JOSIE MARAN – Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee


Price: $26 CAD
Formulated without: Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates
Size: 0.18 Oz
Colour: Poppy Paradise

The packaging design is sleek and clean, with a glass pot and plastic lid (coloured the colour of the shade you purchase). It feels sturdy and is a good weight for a high-end product which which I expect it should be. The cap does feel a little on the breakable end and it does spin off quite quickly, so be aware of that. The overall size of the product was a little disappointing as I thought it would be a little bigger, but it is about the size of a lip balm, so I worry it may be hard to extract the gelee out of the pot when it gets low. Overall, I do wish the packaging was a little bigger and it would be nice if the lid was made out of sturdier plastic.

I purchased the colour Poppy Paradise, which is a warm pink with a little bit of an orange undertone. I thought this colour would give my face a fresh look for the summer, which would still look like a natural flush. My first impression of the product was not great, because there is a top coating which made the colour  payoff very translucent. I had to get rid of the first layer before getting the proper opacity of the product. This product has a subtle and translucent colour pay off, much like water colour paints (as suggested in the name). I would not suggest this to those looking for a bolder blush as it gives only a gentle wash of colour to the cheeks. I love the look that Poppy Paradise gives, and it looks great in combination with my warm yellow skin tone. However, on the down side since it is a gelee they are not as easy to blend out in comparison to stains like the Benetint from Benefit, which is a liquid consistency. I recommend that you blend out one cheek at a time since the product does set quickly and slowly apply product to the cheeks in order to build the opacity. Besides its quick setting time i did enjoy the cheek gelee as it provides a flush that looks like it comes from within. The product also does not feel sticky or irritating on my skin throughout the day. Lastly, this product is not very long-lasting so if you are keen on longevity of blush, then i would not recommend this product for you.

– SL.


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