Wanna know a little secret? I never used to wear blush. No, like seriously never unless I was in a theatrical production. Looking back, I don't remember my logic. I think I just didn't realize how many blush shades existed and that more than the one I owned would be flattering on my skin tone.
Thank heaven I've learned to embrace blush (and even play with different shades) in the past year!
Jouer is a brand that I've heard a lot of buzz about this past year as I've gotten back in to watching YouTube videos. It's a brand whom I enjoy following and was very high up on my list of brands I wanted to try. A few months ago I became incredibly lucky and won one of the giveaways that Christina Zilber, the founder of Jouer Cosmetics, was holding on her Snapchat. (She is a delight to follow on Snapchat, by the way.) I couldn't believe it! For my prize, I got to choose two blushes and a bronzer. I chose Suntan, Peony and Blossom.
Obviously, since these were a gift, I am not required to review them, but I've been wearing them for the past couple months, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. (Especially since I had trouble finding good information about the blushes when I was trying to select my colors. Most of the hype around Jouer that I've seen is around their liquid lipsticks.)
Swatches (from top to bottom):
- Bronzer in Suntan (a matte honey bronze)
- Blush in Blossom (a soft peachy pink)
- Blush in Peony (a sheer cool pink)
*For those who care about the science behind swatches, these are finger swatches. I swiped my finger across each product twice and then swiped my finger across my arm.
All three of these products have a more subtle pigment, which I prefer when it comes to blushes and bronzers. With these types of products, I like to have more control on how much ends up on my skin and not end up with way too much by accident. (You know what I'm saying?) Each one builds up really nicely and doesn't skip when you apply it. All of them apply smoothly.
All three are oil and paraben free but they are not gluten free. (This may not matter to you, but for me, with my gluten allergy, I notice that my skin will break out a bit in the areas I've worn the product if I wear them for more than two days in a row. It's not a deal breaker for me, though, because I don't mind switching it up when it comes to blushes and bronzers.)
The wear time for all of these is very long lasting. I don't have a specific time figured out where they stop looking fabulous, but I've worn them on 8 hour days and still thought they looked great at the end of the day. These are definitely ones you can apply and forget (which, for the price, I'd say is important.)
Another cool fact is that the different packages will all lock in with each other so you can build your own palette - a lot of Jouer's other products are also compatible with this design. But they separate super easily so that you can always rearrange your palette or take them on their own. (I usually leave them separate.)
The only complaint I have is that they close tightly (which is great for throwing them in your makeup bag), but when I try to open them with long nails sometimes I struggle a little bit.
If the price tag is too daunting for you, or you're still trying to figure out what blush shades you like on yourself, I recommend Wet N Wild's Coloricon blushes. They're $2.99 and work beautifully. Though they are more pigmented than these Jouer blushes, so you will want to use a light hand.
What's your favorite blush and/or bronzer at the moment?
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