Cheek Gelee

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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Liquid/Gel Blush
Last Updated:
3/27/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Kudos to Josie Maran for making one of the best cheek stains on the market. This fragrance-free gel-like blush is 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.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Long-wearing.
  • Blends beautifully.
  • Versatile, buildable color.
Cons:
  • Doesn't work well over powder foundations.

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. JENNIFER L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Excellent Multipurpose Product!
    • I love this cream blush so much. As someone who struggles with dry skin, I avoid powders on my cheeks at all costs. This is an excellent blush wich gives a really healthy flush of colour. The application couldn't be easier and there is no streaking. To my surprise, this also doubles great as a lip stain! I use it under my clear PC Lip Balm every morning to add a natural flush of colour to my lips!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, February 10, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Great natural blush
    • I prefer cream or stain blush, and this one is great. It is a gel that goes on sheer but stays put. It's not sticky and has a natural look...even the red. It's a bit pricey, but worth it if you rely on one blush.

  3. TJ
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 08, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Natural and lasting
    • This is an outstanding alternative to cream and powder blushes and stains. I first purchased Pink Escape and liked it so much I got the Berry and Poppy. The colors look very natural on my light skin, lasts all day (other than Benetint, most blushes disappear on me rather quickly), and the color stays true all day long (no oxidation!). Very easy to apply and blend, and sheer enough that it is hard to overdo it. There really is no other blush on the market like it. Absolutely worth a try.

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