered all the points. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can! If you have tried this foundation already, let me know what you thought of it. Do you love it? Hate it? So, so? Let me know! Also, do you have any cruelty-free foundation recommendations? I also love trying new foundations, although I do need to get through with some in my collection right now, I don’t mind making a list of to-try. I feel I have blabbered on long enough. Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!