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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Josie Maran Fresh-Faced & Romantic Kit Review

If you followed my posts, you know that I bought this set a couple weeks ago. I'm so sorry, I didn't get a chance to do a review sooner. I prefer to test the products for at least a few days before I do a full review. But with working full time Monday-Friday with some occasional weekends and OT, I'm pretty beat by the time I get home. Anyways, let's get on with the review.

A little about this product line. Their signature main ingredient is organic argan oil, which is a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids. Argan oil helps nourish, moisturize, and protect the skin and hair. They claim that their products are organic, natural, paraben-free, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, toxin-free, recyclable, and pure.

What's in the box?
  • Lipgloss - Soledad
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Argan Color Stick - Rosey
  • Blush/bronzer duo
  • GOGO mascara
  • Argan oil hair serum
  • 100% pure argan oil

  • Every item is individually wrapped with white tissue paper.
  • Nothing fancy but sturdy and practical.
  • This set costs $52 and contains products with a value of $119. I personally think that was a good value set, that's why I have been dying to get it.
  • This set is no longer available for purchase on Sephora's website and you may or may not find it in stores. In spite of that, you can still get them individually, which will cost you more.

  • Lipgloss - Soledad is a muted coral lipgloss with a cream finish. It leans more on the sheer side but still give out some color. This is the kind of color that would look nice on most skintone. It comes with a small tapered brush applicator, which does a pretty good job at keeping its shape.The formula is not sticky and moisturizing. I get about 2 hours of wear. It has a sweet scent that reminds of toffee candies. Overall, I like this gloss.

  • Argan Illuminizer. This bottle contains .5 oz or 15 ml. The product is dispensed through a pump which I find is easy to control. This is shimmery but the shimmers are very fine and once you blend it out, it just looks like you have this pretty dewy glow.

  • Argan Color Stick - Rosey. I don't know why but I just can't bring myself to love stick or cream blushes. They just feel so sticky when I apply them. There is quite a bit of product in here so you won't go through it quick. It has a faint shimmer and is pretty decently pigmented and blends easily. I'm not a great fan of the scent. It has a citrusy smell that reminds me of instect repellent.

  • Blush/bronzer duo. The blush is super pretty. It has that gold sheen that just makes you look flushed and glowy. I also like that it's quite long-wearing. The bronzer, I'm not too crazy about. First, it has a slight orange undertone. There is some shimmers but they look very subtle. It is so pigmented that you'd want to be careful and use a light hand. Otherwise, it can be easy to overdo.

  • GOGO mascara. I'm not sure if the wand is the same size if you were to buy a full size mascara. The brush is big and has a lot of bristles. The formula is not too dry or wet. It didn't do much for my lashes. Gave them a bit of length and volume and that's about it. I'm not the best when it comes to mascara reviews since I don't really bother with them but I can tell you that I definitely had better than this one. So this is something you can skip IMO.

  • Argan oil hair serum and 100% pure argan oil. Both comes with a dropper, which I like. The hair serum was so small that I didn't get much use out of it. It did soften and condition my hair but I would rather recommend you get the one from Sally Beauty Supply because it comes in a pretty large bottle and works just as well and the price is much nicer. The pure argan oil felt soothing and moisturizing on the skin. It's not something I would rub all over my body but just certain areas of my skin that need special attention.

Overall this is a pretty good set and I like most of the products that comes with it and most of them are a pretty good size. My least favorites would be the bronzer and the stick blush. They didn't impress me but that's just my opinion. I don't think they are bad though, just didn't meet my expectation. My favorite would be the pressed powder blush. It's just freaken gorgeous! The rest of the product, I like but probably wouldn't repurchase. I love trying out these kits, especially if I have a huntch that I'm going to like at least most of the products. My rating for this set would be 8/10.

What do you think of this cosmetic line? Have you tried any of their products?

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