New Blush Find: Josie Maran Watercolor Cheek Gelee

josie maran watercolor cheek gelee (poppy paradise) review

My love affair with cream blushes have been a while now, some of my favorite blushes are in the cream formula, though they all have slightly different textures, such as the Le Metier de Beaute fresh tint for cheek & lips, Becca Tint Shimmer Souffle, Chanel Cream blush and etc. Comparing to powder blush, cream ones blend better, look more natural, easier to work with, and they are usually good travel companions – no brushes required. Recently, the Josie Maran Watercolor Cheek Gelee has joined my cream stash, and has quickly become one of my HG cream cheek products. Welcome to the HG club!

I picked up this mini size cheek gelee in the shade Poppy Paradise in a whim when I was in Sydney, OK, if I’m being completely honest, it’s the size of this product that drew me in. I mean, when a blush is this dainty and cute, who can say no to?! Given the amount of blushes I already own, I figured a mini size is a good way to try out more without further cluttering my storage space. Poppy Paradise is a hot, vibrant hot pinky red color that’s wearable on daily basis and mimics the look of natural flush, you know, the “I’m just back from a short run” flush without doing the actual running?

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee

josie maran coconut watercolor cheek gelee in poppy paradise swatch

josie maran coconut watercolor cheek gelee poppy paradise review

The Cheek Gelee has a very interesting consistency, unlike any other cream products I have tried. It’s infused with 50% coconut water, which sounds like a good treat for the skin while adding a nice wash of color to the cheek. It’s almost bouncy to the touch, and you don’t get crazy amount of pigmentation in one swipe with finger, so don’t be scared by the vibrant color in the pot. As you can see from my photos above, it’s just a light wash of natural flush color with some luminosity. You can also easily build up the intensity as desire. I have tried to use both with fingers and brushes and found out if you are going for a more sheer, not-quite-there-but-obviously-nicely-flushed look, finger is the way to go. But if you want more pigmented cheek color and want to achieve the look quickly, brush is a better option. I like to use a rather flat ended, densely packed synthetic brush, such as the Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer brush #73.

The lasting power of this blush is pretty amazing, I’m someone who would constantly touch the face, but the blush lasted well on me for over 8 hours without any fading (and this is with no makeup setting spray)- haven’t had the chance to see if it can last 14 hours as it claims, but I’m very happy with just 8 hours of excellent wear, considering the hot, humid weather in Singapore.

And don’t forget, Josie Maran’s product is clean from non-skin friendly chemicals and infused with argan oil, which means you are much less likely to clog the pores or do any harm to the skin while stay pretty. The best kind of makeup product, right? Seriously, I think I need more colors…