Thursday, 24 August 2017

Reverse Review: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape

I had planned to post some more highlighter reviews, but while I was taking things out to swatch and photograph, I glanced at my blushes and saw my little pot of Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape (wow, that's a mouthful for such a little pot) and decided to pay homage to this. I never see anyone talking about these. Does anyone buy them? Are they still being sold? 

I just hopped over to Sephora to confirm that they are still being sold, though it looks like the mini size in Pink Escape, which is what I'm about to talk about, isn't in stock there. It is in stock on Josie Maran's own site. 

Anyway, since I'm apparently one of five people who bought these, I can at least tell you how great this one is. I picked it up over the winter, tossing the mini size in my Sephora cart as a compromise: I wanted to try it, but didn't want to commit to the full size, in case I didn't like it or didn't use it fast enough. Wrong on both counts. I've called this a reverse review, because while you can see I still have a good amount left in the pot, I'd say I'm over the halfway done point, compared to when I started using it in January. I've used it multiple times a week since then - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure is my neutral, goes-with-everything blush, but Pink Escape is wonderfully natural on me, just a little brighter and pinker than my natural flush. It's described as a "cool toned pink" and I agree with that. Being on the cooler side of neutral myself, I can see why it wears so well for me.

Right is blended out, left is built up to show the colour.

But it's the formula of this that's truly beautiful: it's a gel that glides easily, blends well, and sinks into the skin in a really natural way. It can look terrifyingly pink before it sinks in a bit, but once it does, the result is a soft flush that looks luminous. I feel like I'm writing marketing copy here, but it really is. 

This is about ten minutes after application.

This blush usually makes it through the workday for me, worn over foundation and set with a translucent powder. You can see it in this photo I took in the best lit place in my whole library (while I crossed my fingers that no one would come in while I was trying to take a good picture). This is about three-quarters of the way through my work day, 

I prefer to apply it with my fingers, since I find this is the easiest, most foolproof application. The only downside is that my finger ends up being pretty pink and needs a bit of micellar water to scrub it clean before work.

I anticipate finishing this up in the not-too-distant future, based on current usage, and I will be looking at the full sized pots when I do, because this is such a great formula. I live in fear that it will be discontinued before I can grab a full size of it. But maybe more people are buying it than I think, since it's not a new, hypeable product. Let that be true.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to tell my mom about these because she looooves cream blush. It looks super pretty! Josie Maran stuff in general doesn't seem that talked about other than the argan oil and Vibrancy foundation. They seem like a very solid brand not prone to discontinuing things very often, though. Hopefully you're safe!


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