The Sample–Summer Cheeks Edition: NEW Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées in Berry Bliss, Getaway Red, and Poppy Paradise (Review, Swatches & Photos)

1 Aug

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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”. :P

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.

–Berry Bliss–

–Getaway Red–

–Poppy Paradise–

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)–

–click images to enlarge–

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.

»»Availability: Sephora and

»»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


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

51 Responses to “The Sample–Summer Cheeks Edition: NEW Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées in Berry Bliss, Getaway Red, and Poppy Paradise (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Chris August 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Glad these worked out for you Becca!

    • becca August 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Thanks, hon! I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you though. But after using them, I can definitely see how they might be hard to blend out with that thicker, jelly-like texture getting caught in the flaky bits :/ Still, I maintain that oily girls don’t get to have as much fun with cheek color usually (since it melts right off or gets eaten away by oil almost immediately!) so I’m glad we scored a win with these Josie Maran cheek stains :P haha

  2. Beauty Box August 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    I had to click on this post just because of the name! Coconut watercolor cheek gelees?! They sound like dessert! With such a rave, I feel like I need to try these asap. Summer in Tokyo stinks big time too… my makeup melts off my face, no matter what products I use. These lip and cheeks stains sound like what the doctor ordered for summer.

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 12:49 am #

      I know, the name is great isn’t it?!! I LOVE makeup with foodie names!! :P This one sounds so delicious and refreshing–exactly what everyone craves during the summer! These are really, really nice though–I think you’d really like them a lot! Let me know if you do try some of them! :D

  3. Sunny August 2, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    These look so bright and bold in pot that they scare me a little, but once swatched I can see how lovely and wearable they are! Poppy Paradise has to be my favorite! Glad to hear they last so well as well! I’ve been using the Dior cream blushes a lot. For some reason cream blushes are so great for summer!

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 12:51 am #

      Cream blushes are definitely nice in the sense that they are very easy to apply and look very natural but I can’t wear a lot of cream blushes because they seem to melt right off my face :/ That’s why I was SO happy to see these Josie Maran gel-cream hybrid blushes. They blend into the skin like a cream but are really light and refreshing like a gel…and they last FOREVER! You really must try these if you get a chance, Sunny! I think you’d fall in love :)

  4. Macy August 2, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    I find these so strange! They look gorgeous, but I’ll always think of them as a lip balm and not a cheek product! haha!

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      LOL I know, I think part of the reason why I wanted to try it so bad was because I kept thinking of Benefits Benetint Balm whenever I saw these and just had to put my curiosities to rest! :P They’re really amazing though. I was expecting more of a gel-cream texture than a bouncy, jell-o-y texture so this was so fun! :D

  5. Sarah August 2, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    What a beautiful wash of colour! Everything about these seems so refreshing.

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Refreshing is definitely the word for these. The light jelly texture and cooling, watery feel is just amazing and everything you’d want in a product that you’re using in the dead of summer :P

      Think you’ll be checking these out, Sarah? :D

  6. Jacqueline August 2, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    These look so nice, I want to try them too!

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Oh you really have to, Jacqui! You’d LOVE them, I know!! :D

  7. Memoiselle August 2, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    OOhhhh I’m impressed with their shade range! And it looks so gorgeous for summer season! Getaway Red looks striking red on the pan but it looks so good when swatched. :)

    xx Meryl

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      I know, right?! I didn’t expect to love Getaway Red as much as I do but it just looks SO darn natural on the cheeks! I love it so much. And Poppy Paradise of course…I really want the coral one and brown one now, too!! :P

  8. Julie August 2, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks for the great swatches! I have been wanting to try these out for ages, but there aren’t a lot of reviews out there. I want to grab Honeymoon Honey, but after reading your post, I think I will pick up Poppy Paradise too! They look like they will give a fantastic, fresh glow to the cheeks!


