The Sample–Summer Cheeks Edition: NEW Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées in Berry Bliss, Getaway Red, and Poppy Paradise (Review, Swatches & Photos)
The day I received these in the mail, I had just gotten home from a long, hot day at work (hasn’t quite hit 100 yet but it was just under), followed by a 45-minute commute home in a car that was (at the time) AC-less. To say I was hot and crabby was a serious understatement; all I could think of was getting home and chugging a tall glass of water. Then I spotted the package from Josie Maran waiting patiently for me beside the door. My heart did a little flip-flop and I rushed inside to open it, forgetting all about my imminent heatstroke. The only thing that mattered was getting my hands on these new Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées from Josie Maran. Who can think of actual water when you have these guys, which are like a tall glass of water for your cheeks?! (or, according to Josie Maran, like a “refreshing sip of coconut water for your skin”.
These Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées (by the way, how cute is the name?! I’ve told you guys before that part of the reason I really, really wanted to try this product was because of the adorable name. I can’t resist the foodie-makeup names!) came out a few months ago, just in time for summer. On the Josie Maran site, they are described as a “buildable, blendable blush hybrid [that] provides the natural look of a cream blush with the long-lasting 14-hour hydrating color of a gel stain. Infused with 50% pure Coconut Water, it instantly hydrates while nourishing with the powerful benefits of Vitamin E-rich Argan Oil.”
These blushes come in 6 gorgeous shades. I received 3 shades to review: Berry Bliss, Getaway Red, and Poppy Paradise. Berry Bliss is described as a “deep wine”‘; it’s a light-medium, sheer merlot. It looks a little dark and scary in the pot but trust me, it’s sheer enough to be quite easy to wear and flattering on a variety of skin tones!
Getaway Red is a true red and creates the most natural-looking flush you could imagine. Poppy Paradise is described as a “warm toned hot pink”. In the pot, it’s more a tomato-red, with slight orange tones to it. But on the cheeks, it does look more pink than red due to the sheerness of the color. It’s very similar to Getaway Red once worn though significantly less warm.
–clockwise from top: Getaway Red, Poppy Paradise, and Berry Bliss–
Now the packaging: the Cheek Gelées are potted which–I know, I know–many of you despise because they are unsanitary. But I honestly don’t mind. The pot is made of glass, it’s sturdy, it’s large enough to dip the head of my stippling brush into (or fingers, but I prefer using a brush), and I like that you can see the color of the blush through the bottom of the pot. I also like that the cap shades are coordinating with the color of the blush inside.
As for the blushes themselves, well…they are absolutely a dream–everything I had hoped they’d be! These blushes have a solid gel consistency. They are slightly bouncy but retain a denser consistency than jell-o. It’s easy to pick up product with a brush or your fingers–only a tiny bit is needed to create perfect and believably natural-looking flushed cheeks.
The formula is very cool and refreshing to the touch. I do also feel that it is lightly hydrating–not overtly so but when I use it on my cheeks and especially lips, I can tell the difference in the moisture level.
Have I mentioned what a breeze these are to apply? They blend out so darn easily! But blending is the key. As you can see from the swatch photos below, the heavy swatches that were applied with a synthentic cream shadow brush definitely looked streaky. But once buffed into the skin with a stippling/buffing brush, the product really melts into the skin, the color diffusing perfectly. And once the product has set on the skin, it doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing anything at all. I was a little nervous that the product might feel a little sticky or look greasy (due to the coconut water and argan oil) but my skin drinks it right up and leaves no residue behind.
–swatches L to R: Berry Bliss (heavy and blended), Getaway Red (heavy and blended), and Poppy Paradise (heavy and blended)–
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side note: apologies for the terrible lighting! I had to make do with the light after I got home from work. I’ll try to take better swatch photos tomorrow!
Another plus? This blush is every bit as long-wearing as it says it is. You guys all know I have the oiliest of the oily skin, right?! Well all 3 shades wore for about 10 1/2 hours on my skin. Pretty incredible, right?! They do stain but not in a scary way–they look really natural and subtle (but visible) on the skin but just keep going and going and going all day long. I’m sure that on those with dry to combination (and everything in between) skin will get 14-hour long wear like the brand promises, easy.
These are an absolute must-have for summer. Plus you only need a tiny bit to get perfectly flushed cheeks so one pot will last you a looong time–these blushes will get you from summer through fall, winter, spring, and summer again! Plus the 6 available shades (Coral Oasis ["tangerine orange"], Honeymoon Honey ["neutral brown"], and Pink Escape ["cool toned pink"] are the 3 other shades I didn’t review) are all universally-flattering and are the types of shades you can wear year-round and that go with absolutely everything. Please please please check these out…please? They are so lovely, it would be a crime to miss out!
»»Pricing: $22/0.18 oz.
»»Recommended for: all skin types (though I heard from another blogger that this was not easy to blend out on her dry cheeks. I can see how the gel texture might lead to some product getting caught in flaky patches but of course, I can’t verify this fact as I do not have dry skin–not even close!)
»»Overall Rating: A
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