The life of a makeup lover is a dangerous one. You can be anywhere — cutting through a department store, innocently browsing the internet, or stopping in at the drugstore — when something pretty stops you in your tracks. The latest makeup item to catch my eye was Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, looking oh-so-alluring on a Target endcap.
I tweeted a photo and asked if anyone had tried them; a few folks responded that the blushes were sheer but buildable (not a bad thing for my skintone). But which color(s) to get? In an amazing stroke of good fortune, Maybelline offered to let me swatch the whole range.
The Dream Bouncy blushes are incredibly malleable. They have a consistency like Play-Doh; if you attack the dome too vigorously, you can shift it, or cause cracks to appear… but the blush is just as easily patted back into shape. Maybelline currently offers ten shades (all satin/sheeny), and because they’re so soft, fingers are probably your best application tool.
05 Fresh Pink is a pale, cool, bubblegum blue-pink with a silvery shimmer. 10 Pink Frosting is ruddier, a red-violet rose pink. 15 Rose Petal is the lightest and sheerest, a pale warm pink. 20 Peach Satin is a ruddy coral. 30 Candy Coral is actually more peachy.
40 Pink Plum is petal pink. 45 Orchid Hush is lavender-lilac. 50 Plum Wine is a wine/apple red. 60 Coffee Cake is peach-brown. 70 Hot Tamale is hot flamingo pink at first, but builds to a bright red-pink.
As is often the case with drugstore products, prices vary widely. At Target, these are $6.49 apiece. At the “good” CVS, they’re $7.49. On Ulta.com, they’re $7.99. At the expensive CVS, they’re $8.39. Just something to think about before you check out.