I was recently introduced to a new cosmetic line in Ireland called “Flormar”. The owner of The Cosmetic Outlet, Paul, told me all about the brand and kindly gave me a big bag of makeup to test and review (thanks Paul! ) I had never heard of them before but I’m always open to trying new cosmetics and I was excited to get testing!
Flormar is originally an Italian brand which produces their cosmetics in Turkey where they are very popular and have a big following. They’ve been around for over 40 years and started out producing Nail polishes (which they’re very well known for in other countries) and then they expanded to a full range of cosmetics. So, now to see if the products are any good….
Illuminating Primer Makeup Base
This foundation primer contains Acacia and Green Tea and creates a moisturising base for makeup. It also smooths over any lines and brightens the skin creating a smooth even base which dries to a matte finish. I tested this with various foundations throughout the week and it did a good job of making them last. I have combination skin so it didn’t necessarily stop shine from coming through but it hydrated the dry parts of my face really well. This is definitely the best foundation primer for dry skinned girls.
Perfect Coverage Foundation
This is a rich cream foundation with a more full coverage which claims to last for 12 hours. I tested it on myself and it is such a lovely consistancy and really does give a full flawless finish. Also, once it’s set with powder, it lasts all day. It’s quite heavy so if you’re not used to, or don’t like wearing lots of makeup this may not be for you. Having said that, it’s very moisturising and doesn’t look cakey or settle in lines due to its cream formula so this would be lovely for going out or any makeup that requires a flawless finish like, for your wedding or for photography. Great for dry skin but can also be used on oilier skin if well powdered. I’m going to get more of these for my kit as I really like them. I never expected to find a pharmacy brand foundation that would be good enough for a professional makeup artist’s kit but this is definitely a must-have, I’m really impressed!
Perfect Coverage Liquid Concealer
This creamy concealer is perfect for use under the eyes and does a super job of covering under eye bags and darkness without highlighting any lines or wrinkles. You can also use this to prime your eyelids and set with powder to give a perfect base for your eyeshadow. I really liked this but found that it wasn’t really needed when used with the foundation as this gives good enough coverage by itself but you could use this with BB cream or a lighter foundation and it would cover any areas of concern perfectly.
I’m in love with this powder! It comes with a really cool little puff and you apply it after foundation to set everything into place. When I opened this, some of the powder puffed up in a fine haze that almost looked like smoke and that’s how I knew this was a good quality powder which has been really finely milled. The finer the powder the less likely it is to settle into lines on your face and the more it gives a stunningly flawless finish. You can see in the second pic above, it disappears to nothing on the skin on my hand and doesn’t cake (there’s also a pic of me wearing the full base on my face below). Absolutely perfect in my opinion. I also photographed it to see if it caused whiteness (flashback) on the face and it doesn’t so, yay! :-) It also made my makeup last all day and my oiliness didn’t come through at all! This bad boy is going straight into my kit!!
Face & Body Bronzing Powder
Check out the size of this!! It’s about the same size as a CD, so will last forever! It’s quite similar to the IsaDora one that I reviewed before only it’s cheaper which is great. This doesn’t mean it’s not as good though, it’s really fantastic actually. It’s a matte bronzer that you can use on the face or body or for contouring which it is absolutely made for. I love the big mirror in the lid as well. It comes in other shades too with more shimmer to them if you prefer that.
Long Wearing Lipstick
I got two shades to try, L07 which is a pink shade and L02 which is a browny wine colour. Both were extremely moisturising for a long lasting lipstick and applied more like a gloss than a lipstick. They didn’t last all day and I had to top up a few times but when they wore off they left a stain of the colour there which was good. I also loved how they didn’t accentuate any dryness on your lips. There’s a huge range of colours which is great too.
Long Wearing Lipgloss
This is a light feeling lipgloss with 3D glitter that really shimmers. The one I got was a bright pink and really sparkled. It wasn’t thick or gloopy and felt like lipstick on my lips. It also lasted for ages which was brilliant.
Max Lift Mascara
I also really liked this mascara, it has a nice consistancy, not too wet and gives good length to your lashes. Flormar claims Max Lift Mascara “creates perfectly separated eye lashes and creates a perfect look with volume but without any lumps” and I have to say it wasn’t clumpy at all and lasted well. This is a nice everyday mascara.
Neon Colours Nail Enamel
These gorgeous nail enamels come in a wide range of colours & types and last really well. Now, I’m not the worlds best nail painter but I gave this a bash using the two colours, a neon pink shade (N003) and a red shade (N010), both of which I loved. As you can see they had a really high shine finish and they lasted very well – 3 days chip free – good result!
I really like this makeup brand, you can see from their website that they have a huge range and the makeup really is of excellent quality. All of the above cost around the €10 and under mark which is very reasonable so you can afford to get a few things in different colours. These would be especially good for is someone who is starting out as a Makeup Artist and trying to build up their kit as they are affordable, they do a great job and you’d literally have everything covered as the range is huge. For everyday wear they are great also, I really don’t know why I’d never heard of them before, but now that they are being stocked in The Cosmetic Outlet, I will be adding to my collection!
The only negative I’d say about Flormar is that the packaging is a bit cheap looking for some of the items. I like the packaging on the lipsticks but the other stuff doesn’t appear very slick and the white font printed on the packaging just doesn’t look right. That could turn you off looking twice at these and you’d never get to know how good the quality of the products actually is! Image is everything, so sort it out Flormar!
What do you think of this? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below