Argan Color Stick

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Makeup > Specialty Products > Specialty Makeup Products
Last Updated:
3/20/2013
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Tested On Animals:
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Argan Color Stick resembles a large, wide tube of lipstick, and has a creamy texture that imparts a sheer, dewy, luminescent finish. It is supposed to be a dual-purpose product for use on both the lips and cheeks, but it doesn't work well for either area.

When used as a blush, it requires excess blending, and even then you can still end up with streaks. As a lip color, the large size of the stick (it's about the diameter of a quarter) makes it difficult to apply accurately.

Pros:
  • Beautiful, luminescent finish for a dewy glow.
  • Imparts a sheer yet vivid color for a fresh, healthy look.
Cons:
  • Limited color selection: Petal Pink (which is more of a raspberry-pink) and Rosey (a rosy mauve), and one clear version (which is useless on the cheeks).
  • Requires extra effort to blend well on cheeks, and even then you can end up with streaks.
  • Creamy texture is unsuitable for acne-prone skin.
  • Rubs off easily, leaving an uneven appearance.
  • The stick is so large it is difficult to apply to lips.

More Info:

All of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil, even the makeup. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn't a cure-all or a must-have. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants.

Argan oil is particularly useless in a makeup product because the oil quickly goes rancid when exposed to air. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of 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.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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  1. Sandy B
    Reviewed on Friday, April 05, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great product for natural look
    • Used this as a blush or lipstick. Color is subtle. Very good for natural fresh look. If more made up appearance is desired use several thin aplications. Rub into skin. Never had problem with streaking. Always applied on cheeks over a primer,base or foundation. No problem when used as lipstick . There is a shade called Glow that actually makes your skin glow. Ican't always find it. Maybe its easier to apply in the smaller size stick. (That's what I used. My friends also liked it.

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