This is a review I'm seriously excited to share with you. The Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection is one of my most lust worthy holiday picks this year and I'm so glad I got the chance to test it out for you. I'm a big fan of Josie Maran's products to begin with. I've tried her Argan oil, lip products and most recently her cheek and lip and creamy cheek oils (I'll be reviewing these soon).
- - 0.17 oz Argan Black Oil Mascara
- - 0.16 oz Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink
- - 0.16 oz Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold
- - 0.15 oz Argan Illuminizer
- - 0.5 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
The main reasons I really wanted this set was that I had been wanting to try the illuminizer since I first spotted it in summer and second since I've been loving her lip and cheek creamy oils so much that I couldn't wait to try another color. I also have never tried a mascara by Josie Maran so I was curious to see if I liked it and I also just loved the design and packaging. At $34 I think this is a really affordable holiday gift set that any woman would love. There is also a second Winter Dreams collection that is more focused on skincare. If you're buying for someone who is more of a makeup lover, I'd reach for this set first. Available at Sephora.
The products included are surprisingly versatile. I first tried the Rio de Rose Gold eyeshadow which is a watercolor eyeshadow product by dabbing a tiny amount on my lid and blending it out into a fine layer. Simply shake the bottle and use the applicator to dab some product on your lids. I used my finger to blend this out. I found the look to be subtle and natural. I applied this over a primer. I did notice upon the first application that there was minor creasing. Later in the day I applied a second layer of this for a bolder look. There was no creasing at all. The next day I applied this in one layer but did a heavier layer. I did not notice any creasing or fading and hours later it still looks flawless. As seen above you can apply this in a thin layer and blend it out or you can build the color up for a more pigmented bold look. This dries rather quickly, so just be sure to blend it out with your finger quickly. I thought this type of product would be more of a pain to use but it was actually super easy and I love love love the results.
|Wearing Limitless Pink on cheeks and lips, Rio de Rose gold eyeshadow, illuminizer on cheeks and under brows, argan black oil mascara, tarte cc primer stick for foundation.|
The illuminizer is also versatile in that you can blend it and apply it with your foundation, blend it into the apples of your cheeks, use as a highlighter on your cheekbone or as a highlight under your brow or in the inner corner of your eye. My favorite way so far to use this is to apply one tiny pump of product to my hand. I then use a flat blending brush to pick up some product and in a circular motion work it into the brush a little bit. I then apply it to the apples of my cheeks as I would a blush and bring it back out to the hairline. (This is also how I apply the liquid cheek color in this set).
|Wearing Limitless Pink on Cheeks and Lips, Illuminizer on cheeks, eyeshadow is Rio de Rose Gold, eyeliner is Underground by Urban Decay, foundation is tarte cc primer stick, brows are Paula Dorf, mascara is tarte lights, camera, flashes.|
You can apply the lip color by squeezing a little bit out onto your finger and applying it onto your lips for a natural flush of color. You can also use a lip brush for a more pigmented look as seen above. I didn't try the argan oil from this collection yet but I have used it in the past and have really liked it. It was definitely a good bonus for me. One product that left me a little disappointed was the mascara. Although I loved at first the hourglass type shaped brush and the length I got with this product, I wasn't as pleased with the volume. I thought my lashes looked a little stiff and stuck together a bit. If you've already got a lot of volume to your lashes and are just looking for some major length, this may work a little better for you. I've only tried it once, so maybe it will grow on me!
Overall I highly recommend this set. I'm addicted to the lip and cheek creamy oils and am glad to add another to my collection. I think this is such a good value for $34. The included products really are useable and versatile. I was actually surprised with the multiple wears and looks you can get from this set. I'm also surprised that such a simple routine with a few of these key products can really create just such a beautiful natural luminous look. I certainly feel beautiful wearing this kit! So head out and get one for yourself or the woman you love in your life! Remember if this isn't exactly your cup of tea there is also a Winter Dreams Skincare Collection which retails for $39. It includes Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment which is one of my favorite Josie Maran products!
What do you think of this set and the look I got? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear!