5.04.2013

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée.

The Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées are new to the Josie Maran line up, and it's also my first foray into this brand of beauty and skin care products that boasts all natural and organic ingredients. The name in itself makes the product sound like the perfect, refreshing addition to a tropical vacation travel makeup bag, no?

I have the shade Poppy Paradise, a sheer, bright, juicy cherry red. It gives the most believable just pinched cheeks you can imagine, minus the pinching pain! I've applied it using fingers and a brush, and I've found that I achieve the easiest, quickest, and most flawless application with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. One dab into the pot is all you need for each cheek, and this particular brush blends it out easily (it can tend to be a bit patchy using fingers if you're not careful).


The watercolor effect on the skin is fresh, youthful, and perfects the flushed-from-within look. The gel melts seamlessly into the skin, leaving only the tint visible to the naked eye.  It doesn't sit on top of the skin the way traditional cream blushes do. Although the gel formula may indicate a seemingly sticky texture, once it dries down on the skin, the stickiness dissipates completely. The coconut water and argan oil are meant to provide hydration and nourishment, while the staining effect also means that the lasting power is phenomenal - 12 hours easily for me. 


Similarly to the other shades offered, Poppy Paradise looks nothing short of frightening in the pot, but rest assured, it is very sheer yet easily buildable due to its unique gelée formulation. Although the pot is tiny and more reminiscent of the size of a lip gloss, it contains 0.18 oz, which is average compared to other cream blushes. And considering how very little product you need per use, I can't imagine running out any time in the near future.

I'm deeming it the blush of summer 2013.

I purchased the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise from Sephora for $22.


48 comments:

  1. This is SO GORGEOUS on you! LOVE it! I am going to look for this one!

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  2. Wow, a cream blush that lasts for 12 hours? Now I'm intrigued. I love how it looks on you! Did you use it on your lips too?

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  3. I'm a Josie Maran fan...love her philosophy and products!! Coconut Watercolor sounds so refreshing and like Summer!!! This color is so fun and bright and cheery!! Yay!! Do you think you'll be looking to pick up other colors?

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  4. It actually lasts more than 12 hours on me, but starts to fade a bit after the 12 hour mark. Still very impressive though! And no, I have a NYX soft matte lip cream on my lips today :)

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  5. I definitely would be interested in trying more shades! There's a coral one that looks nice too. What else do you recommend from the brand?

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  6. HI Tiffany, Poppy Paradise is so pretty on you! (The name 'Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée is so fun too!)

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  7. this sounds amazing! just the name alone sold me :)

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  8. Oh wow this looks so awesome! You look so pretty! Too bad Josie Maran isn't available in Australia...

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  9. Hahaha, I know what you mean! Love the name :)They're new, and when I ordered mine, there weren't any reviews online yet but there may be some now!

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  10. Hi Dovey, thanks so much! I agree with you about the name :)

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  11. Thanks, Amy! The name really drew me in initially as well, so I don't blame you one bit :)

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  12. Thank you so much, Tasha! It really is a shame Josie Maran isn't more widely available in other countries. Hopefully they'll expand their availability soon!

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  13. I love it on you! And your hair looks so pretty in this picture! The blush is such a nice shade, I would totally love this. The formula really sounds excellent, yay!

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  14. The formulation sounds really unique and not something that we've seen before. Lasting power is amazing too! Despite looking potentially intimidating in the pot, this sheers out really naturally on you and gives a lovely, summery flush :) I love the Expert Face Brush for cream blush - so perfect for that purpose!

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  15. I feel so much happiness just staring at it. Josie Maran! red! cream! blush! (!!!!!!!!!!!!)


    I think my Majolica Marjoca Blood On is similar. Was going to get rid of it but now have to re-test. LOL

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  16. That looks pretty swell actually

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  17. This is so pretty! I need it! It looks gorgeous on you too x

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  18. The packaging of this is so pretty and it looks great on you!

    Rose Gold Whimsy

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  19. So pretty! I definitely need to check out this line. I have a NYX cream blush that is pretty phenomenal, but I can't help but be tempted by natural ingredients. I love those curls on you, such a romantic and pretty look!

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  20. Looks gorgeous! Definitely picking this up soon:)
    Julianne in June

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  21. SO pretty... the blush too ;-) There's something about the word 'gelee' that I just LOVE!

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  22. Thank you so much, Teri! I used hot rollers in my hair today - so much easier and time efficient than a curling iron! I could totally see you rocking a shade like this! You pull off the bright shades so well :)

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  23. Yup, the formula is definitely unique! I normally use a Sephora contour brush for cream blushes, but I really loved how the Expert Face Brush made this Josie Maran blush look, so I think I'm going to need to use it more for other cream blushes as well :)

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  24. Yes, this blush is so you! And I remember that Majolica Majorca blush in your recent post, haha!

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  25. Thanks, Nina! I really like it too :)

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  26. Thank you, Cindy! I quite like how simple and small the packaging is as well :)

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  27. Thanks so much, Alison! I used hot rollers :) I have a NYX cream blush too and it's such a nice formula, especially considering the price. Definitely a steal. You should test out these Josie Maran gel blushes sometime though....it's quite a bit different from a cream.

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  28. Thanks, Julianne! Glad you like it :) Let me know what you think if you end up getting it!

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  29. Awww, Jessica, you're such a sweetheart! <3 I agree about 'gelée'...it draws me in too! :)

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  30. its such a gorgeous blush...I have ordered it for a friend...lets see how it turns out...lovely review.

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  31. I love it! It looks so natural and fresh. I'm so intrigued by this name also.
    Beautiful as always,

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  32. I think I will try the coral. I've been looking for an organic color like this since my 1992 Cargo blush I had in coral. I still have it and hope this makes up for a wonderful replacement. Of course I don't use it anymore. Saved it in hopes of finding that duplicate one day. Yay!!!

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  33. Thank you so much! I wish I had a DSLR so I could really capture what it looks like on the skin. It's incredibly natural, and the texture is invisible. I really want to check out more shades now :)

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  34. Ooo, yay! Let me know what they think of it! I'd love to hear :)

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  35. Thank you so much, Taylor! And yes, the name is just adorable, isn't it?

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  36. Aww, that's so amazing that you loved it so much to keep it :) I hope you can find a suitable replacement! I don't know if the coral one will be similar or not, but it's definitely worth a try! Let me know :)

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  37. This looks so beautiful on you! I haven't heard of these at all. Great find Tiffany.

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  38. Thanks, Kelly! They're new. I wasn't even able to find any swatches or reviews online when I ordered. I took a chance, but it definitely paid off ;)

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  39. WOW! This sounds amazing! I love the picture of you wearing it too, it looks great on your skin tone, and your hair looks so good curly!!


    xo aly

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  40. Thank you so much, Aly! Glad you like the look of the blush - I definitely see it being a staple in my collection this summer! As for my hair, I've been experimenting with hot rollers lately and am loving the effect :)

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  41. Can this be used as a lip colour too? :)

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  42. Holy crap on a cracker!! *want want want* I'm speechless and that doesn't happen really often haha xxx

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  43. I've never tried it that way, but I don't see why not. It would probably leave just a sheer stain on the lips. Keep in mind, it won't look the same on the lips as a cream blush would though, because of the gel formula :)

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  44. Hahaha, I love your reaction! It would look beautiful on you, Lina!

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  45. Oh, my...! It's so natural and flattering! :)
    As Sunny, I also thought you have used the same product for lips, so you have picked the perfect combo!

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