The warm weather has set in. I’m looking forward to a heated New York Summer, let’s hope this good weather lasts because if you live around these parts you’ve probably been way disappointed at our lack of Spring.
Jumping in the Summer I’m already stocking up on facial mists, lightweight moisturizers, and cheeks stains! I love naturally flushed cheeks in the Summer with minimal to no eye makeup so I’m all about hunting out the best cheek stains of the moment.
I tried out Jelly Pong Pong Jelly Flush which is quite a dupe-tastic version of Tarte’s legendary Cheek Stains.
Let’s take a peek!
A swirl up stick of cheek stain gel that you can swipe on for an instant flush of color!
Available in one shade, Jelly Pong Pong Jelly Flush comes in twist up tube that you can swipe on, blend out, and go! Yup, it’s definitely an utter dupe for Tarte Cheek Stain but in a smaller size tube.
The formula is a solid gel stick with a delightful fruity, sweet strawberry scent. It’s easy enough to tote around with you but it does have a short coming that Tarte’s version also had but I’ll tell you about that in a second.
The formula is moisturizing so it glides across cheeks easily and blends out just as simply. The color isn’t terribly pigmented but it builds up for more pop and can be used on most skin types but beware if already sport a bit of redness on your cheeks as the color is a true flush of red.
I generally enjoy Tarte’s version and like Jelly Pong Pong’s just as well. It gives a nice flush of color on my face that looks very natural as if I’m blushing or just stepped in from a cold night however…
Just like Tarte’s older version (they have since revised the formula) this tends to be very melty and a bit messy. The product tends to “bleed” a bit and liquid-y bits and bobs end up towards the bottom of the barrel of the tube and it drips everywhere. The best solution is to pop it in your fridge for a bit to get it solid again but it’s not a long term solution as anytime the product is exposed to a warmer climate it tends to melt a good deal. Tarte’s version had a similar problem however they revised the formula about a year ago and it hasn’t been an issue since. This would be ideal to travel if it wasn’t for that messy problem.
I find gel stains tend to not wear as long as a liquid cheek stain so a touch up is needed within two to three hours so the wear isn’t crazy long but the natural flush of color might be worth the shorter wear time for some.
- Anyone who likes minimal makeup (this gives just a flush of color that looks natural and pretty!).
- Those wanting a lightweight blush for Summer that’s looks natural.
- Those with tan or olive skin (the red shade will blush cheeks nicely with a hint of color!).
- Those who have redness in their cheeks (if you already have redder cheeks you might want to avoid as this color is red).
- Super pale chicas (if you’re very fair the red shade might not be flattering).
- Those who aren’t particularly keen on messy packaging (the packaging is a problem).
Overall, Jelly Pong Pong Jelly Flush is a delightful little product but it does suffer from one major problem, the packaging/formula. The formula is very melty and the tube doesn’t help the situation as product ends up dribbling everywhere. It is slightly cheaper than Tarte’s version and the overall product does perform nicely and gives a perfect flush of color for the warm weather but sadly the mess may not be worth it in the long run.
I liked it well enough but they definitely need to work an ickle bit on reformulating the formula so it doesn’t melt as easily.
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Available now from jellypongpong.com