Brand: Flower Beauty
While I don’t make it a habit to shop at that retailer, I recently ended up placing a Wal-Mart Canada order for an item I couldn’t find elsewhere, and I noticed that Flower had arrived in Canada (since 2014, apparently). Being the nail polish collector that I am, one bottle of Flower’s Nail’d It Nail Lacquer was added to my order! Sigh.
Now, I am going to disclose that I have always liked Drew Barrymore as an actress, despite not usually watching many rom coms and teen coms, which were basically her bread and butter genres. I enjoyed 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and her cameo in Scream. Whip It, which she directed, was really good. I didn’t even mind Home Fries and Music & Lyrics. And I just found out that she voiced Jillian Russell in Family Guy, so that kinda makes up for her being in Charlie’s Angels and the American Fever Pitch remake.
Therefore, despite the evils of Wal-Mart, I secretly wanted to like Berry Begonia, the Nail’d It color that I picked solely because I thought it looked like a vampy shade of Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015.
Verdict: for CA$5.98, I’m pretty happy with it! The packaging is cute and sturdy, and it’s probably one of the nicer designs at this price point. The brush is a little bit fatter and flatter than I’d personally like, but it works well.
Berry Begonia is a deep browned-burgundy red cream. Nothing too unique (think Revlon Vixen), and I think it’s slightly misnamed with the word “berry”, but I do like the color very much.
The formula was pretty good: nice and even with two coats, though it didn’t self-level perfectly so I did a thin third coat just to get it extra even. It dried to a fairly glossy finish, too.
Would I buy Flower polish again? Dammit, yes. Yes, I would.
Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer retails for US$4.98 / CA $5.98 and is 0.4 US fl oz / 12 mL. It is free of toluene, added formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and is made in the USA. As you’d expect from Drew Barrymore, the brand is cruelty-free.
Flower Beauty products are manufactured by Maesa Group, based in France with operations worldwide. Maesa also manufacture products for companies like Elizabeth Arden, L’Oréal, Victoria’s Secret, and Zara.