Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush Review, Swatches, Photos
Being Human is back on the BBC on February 5th. I suspect we’ll see it in March if not sooner on BBC America. But Toby, why you put George in the corner? Update: It will be on BBC America on 02/25/2012! Yay!
Enjoy the trailer fan girls!
Now for the makeup!
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush how you get so awesome? Seriously, I can play with these all day! The formula is so spongy and bouncy and joyful!
These are fun if nothing else. I think Maybelline did a really great job with the concept and the idea behind the blushes. They have a sponge-y almost clay-like texture that quite reminds me of the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadows. You press on them and they seem to bounce right back again (just don’t press too hard). They kinda remind me of molding clay. Below you can see how I pressed one in a little bit too much…that’s ok though, the dome of the blush will lose a bit of its shape after a few applications but the texture remains the same.
One of the most surprising things about the blush is the size. Seeing promo images I thought they would be about the size of a regular blush compact but they are actually fairly smaller and about the size of MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow. The smaller size doesn’t hinder the product in anyway and you have plenty of room to dip fingers in without issues. Speaking of….I don’t really love the idea of products I have to dip into to apply as it creates a breeding ground for bacteria but you can use a stippling to avoid this.
I find the best application is blending out with fingers but you can get fairly beautiful results with the aid of a stippling brush as well for a more airbrushed finish to the blush. I find it’s pretty much foolproof to apply and builds easily without every looking over done. The formula is lacking in the pigment tomorrow particularly with some of the lighter shades but they build easily for a natural flush of color. Some of the darker shades prove the best picks in my opinion for most all skin types as they have the best color pay off. Some shades I recommend for purchase would be Plum Wine, Pink Frosting, Hot Tamale, and Peach Satin. These proved to have the best pigment.
The formula is incredibly lightweight and has the silky feel of a powder with a satin finish but the ease of a cream that melts into skin like butter. They are an absolute dream to work with and they give skin just the right natural glow without accentuating problem areas like finer lines or drier areas.
The downside is not only the lack of pigmentation but also the wear time. I can put these on in the morning and within an hour they wear away completely. The longest wear time I’ve seen from them so far was two hours wearing the shade Hot Tamale.
Shades swatched left to right, bottom to top:
- Peach Satin
- Pink Frosting
- Hot Tamale
- Plum Wine
- Candy Coral
- Rose Petal
- Pink Plum
If you can find them on sale I think one or two shades are worth a pick up but the really short wear time kills the deal slightly here for me and the very subtle color pay off. A bit more pigment and a better wear time would earn these a spot on my Muse Approval list.
What do you think?
Available now at drugstores.
Disclaimer: Two of these blushes were given to me as press samples from Maybelline and the others I purchased at Walgreens.