Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Stick in Can't Re-fuchsia

I'm not a frequent Walmart shopper (I'm more of a Target kind of gal) but I was at Walmart a while back looking for something unrelated to beauty and you know I had to stop by the cosmetics department. It was then that I remembered that Flower by Drew Barrymore released some new products in January of this year. I had really good luck with Flower's Win Some, Rogue Some Creme Blush, so I was excited to try one of the new-for-2014 lip and cheek sticks. I bought Can't Re-fuchsia (love that name) and have been using it for about a month now. So let's take a look!

Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Stick in Can't Re-fuchsia
(retail: $9.98, 0.21 oz)

The Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Sticks from Flower are available in five shades and can be purchased exclusively at Walmart (in-store and online).

I think this product is priced a tiny bit high ($9.98, 0.21 oz) for mass market. For example, Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks are 0.24 oz and they're about $8. Plus, you can often get Maybelline on sale and they always offer coupons, whereas I don't believe Flower goes on sale (please correct me if I'm wrong--like I mentioned up top, I'm not a frequent Walmart shopper) and I can't remember ever hearing about Flower coupons. Moving on...

The sticks come fully safety-sealed (yay!)

From the Flower website:
  • Versatile formula provides full coverage for lips & sheer buildable coverage for cheeks!
  • Self-sharpening chubby stick is perfect to “throw-and-go” into your purse
  • Gives cheeks a romantic, rosy glow in a pinch! / Gives lips kissable color in a pout!
  • Soft Focus Complex provide optical skin smoothing
  • Spherical Silicone powder & Ceramidone reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles & help plump the skin
  • No D5, Parabens, or Talc

Just to give you some perspective, these sticks are the exact length of a Revlon Moisture Stain (click here if you'd like to see my review of the Moisture Stains).

Can't Re-fuchsia


Texture and blendability: This product feels quite grainy on the lips. The initial grittiness does dissipate as this product wears down, but it's never quite as smooth as a regular lip color. The best way I can describe what this product feels like on the lips is to say that it feels like you're wearing an actual cream blush on your lips, rather than a lip color. It is easy to apply though, and I had no issues with patchiness or uneven coverage.

Pigmentation: This stick is extremely pigmented on the very first swipe to the lips. You can build for even more intensity, but you would never need to because it is crazy-pigmented.

Staying power: I can get about 2-3 hours of wear from this product until it fades down to a stain. The stain after three hours still delivers some nice color, and the color does not morph into something else (like some lip pencils are known to do). It stays true-to-color for the duration. 

Fragrance and flavor: It's hard to describe, but this product tastes like how you would imagine a cream blush to taste. I've actually never worn a cream blush on my lips, but this tastes exactly how I would imagine a cream blush to taste. It has a plastic-y flavor to it that I do not care for, but there is no fragrance to this product.


Texture and blendability: Wearing this as blush is a whole different story than wearing it as lip color. As blush, I do not detect any graininess or grittiness at all. It feels very smooth when I apply it to my cheeks, however I do have some issues with blending. If I'm wearing this over a standard BB cream, tinted moisturizer or any type of remotely emollient foundation, I don't have any issues with blending at all. However, if I'm wearing this over any type of oil-control or long-wear primer, foundation or powder, I run into some problems. This blush doesn't seem to play well with my oil-control and long-wear products and it sets very quickly on top of them. So quickly that I find myself forcefully pulling and tugging at my skin when I'm trying to blend this over my long-wear foundation (CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation). I've also tried to apply this over powder, and I ran into the same issues.

Pigmentation: Just like when I'm wearing this on my lips, this product is crazy-pigmented on my cheeks. I really only need one light swipe on each cheek and sometimes even that is too much. 

Staying power: Fantastic. I can easily get 6-7 hours of wear, even in very hot weather, but most days I'm averaging 9-10 hours of wear. And keep in mind that I have super oily skin. I'm seriously impressed with the staying power of this blush, especially when I set it with powder.

Fragrance: As I mentioned earlier, I detect no fragrance. 

FINAL VERDICT: As lip color, I'm not a huge fan of this product due to its consistency. But as blush? It's fantastic in terms of pigmentation and staying power. And as long as I'm not wearing an oil-control or long-wear foundation or powder before application, I don't have issues with blending. But if I am wearing a long-wear/oil-control foundation and/or powder before application, it is a struggle to blend this product onto my cheeks. It just sets too quickly and once it's set, it's not moving. If you don't usually wear long-wear/oil-control foundation underneath your blushes, you shouldn't run into any issues and I would definitely consider giving these a try. But if you are a devotee of long-wear foundations and you rarely go a day without them, I think this product might prove to be frustrating and perhaps not worth the trouble. 

Do you own any Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Sticks? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences!

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.


  1. So when I saw your IG pic I was interested but just the other day I purchased Stainiac by TheBalm for $17. so that annoyed me. But I always think that Flower line at Walmart is to $$ for that store so I don't buy and probably won't. But I was in a Walgreen's in a different part of NYS and found a huge well kept Essence display!!! With bogo half. They have Gel Tint for $2.99.!!!! I bought pink and red and they are amazing!!! I am so thrilled! I want to go back but I will never get there again... I wish I could have back ups and now I also wish I had picked up some lipstick and nail polish. (hubby over shoulder and doesn't "get" it! ) lol.

  2. Great review. I had a Walmart gift card so of course I had to venture into the cosmetics section and picked up the same product, but in the color Raisin the Roof since it screamed fall to me. I was surprised at how pigmented it was, because I thought it would be sheer. It makes a beautiful lip color, like a deep red but leaning raisin (of course) but the texture is distracting because every time I press my lips together I am conscious of that powdery feel. It's nice since you can get full color or mute it a bit by smudging a bit off, but again the texture ... It definitely makes a better blush, but the color is so deep on my NC20 skin (this would be fabulous on dark skin tones), I just put a tiny dot on the apples of my cheeks and blend out. So I agree: nice cheek color but not quite so great as a lip color.

  3. Wow...I loved it! It is very vibrant.


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