Perhaps you’ve heard, Drew Barrymore has a makeup line. A huge one at that – nearly 200 products! And you may have also heard that it’s exclusively available at Walmart. Not the easiest store to get to for the urban folk, but totally worth a trek to the burbs. As far as celeb beauty lines go, this is more than just a face to a brand. Drew was really involved in the development and put her stamp on everything (this Vogue article has some good Drew flower-isms). I must have stood in front of the display for a good 30 minutes deciding what to buy. The lip color options and finishes are practically endless — gloss, high-shine, lip butter, sheer tint and a cool 3-in-1 contraption. There’s crème eyeshadows (including a really pretty rose gold!), crème blushes and pretty neutral eyeshadow quads.
The Lip Service Lip Butter is by far my favorite so far! The shade Tempting Tulip is a vibrant pink and the white and gold packaging sets it apart from other budget beauty buys (looks super luxe in this pic, no?) I was pleasantly surprised with the Ready Set Glow! Blush/Bronzer Duo in Gloriously Golden. Smooth texture and just a light tap of the brush goes a long way. Another must is the Zoom-in Ultimate Mascara which has three wands in one with just the twist of the cap. Not only do I like options, I like that this mascara doesn’t flake or smudge! I couldn’t resist the sweet lilac “I Lavendare You” nail lacquer and am also a fan of the Shine On Lip Gloss in the Pretty-in-Petunia shade. Count me in as a new member of the Flower fan club! As I was saying…worth the trip burb-ward!
Fact: there is a singly universally flattering shade of eye color for every woman. I’m talking one perfect match for all, regardless of skin color, tone or lid shape. This uber-flattering color is none other than rose gold. It’s like the LBD of shadows. Whether you have skin like Nicole Kidman or Kerry Washington, or somewhere in between, rose gold will work for you. It fuses the best of pink and gold, leaving out the sometimes tough to wear red and brassy tones. It’s never too pale or too dramatic. And importantly, it’s never boring. As winter drags on (and on and on), I’ve been counting on the brightening effect rose gold lends. With a wee bit more bronzer than a cloudy day calls for, it’s almost as if it the sun is shining out. If we pretend is it true?!
In low to luxe fashion, I’ve pulled together the rose gold eyeshadows that have a place in any woman’s makeup bag.
File this under worth a trip to Walmart: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty Color Play Crème Eyeshadow in Wild Geranium. The gel consistency is unexpected and it feels much more luxe than its $8 price tag.
Benefit is introducing new (and major adorable) packaging this month as well as a brand new formula of eyeshadow that is beyond smooth and finely-milled. There are 12 colors in total, but the soft rose gold Nude Swings is a must-have.
My long-time favorite NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow allows for a truly custom rose gold shade. It’s rose gold dissected! Sometimes I swipe a bit of both colors on my brush and apply, other times I layer them directly over each other on the lid and of course I wear the colors on their own because I can. At $34, this is more luxe than the others but it’s like three shadows in one.
Note to fellow blue-eyed beauties: the additional bonus of rose gold is that it really makes your eyes pop!