Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
0.18 fl. oz. for $22
Last Updated:07.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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.

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

Coconut water: it’s 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. We’re talking up to 14 hours of color and hydration—really, we tested it. In six buildable shades of flushed, fresh gorgeousness.


Aqua (Water) (and) Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glycerin, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Hydroxystearate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Gycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA. May Contain: Red 40 (CI 16035), Red 27 (CI 45410), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Brand Overview

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; uniquely effective gel blush.

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 ingredient’s 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, it’s 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—and there isn’t anything wrong with that—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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This blush is the best I have found thus far. Just remember a little bit goes a long way! At first I applied too much so I looked like a clown;and I could not get it off! When done correctly, you will like that it stays! I also love the ingredients of my skin. JM offers a wide variety of shades too. It is nice knowing I am putting health ingredients on my skin to give my cheeks some life! LOVE IT!

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Stacey W.
Best Blush ever - Getaway Red

This looks natural yet it enhances beautifully.

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Scarlett A.
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!

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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.

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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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