Some products are really easy to review because they’re either really fantastic or extremely disappointing. Unfortunately the Flower Shadow Play Quad in Smoke & Mirrors falls into the latter group. This was the worst performing product of all the Flower products I purchased (haul here) and one of the worst eye shadows I’ve tried to date. This doesn’t compare to higher end eyeshadows let alone even drugstore eyeshadows.
It claims to be blendable, smooth, and brightening due to the Ginko Biloba extract that it contains. It is blendable and smooth…so much so that the pigment blends right off your lids! The more you blend, the less you’ll see. The colors are sheer and don’t adhere to the lids for very long. Without primer they start fading at around 4 hours and crease around 5 (hardly any eyeshadow was left in my inner corner by this time). The texture is soft but powdery and can look a little chalky at times. Don’t bother getting this; save your $10 and pick up 3 Wet’n’Wild trios instead.
Pigmentation: Light, Sheer
Cons: Sheer color, poor staying power, a little powdery
To demonstrate to you how poorly these eyeshadows adhere to the skin, this is just one swipe through the colors with an eyeshadow brush. The last bronze shade is a Wet’n’Wild shadow. Note the difference between the qualities.
This next picture is after several swipes. Imagine blending the Flower Beauty eye shadows on the eyelids.