    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Yaaay I’m so excited for you, Julie! If you grab Honeymoon Honey, definitely review it and send me a link–I am dying to see how it swatches!

      Good luck–I hope you love them as much as I do! :D

  9. Claire August 2, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Those colours are right up my alley Becca! Somehow they seem to loose a bit of their prettiness once blended (?) but the name ‘coconut’ is calling me anyways ;) Great, detailed review and very helpful Becca <3

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Thank you so much, Claire! :D

      Yeah, they definitely are very sheer when blended but you can definitely wait for it to dry then add another layer to build up the color–it works well that way! :)

      And YES–the coconut and gelée part of the name really sealed the deal for me. Haha!

  10. Larie August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I think I will pick one of these up later on – the dark wine color looks fabulous for fall :D

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Doesn’t it?! :D And they are GREAT on the lips too. I will totally be rocking Berry Bliss all. the. time. come the colder months!!

  11. Toya August 2, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    FRIGGGGGG Becca! I was just in Sephora yesterday and convinced myself I didn’t need these, and now you’ve gone and changed my mind. THANKS FOR THAT :\ LOL Excellent review my dear, even though I probably *definitely* don’t need another blush, I’m glad to know that these are worth checking out again!

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      LOL! That’s just what I dooooo!! :P

      Did you play with them/swatch them while you were there? I’m surprised you were able to resist! I find the jelly texture sooo cool and if the name wasn’t enough to seal the deal, that first touch would have done me over :P haha

  12. Tracy@Beauty Reflections August 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    WOW these are do pigmented! But this blush fiend gets scared when things stain too much!

    • becca August 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Trust me, Tracy, the thought scares me too! That’s why I have always been partial to very sheer powder blushes and shied away from the super-pigmented, super BRIGHT blushes that you girls are more brave about playing with! :P So trust me when I say that if this works for me, it WILL work for you! It stains just enough to stay put for the day and doesn’t continue to get darker or brighter the longer its on (not like a lot of lip stains do!). It’s really wearable and flattering. You’d love it, Tracy! Oh please try it out if you get a chance!!

  13. Lily August 3, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Love your intro and your impending heatstroke. Thank goodness these coconut jellies helped you :-) They look edible in the pots. LOL! Love these brighter bold shades too. Happy to hear they’re long wearing, and I have to remember to check them out the next time I’m at Sephora.

    • becca August 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      LOL it was true though–that day was HOT and my AC was on the fritz so really, all I wanted was something cool and refreshing…whether beverage or beauty product! :P haha

      Please do check them out and let me know–I think you’ll love them, Lily! :D

  14. Catherine @ bcrueltyfree August 3, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    How funny, I literally JUST posted about this in my Eye-Catchers post. They’re really, really, really tempting! Poppy Paradise looks amazing :)

    • becca August 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      LOL perfect timing. Did I help nudge you in the right direction?? ;) :P

  15. svetlana August 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I am very very very very very very obsessed right now. Must. Find. Now. Those are SUCH lovely lovely colors! Quite a delightful summer pallette. Love! I need to get my greedy hands on one pronto!

  16. svetlana August 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    P.s. I love their little icons used on the back of the box. That cruelty free bunny is so adorable!

    • becca August 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

      I know, love that Josie Maran is cruelty-free–definitely makes it that much of a winner in my book! And the colors are SO wonderful for summer, right? But really, they’re so sheer, they work year-round. Which shades are you eyeing??

  17. Liz August 4, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I’m trying SOOOO hard to resist blush lately, but these are becoming more and more enticing as time passes. I started off by wanting just Poppy but now I want them ALL! Love everything about them: the colours, the coconut, the pot even, yes. *whimpers and slinks away* ;)

    • becca August 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

      LOL I am a pot lover too (well, you know what I mean :P hahaha). Certain things are just SO much cuter in a pot and hey, as long as you keep everything sanitary, there is no reason to freak out!

      I wanted Poppy from the get-go too but now, REALLY want the coral one and even the Honeymoon Honey. It looks like a super interesting shade!

