June 28, 2010

Josie Maran Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

A while back ago I feel in love with Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss in Daring which led me to my recent purchase of the regular Josie Maran Lipgloss. At the time they seemed like a great investment since they were on sale at Beautyticket.

Question is did I love them as much as I did the Plumping Gloss?


A conditioning lip gloss in sheer, subtle colors and a shimmer finish that’s cruelty, toxic, fragrance, and paraben-free!

I suppose if you’re looking for a green formula in your lipgloss these could be a great pick however if you’re not willing to forgo quality for that formula you may want to skip.

If you’re a fond fan of lighter lipglosses lacking a sticky, tacky, thick formula, these may very well appeal. The formula is incredibly lightweight and leaves behind a very subtle layer of color with a shimmer finish.

The shades I purchased were Joie de Vivre (shimmering red), Confession (penny bronze), and Happiness (dusky mauve pink). The formula is made up of good for you ingredients including argan oil which should appeal to organic or green friendly makeup users.

The gloss is flavored like cake batter which makes it quite tasty in my opinion!

Sadly, I do find that green friendly makeup sometimes takes away from the quality of the formula and these suffer that fate. The formula is sadly a tad on the dry side so it doesn’t leave incredible shine behind nor does it makes lips super glossy. It runs on the thinner side and lacks any really stickiness to keep it on lips as long wearing as I like. Although not advertised as a pigmented gloss, I still felt a little disappointed that all of the shades apply pretty much the same due to very little color pay off. I find that I need to pump the applicator and apply several layers to feel like I have any gloss on my lips on at all!

  • Fans of cruelty-free makeup with a good for you formula.
  • Anyone who likes a subtle, lightweight lipgloss formula.

  • Anyone wanting a long wearing lipgloss!
  • Anyone desiring nice color pay off from their gloss.

I only paid $5.99 (or around that) for each one so I’m quite happy I didn’t splurge on the retail price because I’d be considerably more disappointed than I am. Although the gloss will make a nice treat for layering on top of other products, I feel like I won’t get much use of it on its own. The formula just isn’t that fabulous or eventful enough for me to get excited about.


Actually, thinking about it, I’d love my money back on all three because I fear these may end up in the makeup graveyard.

Have you tried Josie Maran Lipgloss?

What did you think?

Any favs from the Josie Maran Collection?


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  • Stephanie

    To bad these aren’t more pigmented because they look like such gorgeous colors in the tube.

    • the Muse

      oh steph agreed was so excited about them when I got the package but the formula and pigmentation is just meh!

  • Annie

    I haven’t tried Josie Maran’s lip gloss but I do have Josie Maran’s finger paints! I love the versatility and the fact that it is green. The colors are nice and subtle. However, I have to agree with you that the formula and quality does suffer a bit. :/ I know it’s cream based but it ALWAYS creases and usually faded by the end of the night. :/

    • the Muse

      hey annie I’ve heard alot about the finger paints 😀 yeah…sigh…sadly I notice that ALOT with “green” formulas. blah!

  • Jennie

    I’m on the fence on these glosses. They’re really moisturizing, the color is fine, but I tend to like more sheer side anyway. the main problem I have with them is that they smell like Play Doh. Yuck.

    • the Muse

      hey jennie for me they taste/smell like cake batter kinda 😀

      • Jennie

        A play doh cake?! hehe, I don’t really mind it too much. After the initial application it’s not really noticeable. And besides, the boyfriend likes it.

        • the Muse

          LOL yea jennie 😀 so long as the boy likes it, that’s all we need!