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