Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
*Note: this product has been discontinued.
Kudos to Josie Maran for making one of the best cheek stains on the market. Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee is a fragrance-free gel-like blush that's housed in a glass jar. It blends beautifully on bare skin or on top of liquid/cream foundation, but because it has a rather wet application, it doesn't pair well with powder makeup.
We love the thin gel texture and the well-edited range of shades. It's a versatile product that can quickly go from barely-there to high-impact color, depending on how it's applied. For sheer application, use your fingers or a sponge to dot and stipple the color; a small brush is best if more concentrated color is desired. The lightweight formula is suitable for all skin types.
- Blends beautifully.
- Versatile, buildable color.
- Doesn't work well over powder foundations.
Coconut water: its not just for yoga class anymore. Combined with another skin-quenching elixir, Argan Oil, it adds up to a deliciously dewy blush that gives you the natural look of a cream and the hydration and staying power of a gel. Were talking up to 14 hours of color and hydrationreally, we tested it. In six buildable shades of flushed, fresh gorgeousness.
Josie Maran At-A-Glance
Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.
The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities, some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.
Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.
Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredients in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, its less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.
We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing, it doesn't talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren't so natural. There isn't anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.
As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique, see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.
For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.
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