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Friday, February 3, 2012

Review and Swatchfst: Josie Maran Argan Luminizer & Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink

 I don't know why it's taken me so long to review this duo. Maybe it's because, after I bought it and tried it, both products seamlessly slipped into my everyday routine and I forgot I never had them.

Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink

Argan Luminizer
I purchased these in a mini-sized duo pack. While this duo isn't available on the Sephora website, each product is still available individually.

This was my first experience with Josie Maran, and I must say that I'm in love. The Argan Color Stick is similar in texture to NARS color sticks and has great color payoff. Despite having a hint of shimmer, there isn't any grittiness to the texture and it glides on evenly with the ability to blend after. The color, Petal Pink, is described as a neutral pink shade on the Sephora website, but I would say it has a hint of warmth. Not so much as to overwhelm those of us who are fair skinned, but enough to bring warmth to wherever it's applied. This little guy is a multi-tasker too in that it can be worn both on the lips and cheeks. Pretty and practical! It has a distinct minty/herbal scent, but it doesn't linger and certainly isn't detectable when worn. If you are particularly sensitive to scents in your facial products, you might rethink purchasing, but aside from a pleasant fragrance when opening the product, I didn't notice much else.

The Argan Luminizer is an amazing bronze-gold based highlighter that will give you cheek bones you never knew you had. As a liquid luminizer, it is creamy (not too runny), non-gritty, easily sheered out, and can be added to foundation pre-application. I've had a problem with some liquid luminizers where, if you are wearing powder product on your cheeks, they liquid will move it around and give you streaks. Not so with this product.

 The only downside I found with this product was in the packaging. I love the pump, but it dispenses a little too much with a full pump, but it's hard to get anything less. Not a major drawback, but I want this to last as long as I can! It's liquid gold, people!

Both the Luminizer and the Color Stick contain Argan oil (as the names suggest), so if you hopped on the Argan train a while back, you will love these. For those of you who don't know, Argan oil is reported to be rich in Vitamin E and help rehydrate your skin. While I didn't notice any extra moisture in my skin, a liquid luminizer is always the way to go in order to avoid dryness, especially in winter. These products are stellar both together and individually, and I highly recommend them as they have become a staple in my collection!

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