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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review and Swatchfest: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush

There are an awful lot of new releases in drug stores right now and the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blushes are among them. At first glance, the claim that these blushes are supposed to "feel lightweight like a powder but blend like a cream" didn't make the fact that they are a mousse immediately apparent. It wasn't until I tried - without success - using a brush to apply one that I learned the hard way. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with some pictures.






Rather than buying the full line of colors, I thought I would try to get a nice sampling of both lighter, cooler and brighter, warmer colors.
Orchid Hush is a light, purple-leaning pink. 


Peach Satin is a bright, red-leaning peach

Unblended: Peach Satin on top, Orchid Hush on bottom.

Blended out.
Orchid Hush was too light for even my skin; it took a lot of product to get the color shown above. It would definitely be best for those with the lightest of skin tones. Peach Satin, on the other hand, has great pigmentation and is built up and blended out easily. Because these are the only colors I have tried, I can't speak for the rest of the line. But to be safe, if you have darker skin, I would be weary of the lighter shades for fear they perform similar to Orchid Hush.

The texture of these blushes are very unusual. In the pan, they feel spongy and mousse-like (similar to the ELF Studio Cream Blushes). Unlike the ELF blushes, however, it was much harder to pick up product with my finger and near impossible to apply with a brush. Once the product is on, the texture is wonderful, easily blended, and has a lovely satiny/matte finish. For those who aren't a fan of applying product with your fingers or cream blushes in general, these will not be for you. Although, even if you are a fan of cream blushes, these are some of the hardest to work. Despite the great results you get once you nail the application technique, I think there are other cream blushes out there that yield similar results with much less effort.

My advice: Try them if you are curious, but these are not a must-have or revolutionary by any means.

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