To me spring is just an excuse to buy another blush. It's an anything goes type of season but we all feel the need to brighten up, most likely as a symbol of freedom from winter's clutches. A time where we can embrace color and it will never seem out of place is naturally the time when my blush collection see's the most action. This year I wasn't satisfied with just one new blush, I fell in love with Maybelline's entire line of Dream Bouncy Blushes (For which I mentioned my initial thoughts Here) and ended up with three.
|Pink Frosting (bottom), Fresh Pink(top left), and Orchid Hush (top right)|
I was drawn to these by the beautiful fresh color selection, but the cute packaging and my curiosity about the word "bouncy" sealed the deal and I purchased "fresh pink". It was a nice soft yet awake pink, something that every blush collection can benefit from, and upon application it blends into the skin like a dream and gives me a nice natural sweet pink flush. A little too natural... to satisfy my craving for the vibrant hues I got "pink frosting" which is a shade or two darker and is quiet bright on my complexion and "orchid hush" a lavender color for when i'm feeling adventurous.
|Mine are clearly |
As you can see, much like a cream product unattractive fingerprints get left behind, and ruining the perfect little dome shape is always heartbreaking but unavoidable. I have no idea what makes it bouncy but it is a consistency that is as much fun to wear as it is to poke. It is like a cream without the annoyances, no greasiness, no unblendable staining, no stickiness, no smearing, and no (insert any problem here). I believe the reason for this is it is more of a cream to powder consistency than an actual cream. However unlike a powder that can appear chalky, this sinks into the skin like a true cream, offering a natural texture. Many powdered blushes sit on top on the skin and give such a dense coverage that the flush doesn't look natural, leaving blush streaks or clown cheeks (rhyme unintentional), so I appreciate that this formula offers a good color pay off while allowing a bit of skin to show through.
|Swatch Time: Orchid Hush, Pink Frosting, Fresh Pink (from left to right)|
Here is the big complaint about these blushes, not all of the shades are so fantastically pigmented. The majority of negative reviews I have read only dislike that they do not show up on darker skin tones. Now, I do not have this problem, being still with my winter complexion I can wear even orchid hush (one of the lightest shades) and the brightest I can get away with is Pink Frosting. However I have seen a few shades that are quite bright and I think they will be visible on most skin tones. I just don't find that to be a relevant argument; like most things in makeup one shade is not going to work for everyone, so luckily these come in ten.