Dream Bouncy Blush
The big deal about this cream-to-powder blush is its unique spongy texture, and while that may be interesting, it really is just a gimmick and has little to do with how it applies or performs. As a replacement for Maybelline’s excellent (and discontinued) Dream Mousse Blush, this is, sadly, inferior by comparison. The consistency in pigmentation is spotty—that is, some shades go on very sheer and others apply very bright. Count on Hot Tamale, Plum Wine, and Pink Frosting to go on bright, while Rose Petal, Peach Satin, and Pink Plum are too sheer if the goal is to add color to your cheeks.
The shade selection is a generous mix of peach, pinks, and plums—each leaving a somewhat luminous finish on skin,without overt shimmer.. The biggest problem with Bouncy Blush is the amount of blending required. It is difficult to blend without over-rubbing to the point that it smears the foundation underneath. Using this on bare skin yields better results, but only if you have smooth skin; any dryness or open pores will just look splotchy, plus most shades still require a good amount of layering to get the color to pop. This is an OK option for a soft, natural flush on bare skin, but that’s about it.
- Generous shade selection.
- Imparts a soft, luminous flush.
- Best for creating a natural look on bare skin.
- Requires a good amount of blending, which can interfere with the foundation underneath.
- Shades are either too sheer or too deeply pigmented, leaving no middle ground.
- Works okay on bare flawless skin, but that is a small percentage of people.
- Not a worthy replacement for Maybelline’s far superior Dream Mousse Blush.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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