I've been bitten by the drugstore beauty bug. You might have seen my post on Revlon lip butters, a product that I'm certainly loving lately. However, it was not the lip butters that had me running to the store. It was the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blushes that did me in. The whisper soft colors and the surrealistic 'Dream Bouncy' name were irresistible. I walked away with two in hand: 45 Orchid Hush and 15 Rose Petal.
The most important $8 question I'm supposed to be answering in this review is 'what is the texture of a 'dream bouncy' blush?'. Everyone seems to have a creative way of describing it. It is definitely not a traditional creme blush. Creme blushes are smooth, slippery, and melt upon contact with you warm finger. I don't think Dream Bouncy is more of a putty like texture. Instead of melting, it can be pushed around by your finger. In addition, I get the sensation of airy pockets beneath the putty. It's really something quite different! Application must be done by by hand. It can't be picked up by a stippling brush; as I mentioned it is not a creme. This makes me happy since I love blending with fingers. When I swipe my fingers on the blush, I can barely feel any product on my finger. However, when I look there is definitely pigment there. It is like a powder-creme hybrid. In terms of allergies and breakouts, I haven't had any significant ones yet which is encouraging. However, I will monitor this carefully over time and update if I come to a different conclusion.
The Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush colors I chose were Orchid Hush and Rose Petal. Orchid Hush was love at first swatch. It is a pale pink with a hint of lavender. I still feel starry-eyed just thinking about it. The hint of 'orchid' that makes it perfect for this season. Rose petal is a pale pinky peach. The color doesn't match up as well with the name; I usually imagine rose petals to be pink. It gives a really nice peachy glow. Both colors are pale and sheer. I don't think they were designed to be pigmented. This is fine, because I prefer subtle color. That said, these were among the lighter colors in the Dream Bouncy display. You can find more beautiful swatches at Planet Martha and Getting Cheeky.
In my imagination, the soft and pretty dream bouncy blushes seem to play to the tune of "Dream a little dream of me." I felt happy wearing Dream Bouncy every day this week. I'm so pleased with my drugstore beauty experience so far. The next time I see a display, I'm going to re-examine pink plum, fresh pink, and coffee cake.
Thanks for reading! Have you tried the Dream Bouncy blushes yet? How would you describe their texture? What are some of your favorite drugstore or high end creme blushes? (I'm hoping to explore a bit more).
Note for cruelty-free beauty lovers: It is worth noting that Maybelline is not cruelty free (what a shame). If it weren't for that, I'd be singing their praises. I really hope that one day this will change.