I didn't plan on writing a review for these blushes since they're not new and I'm sure most of you have either already read your fair share of reviews, or you already own some of these blushes and have your own opinions of them. But when I picked them up at a local store recently for $1.99 a piece, and I actually started to use them, I decided that I'd like to share my opinion of them with you. If you've been on the fence about these, maybe this review can help.
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes
(retail: $7.99 at most major drugstores, 0.19 oz)
Available in ten shades, Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes seem very Japanese-influenced to me, which is indeed what attracts me to them--I love Asian beauty products. The word "bouncy" is a word I would expect to find in the title of a Japanese beauty product and the fun texture is something rather unusual for a US drugstore product. If I remember correct, these blushes were released in Asia before the US (although I could be wrong).
Keep reading for my review and swatches...
From the Ulta website:
DescriptionMaybelline's Dream Bouncy Blush's unique bouncy texture gives you the freshest flush ever! The revolutionary powder-gel formula is lightweight like a powder, yet it melts seamlessly into skin like a cream, for a sheer wash of bouncy-fresh color that lasts!
DirectionsFor the most natural look, use fingertips to apply one layer of blush to apples of cheeks in a circular motion. For more intense color, continue to apply additional layers.
Ingredients: Talc, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Diisostearyl Malate, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol,Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake].
In the photo below, you can see that I've already used these blushes. Coral Candy has some indentations from where I pressed a bit too hard with my finger (more on that in a moment).
What I love: The texture is just so neat--it's like Silly Putty. You can press the surface and you'll see an indentation from your finger, but then you can kind of smoosh the product back into its original form. I think the Silly Putty comparison is closer than saying these are like Play-Doh because with Play-Doh, if you press too hard, things start to crumble. These blushes are pliable and I think it would take a lot to make them crumble or break. In a word, they're just plain cool. I also love the pigmentation of Plum Wine. You can control the color by gently dabbing the surface of the blush to pick up a tiny amount of color, you can pick up more color by lightly rubbing back and forth on the surface of the blush. Either way, Plum Wine is buildable and easy to work with. It's easy to apply (I have only used my fingers for application because that's been working well for me) and it's also easy to blend. Another thing I love is that these blushes contain no fragrance. I literally can't smell a thing during application or after application.
What I don't love: Candy Coral, although beautiful, is too weakly pigmented for my NC20 skintone. I'd say that if you're deeper than NC20, you might not even want to bother with this shade. I have to really pack it on in order to see the color on my cheeks, but then when I blend, the color fades dramatically and I can't really see anything at all. I think Candy Coral would be nice if you are very fair and just want a very delicate flush of color--that's really the only good scenario that I can envision for this shade. The other thing I don't love about both of these blushes is the staying power. I guess I've been spoiled by other cream blushes that have great staying power, so I found this one to be fair-to-average. Even the more pigmented shade of the two, Plum Wine, seems to fade in about four hours on my oily skin. It does have better staying power if I use a primer beforehand and follow up with an oil-control setting power; I can get about six hours of wear if I do both.
FINAL VERDICT: I'm glad I didn't pay full price for these blushes, and I'm glad that I finally got to experience the texture first-hand. Candy Coral turned out to be a bust for me personally, but Plum Wine is quite beautiful on my skin and the level of pigmentation is quite impressive. I love that you can easily build for more intensity and these blushes are easy to blend. I would certainly consider trying additional shades in the future, but only if I caught them on sale and I think I would only try the other darker shades in the range. I was so disappointed with my experience with Candy Coral that I don't see myself purchasing any of the lighter shades for fear of the same experience. I would also probably limit my use of this product to colder months. In warmer weather, I just don't get the staying power that I need. In cooler weather and with primer and an oil-control setting powder, I can almost make it through a workday. Otherwise, this blush is pretty much gone by noon.
Do you own any Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes? Please share your experiences in the comments!