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Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm Back, and I've Got An Opinion On a Blush!

Hurrah! I have returned! I have risen from the dead to spread a message of makeup; I am a makeup messiah.

Well, no, I mean, not really. I just had the morning off.

But nonetheless, I've got a product to review.

Maybelline's Dream Bouncy Blushes were introduced a few months back to rave reviews. For a while it was a bit tricky to hunt these babies down because everyone was trying to get their hands on them. Never having been a fan of Maybelline blushes before (seriously, the Fit Me blushes are just awful), I read the hype with reservation. However, while running errands one day I found a Bouncy Blush sale in Wal-Mart and decided to pick one up.

I brought #15 in Rose Petal home and gave it a try.

The packaging: it's a small, round compact with a flimsy flip lid. It weighs nearly nothing, which might actually be a factor of the product itself (more on that later). The logo is a bit juvenile, with Comic Sans style bubble letters. It reminds me of the PINK line from Victoria's Secret: aimed at younger women.

Texture: This is where shit gets weird. Dream Bouncy blushes are literally bouncy. If you press into the product, it gives it a little bit and puffs out on the sides, sort of like a new pillow when you first put your head on it. It reminds me a lot of my Chanel Illusion D'Ombre  eyeshadow. It's weird. It also doesn't seem to weigh anything; it's like swiping your finger across cotton candy. It's the most light-weight cream blush I've ever encountered.

Application: You have to apply it with your fingertips, like most cream blushes. I don't personally appreciate applying blush with my fingertips, but it is what it is. The product on the fingertip comes out both chalky and creamy. I don't know how this works.
Color Payoff: Um, not so good. Maybe I just picked a bum color, but I have had a really hard time getting a lot of color to show up on my skin. Maybe this is a factor of how light is feels. I've found it does make a good base for other powder blushes.
(Swatched in natural light vs. an unblended dab on my cheek with flash)

Because I don't get a lot of color payoff with this blush alone, I've been pairing it with my E.L.F. Studio Blush and Bronzer Duo. Together the two look beautiful. It gives my cheeks a lovely peachy-pink glow.
Eyes: NARS Cairo, Urban Decay Virgin and Smog
Lips: Revlon Pink in the Afternoon

Dream Bouncy Blush Rating: C-

Final thoughts: I wanted to like this product, just because I appreciate the concept of a feather light cream blush. Unfortunately, I had such a hard time working with this one its own that I can't really recommend it as a stand alone blush. If you want a nice cream base on which to layer a powered blush, you can be sure this will certainly provide that. But on its own, it's a total bust.

Have you tried any of the Bouncy Blushes? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you think I just picked a bad color? Let me know what you think of them!

1 comment:

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