Thursday, May 29, 2014

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée - Getaway Red

Last summer Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée’s were talked about by all our favourite YouTubers and Beauty Bloggers so of course they were added to my American wish list. When I touched down in Las Vegas last year my first stop was of course Sephora and I headed straight for the Josie Maran concession.

Unfortunately the very attractive little pots fell a little flat and I wasn't impressed enough to make the purchase and thought them too sheer for my tastes. Fast forward months later, Sephora is shipping to the UK and the Cheek Gelee craze is back and despite my initial thoughts it made it's way back on to the wish list for another try.

On our arrival in San Francisco and after a late lunch Ben decided to head back to our hotel for a disco nap, I decided to go to Sephora. Again I headed for the pretty colour pots from Josie Maran. Having recently watched a video from Sally Hughes about colour matching your blush and lipstick (you can find the video here) I was somewhat obsessed with finding a red blush to compliment my red lips so decided to give Getaway Red a try hoping the sheer abilities would avoid any comparisons to Aunt Sally (if you’re too young to know who Aunt Sally is I don’t want to know!).

Again I was unimpressed but swiped some across my cheeks that were lacking after our 10 flight from London and my opinion were changed. Instantly I had a flush of colour and looked awake and refreshed, it was quite remarkable and the $22 pot was immediately purchased.

Since returning to the UK I have chosen to wear this blush on many occasions. I love the ease of applying with my fingers and the flush of colour it adds to my cheeks. Sheer enough to not scare anyone but enough to take effect. I’m a little disappointed I didn’t buy this from Oahu when I travelled there as it was where Josie Maran actually lived, on one of the beaches that she came up with the idea for this product. No the coconut water isn’t a marketing gimmick, this little gelee’s are infused with 50% pure coconut water.

As for lasting power they do rather well and I’ve seen some reviews that say they don’t work well with powder foundations but I’ve not found that to be the case. At the weekend I was wearing Bare Minerals powder foundation with Getaway Red and went from an epic shopping trip round London to a family BBQ later that day and my blush was still going strong. I’ve included a photo of me wearing it below.

I especially love the packaging, reminiscent of the Bobbi Brown cream blush pots before they changed the packaging. With colour coded lids you know exactly what product you’re reaching for which makes early morning make up grabs less stressful. For $22 it’s certainly not the cheapest of blushes but I’ve used mine frequently and there’s barely any dent to be seen.

I’m heading back to the States in September and it’s quite likely another of these little beauties will find its way into my life.

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  1. Such a fabulous red shade - looks amazing on you too :o) Xx

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  2. It looks wonderful! great to know I had not even thought about it or even looked at it. I must go to Sephora and try it out now. Grace

    1. Let me know how you get on, there are few shades to try x

  3. It looks so nice and shiny in the pot! It's a lovely shade of red, so classic! x

  4. Really nice natural shade! I was always worried about them being too sheer as well, but I think I might have to give them a go after reading your review ;)

  5. I have a pinky-red shade in this formula and I really like it! :)


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