bareMinerals Floral Utopia
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The minute I saw the bareMinerals Floral Utopia collection I knew I needed it in my life: pretty packaging? Yup. Gorgeous spring shades? Definitely. Formulas that flatter? 100%. This is one of those collections that really tap into all the pleasure levels associated with beauty, as not only are the products gorgeous to look at and fun to use, the colours themselves are incredibly pretty and can slot into any kind of make-up look. I was sent a few bits to play with, which I’ll detail below. There’s also a Floral Utopia Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette which I really like the look of, as it fits perfectly with the rest of the collection that has a strong purple/orchid-shade leaning, and it just looks like it would make these kind of light berry shades very easy to wear.
First up, here’s the Floral Utopia 3-Piece Brush Collection, which contains three handy brushes, one of which is double-ended, with a gorgeous design that really stands out. The largest brush is the Seamless Shaping & Finish Brush (that has a head shaped like a tulip – wonder if that was on purpose?!), then the middle sized brush is the Blooming Blush Brush and finally the Double-Ended Expert Shadow and Liner Brush. I like the fact that the brushes all work with elements of the main collection, although of course you can use them with anything.
The product I was most keen to get my hands on was the Floral Utopia Crystalline Glow Highlighter Stick in shade Indigo Girl, as I’ve used the previous shades of the same highlighter stick (check out my post here) and I really liked the idea of such a cool-toned purple. As you can see in the swatch below, this is a really icy shade that’s perfect for anyone who favours something really cool-toned. If you prefer things a little warmer, there’s also the Orange Blossom shade which looks lovely too.
Firstly, apologies for the blurry pic, I got a new lens for my camera just before I took these pics and I was still in that period of adjustment…The Floral Utopia GEN NUDE Powder Blushes are absolutely gorgeous – four floral shades of flattering pinks and peaches that are so pretty and work so well with the overall vibe of the collection. I’ve never tried the GEN NUDE blushers, but I’d read lots of positive reports, and I’m happy to confirm that they are every bit as lovely to use as feedback suggests. I actually thought this was a cream at first as the powder is so finely milled that it has an almost cream-like finish. It blends really beautifully and naturally and I’ll no doubt add a few more to my collection soon.
The final product is the Floral Utopia GEN NUDE Patent Lip Lacquer which is also available in four shades, which, again, I kind of want all of them, especially Hibiscus-Bye-Biscus which looks like a perfect pop of cherry red that would look amazing with a tan and a lick of mascara. The shade I have is Orchid-Ing Around, which is a cool-toned, pinky lilac that’s very wearable for such a strong shade. The formula is really good, providing a strong panel of colour that fades evenly and feels comfortable to wear.
Above I’m wearing all three of the products: the Patent Lip Lacquer in Orchid-Ing Around on my lips, the GEN NUDE BLush in Lovers Rose on my cheeks and finished with the Indigo Girl shade of the Crystalline Glow Highlighter Stick. The swatches below are in the opposite order, with Crystalline Glow Highlighter Stick at the top, followed by the blusher and the lacquer.
The full bareMinerals Floral Utopia collection is already out, with some shades online already sold out, Ebut if there’s something in particular that you fancy but can’t find online, definitely pay a visit to one of the bareMinerals concessions to see if they have it in stock there, or give them a call to check. There are still quite a few bits still available online though, so head there first!