  18. Shari August 5, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    They look crazy pigmented! But I love how natural they look. Maybe I’ll get the coral one if I do decide to get this – for the skincare properties!

    • becca August 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      I know, they look a bit scary in the pot, don’t they? I was initially pretty nervous because one of my greatest fears in life is walking around with clown cheeks! :P But these are amazingly natural and with the help of a stippling brush, blend out so easily and are hard to overdo. You just need to tap the head of the brush into the pot ONCE et voila, perfectly flushed cheeks that last all day!! :D

      I REALLY want the coral one too. And the brown…for some reason that one is really intriguing to me! I wonder if it’s brown brown or pinky brown (which I’d loove!)

  19. Jess August 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    They sound delicious! Love the colors especially the getaway red. I’ll check on this……

    • becca August 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

      I know–don’t you just want to eat them up/wear them everyday?!! :P lol! Please do check them out and let me know what you think!!

  20. Taylor August 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    These are gorgeous! I tested the coral in store, while I didn’t pick it up I did really like them. The consistency was very cool and it left a beautiful stain. They’re perfect for this time of year and such yummy shades.

    • becca August 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      I’m impressed you were able to resist!! :P lol! I love the shades I have and am dying to try the coral and brown. Maybe a Sephora trip is in order for sometime this week…:P :D

  21. Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty August 6, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    these look like jellies and so watery! nice to see they don’t have the ‘grease’ sheen when swatched :)

    • becca August 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      I know, I was so worried it would be sticky or greasy but really, it goes on with a really cool (both figuratively and literally) feel and dries down to nothing. It’s AWESOME! :D

  22. Gummy August 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I convinced one of my fellow stewardesses to get these and she loves them!! That wear time is amazing…I was hesitant bc I don’t have much luck w/ cream type blushes, but now I may need to break down and get one of these pretty little ladies :-)

    • becca August 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      I don’t have a lot of luck with cream blushes either, unfortunately–my skin is just too darn greasy for 99% of those cream formulas! But this one is SO unique because it’s got a super unique refreshing jelly texture but blends like a cream and wears like a light stain. I’m usually a bit scared of staining products but this one is just so easy to use/wear! You better give in–I will not stop hounding you until you try one of these!! :P lol

  23. lola August 7, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Oh Becca, these are sooooooo pretty! I tend to avoid stains on the cheeks for some reason, but these are really stunning. I will have to swatch them on my next trip to Sephora! <3

    • becca August 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      I do too! The word “stain” has always scared me a bit. But these really are so easy to use and create a really natural, watercolor-like flush! Definitely check it out and let me know, Helen!

      PS: I hope all is well and that your summer is going well! I miss talking to you!! :*(

  24. Kiss & Make-up August 8, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    Oh I wish I could find these around here, they look super pretty! The formula sounds lovely, and I love the colors.

    • becca August 9, 2013 at 12:51 am #

      Oh no, are they not available there yet or just hard to find?? Either way, that’s terrible–everyone should experience this blush at least once! It’s just so unique and fun to apply/play with!

  25. Joyce (bronzerbunny) August 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    ahhhh i was ignoring these but i am putting them back on the list! I was afraid that they would be sticky based on swatching in store, but the idea of them soaking in sounds good!!

    • becca August 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      Oh they most definitely do soak in. Seriously, I have super oily skin and they STILL didn’t leave any kind of stickiness behind! Try them, Joyce! I think you’d really like them! :)

  26. Makeup Morsels August 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m just so fascinated by the texture on these hahahha. They look so squishable! Love how they swatch too.

    • becca September 9, 2013 at 1:15 am #

      Yes they are super fun and super squishy!!! So fun to play with–they make the perfect summer product!! :D And hey, now that you’re getting into cheek color a bit now, why not check these out? they’re super sheer and easy to use! ;)

      Miss you MM!! Hope all is well!!

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